Inspiration Takes Center Stage At The 2017 AppNexus Women’s Leadership Forum

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The Women’s Leadership Forum is AppNexus’ annual conference for current and aspiring leaders in the global digital community. This year, on November 9th, we’re structuring the day around three themes in order to generate important conversations around diversity and inclusion, as well as empower attendees to enact real change, both in their careers and their organizations.

The three themes are: ”Inspire,” “Include,” and “Take Action.”

In this post, we introduce a few of the incredible leaders who will be speaking during the morning’s group of “Inspire” sessions. As instrumental changemakers in government, society, and business, they will shed light on the challenges and opportunities facing women and other underrepresented groups as they rise to leadership positions.


Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development, New York City


As deputy mayor for housing and economic development, Alicia Glen is responsible for more than 25 city agencies, including the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, the Economic Development Corporation, and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Since being named deputy mayor in late 2013, the former Goldman Sachs executive has spearheaded several nationally recognized initiatives aimed at helping members of underrepresented groups thrive in today’s tech-focused economy. Through the NYC Tech Talent Pipeline, Glen has worked to connect New Yorkers of all backgrounds with valuable tech education programs and job opportunities with the city’s leading employers. She also heads WE-NYC, a program that offers classes, educational resources, and mentorship opportunities for women entrepreneurs.

Crain’s New York Business ranked Glen 2017’s most powerful woman in New York City.

At the Women’s Leadership Forum, Glen will discuss some of the ways in which diverse leadership teams are making New York a more profitable and productive city. In addition, her talk will turn a spotlight on opportunities the city is creating for women and minorities to take on leadership roles, as well as city resources that attendees can leverage to further their careers.


Maysaloun Hamoud, Writer/Director, In Between


Maysaloun Hamoud is a Palestinian film-maker who refuses to be constrained by unfair societal expectations, regardless of whether those expectations are cast upon her by Western audiences or those in the Arab world. Her debut film, Bar Bahar (In Between), tells the story of three young, Arab women living together in present-day Tel Aviv as they grapple with issues of feminism, identity, and sexuality. In Between has been honored by the Cannes Film Festival, which awarded Hamoud the 2017 Women in Motion Young Talents Award, as well as the Toronto International Film Festival, the San Sebastian Film Festival, and the Haifa International Film Festival. In Palestine, Hamoud’s depiction of three educated, sexually liberated Arab women was so controversial that the film was officially condemned by an Islamic religious ruling known as a fatwa.

At the Women’s Leadership Forum, Hamoud will share her powerful personal story in a conversation with Kai Falkenberg, first deputy commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. The writer/director will discuss how she has used film to challenge and change cultural stereotypes surrounding gender and identity.


Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer to Levo, author of ‘Drop the Ball’


As a driving forces behind the leadership diversity movement, Tiffany Dufu is the perfect person to close the Inspiration segment of the 2017 Women’s Leadership Forum. Whether serving as a launch team member with Lean In or the president of the non-profit group The White House Project, Dufu has worked tirelessly to advance the cause of women and girls throughout her career. Presently, Dufu is the chief leadership officer at Levo, a millennial professional network created to elevate women in the workforce through educational content and networking opportunities. In addition, she’s a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, a board member at Girls Who Code and Girl Scouts USA, and the author of “DROP THE BALL: Achieving More by Doing Less,” a memoir and manifesto that shows women how to cultivate the single skill they need in order to thrive: the ability to let go.

In her speech, Dufu will impress upon attendees the dangers of trying to complete every task put in front of them. Instead, she believes rising leaders should embrace imperfection, expect less of themselves, and demand more from others. At the Women’s Leadership Forum, Dufu will instruct attendees on how they can best use this strategy to focus on and accomplish their true goals.


There’s even more to come


Of course, “Inspire” is just one of three themes we’ll be exploring on November 9. Over the coming weeks, we’ll give you an idea of what else to expect when we dive in to the “Include” and “Take Action” sections.

In the meantime, you can visit the Women’s Leadership Forum website to request an invitation or learn more about the event.

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