East-West Center to Launch #galswithLEI Global Webinar Series


HONOLULU (Mar. 8, 2021) -- Each year, the East-West Center's #galswithLEI event celebrates the Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Inspiration of women business and social entrepreneurs. On March 18, the Center will launch a new online #galswithLEI Global webinar series to connect with a more geographically distributed and diverse audience than ever before.

Scheduled to run bimonthly until January 2022, #galswithLEI #girlswithLEI Global LogoGlobal will offer a 90-minute keynote panel and attendee-driven open space designed to address today’s critical concerns, identify innovative solutions, and build networks of support for women entrepreneurs. #galswithLEI Global leverages the East-West Center’s unique access to the world’s policymakers, entrepreneurs, community leaders, and artists—uniting these global forces virtually with Hawai‘i’s women leaders to harness their collective experience, ambition, and passion amid an unprecedented era of disruption and change.

#galswithLEI Global is open to women business, social entrepreneurs, corporate and nonprofit managers, and other community leaders across the United States and the Asia Pacific. #galswithLEI Global is welcoming and respectful to women including trans women and those who identify as nonbinary gender non-conforming. Registration costs $10 and is limited to the first 100 people to encourage attendee engagement.

Shecession: The Pandemic’s Impact on Working Women

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 3:30 – 5:00pm, Hawai‘i time


The economic downturn triggered by COVID-19 has taken a disproportionate toll on women, leading some economists to deem the crisis a “SHEcession.” A recent analysis by the McKinsey Global Institute found that although women comprise only 39% of the global workforce, they make up 54% of overall job losses and their jobs are 1.8 times more vulnerable to the crisis than men. Reasons for this unique impact include women leaving the workforce due to child-care responsibilities, the lack of flexible work options, and steep job losses in female dominated industries.

The recession threatens to erase years of economic gains and societal progress for women as women respond to these challenges by reducing their hours or dropping out of the labor market. Hear from economists and other experts as they discuss how the pandemic has affected working women across the globe; the systemic inequities that led to the “SHEcession;" what can be done to mitigate the economic effects of the crisis; and the challenges and opportunities ahead as the world works towards building a resilient and inclusive economy.

#galswithLEI Global offers a 90-minute keynote panel and attendee-driven open space. Panelists include:

  • Anita BHATIA, Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director, UN Women, New York, USA @abhatiaunwomen
  • Ariane Hegewisch, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Washington, DC, USA @ArianeIWPR
  • Khara Jabola-Carolus, Executive Director, Hawai‘i State Commission on the Status of Women, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA @HawaiiCSW

Moderator: Ginger Vaughn, Lecturer, Rice University, and Changing Faces Alumna, Houston Texas, USA

Event Details:

Who: East-West Center

What: #galswithLEI Global

When: Thursday, March 18, 2021

Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm HST

Where: Online and via Mobile on Airmeet

Cost: $10/pp Tickets: www.eastwestcenter.org/galswithlei

For more information on #galswithLEI Global, contact Liz A. Dorn at 1-808-944-7368 or [email protected].