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Welcome Remarks

8:00 - 8:05 a.m.      

Breakfast Keynote Panel                                   

Basic Steps: Health and Childhood Education
8:05 - 9:00 a.m.      

Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO, US Fund for UNICEF
Dana L. Suskind, MD, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital
Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution
Tony Raden (moderator), Senior Vice President, Research and Policy Initiatives, Ounce of Prevention Fund

Wearables, language development, and new methods of education in marginalized communities are changing the way we think about the connections between learning and health. The stakes remain high, as more and more children globally receive limited access to basic education and nutrition. Successful initiatives such as Thirty Million Words, UNICEF’s Kid Power wrist band, and innovative girls’ education models work to stimulate health and education in new and inventive ways. How are these programs reaching kids in need, and how should the global community engage where resources are limited or non-existent?

Youth and Gender Based Violence
9:05 - 9:55 a.m.

Anna Blue, Deputy Director, Girl Up (UN Foundation)
Kristie Paskvan, Founder, Chicago Says No More
Cécile Shea (moderator), US Department of State Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Starting from a very young age, an estimated one in three women will experience physical or sexual abuse in her lifetime. From intimate partner violence to tactics of war, gender-based violence takes on various forms and transcends social and cultural groups. What support do young, at-risk girls need to lead full and productive lives? What new service-delivery systems have emerged to prevent and treat sexual and reproductive health and mental health problems? 

Breakout Sessions

Chicago Leadership and Redesigning Global Health
10:10 - 11:00 a.m.

Melissa Gilliam, Founder and Director, Ci3
Michael Tiboris (moderator), Global Cities Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

You might not know it, but Chicago has become a world-leader in outside-the-box thinking when it comes to youth and global health. Cloud-based systems, big data from rural areas, and using game-based methods to educate girls on sexual and reproductive health are proving to be new and effective methods in improving girls’ lives – even in the most remote regions in the world.

Education: The Foundation of Health
10:10 - 11:00 a.m.

Jamie C. Amelio, Founder and CEO, Caring for Cambodia
Pat Mosena, President and Founder, Options for Youth
Dr. Lois Margaret Nora (moderator), President and CEO, American Board of Medical Specialties 

Education is inextricably linked to health – a sentiment true locally and internationally. Two organizations in particular have developed replicable models that can empower kids globally. This panel will feature case studies from Options for Youth, a Chicago organization working on issues such as second pregnancy prevention, and Caring for Cambodia, who build schools to provide education, healthy meals, and improved healthcare. How can school-based programs and individual support clinics like these be used more readily to support kids around the world?  

The Persisting Issue of Girls’ Health
11:05 - 11:55 a.m.

Lori DiPrete Brown, Director, 4W Women and Wellbeing Initiative, UW-Madison 
Alyssa Smaldino (moderator), Executive Director, GlobeMed 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to think about health and well-being in new ways. Securing comprehensive health, including mental health, for girls and women around the world will require innovative, data-driven approaches, and long-term commitments from a variety of actors. Where are we falling short, and what roadblocks still exist? What would a cross-sectoral agenda look like that would increase our collective impact?

Women and Girls in Crisis Zones
11:05 - 11:55a.m.

Sarah Degnan Kambou, President, International Center for Research on Women
E. Anne Peterson, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President, Global Programs, Americares 
Dina Smeltz (moderator), Senior Fellow, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

From the Boko Haram kidnapping of over 200 girls in Nigeria, to the Syrian refugee crisis that has affected more than 7.5 million children, crisis and disaster zones occur in many forms, including through terrorist attacks, war, and natural disasters. The health of women and children is most at risk in times of crisis, as they are more likely to be denied education, and subject to exploitation, trafficking, and abuse. How do we support the health of women and girls during a crisis – and in the years and decades that follow?

Lunch Keynote Panel

A Lasting Difference: Sports, Safety, and Training Future Leaders
12:10 - 1:20 p.m.

Alexis Glick, CEO, GENYOUth Foundation
Katayoun Khosrowyar, Technical Director and Coach for the under 16 and 14 National Soccer Team of Iran
Jennifer Scanlon (moderator), Senior Vice President, USG Corporation

With the right support, young girls can contribute to their communities just as much as their male classmates. Sports are one way to keep girls healthy and safe, but how do we maximize these after school programs? And what in-school interventions are finding the most success? From the soccer pitches of Iran, to schools throughout the US, this panel will explore ways of empowering young girls to become healthy and confident leaders.