2016 Topic

Reaching out: How the Arctic Connects Us All

Keynote Speaker

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Internationally-recognized Inuit human rights and environmental advocate, former International Chair for the Inuit Circumpolar Council, 2015 recipient of the Right Livelihood Award ("Alternative Nobel"), nominated for the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore, and author of The Right to Be Cold: One Woman's Story of Protecting Her Culture, the Arctic, and the Whole Planet...

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Cultural Speaker


Katie Kennicott

Women in Global Floriculture - Kennicott Brothers Company board member to speak on how the flower industry positively impacts the women of Colombia and Ecuador.

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Master of Ceremonies/Moderator


Karen Weigert

On March 7 she will join the Chicago Council on Global Affairs as Senior Fellow for Global Cities, after serving five years as the City of Chicago's first Chief Sustainability Officer...

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2013 Speakers and Hosts

IWD 2013 speakers

From left to right: Laura Meyer, International Trade Club of Chicago (ITCC) advisor; Sidney Salvadori, ITCC board chair/Canadian trade commissioner; Hon. Lisa Madigan, Illinois Attorney General; Ellen Costello, BMO Corp. ceo; Dr. Aparajita Sengupta, professor/visiting Fulbright scholar; Peggy Parfenoff, WorldChicago executive director; Robyne Robinson, IWD emcee/moderator and ROX Jewelry ceo



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