Back for the 18th year, on May 15th more than 550 in-person and virtual attendees from around the world joined us for a day of learning, inspiration, and connection. See videos from the day's sessions and speakers below.




Reimagining Wellbeing, Leadership, and Longevity

Conventional advice on how to organize your life can be useful. But those life hacks are broad, and don’t take into account each of our unique circumstances. It’s time to revisit that advice for women living in today’s world, and to take bold steps toward achieving your goals.

Randi Braun

Randi Braun


Something Major

Randi Braun is the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Something Major: The New Playbook for Women at Work. A member of the Forbes Coaches Council, Braun is the CEO & Founder of the women’s leadership firm, Something Major, a highly-regarded speaker, and an ICF-certified executive coach, who has worked with 50+ organizations including Microsoft, Uber, Virgin, Accor Hotels, and Cox Communications, among others. 

An expert at helping high-performing women thrive in demanding roles, her insights on women’s leadership have been featured in The Washington Post, Forbes, Thrive Global, Parents Magazine, and The Chicago Tribune. Randi coaches, leads retreats and, when she’s not traveling to attend events like ours, Randi lives in Washington, DC with her spouse and two children.


Story Spotlight

Embracing Values: A Journey from Managua to Global Impact

Mariandrea Chamorro

Mariandrea Chamorro

VP, Global Development Delivery Practice

Abt Global

In her previous role at Abt, Chamorro was Regional Vice President for Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean where she provided overall leadership, management, strategy, and vision for the assigned regional management unit with a portfolio of more than $35 million in annual revenue and a two-year pipeline valued at more than $250 million. Chamorro led and oversaw development and implementation of a regional strategy and was responsible for the unit’s financial management. She ensured successful implementation and client satisfaction on existing programs, and provided quality assurance to and overall leadership of business development efforts in the region.

Prior to her Vice President roles, Chamorro was the deputy project director of Abt’s largest project - PMI VectorLink, a $741 million project working in 25 countries in Africa, Cambodia, and Colombia to decrease the burden of malaria through vector control. She provided oversight and leadership to the Operations and Procurement and Logistics teams, and she managed the project’s 10 international partners. Chamorro provided senior-level management expertise and vision and served as a liaison to all Abt corporate departments. Under VectorLink’s predecessor project, PMI Africa Indoor Residual Spraying (AIRS), Chamorro managed malaria prevention programs in seven African countries.

She previously worked for the Millennium Challenge Corporation on Cape Verde and Mozambique compacts. She also worked for Chemonics International in the Latin America and Caribbean division and the International Health group, managing a diverse portfolio of USAID-funded projects.  Ms. Chamorro is originally from Nicaragua, and she speaks four languages fluently.&nbsp


Innovations and Trends as Disruptors and Growth Drivers

The world of business can feel like the ocean – a small wave followed by bigger ones as companies notice and implement the latest trend. These major changes, whatever they are, should be seen as opportunities. Opportunities to jump on a growing trend toward growth, or to stay the course as an industry leader. 

Fireside Chat

The New Face of Women’s Health

Innovation is all around us.  Learn how exceptional leaders convert external trends into business opportunities.


Enjoy a catered lunch provided by The Classic Catering People. Share space and connect with other attendees. After lunch, the Sozo Children’s Choir will kick off the afternoon with a special performance.

Sozo Children’s Choir was created to provide spiritual, personal, and cultural development opportunities for people in Uganda. This performance features lively singing and dancing.


Women Inspiring Women

Dr. Daria Willis

Dr. Daria Willis


Howard Community College

Dr. Daria J. Willis serves as the fifth president of Howard Community College. She assumed office as the first African American to lead the college in its history after a unanimous vote by the college's Board of Trustees.  

Prior to her appointment at Howard Community College, Dr. Willis was the president of Everett Community College in Everett, Washington. Among her accomplishments are the adoption of the Guided Pathways framework across Everett Community College to help close achievement gaps and promote student success and achievement, the adoption of a new advising model to assist students with course selection and degree completion, and securing a $43.5 million from the Washington Legislature to fund the new Learning Resource Center that broke ground in September 2021. 

She currently serves as a 2021 Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow and on the American Association of Community Colleges’ Commission on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity, the Howard County Economic Development Board, Local Children’s Board, Rising Leaders, and Phi Theta Kappa advisory board. Dr. Willis most recently received the Daily Record’s 2022 Most Influential Marylander, Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, 2023 cohort of VIP Women of Influence and was honored as a Living Legend by Councilmember Opal Jones. 

Earlier in her career, Dr. Willis was the provost and senior vice president of academic affairs at Onondaga Community College; the dean of academic studies at Lee College in Baytown, Texas; executive dean of centers/dean of instruction at the Lone Star College-North Harris Greenspoint Center and Victory Center; department chair of social and behavioral sciences and kinesiology at Lone Star College-University Park Campus in Texas and the Faculty Senate president; an adjunct faculty member in history at Florida A&M University; and an adjunct faculty member in history at Tallahassee Community College (Florida). 

Dr. Willis earned her Ph.D. in history from Florida State University. She holds a master’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in history education from Florida A&M University, a historically Black college in Florida. 

Dr. Willis and her husband, Dr. Isiah David Brown, are the proud parents of daughter Lyric, son Isiah, and daughter Imani. 


The Power of Integrating Leadership Development in Your Business

The best leader for your company tomorrow could be someone that’s already working there today. Talent development should be a key part of every company’s portfolio. Learn how to build high performing teams with the people you’ve already got, while preparing for the future.


Reimagining Leadership: The Traveling Table

Conjure a mental image of a leader in your mind. Prepare to turn that image on its head. Successful leadership takes many different forms, and a great leader at one company doesn’t necessarily mean a great leader anywhere else.

Lia James

Lia James

Human Advisor & Consultant

Lia James, CEO and Human Experience Advisor of &Human, works at the intersection of culture, leadership development, and workforce innovation to craft environments that not only cultivate, but celebrate human connection and transformation. With a background in Workforce and Leadership Development, Lia has become a luminary in designing strategies that bridge gaps between people, places, and potentials. Her expertise lies in transforming organizational cultures to be more inclusive, collaborative, and effective, regardless of geographical boundaries. Through her leadership, companies such as Emerson, The Innovation Foundation, Coursera, and Lighting Environments have seen their teams flourish in environments where technology enhances human interaction, making collaboration more intentional and accessible.

Lia's approach to leadership and development is rooted in the belief that at the heart of every successful organization is a human first. Her work empowers leaders to not only unlock the human element in all solutions but to also create spaces where every voice is heard, and every person is valued. Lia brings her insights and experiences to the forefront, inspiring audiences with her dynamic vision for the future of work. Her mission transcends professional 


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship starts at $3,500 and includes tickets to the event. Contact VP of Membership & Business Development Jeremy Rosendale to inquire about sponsorships.

Visionary Sponsorship


  • Prominent Visionary Sponsorship acknowledgement throughout the event platform and WTCI website home page & email marketing communications (distributed to 5,000+ people and on-site event banners/slides)

  • Logo featured on social media posts relating to conference

  • Logo featured on front cover of conference journals for attendees

  • Verbal recognition and “thank you” from conference stage in opening & closing remarks

  • Sponsor table upon request

  • Speaking opportunity in Opening Remarks

  • Speaker opportunity- up to 2 sessions

  • Moderator opportunity- up to 2 sessions

  • Opportunity to introduce AM or PM Keynote speaker

  • Pre- and post-event list of attendees upon request

  • 20 in person tickets

  • 30 virtual tickets

  • 5 tickets to VIP Lunch with Keynote Speaker

Platinum Sponsorship


  • Inclusion of logo in print and digital marketing materials (e.g., WTCI website, event platform, email marketing messages that go to 5,000+ people and on-site event banners/slides)

  • Sponsor ribbons for all employees who attend in person

  • Priority seating

  • Sponsor table upon request

  • Logo featured on front cover of conference journals for attendees

  • 10 in person tickets

  • 20 virtual tickets

  • Pre- and post-event list of attendees upon request

  • 3 tickets to VIP Lunch with Keynote speaker

  • 1 speaking opportunity- panelist or moderator

Gold Sponsorship


  • Inclusion of logo in print and digital marketing materials (e.g., WTCI website, event platform, email marketing messages that go to 5,000+ people and on-site event banners/slides)

  • Sponsor ribbons for all employees who attend in person

  • Priority seating

  • Logo featured in conference journals for attendees

  • 8 in person tickets

  • 15 virtual tickets

  • 1 ticket to VIP Lunch with Keynote Speaker

Silver Sponsorship


  • Inclusion of logo in print and digital marketing materials (e.g., WTCI website, event platform, email marketing messages that go to 5,000+ people and on-site event banners/slides)

  • Sponsor ribbons for all employees who attend in person

  • Priority seating

  • 4 in person tickets

  • 10 virtual tickets

2024 Sponsors

Visionary Sponsor

Kaiser Permanente

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Production Partner

Catering Partner & Wine Partner

About Women Spanning the Globe

Women in leadership roles face challenges and opportunities unique to their gender.

The annual Women Spanning the Globe conference is a chance to learn from and network with hundreds of emerging and existing leaders, most who identify as women. 

The one-day event is hosted by the World Trade Center Institute (WTCI). The range of speakers since the annual event was started is diverse and expansive – marketing and banking executives, technology and human resources experts, journalists and engineers, for example. But the challenges facing professional women often are the same. Themes for the day have included “Finding Strength in Sisterhood,” "In Your Element," and “Turning Curiosity into Courage.” 

Conference Advisory Council

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