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The WIL conference 2021 will take place on May 8th & 9th 2021 online.  

Program of the event

During our conference, we will offer you a diverse program of speeches, panels and campfire sessions as well as a networking event after the conference. Our program is aimed to present projects and activists from all around the world who are working on topics of gender, feminism, diversity and intersectionality in their specific fields, ranging from IT security to StartUps to political activism, development work and more! All the times given in this program are set in the Bremen timezone.  

Saturday, MAY 8TH, 2021

9.00 – 9.30

Opening Ceremony

9.30 – 13.15

First blog of speeches & the Panel on Intersectionality

13.15 – 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 – 17.15

Second blog of speeches & our campfire session

17.30 –

End of day one

Sunday, MAY 9TH, 2021

9.00 – 13.30

Third blog of speeches & the Panel on Gender in Academia  

13.30 – 14.00

Closing Ceremony

15.00 – 17.00

Networking event

Our speakers

Meet our speakers, panelists and campfire session leaders! In the coming months, we will introduce more and more of the amazing people that will speak at the WIL conference 2021. 

Are you curious to learn more about them? You can meet them during our conference in May… 

Jenny Davidson, CEO of Stand UP Placer-empowering survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence

Laura Lazar, Founder of BE COSMOPOLITE – Gender and Diversity Leadership

Amane Badhasso, TakeAction Minnesota – promoting people-centered democracy

Panel on intersectionality

Grace Ji-Sun Kim, Korean American theologian and Professor of Theology at Earlham School of Religion, Richmond, Indiana – Intersectionality, Feminist & Theology 

Anne Sisson Runyan, Professor of Political Science and former Head of the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of Cincinnati (UC) 

Panel on gender in academia

Susanne Täuber, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management & Organizational Behavior at the University of Groningen

Thomas Auf Der Heyde, Provost at Jacobs University Bremen 

Sebastian Springer, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Jacobs University Bremen

Mandi Larsen, University Lecturer for Methods of Empirical Social Research Methods at Jacobs University Bremen 


Marlen de la Chaux, Technical expert on SME productivity and working conditions at the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO).

Aurelie Salvaire, French Author & social entrepreneur

about the event

The Women’s International Leadership Conference (WIL) empowers womxn with diverse academic and professional backgrounds from around the world to take charge of their careers and put themselves on the path to leadership. Undergraduate students at Jacobs University have been organizing the conference since 2015.  

​Our vision:  

  • To create awareness about the lack of womxn in leadership positions, 
  • to inform about prevailing discrimination against womxn from different points of view, 
  • to make feminism understandable for people of various backgrounds, and  
  • to inspire particularly female students to aim for high career goals. 

Who will participate:  

  • We are expecting speakers from all over the world, from various social and professional backgrounds. Our guests include academics, social entrepreneurs, CEOs, politicians, activists, engineers and so on.  
  • Our main target audiences are undergraduate and graduate students. However, everyone with an interest in the topic is more than welcome to participate. Tickets can be purchased on our website from the beginning of February onwards. 

Please attend. To buy tickets, please click here.

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