Conference to Explore How Women Leaders Can Discover and Unlock their Natural Strengths

May 30, 2023

The 16th annual Women Spanning the Globe conference will focus on why and how women can enjoy what they do – a necessity to ensuring they can be better leaders at work and in their personal lives.

Faida Fuller, a champion for education equality and improving women’s lives, will kick off the daylong event. She will discuss how important it is for women to tap into, instead of downplay, their natural ability to be creative, humane, and community-oriented. As the chief operating officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership, Fuller has increased the nonprofit organization’s capacity to invest in women who improve the world.

Christine Michel Carter will close the conference by focusing on the importance of being intentional instead of accepting bad things when they happen. She has written about the topic extensively, as a senior contributor for ForbesWomen and the author of several books. Carter has been called the “voice of millennial moms.”

All of the discussions throughout the day will have a connection to the natural world – either fire, air, water, or earth.

  • Fire: This session will focus on awakening women’s power in the workplace, where many women feel their male counterparts exclude them from conversations or make more money for the same job.
  • Air: This session about breaking the double bind will include success stories from women who, against all odds, have remained authentic to themselves by simultaneously being empathetic and assertive, as well as competent and personable leader.
  • Water: Several women will discuss what they have done on their own and in alignment with their male counterparts to foster a culture of empathy that benefits all genders.
  • Earth: Speakers will dive into what people, including employers, are doing to address the unique health and wellness issues women face.

The event will include more than 16 other speakers, primarily established women executives from the Mid-Atlantic – such as leaders from McCormick and Company, Inc., Johns Hopkins Medicine International, Kaiser Permanente, Kennedy Krieger Institute, United Way of Central Maryland, and the University of Maryland.

The event will be held at the Colwell Center (formerly the Columbus Center) in downtown Baltimore, MD and virtually from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

Interviews with speakers, either at or before the conference, can be scheduled upon request. Individual speaker headshots are also available upon request.


About WTCI

The World Trade Center Institute empowers people with ideas and connections so they can drive growth and global good. We focus on existing and emerging global business leaders in the Mid-Atlantic – from high school students to executives in the C-Suite – whose work touches people in the United States and countries around the world. Our network includes 3,500+ companies and hundreds of academic institutions, government agencies and nonprofit organizations, making it the largest network of global businesses in the Mid-Atlantic. We host events, offer fellowships and curate global exchanges. For more information on WTCI, go to

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