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Oby Ezekwesili, Alek Wek, Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karen & More at the 7th Annual “Women In The World” Summit | Opening Night

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Alek Wek & Oby Ezekwesili

Alek Wek & Oby Ezekwesili

The Women in the World’s 7th Annual Summit kicked off yesterday with the Opening Night.

The three-day Women in the World Summit, held at New York City’s Lincoln Center, presents powerful new female role models whose personal stories illuminate the most pressing international issues. They range from CEOs and world leaders to artists, activists, peacemakers, and firebrand dissidents. The Summit’s vivid journalistic narratives, high-impact video, and fast-paced staging have made it the premier platform to showcase women of impact. Increasingly, Women in the World also includes the participation, onstage and in the audience, of men who champion women.

This year’s participants include Nigeria’s Oby Ezekwesili, Meryl Streep, Former First Lady Laura Bush, Barbara Pierce Bush, First Lady of Afghanistan Rula Ghani, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Diane von Furstenberg, University of Cambridge Professor Mary Beard OBE, actor, writer and producer Mindy Kaling, United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director Ertharin Cousin, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, photojournalist and author Lynsey Addario, journalist Tom Friedman, activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Savannah Guthrie, New America Foundation President Anne-Marie Slaughter, Iranian journalist Masih Alinejad, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security Executive Director Melanne Verveer, and Fox News anchor and journalist Megyn Kelly.

The full day programming holds today (April 7) and on April 8 there is a Morning/Afternoon programing.

See photos from the opening night below.

Liya Kebede

Liya Kebede

Alek Wek

Alek Wek

Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

Tina Brown

Tina Brown

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Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili

Esther Ibanga

Esther Ibanga

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Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly

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Journalist Katie Couric, photojournalist Lynsey Addario and activist Obiageli Ezekwesili

Journalist Katie Couric, photojournalist Lynsey Addario and activist Obiageli Ezekwesili

Journalist Katie Couric, photojournalist Lynsey Addario and activist Obiageli Ezekwesili

Journalist Katie Couric, photojournalist Lynsey Addario and activist Obiageli Ezekwesili

Activist Kim Odum, Iesha Sekou and Dorothy Johnson-Speight

Activist Kim Odum, Iesha Sekou and Dorothy Johnson-Speight

Designer Rachel Roy and model Alek Wek

Designer Rachel Roy and model Alek Wek

 Gaby Karen, media personality Gayle King and designer Donna Karen

Gaby Karen, media personality Gayle King and designer Donna Karen

Journalist Juju Chang and activist Esther Ibanga

Journalist Juju Chang and activist Esther Ibanga

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Jemal Countess

13 Comments

  1. Adieu Biafra

    April 7, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Strong gene, mother and daughter
    Oby and Alek Wek.

    • nene+

      April 7, 2016 at 11:11 am

      Mother and daughter???????????

    • chidi

      April 7, 2016 at 12:02 pm

      lol, wicked talk lol

    • nnenne

      April 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      +Adieu Biafra… Whatever that means!
      Who , the hell cares?

      Nice Adire , Madam Ezekwesili. You couldn’t have worn it better!

  2. Y

    April 7, 2016 at 10:33 am

    What is racist Megyn wearing

  3. Y

    April 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Honest question, is Alek okay?

    • Hihi

      April 9, 2016 at 1:13 am

      You just blurted out the same question I was about to……..she looks sickly, the look

  4. lilly

    April 7, 2016 at 11:32 am

    God,this is where i want to be,……………..keeping the hustle real.

  5. Drknite

    April 7, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    I see Rachel Ray is at the conference. I hope she teaches Alek and Liya how to make some 30 minute meals. They look like they need it.

    • ms lala

      April 7, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Its Rachael Ray , who u saw was Rachael Roy the fashion designer !!!

  6. G-brown

    April 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Alek Wek (shaking my head) but I can’t just connect with your style. You look so out of place. Black girls rock so please do something pretty soon to bring back #theblackgirlsizzle

  7. megan

    April 9, 2016 at 6:33 am

    So these women are over-achievers in their respective careers. Globally recognized women! And you sit behind your computer to complain about how they look? I feel sorry for you, honestly. Good job ladies and thank you for being the light we can all be inspired by.

  8. Salifu Abigail Ojochegbe

    January 4, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    Editing, graphics and photo journalism comprises of news articles with proper arrangement of visual elements which give detailed explanation of the content of the article. Based on the arrangement of visual elements in this article, the target audience are able to understand at first glance that the content of this write up is based on powerful female role models. In relative to the article the women featured are responsible and respectable both in looks and content. The attires worn by the women seen in the photographs shows how women with good values and up-bringing should dress. From the headlines photographs posted, it is clear that this function was attended by influential women. Judging by what is seen, the target audience of this article can easily understand it’s content. Mass Communication.
    Caleb University, Imota, Lagos.

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