A one-day conference highlighting emerging and established women leaders in global health.


This conference is inspired by the large and growing number of women in global and public health, and frustration about the lack of diversity and representation of women in global health leadership positions. Women comprise as much as 75% of the health workforce in many countries and the majority of students in academic global health tracks. Yet they hold only 8 of 34 World Health Organization executive board positions and fewer than 1 in 4 global health leadership positions at the top 50 U.S. medical schools. Young women are entering the field in increasing numbers, but at each step of the ladder the percentage of women in power decreases.


Participants will encounter cutting-edge thinking in global health; network with potential mentors, collaborators and others in the field; build leadership skills; and wrestle with how to advance women as a force in global health leadership.


Berg Hall, Stanford University School of Medicine


Faculty, students, leaders from non-profits, foundations, companies and governments, with emphasis on international participations. 


  • Why gender matters in the global health workforce
  • Economics, rights and social/political perspectives on gender equity
  • Short presentations on great work by women leaders
  • Personal stories on overcoming barriers: breaking glass ceilings, avoiding glass cliffs
  • Empowering marginalized women in patriarchal environments
  • #HeForShe: Engaging men in creating change
  • Tools for gender analysis
  • Work-life balance in global health