2014 Keynote Speakers
Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood's most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC's hit show "Commander in Chief."
In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Accidental Tourist." She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance as Thelma in "Thelma and Louise," in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon.
Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon Dottie Hinson in "A League of Their Own."
Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation's 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is becoming recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the founder of the non-profit The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm, See Jane, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters -- and reduce gender stereotyping -- in media made for children 11 and under.
Davis is also an appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women, and is a partner with UN Women in the effort to change the way media represents women and girls worldwide.
Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.
Described as "an innovative and prolific scholar" by Foreign Policy and named one of the magazine's Top 100 Global Thinkers four years in a row, Anne-Marie Slaughter turns big ideas and deep analysis into realistic strategies for a networked world. A Princeton University foreign policy professor emerita, the president of the New America Foundation, and a former top official at the U.S. State Department, Dr. Slaughter confronts a range of topics — from geopolitics and global challenges to gender equality and leadership — with a unique and powerful voice.
A contributing editor for The Atlantic, Slaughter became one of the country's most talked about writers with "Why Women Still Can't Have It All," an in-depth and controversial look into the extreme work-life balance of today's professional women. It is the most read article in The Atlantic's history.
As President of the New America Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute and idea incubator based out of Washington, DC and NYC, Slaughter leads a team of scientists, technologists, and political and economic thinkers. Developing cutting-edge solutions for public problems, she aims to innovate in such areas as national security, healthcare, technology policy, and education.
From 2009-2011, Slaughter headed the U.S. State Department's internal think tank and advised Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. As the Director of Policy Planning, the first female in the role, she oversaw a major review of America's diplomatic and development priorities. For her efforts, she received the Department's highest honor, the Secretary's Distinguished Service Award.
At Princeton, Slaughter was the Bert G. Kerstetter Professor of Politics and International Affairs. The first female Dean of Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, she rebuilt the school's international relations faculty and programs.
The author and editor of six books, including A New World Order and The Idea that is America, Slaughter has published over 100 scholarly articles in international law and relations. Her next book, tentatively titled Real Equality, is scheduled for a Spring 2014 release
Slaughter received her doctorate in International Relations from Oxford and her law degree from Harvard before teaching at University of Chicago and Harvard Law Schools. She is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group, a consultant for Google, and on the board of Abt Associates.