The theme for the 2022 Women Spanning the Globe conference is "Here. We. Grow." It serves as a powerful backdrop for women leaders to gather and discuss the collective and individual progress and challenges in their professional journey.

Each conference participant will be able to explore new pathways so they can continue to grow. And they won’t have to go it alone. They will be with hundreds of other like-minded women.

Together, women will rise faster.

June 14 | 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM
American Visionary Art Museum
Baltimore, MD


8:45 amWelcome & Opening Remarks

Susan and Astrid kick off the 2022 Women Spanning the Globe.

9:00 amKeynote Address: The Feminine Century

While intellectual power has given rise to remarkable achievement, our near-worshipful reliance on it has created damage we can never repair – not just to our physical and mental health but to our planet too. Anxiety, stress and anger rank among the greatest dangers of our time. Internationally renowned humanitarian and journalist Zainab Salbi is creating strategies to shape new norms so people and the planet have healthier lives. In this session, Zainab will draw from her personal narrative and profiles of women whose work is changing the world  and what you can do to help. 

10:00 amNetworking & VIP Backstage Meet & Greet w/ Zainab
10:25 amKnow Your Path to Leadership

Were you promoted to a leadership role? Hired into one? Elected to it? These are three of the six ways in which people become leaders. Each path comes with its own challenges and opportunities. Yet people rarely recognize the different paths to leadership when considering the leadership styles and approaches they will use in their new role. Meredith Persily Lamel, who has been coaching executive leaders and teams for 20 years, will talk about what she learned by interviewing more than 60 successful leaders who came to their roles differently. The findings are relevant to existing and emerging leaders, as well as those who support them.

Bridging the Digital Divide; Digital Transformation as the Great Equalizer, Not the Great Divider

Digital illiteracy, as well as limited access to broadband internet and digital devices, has created a digital divide in the United States that isolates large swaths of people – particularly women in rural and low-income communities. To bridge the divide, we need to do more than just lay fiber. We also need to ensure that people in underserved communities have equal access to digital hardware and software and high-speed internet, as well as the training and skills needed to navigate digital resources. Learn how you can help bridge the divide and why it is important to do so.

11:30 amStop the Shecession

Bring your whole self to work. That is one of the fundamentals to being a successful leader. But it often is hard for women to do so. Mothers, for example, are more than three times as likely than fathers to be responsible for childcare, remote learning and household chores. The upshot? Burnout and resignations. Businesses can help prevent this by recognizing and rewarding women who are driving progress. In this session, three leaders will share how they are using innovative workforce design strategies to help women drive progress. We can avoid a shecession – an economic downturn where job and income losses disproportionately affect women – by making women feel valued at work and supporting the many hats they wear.

Make the American Dream Come True

For the past 25 years, Sheela Murthy has made it her purpose to strive for a better world, primarily by helping immigrants maneuver through the legal paperwork and proceedings they need to become United States citizens and create a home for themselves in the country. She taps into the knowledge she gained as a law school student at Harvard University, her first-hand experience as a woman of color immigrating from India to the U.S. and the wisdom she has learned by leading one of the most successful immigration law firms in the world. Come to this session to hear her insights on such issues as how to think of problems as opportunities, accept that you are perfect just the way you are and take charge of your team.

12:15 pmLunch & Village Roaming Time

Financial Health Workshop

What is financial wellness and how do we achieve it?   How does financial wellness intersect with physical health and mental health?  In this workshop, we will walkthrough the key indicators of financial wellness, how to determine your progress in each, and what you can do to achieve financial wellness.    

1:15 pmWelcome Back & Afternoon Kick-Off
1:20 pmCreating an Inclusive World
2:15 pmLead from Within

When work becomes overwhelming, stressful, or unsatisfying, it is tempting to quit so you can start a new job or become an entrepreneur. But what about staying and becoming a changemaker? It is called being intrapreneurial and involves being a person who can assess and solve problems creatively, sell their vision, know and leverage their strengths, tolerate risk, be courageous, accept real-time feedback and more. In this session, the panelists will talk about how they have driven change from within by being intrapreneurial.

The Pay We Deserve

You have been offered the job. Congratulations! But now comes the hard part – negotiating your salary. Only 34 percent of women negotiate their salaries, compared to 46 percent of men, which means many women are leaving money on the table. In this session, participants will learn how to determine and be confident about asking for the salary they deserve when they start their job or are already in the job. Practice your pitch, accept your fears about asking for more money and consider such factors as how your work helps the business achieve its goals and improve its bottom line. Learn more tips and find out about the tools you can use to determine your worth.

3:15 pmHow to Create an Inclusive Culture

Being inclusive, as well as diverse and equitable, is a must for businesses that want to be successful. This is especially true during the global pandemic, when employees are eager to share their perspectives on such things as when, where, and how to get their work done. Good leaders seek out and actively listen to those perspectives, ideas and experiences, then incorporate them into their decision-making. During this closing session, learn what it means to create an inclusive environment at work and hear reflections on presentations and discussions had throughout the day.

4:15 pmClosing Remarks
4:30 pmHappy Hour

Celebrate the conference and being back in person at the happy hour in the Women Spanning Globe Village barn and garden (downstairs at AVAM).  The talented Jocelyn Faro and Chris Windebank will be entertaining us this year. 


Keynote Speaker

Zainab Salbi

Humanitarian, entrepreneur, author and media commentator

At the age of 23, Zainab Salbi founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars by offering support, tools, and access to the life-changing skills necessary to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-suffciency. Under her leadership as the organization’s CEO (1993-2011), the organization grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to more than 478,000 marginalized women in 8 conflict areas. It also distributed more than $120 million in direct aid and micro credit loans that impacted more than 1.7 million family members. 

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Sponsorship starts at $3,000 and includes tickets to the event. Learn more about sponsorship here or by contacting Vice President of Programs and Fellowships Astrid Schmidt-King.


Join the hundreds of women who will be joining us in person or virtually. Ticket prices range from $25 to $250.

2022 Conference Planning Committee 

  • Susan Aplin: Co-CEO, World Trade Trade Institute (conference co-chair)
  • Liz Robinson: senior vice president of sales, Otter Products  (conference co-chair)
  • Megan Christofield: director of expanding family planning choices, Jhpiego
  • Lynn Manthy: senior vice president and senior relationship manager, Wells Fargo
  • Monica Mitchell: vice president of corporate philanthropy and community development, Wells Fargo
  • Tammy Ridgley: vice president of marketing, product and procurement, Tessco
  • LaToya Superville: director of supply chain innovation, McCormick & Co.


Visionary Sponsor

Wells Fargo has been an integral component of WTCI’s Women Spanning the Globe conference for many years. It has helped shape, support and champion the success of the event by, for example, playing a key role in choosing the conference theme and sessions. As a member of the conference planning committee, Wells Fargo demonstrates its commitment to inclusive leadership.

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