Young Women's International Leadership Summit To Be Held at Georgetown McDonough School of Business June 17-21

June 03, 2013

Twenty-six outstanding young women leaders, ages 15-23, from 21 countries will attend the week-long iLive2Lead (iL2L) 2013 Young Women’s International Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., to learn leadership skills and develop social entrepreneurship action plans through an intensive program targeted to adolescent women.

Sponsored by the Office of Executive Education at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, summit highlights include a leadership training curriculum taught by professionals and academics in the field; inspirational talks by high-level professional women engaged in diplomacy, government, and business and non-governmental sectors; and a program designed to help women utilize the media to develop and present their personal messages.

During the summit, each young woman is asked to develop an “i Commit 2 Act Now” (iCAN) project in which she will work to demonstrate leadership in her community after she completes the program. Upon returning home, participants follow through on their commitment to lead, documenting individual iCAN projects on the iL2L website from which other young women worldwide can learn.

Many inspiring women will address the young delegates on leadership: Sally Shelton-Colby, former U.S. Ambassador; Kathy Bushkin Calvin, president and CEO of the U.N. Foundation; Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D- FL); Ann Sarnoff, COO, BBC America; and Patricia Harrison, president/CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The iL2L participants come from countries around the globe: Australia, Bangladesh, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Liberia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saint Kitts and Nevis, South Africa, United States, and Zimbabwe.


June 17-21, 2013


Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

Rafik B. Hariri Building

37th & O Streets, NW

Washington, D.C.


Laura Bode, President of iLive2Lead, is available for media interviews. Program participants also are available for interviews, either on-site or in-studio. A list of participants and their bios is available upon request.

The summit is open to media.

Media who are interested in speaking with Bode, program participants, or attending the summit should contact Teresa Mannix, Georgetown McDonough senior director of communications, at (202) 687-4080 or


Monday, June 17

5 p.m.              Panel: Onward and Upward: Building Tomorrow’s Leaders Today

Moderator: David A. Thomas, Dean of Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business

Panelists: Catherine Cook, founder,; Marsh Firestone, president, Women Presidents’ Organization; Ann Sarnoff, COO, BBC America.

Throughout the day, program participants also will learn about leadership qualities, project management, and how to build a social initiative.

Tuesday, June 18

4 p.m.              Panel: Global Policy: Key Issues Relevant to Young Women Worldwide

                        Moderator: Ambassador Sally Shelton-Colby

Panelists: Global policy experts

Throughout the day, program participants will learn about building a professional image, speech writing, public speaking, networking, and STEM research.

Wednesday, June 19

2:30 p.m.         Panel: Media Matters: Amplifying Women’s Voices

                        Panelists: Kyle Gibson, executive producer and managing editor, Women in the World; Patricia de Stacy Harrison, president and CEO, Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Kim Foley, president/founder, Professional Image Strategies; Jana Kerr Pettey, publisher and editorial director, Justine Media Group.

5 p.m.              Panel: Women Ambassadors’ Roundtable

(Located at the U.S. Senate McDermott Building)

                        Moderator: Ambassador Melanne Verveer 

Panelists: Kathy Calvin, CEO, UN Foundation; Carla Koppell, senior coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, USAID; and women ambassadors.

6:15 p.m.         Reception and Award Presentation at U.S. Senate

Throughout the day, participants will learn about conducting media interviews and working with the media.

Thursday, June 20

Throughout the day, participants will learn about navigating cross-cultural norms, negotiating, entrepreneurship, fundraising, and financial planning.

Friday, June 21

Program participants will present their iCAN proposals with a speech competition, as well as learn about women and violence, making strategic alliances, and social media. The day will conclude with a graduation ceremony.

About iLive2Lead

iLive2Lead is a youth leadership-training program based in Washington, D.C., that brings exceptional young leaders together from around the world for international leadership training.  iL2L has led young women’s leadership summits in China, France, Germany, India, Kenya, and the United States.  In 2013 iL2L Leadership Summits are planned in Washington, D.C.; Qingdao, China, in conjunction with the National Development and Reform Commission of the Chinese government; and Johannesburg, South Africa, in conjunction with Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy for Girls. Learn more at Follow us on Twitter @il2lorg.