SAIS Global Women in Leadership presents our 2018 Conference:

Marching into an Equal Future

The 2018 SAIS Global Women in Leadership Conference will build upon the success of four previous annual conferences on women and leadership to convene speakers and attendees from the public and private sectors, international organizations, media publications, graduate students, and future leaders.

The 2018 Conference, “Marching into an Equal Future” has an overarching approach and aims to provide a multitude of frameworks to make sense of the complex gender-relations in a rapidly changing world. The current global context is witnessing unprecedented changes. Rise of populism, increase in geopolitical instability across hot-spots, fastened pace of globalization and identity polarization to name some. This is also a pivoting moment for women in leadership, there is a widespread sentiment that this time is different. This year’s conference aims to make sense of these rapid changes across different historically male-dominated sectors: Politics, Conflict and Development and take stock of the progress made thus far and the challenges that lie ahead.


Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Private Working Dinner
Including conference sponsors and speakers
Location: TBD

Thursday, March 29, 2018

8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

Networking Reception
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Australian Embassy, 1601 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

To sponsor our conference via online donation through Johns Hopkins University, please click the button below. 

Under “Please designate my gift to support…” we ask that you select ‘Other’ and enter ‘GWL Conference’.  



To join our supporters and to make your tax-deductible donation, please contact the SAIS Global Women in Leadership Board at SAISWomenLead@gmail.com or contact Sarah Kouhlani Nolla VP of Sponsorship directly at skouhla1@jhu.edu.


Sponsorship Packages and Benefits

A variety of conference sponsorship packages are available, including in-kind donation opportunities, sponsorship for conference receptions and panels, as well as sponsoring SAIS student attendees. In addition to the opportunities outlined, conference organizers are happy to develop custom sponsorship packages to suit your needs.


Conference operations require financial support and will provide platforms for contributing individuals and organizations to:

  • Enhance their reputations as champions for women and sustainable growth. 
Sponsors receive extensive pre and post-conference publicity to will provide top-level exposure to key audiences. Publicity will reach the extensive SAIS alumni network, the APSIA network, social media, local media coverage, and other appropriate channels. Specific opportunities are listed below.
  • Support and engage with a rising generation of young women leaders. 
Conference attendees will include students and faculty from local Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) members, Johns Hopkins University, and area environment, climate change, and sustainable growth programs. In 2016, over 300 professionals, graduate students and faculty members attended the Washington, DC-based conference. 

  • Gain access to experts on climate change, sustainable growth, and international affairs, including distinguished leaders within private, public and international organizations. The conference keynote speakers and panelists will include business strategists, technologists, climate change, and sustainable growth experts who seek widespread global change through women in social, public, and private sectors.