Ravi Karkara: Senior Advisor to the United Nations Assistant Secretary General; Deputy Executive Director and Acting Head of Private Sector, UN Women
As a trained social worker, Ravi has been championing gender equality and human rights for over two decades. Throughout his career, he has led a variety of programs that focus on increasing women’s political participation, ending violence against them and empowering females economically. He frequently advocates the role that men and boys play in achieving these goals.
He has received the prestigious NOVUS Award, which unites global leaders from around the world to solve societal challenges such as gender equality.
Ravi has worked with numerous UN agencies and governments, and has written more than 80 policy-influencing publications.
Tracy Nowski: Associate Partner at McKinsey & Company
Tracy is an Associate Partner in the Washington D.C. office of McKinsey & Company. She spends 100% of her time on gender equality, with a particular focus on women’s economic empowerment and gender diversity. She has particular expertise in corporate diversity & inclusion (regarding women, racial/ethnic minorities, LGBT, and other under-represented groups), as well as women’s labor force participation, women in STEM, and women’s leadership.
Rayona Sharpnack: Founder and CEO of Institute for Gender Partnership and Women’s Leadership, Inc.
In her role as Founder and CEO of Institute for Gender Partnership and Women’s Leadership, Rayona serves as an inspirational coach
and mentor to Fortune 500 executives, among others. She is passionate about sparking gender partnership initiatives at various companies and associations across multiple industries.
Her book, Trade Up: 5 Steps for Redesigning Your Leadership & Life from the Inside Out outlines her success through a method she calls Leading by Context. Rayona’s other written works have been featured in publications such as Fast Company and The New York Times.
Rayona also serves as the Chairwoman of Leadership Development for the Women’s Leadership Board at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.