2016 International Women's Day Global Health Symposium by The Chicago Council

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Health in adulthood often starts in the earliest years of a child’s life. From nutrition in the first 1,000 days, to staying active and safe after school, the lessons learned in the formative years pay dividends to the health and the productivity of society. Globally, girls face the greatest challenges as they have less access to critical resources than their male counterparts. Now, advances in mobile health, wearables, and communication are making health education more accessible to women and girls in all corners of the globe. How are scientific developments and technological innovations changing the way we are thinking about girls' health? What are the priorities for supporting the growth of young girls into healthy and productive leaders?
This year’s International Women’s Day Global Health Symposium will explore the health of the next generation for women and girls locally, nationally, and internationally. Join the Council on Global Affairs and a network of international thought-leaders for a series of keynotes and break-out sessions that will lead to new ideas and greater understanding of what is working, and where more effort is needed.

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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. 

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Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO, US Fund for UNICEF
Dana L. Suskind, MD, Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, University of Chicago 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

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

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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

Breakout Sessions

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

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

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

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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 

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

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

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

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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

Lunch Keynote Panel

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

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Alexis Glick, CEO, GenYouth Foundation
Katayoun Khosrowyar, Former Captain, Iran Women’s National Soccer Team; Coach, Iran’s National Under-14 Girls’ Team
Jennifer Scanlon (moderator), Senior Vice President, USG Corporation

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