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EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Lili Fournier is an award winning TV producer, director and host of the Quest series of specials on PBS which have featured some of the world’s most influential leaders on human potentialt: the Dalai Lama, Sir Richard Branson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Russell Simmons, Stephen Covey, Jane Goodall, et al. The Quest has successfully raised millions of dollars for PBS’s pledge efforts. Upon producing the Women of Wisdom and Power specials, she became a passionate advocate for women’s rights. She executive produced the television production of the historic By My Spirit concert featuring Placido Domingo, Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, a tribute to world peace and co-existence, featuring the reconciliation of the King of Spain and the President of Israel in 1992.

 
 
DIRECTOR

Louis J. Horvitz, is one of the most accomplished and prolific directors in the rarified, Top-Gun field of live television event broadcasting. He has directed the annual "Academy Awards" telecast, a record 12 times. He has received 15 Emmy nominations and has won six Emmys. He has helmed the "Prime Time Emmy Awards" 17 times, directed "The Kennedy Center Honors" for 20 years and the "American Film Institute (AFI) Life Achievement Award" tributes a total of 21 times. For the last four years Horvitz moved from the Oscars to NBC's "Golden Globe Awards". He added the CBS "Grammy Awards" and ABC televised "Billboard Awards" to his stable of programs. Two other programs that have given Horvitz great pride were the live, multi-network "Stand Up 2 Cancer" and the "XXI Winter Olympics Opening and Closing Ceremonies".

 
 
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Mark Poncher is the Executive Producer and CEO of Roundboxx, producer of the Clinton Global Initiative and former SVP with FiveCurrents, the Emmy award winning producers of the 2012 London Olympic Ceremonies and the Sochi Olympic Ceremonies, Disneyland 50th Anniversary, Super Bowl Saturday Night, Rio Copacabana N.Y.’s Celebration; 2015 Pan American Games. Together we will create a spectacular global celebration of women and the most significant Humanitarian campaign in modern history.

 
GLOBAL ADVISORS
 
 
 
HONORARY PATRON

Archbishop Desmond Tutu rose to worldwide fame as an opponent of Apartheid. In 1984 he became the second South African to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Archbishop Tutu chaired the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and is currently the chair of The Elders. He works to build peace by nurturing visionary leadership. Make this humanity’s finest hour.

 
 
 
HONORARY CO-CHAIR

Kim Campbell's life, as Canada's first and only female Prime Minister, has been a life of firsts. Founding Member and Former Secretary-General, Club de Madrid Member and Chair Emeritas, Council of Women World Leaders Member and Former President, International Women’s Forum. She is committed to the advancement of women’s leadership, and speaks on issues related to gender, international politics, democratization, and climate change all over the world.

 
 
 
CO-CHAIR

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is a passionate advocate for women’s human rights, and social change philanthropy. A visionary leader who inspires people and mobilizes action, she has made a personal commitment to realizing the vision of WDL since 2006. She serves on the Global Committee of the Council on Foundations, and is a member of the Aspen Institute Leaders Council, the UNFPA/IPPF High level taskforce for Reproductive Health. She also serves on the boards of CHANGE, and CARE. She is the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, a foundation which supports women’s rights organizations in every part of the world.

 
 
 
CO-CHAIR

Shaili Chopra is one of the most trusted leaders in India Business Journalism. She has been the Senior Editor and Lead Anchor at ET Now, the Economic Times Business News Channel. She holds the Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism, considered highest honour for Indian journalists. She reaches women entrepreneurs across India with SheThePeople.TV. Her second book The Big Connect: Politics in the age of Social Media was just published by Random House. She spends a lot of her time moderating high profile business discussions. Shaili is also a columnist for DNA. She's interviewed leaders like Warren Buffett, George Soros, P Chidambaram, Mukesh Ambani, Ratan Tata and many others.

 
GLOBAL AMBASSADORS
 
 
 
Liona Boyd, known as "The First Lady of the Guitar" has played for world leaders around the world including the British Royal Family, the King and Queen of Spain, and the Presidents of the United States and Mexico. Her virtuoso talents resulted in five Juno awards, five honorary degrees, and The Order of Canada. She has filled concert halls  from Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, New Delhi, Paris, Rio, to London, introducing millions to the art of classical guitar through her TV specials, and “Gold” and "Platinum" recordings. She is the co-writer of the “We are the Women of the World” anthem for Women’s Day Live.
 
 
 
Shirin Ebadi, was awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights, in particular, the rights of women and children. She is the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. This internationally-recognized advocate of human rights, established the Million Signatures Campaign, which demanded an end to legal discrimination against women in Iranian law. In 2004, she was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. In January 2006, along with sister Laureate Jody Williams, Dr. Ebadi took the lead in establishing the Nobel Women's Initiative.
 
BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Forming)
 
 
 
Kevin Shea is the current Chairman of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, an agency of the Government of Ontario. It supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding of over 100 million dollars for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries. He is Principal at SheaChez Inc., a communications consulting firm. He was Group Executive Vice-President of Convergence, Bell Global media Inc; President & Chief Operating Officer, Global Television Network, and President & Chief Operating Officer, Atlantis Communication Inc. 
 
 
 
Martha Fusca is the former CEO and co-founder of Stornoway Productions, which owned and operated 3 Digital Broadcast TV Networks in Canada, including the critically acclaimed Issues Channel. She executive produced such TV series as Yellow Brick Roads, the Gemini Award winning film After the Harvest and other award-winning productions, such as Dragons of Crime and Caught in the Crossfire. Winner of the Producer of the Year Award from the Producer’s Guild, and former President of Women in Film, Toronto.
 
ADVISORY BOARD
 
 
 
Shelly Porges is the former Senior Advisor, Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) at the U.S. State Department. As head of GEP, she launched GEP 2.0, increasing GEP’s reach from a handful of countries to almost 150, thus institutionalizing entrepreneurship as part of the Department’s Economic Statecraft policy initiative launched by Secretary Clinton. Prior to joining GEP, she launched the State Department’s Global Women’s Business Initiative to promote women’s entrepreneurship worldwide. Her distinguished career in the private sector and is a recognized marketing and strategy expert having launched products, brands and companies, as well as raised funds for a range of non-profit and political organizations.
 
 
Madeline Di Nonno is the Executive Director of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media and its programming arm See Jane, the leading non-profit working with the entertainment and media community to improve gender diversity in children's entertainment and sensitize the industry on gender portrayals and reduce stereotyping in media. Madeline leads the Institute's strategic direction and brings over 25 years experience in media, marketing and business development in the entertainment, digital media and consumer packaged goods industries.
 
 

Gail Straub, co-founder and Executive Director of Empowerment Institute, is one of the world’s leading authorities on women’s empowerment. She co-founded IMAGINE: A Global Initiative for the Empowerment of Women. The Initiative is currently in 12 countries throughout Africa, Afghanistan, India and the Middle East. Impact Studies done by Johns Hopkins show that after our empowerment intervention (an intensive four day workshop) women are 3 times more likely to report improved income, 10 times more likely to report improved health, and 15 times more likely to report improved relationship including leaving violent marriages. See the I Am and I Can video and read The Missing Piece in the Empowerment Equation.

 
 
Hélène-Marie Gosselin, a member of the International Women’s Forum, devoted more than 30 years to women’s empowerment, working for the United Nations system on four continents. From UNICEF’s most successful global event, Sport Aid for Africa with Bob Geldof, to representing the UN family as Commissioner General at two World Expos- Japan 2005 and Portugal 1998- she demonstrated that true commitment to global causes can produce remarkable success. Her field experience and expertise in education, human rights and cultural diversity now inspire her work as an international consultant.
Strategic Alliances

Partnerships are the foundation for success. WOMEN'S DAY LIVE! will be built upon strategic alliances with established organizations worldwide.

Our goal is to bring together a powerful network of partners to launch a global movement to celebrate, educate, and empower women and girls worldwide.

WOMEN'S DAY LIVE was a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment at the personal invitation of President Clinton. It is a bold and exciting idea whose time has come.

Supporting Strategic Partners
Discussions during development
  • The Global Fund for Women, is the largest Foundation funding womens organizations in 161 countries;
  • CARE, is a pre-eminent charity that works in 66 countries to fight poverty;
  • Women in Europe for a Common Future (WECF) is an network of over 100 women’s organizations;
  • The Women’s Funding Network, is an umbrella for 160 organizations that fund women’s solutions globally;
  • Women for Women International provides the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability;
  • The National Council of Women’s Organizations, 100 organizations, 20 million women members in America;
  • The National Organization for Women, in 50 states in America;
  • Equality Now, works for protection of women’s human rights around the world;
  • Free the Children – Empowering Youth in 44 countries worldwide, et al;
  • Save the Children – Lasting change for Children in the U.S. and 41 other countries;
  • Initiate collaboration with World March of Women who marched in over 161 countries.
  • The Sisterhood Agenda, is a Global Sisterhood Directory for female empowerment.
Advisory Board

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