Summit 2012

Thank you for all who participated, volunteered, spoke, presented and sponsored the
WINS2012 full video recording !

The Summit was a powerhouse of inspiration, and provided quality time for reflection, learning, laughter and connections.

“Forget innovation, focus on doing good. I believe innovations follow when our focus is on getting good work done for the benefit of humanity.”  –Scott Berkun, The Myths of Innovation

The Summit was a powerful presentation of the feminine voice. Watch theWINS2012 full video recording for the content.

8:00-9:00 Registration, Continental Breakfast
9:00 Opening Song: Imagine by Maria Männistö, soprano Opening Remarks: What If the Future Mattered?Founder Kristiina Hiukka, WINS
9:15 Women Leaders in the Innovation Economy:The economy requires women to innovateCEO Jean Brittingham, SmartGirls Way
9:25 Women’s Leadership in the Corporate Innovation EcosystemCFO Hope Cochran, Clearwire
9:35 Scaling a Great Idea to Innovation through Partnerships and Collaboration: leadership of an inventorCEO Marta De Wulf, Food ‘n Me
9:45 Moderated conversation on leadership on stageAudience Q&AModerator Managing Partner Pamela Mattsson, Axialent
10:05 Dyad Discussions
10:15 Reel Grrls presents a call for interviews
10:20-10:45 Break
10:45 Women at the Intersection of Technology and Leadership:Changing the world through open collaborationChief Talent and Culture Officer Gayle Karen Young, Wikimedia
11:55 A Young Scientist’s Journey to Solving Gluten IntoleranceSydney Gordon, UW graduate in biochemistry
11:05 Girls as Game Changers: GameChangeHers – girls and women are changing the gameCCSO Megan Gaiser, HerInteractive
11:15 Moderated conversation on technology on stageAudience Q&AModerator Lara Feltin, Co-Founder, CEO, Biznik
11:35 Dyad Discussions
11:45-12:45 Lunch – Reel Grrls interviews
1:00 The roots of the innovation challenge: Seeding for innovative humanityFounder Mary Gordon, Roots of Empathy, Ashoka Fellow


1:12 Inspired to Innovate – Girls helping girls can change the worldFounder Jessica Markowitz, IMPUHWE
1:22 The Power of Vision: Transforming the world by transforming ourselvesFounder Kristin Hayden, OneWorld Now! Ashoka Fellow
1:32 Inventing for an Empowered EconomyFounder Samantha Rayner, Lumana
1:42 Moderated conversation on Social ChangeAudience Q&AModerator Carol Sanford, author
    2:02 Dyad Discussions
2:14 How Girls are changing the world – Youth Ventures Andrea Wenet, Executive Director, Ashoka Seattle
2:25 What’s emerging? What’s next?Preparing for the Audacious Innovation Forums
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00 Audacious Challenge Forums – Innovation Agenda 2013:Economy: Innovating for a thriving economy – embracing women’s economic power Jean Brittingham, SmartGirls Way Renata Kowalczyk, CoWorking LLC Education: Educating for Innovation – ensuring the next generation of innovators Lara Merriam-Smith, Brilliance Enterprises Tammie Schacher, ZenoEcology: Innovating for a thriving planet – striving for sustainability Terri Butler, Sustainable Seattle Mary Rose, Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability Open: What else is emerging? Lindsay Andreotti, Brilliance Enterprises Charmel Bowden, Scale Up Biz
4:30-4:45 Break
4:45 Debrief Kristiina HiukkaPatti Dobrowolski, visual facilitator
5:50 Closing Remarks: The WINS Innovation Agenda 2013Kristiina HiukkaInvitation to the Reception, Ambassador Ritva Koukku-Ronde
6:00 Reel Grrls presents: The Spirit of WINS2012 (film)
6:00-8:00 Innovative Networking – Reception & Winetasting, sponsored and hosted by Ashoka Seattle, Embassy of Finland and wineries: OWines, DaMa Wines, Olympic Cellars – Working Girl, Girly Girl Wines, Girly Girl Wines, SuLie Cellars/Roller Girl Wines, music provided by Seattle Wind Quintet

Insights from WINS2012:

Great panels! Loved the diversity of the conversations. Inspiration for change in my own life

Impressive to see what could be put together as a summit! Multiple insights from speakers! Reminder – showing up is important! T.K.

Very inspired to take my vision and make it a reality. I don’t have to wait. T.B.

Inspiration and confirmation, I am on the right path. The personal is universal. R.S.

How many people are out there willing to collaborate. It’s overwhelming! S.F.

Language: “constellations”, “posse”, value of play, 9%, “Be a good ancestor”, ignore naysayers – take risks-buck the system”, empathy. C.M.

The key to success behind these women innovators is to be confident & to believe in yourself as the one to bring changes and Just do it. W.C.

Opportunity to discuss, collaborate and develop a solution to/about a problem. Hearing from powerful and successful women. J.B.

No brain left behind – See It, Say It, Change It! Age & experience doesn’t limit what can be done. Passion does! Anon

The world is filled with brilliant, self confident women and not only the women we celebrated in the media because of their image. I met so many today and realized this truth. S.B.

Many! Hearing Gayle speak in general, especially about how we need to be responsible for truth we put out there. J.S.

#pursepower – this is a launch pad for social change and WINS 2013. S.G.

Social change and the impact women can have on business. Lack of female leaders – what can we do to change that? A.H.

Encouragement to follow my ideas and have confidence. The façade some people put on does not mean they are more capable than me! R.C

So many tales and results of ideas in successful young women. Energized by things being done by women/girls in the world. Impressed. J.M.

Audacious Challenges 2012-2013

As an ambitious group of women we decided to take the possibilities a notch deeper and to inspire some real action items that we can bring forward in 2013 as a measurable mark of our success beyond the day at hand.

The breakouts that we called Audacious Challenge Forums, took on the big and bold challenges of our time in the areas of Economy, Education, Ecology and Emerging Ideas. The challenges in these very fundamental areas of the society are not minor and tackling them is not a simple task. However, we were bold and trusted that there was enough brain power in the room that something actionable could be born.

The Process

The problem definition was not pre-determined. The groups took it upon themselves to define the issues to discuss define by the issues that rose to importance as a part of the day. Each group had facilitators were very skilled in getting to the heart of the matter in short period of time. Sometimes the process of just framing the problem was more insightful than the solution itself.

Important questions arose: What are the problems and whose problems are they? Why should we solve them? What are the consequences of solving these problems? Who benefits? Who doesn’t?

Every group worked intensely and collaboratively under a tight two-hour time frame. They organized themselves into working groups, discussed the issues and the process and came up with proposals and initiatives.

We asked the Forums to answer the following questions:

What is the heart/the mission of the change we want to see?

What is the technology or science needed for the change to take place?

What is the envisioned outcome or the metric of this change?

How do we lead this change/Who is going to be in the leadership of this change?

The forums produced some interesting outcomes.

Here is an example from the Economy Forum:

Audacious Challenge Forum on Economy

The changes we want to see:

  • Women’s buying power supports sustainable economy in concrete ways.
  • A businesses’ social commitment becomes transparent. Integration of technology/science, leadership and social commitment comes together in a tangible way.
  • The technology or science needed for these changes: Create a Twitter #PursePower to endorse sustainable commercial choices.
  • Develop an app with a database to feature the social commitment of companies.
  • Create a series of forums to discuss these issues further. The envisioned outcome or metric: The #Pursepower Twitter handle becomes a leading social trend.
  • There will be a reward for participating companies.
  • There will be a balanced score card embracing the feminine principles.
  • The Leadership for these: Identify “sexy social influencers” who have a large following Set up a set of state standards. Involve highly responsible businesses to lead the way.

Through this exercise it became apparent that we have incredible resources of wisdom and will to affect things for the better.

More on other initiatives – go to the Initiatives page!

Continue the conversation in our LinkedIn Group or Facebook page