Global Empowerment Summit

Inaugural Global Empowerment Summit

Saturday, October 17th, 2015 | 8 am – 5 pm

Hosted by

Alliance4Empowerment -and- UC San Diego

Special Guests of Honor

Dayamrita photo

 Dayamrita Chaitanya |  Executive Director

Mata Amritanandamayi Centers of North America

Sherry Tross

Sherry Tross | Director-General

Inter-American Agency for Cooperation and Development at the Organization of American States

handsTo bring together social innovators who are changing the world one day at a time so they can share ideas and solutions.

To offer a unique opportunity for collaboration, networking and exchange of ideas, locally and globally.

Diverse and Casual People and TogethernessTo engage local and global experts, giving them the opportunity to strengthen future collaboration.

To direct attention to new fields of action, and enable the joint exploration of visions and strategies.

PlantTo broaden the scope of giving back, using resources and available tested solutions to empower communities to act for their own benefit, rather than depending on charity.

Group of People Holding Hands Around Letter HealthTo advocate for more integrated, comprehensive programs, including social and medical services for microcredit and social credit participants in order to ensure their success.

Young woman and group happy people.To develop and provide the necessary platforms for the full participation of girls, women and youth in their own economic and social transformation, thus leading to social and economic empowerment.

Keynote Speakers


Dr. Becky Petitt | UC San Diego, Equity/Diversity/Inclusion

Twyla Garrett

Dr. Twyla Garrett | Investment Management Enterprise

Panel Discussions

(Speakers subject to change)

Disruptive Innovations for Economic and Social Inclusion

Bhavani R. Rao | Amrita University

Naila Chowdhury | Alliance4Empowerment | Women4Empowerment

Dr. Marcia L. Dyson  | Women’s Global Initiative

Karen Henken | University of San Diego – Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies

Zara Marselian | La Maestra Foundation | La Maestra Community Health Center

The Power of Collaboration

Dzana Ferhatbegovic | Women’s Empowerment Principles| UN Global Compact

Tatyana Kanzaveli | Open Health and Open Mobile

Dr. Armen Orujyan | Athgo International

Dr. Anita Raj | UC San Diego – Center on Gender Equity & Health

Janet Salazar | IMPACT Leadership21

Open Forum

Alliances for Social Inclusion:

Challenges and Actions

Dr. Roger Bingham | The Science Network

Dr. Robert Gailey | Point Loma Nazarene University

Erin M. Gavin | Qualcomm

Dr. Huma Ahmed-Ghosh | San Diego State University

Dr. Craig McIntosh | UC San Diego, School of Global Policy & Strategy

Elizabeth Schott  | ACCION