There are few people on earth for whom the descriptor “gamechanger” is accurate, but Tina Brown is most certainly one of them. From 1979 t0 2001, Brown worked as editor-in-chief of the some of the most prominent magazines in journalism: Tatler, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, and in 2008 Brown launched the digital news site The Daily Beast. She’s also the author of the 2007 biography of Princess Diana, The Diana Chronicles. And she accomplished all that before starting what is perhaps her most impactful venture to date: the Women in the World summit, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary right now.
For the unfamiliar, Women in the World is an annual gathering at New York City’s Lincoln Center, where activists, celebrities, leaders, and folks on the forefront of real change come together to share their stories and try to create solutions to some of the world’s biggest issues. Previous years have featured panels with Madeleine Albright, Zainab Salbi, Meryl Streep, Chef Dominique Crenn, and Malala Yousafzai. Brown has a knack for choosing topics and participants at exactly the right moment. Hillary Clinton made her first public appearance following her 2016 election loss at the summit, and Gretchen Carlson shared her tale of workplace harassment at Fox News on the Women in the World stage—six months before the Harvey Weinstein story broke and the #MeToo movement took off.
The 2019 summit, which is taking place this week, will have appearances and panels with notables such as Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Stacey Abrams, Anna Wintour, and Brie Larson, with Oprah Winfrey delivering the keynote address. But, as always, the gathering is about more than just boldfaced names: This year’s summit features activists Madeleine Habib, an Australian sea captain who rescues migrants from the Mediterranean, and Dr. Fozia Alvi, a Bangladeshi doctor who was so moved by the suffering of Rohingya people that she left her family in Calgary, Canada, to treat the refugees in Myanmar. (And men, too! Bryan Cranston and Alex Gibney are on this year’s list of panelists and moderators.)
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