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N50 Women in Innovation Summit Sept. 22

What is possible when you bring together powerful female leaders in business, technology and science with women who are dedicated to positive social change? This compelling question led to the founding of an all-day conference, Women in Innovation Summit 2012 (WINS), part of The Next Fifty celebration at Seattle Center, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, in Intiman Playhouse.

WINS is part of an impressive ground swell around the globe recognizing women as vital change agents and innovators. The day’s discussions and discoveries will lay the foundation for strengthening the impact of women in areas of great importance to global sustainability.  Conference attendees will work on initiatives in the areas of economy, education and ecology to set the Innovation Agenda 2013.

“The vision of the Summit is to attract women and men who believe that invoking the mind, heart and power of women matters, and that finding collaborative ways to innovate for the greater good is paramount to a thriving world,” said WINs creator and chair Kristiina Hiukka.

 The event format, featuring keynote speakers in short, impactful presentations, is intended to inspire deeper group discussion, enabling participants to actively play with transforming ideas into creative solutions to global issues.  Summit agenda:


9 am to 9:15 am – Opening Song by Maria Männistö, soprano and Opening Remarks: What If the Future Mattered?  Kristiina Hiukka, Founder, WINS.


9:15 am to 9:25 am – Women Leaders in the Innovation Economy:  the economy requires women to innovate; Jean Brittingham, CEO, SmartGirls Way.

9:25 am to 9:35 am  – Innovative Breakthroughs with and for Women:  Women’s participation in innovation in the corporate ecosystem; Hope Cochran, CFO, Clearwire.

9:35 am to 9:45 am – Scaling a Great Idea to Innovation through Partnerships and Collaboration: leadership of an inventor; Marta DeWulf, CEO, Food ‘n Me.

9:45 am to 10:15 am – Moderated conversation on leadership on stage with audience Q&A. Moderator Pamela Mattsson, Managing Partner, Axialent, with breakout pod discussions

10:15 am to 10:20 am – Reel Grrls presents a call for interviews.


10:45 am to 10:55 am – Women at the Intersection of Technology and Leadership:  changing the world through open collaboration; Gayle Karen Young, Chief Talent and Culture Officer, Wikimedia.

11:05 am to 11:15 am – Innovative Women in Science:  a Young Inventor’s story – On the Way to Cure for Gluten intolerance; Sydney Gordon, UW graduate in biochemistry.

11:15 am to 11:25 am – Girls as Game changers:  the Girl Effect from Social to Gaming; Megan Gaiser, Chief Creative Strategy Officer, Her Interactive.

11:25 am to 12 pm – Moderated conversation on technology on stage with audience Q&A. Moderator Lara Feltin, CEO, Biznik, with breakout pod discussions.


1 pm to 1:10 pm – The Roots of the Innovation Challenge:  seeding for innovative humanity; Mary Gordon, Founder, Roots of Empathy / ASHOKA.

1:10 pm to 1:20 pm – Inspired to Innovate:  girls helping girls can change the world; Jessica Markowitz, Founder, IMPUHVE.

1:20 pm to 1:30 pm – We CAN change the world!  We DO have the power:  courageous leadership of the next generation; Kristin Hayden, Founder, OneWorld Now!

1:30 pm to 1:40 pm – Inventing for Empowered Economy; Samantha Rayner, Lumana.

1:40 pm to 2:10 pm – Moderated conversation on social change with audience Q&A. Moderator Carol Sanford, author, with breakout pod discussions.

2:10 pm to 2:15 pm – How Girls are Changing the World: Girl Tech – change makers film, ASHOKA (TBC)

2:15 pm to 2:30 pm – What’s Emerging? What’s Next? Preparing to set the agenda.

2:45 pm to 4:30 pm – Innovation Agenda 2013:  economy: innovating for a thriving economy – embracing women’s economic power; education – educating for Innovation – ensuring the next generation of innovators; ecology – innovating for a thriving planet – striving for sustainability. Open – what else is emerging?

4:45 pm to 5:50 pm – Debrief with Kristiina Hiukka and Patti Dobrowolski, visual facilitator.

5:50 pm to 6 pm – Closing Remarks:  The WINS Innovation Agenda 2013.

6 pm to 8 pm – Innovative Networking – Reception and Wine Tasting, sponsored and hosted by ASHOKA and the Embassy of Finland, with wineries:  O Wines, DaMa Wines, Olympic Cellars – Working Girl, Girly Girl Wines, SuLie Cellars/Roller Girl Wines, entertainment, TBA.

 WINS 2012 lays out a new way to think about and accomplish innovation by uniting men and women, mentors and mentees and multi-cultural influencers in leadership, technology and social change.  The Summit offers an opportunity to alter mindsets and launch creative actions that inspire innovation and achieve sustainability. For more information and to register for the one-day event, go to: