Overture Hosts 'Women in STEM' Event Featuring World and Industry Leaders

Keynote speaker Valerie Jarrett joined by executives from Google, IBM, UN for Women, Spotify and others to discuss advancing role of women in STEM and humanitarian development

NEW YORK, Oct. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On October 26, Overture will hold its inaugural "STEM + HD" event at the Henry Luce Auditorium in New York City, bringing together leading executives and top minds to discuss solutions on how to advance women's roles in a variety of fields, including STEM, and further their roles in technology to address today's pressing global issues.

Featured speakers include:

  • Valerie Jarrett, Civic Leader and Former Senior Advisor to President Obama
  • Jen Crozier, President of IBM citizenship
  • Malika Saada Saar, Senior counsel on Civil & Human Rights at Google
  • Roya Mahboob, CEO of Afghan Citadel Software Company (the first woman CEO in Afghanistan)
  • Rochelle King, Global VP of product design and insights at Spotify
  • Sarah Kauss, CEO and founder of S'Well
  • Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women
  • Antonia Hylton, correspondent and producer for VICE
  • Seema Kumar VP, Innovation, Global Health, and Policy Communication at Johnson & Johnson

In addition to a full day of panel and individual discussions, select speakers will be recognized by Overture for their devotion and success in leading change. Among them are Valerie Jarett, who will be awarded the Overture Digital Humanitarian Award; and Roya Mahboob and Jen Crozier will be recognized with the Overture Catalyst Award.

"Over the past several years, we have made significant progress empowering women to enter the fields of STEM and humanitarian development, but there's no question that there is a lot of work to be done to prioritize creating inclusive environments that allow women and girls to thrive," said Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor to President Obama and founder of the White House Council on Women and Girls. "The conversations that Overture is sparking are necessary to this fight. I'm excited to be a part of a community making a constant effort to engage in important conversations around how we can create a better future for women and girls."

"STEM + HD" will kick-off at 10 a.m. ET with a meditation session led by leading Gaiatri Yoga instructor, Ally Bogard, followed by in-depth speakers and panels. After accepting the Overture Digital Humanitarian Award, Jarrett will lead a fireside discussion with attendees around advancing human development through women in STEM.

"Bringing together key leaders and discussing the best way to overcome some of the challenges our world is facing right now is so important," said Donnovan Andrews, CEO of Overture. "But we also want to recognize the leaders that are moving the needle every day and pushing the rest of us to ignite change. Overture's goal is to bring together those that can learn from each other and create the most powerful resolutions, this event is a great example of that."

Overture is two-year old company bringing together major technology, corporate, pharmaceutical and governmental companies and organizations to enact change, advance technological innovation and incite constructive conversations that have the power to benefit mankind across the globe. With a passion to accelerate change through collaboration and technology, Overture has already brought some of the biggest names aboard to help tackle global humanitarian issues, including companies such as Spotify, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, United Nations, T3, DataKind, UN OCHA, USAID, World Policy Institute and S'well, among others.  


OVERTURE is headquartered in New York. Our goal is to advance and curate the intersection between technology and humanitarianism: Digital Humanitarianism™. We foster periodic gatherings to establish meaningful dialogues, and to strategically activate the development and support of regional and global tech solutions to help solve issues plaguing humanity.

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Execs from UN Women, The World Bank, Samsung, IBM, and Women’s Refugee Commission to Discuss Role of Women at Critical Crossroads of Tech-Humanitarian

OVERTURE Digital HumanitarianSeries – Nov 10, 2016 Event @ Civic Hall

Execs from UN Women, The World Bank, Samsung, IBM, and Women’s Refugee Commission to Discuss Role of Women at Critical Crossroads of Tech-Humanitarian Efforts Worldwide

New York, September 28, 2016 – On November 10, at 6 p.m. EST, OVERTURE will host the next gathering for its Digital Humanitarian™ Series: Gender Inclusion to Accelerate Innovation.” CNBC Anchor Bertha Coombs will host the panel-discussion event – at Civic Hall (a well-known collaboration center for the world's civic innovators) in New York City’s Flatiron District. Jamie Pallot, Co-founder of the Emblematic Group, will moderate the panel.

The evening will have two featured presenters: Jeni Klugman (Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women; and Former Director of Gender and Development at World Bank) and Dale Buscher, the Senior Director for Programs at the Women's Refugee Commission. Discussion panelists will include: Fiona Bayat-Renoux (Senior Advisor to the Deputy Executive Director, UN Women); Jeanne Jang (Director, IBM Digital Innovation Lab); and Sayo Martin (Head of Marketing, Global Innovation Center, Samsung Electronics).

Donnovan Andrews – NY media executive and OVERTURE founder – explains the urgent need for events such as Gender Inclusion to Accelerate Innovation: "Female scientists are leading cutting-edge discoveries in their fields, from missions to Mars, to research projects that include growing human bones and harvesting electricity from plants. This previously neglected workforce is becoming more empowered and enabled. Through panel discussions and our annual Forum, OVERTURE hopes to bring together global influencers who can work with us to accelerate women’s advancement within the scientific community and beyond."

When asked why she felt compelled to be on the panel of this Digital Humanitarian™ Series event, Sayo Martin replied: “I’m here today because gender-inclusion is an important aspect for the future of innovation and humanitarianism. I truly believe there are many ways we can take advantage of technologies to: spread the word about equal rights, change attitudes, promote a sense of global fairness, and to provide access to improved living conditions and economic opportunities for all. Collectively, as an industry of innovators and game changers, we can bring prosperity and safety to women – which, in turn, will improve the lives of children and strengthen families.”

Pre-event, online discussions are already active – via Twitter hashtags #genderinclusion, #WomensEconomicEmpowerment, #wecandomore, and #digitalhumanitarian. And, groups including the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on #WomensEconomicEmpowerment (@UNHLP) are Tweeting about OVERTURE’s November 10 Gender Inclusion to Accelerate Innovation event.

OVERTURE organizes the Digital Humanitarian™ Series, and other events in NY and London, to foster coalitions and action: by bringing the right decision-makers together to enable idea generation, tech development, funding and distribution of apps, devices and other technologies that will truly help alleviate the plight of refugees and others living in extreme poverty.


OVERTURE unites innovative technology companies and international development nonprofits to solve global humanitarian crises. Through ongoing events, we assemble Members to share sector-specific expertise, identify shared priorities and develop sustainable solutions to issues plaguing humanity. OVERTURE believes in a world where digital humanitarians™ collaborate for good. Based in New York, OVERTURE is global in scope and currently partners with 30