The 3rd Annual OWN IT Summit took place at Georgetown University on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. We had 800 attendees, over 100 speakers, 45 breakout sessions, 65 volunteers, and 20+ partners.

Attendees had the chance to see Abby Wambach, World Cup winner and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Dava Newman, Deputy Administrator of NASA; Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, founding Editor-in-Chief of; Norah O'Donnell, Co-anchor of CBS This Morning; and many more! 

You can see our 2016 Welcome Video here.

You can see our schedule for the day here: 

7:00AM - WAKE-UP YOGA (optional)   Healey Family Student Center

8:00AM - REGISTRATION  Healy Hall

9:00AM - WELCOME TO OWN IT   Gaston Hall

  • Helen Brosnan, OWN IT Co-Founder & OWN IT 2016 Executive Director
  • Soraya Eid & Allyn Rosenberger, OWN IT 2016 Co-Chairs
  • Georgetown University President John DeGioia 

9:10AM - PERFORMANCE   Gaston Hall

  • Azure Antoinette & Enushe Khan 


  • Abby Wambach
    • Retired American soccer player, coach, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and FIFA Women's World Cup Champion
  • Norah O'Donnell
    • OWN IT 2014 & 2015 speaker, OWN IT Advisory Board member, and Co-Host of CBS This Morning

9:45AM - WOMEN IN NEW MEDIA: Breaking barriers and creating new spaces for women online and in print

  • Amani Al-Khatahtbeh
  • Alison Overholt
    • Editor-in-Chief of ESPN Magazine
  • Liza Donnelly
    • New Yorker contributor & political cartoonist
  • Amel Monsur
    • Creative Director, VICE's Broadly
  • Moderated By: Carla Zanoni
    • Executive Emerging Media Editor, Audience Development at the Wall Street Journal

10:30AM – THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY: Female innovators solving 21st century problems

  • Megan Smith
    • United States Chief Technology Officer
  • Dava Newman
    • Deputy Administrator of NASA
  • Moderated By: Eun Yang
    • Morning News Anchor for NBC4

10:50AM — BREAK

11:00AM - BREAKOUT SESSION #1    Healey Hall, White Gravenor, Maguire, ICC, Reiss

12:00PM - LUNCH    Healey Family Student Center

1:00PM - BREAKOUT SESSION #2     Healey Hall, White Gravenor, Maguire, ICC, Reiss

1:50PM - BREAK


  • Melanne Verveer 
    • Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace & Security
  • Delass Johnson
    • Spoken word poet 

2:00PM - REDEFINING ACTIVISM: Challenging norms and changing the landscape of justice in America  

  • Sarah McBride
    • LBGT activist & Campaigns and Communications Manager at American Progress
  • Tamika Mallory
    • Racial justice activist & Executive Director of National Action Network
  • Shannon Watts
    • Founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
  • Jessica Jin
    • Organizer, Cocks Not Glocks
  • Moderated By: Jamia Wilson
    • Feminist activist & Executive Director of Women, Action, And The Media

2:40PM - TRAILBLAZERS: Disrupting industries and building businesses through social change   

  • Miki Agrawal
    • CEO & Founder of THINX & Author of Do Cool Sh*t
  • Jenna Arnold
    • Founder of Organize, organ donation registration
  • Moderated By: Buffy Wicks 
    • American Political Strategist, Co-Host of The Riveters Podcast 

3:00PM – CALL YOUR GIRLFRIEND(S): women are awesome -- a conversation on modern womanhood and evolving feminism 

  • Ann Friedman
    • Co-host of Call Your Girlfriend podcast and New York Magazine columnist
  • Aminatou Sow
    • Co-host of Call Your Girlfriend podcast and Founder of Tech Lady Mafia
  • Moderated by: Dr. Marcia Chatelain
    • Historian & Author of South Side Girls