Katie Couric, Nadja Swarovski to Host 4th Annual WIE Symposium for Empowering Women Leaders

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An extraordinary line up of powerful industry leaders have been confirmed for the 4th annual WIE Symposium, a global annual conference designed to empower the future generation of women leaders.  Acclaimed journalist and talk show host Katie Couric and celebrated Swarovski Executive Board member Nadja Swarovski will host the two-day event, which takes place over the weekend of September 20th & 21st in New York, with the central theme “The Female Advantage”.

WIE launched its first symposium in New York City in 2010 and has since expanded to Europe and Africa.  The conference brings together thought-leaders from the fields of politics, philanthropy, media, fashion and the arts for two days of thought provoking discussion designed to inspire social change and furnish women with the tools to succeed.

The event will begin on September 20th with “WIE Enterprise Day where topics include “How To be An Authentic Leader”, “What Women Want” and “Women Shaping the News”. WIE Enterprise Day on September 21st will feature discussions such as “Tech: The New Frontier”; “The 3-Per Centers” and “The Rise of the Idea Entrepreneur”.  The event also includes workshops on everything from Executive Presence to Negotiating Skills.

This year, the organization will also launch The WIE Debate.  Held in association with The Economist, the traditional debate will explore the question “Does Extended Maternity Leave Hurt Business” referencing the average 12-week maternity provision offered in the US compared to 36 weeks upwards in most of Europe.

Dee Poku, WIE’s Co-Founder and CEO said: “Katie Couric and Nadja Swarovski embody this year’s theme.  Both are incredible leaders whose strengths have brought them great success and inspired women around the world.  It’s been well documented that so-called female traits such as long-term thinking and collaboration are key to success in business today. The Female Advantage is all about playing to your strengths and staying authentic and we’ve assembled some very impressive women who will speak to that concept.”

The WIE Symposium is supported by a number of partners and sponsors including The Economist, UBS and Audi of America.

  • A complete list of speakers and moderators is available upon request* or by going to the website (www.wienetwork.org)


Date: Friday September 20th & Saturday 21st, 2013

Time: Friday – 8am-5:30pm, Saturday – 9am-6pm

Location: 548 W. 22nd Street, New York, 10011

Prices: Ticket prices $50.00 – $500.00 (Click here for details and registration.)

Day One ($275.00)

Day Two + Awards + Closing Party ($325.00)

Days 1 & 2 + Awards + Closing Party ($500.00)

Awards + Closing ($50.00)

For ticket information and further details visit www.wienetwork.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


WIE, which stands for “Women: Inspiration and Enterprise” is an ambitious and innovative global annual conference that celebrates excellence and provides a platform for this generation’s greatest minds to inspire and empower the leaders of tomorrow.   Over the years, the conference has featured an incredible array of thought-leaders including Melinda Gates, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Arianna Huffington, Donna Karan, Queen Rania, Diane von Furstenberg, Nancy Pelosi, Jill Biden, Nancy Meyers, Aerin Lauder, Dr Helen Gayle, Maria Eitel, Wendi Murdoch, Ted Turner, Christy Turlington, Melanne Verveer, Iman, Mellody Hobson, Glenda Bailey and Nora Ephron. The symposium provides a dynamic opportunity for women to connect with their peers and be inspired by the their role models.  For more information about WIE click here.

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