2021 International Women’s Day Student Summit

March 7th-8th, 2021

Choose to Challenge

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and the 2021 theme is #choosetochallenge. Envoys is proud to host a Student Summit, open to students of any gender, focused on challenges women and girls face in the 21st century.

View past Envoys summits here 


This Summit brings together a diverse group of students to take part in designing, testing, and iterating solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems when it comes to gender equality.

While learning about the various issues women and girls face globally, we’ll learn about ourselves as leaders—and about how each of us can take action to advance gender equality worldwide. 

Program Details

Over the course of two days, groups of students from around the world will gain inspiration from expert speakers and collaborate virtually on short, fun, and meaningful projects and collaborations.

Far from being a lecture or a simulation, students instead examine serious issues, build new relationships with peers, and work directly on #ChoosetoChallenge to dream up new ways to accelerate progress on gender equality. 

This program is designed for students aged 11 to 18. Middle School and Upper School students will be split by age groups for group activities.

This is a student-driven event, facilitated by Envoys. While educators are welcome to observe, student groups do not need to be accompanied by a faculty member to attend! Students participating in the conference will need the ability to log into a Zoom call and access Google collaborative products (Docs and Jamboard)


Register individually as a student, or teachers can register a large group as shown below!

Regular Registration
Closes February 26th

  • $150 for individuals
  • $500 for a small cohort (up to 4)
  • $1200 for a large cohort (up to 10)
  • $2200 for a super cohort (up to 25)

Confirmed Speakers

Sophia Kianni
Keynote speaker, March 8th

Sophia is an American climate activist specializing in media and strategy. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international youth-led nonprofit that works to translate information about climate change into over 100 languages. She represents the United States as the youngest member on the United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. She also works as a national strategist for Fridays for Future, an international spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion, and a national partnerships coordinator for This is Zero Hour.

Conference Sessions

Students participating in the conference will need the ability to log into a Zoom call and access Google collaborative products (Docs and Jamboard).

Sunday, March 7th:
8:00AM to 12:30PM (Los Angeles)
11:00AM to 3:30PM (New York)
4:00PM to 8:30PM (London)

Monday, March 8th (International Women’s Day!):
2:00PM to 4:00PM (Los Angeles)
5:00PM to 7:00PM (New York)
10:00PM to 12:30AM (London)

We meet virtually and discuss our unique communities and backgrounds, setting the stage for the sessions to come. We create usable norms to aid our processes for collaborative work, and make visible our respective learning goals.

We hear from subject-matter experts on specific issues facing women and girls globally, considering both the ‘big picture’ as well as examples of how real people and organizations on the ground make tangible progress around the world.

We look at existing models for accelerating progress on particular SDGs, analyzing their strengths and shortcomings. We then engage in a ‘remix’ session, editing existing materials to rapidly produce new creative works that expand on the strengths and invite new possibilities.

Following a ‘jigsaw’ methodology, participants break into groups to re-examine how their separate innovations are set up for success (or failure) according to cultural, psychological, institutional, professional, or political dimensions. Returning together, each group discusses how to adapt and expand on their designs in order to best ensure lasting change.

Each team shares their work, noting both the results and crystallizing the lessons learned along the way.

As a final step in the conference, participants come together in an act of collective learning, setting out a declaration of beliefs and actions that every member commits to achieving in the time to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

How are faculty/adults involved?

This event is designed for students only. The majority of spaces are dedicated to groups of students working independently in small groups. There will be targeted moments when adults can participate and check-in with their student delegations.

What are the exact times that students need to be connected?

Students are expected to arrive five minutes early and be present for the duration of the conference:

Sunday, March 7th:
11:00AM to 3:30PM (ET)

Monday, March 8th (International Women’s Day!):
5:00PM to 7:00PM (ET)

What age group is this event for?

This event is designed for students aged 11 to 18. Middle School and Upper School students will be split by age groups for group activities.

How can I get help with a technical issue?

Participants can get help through the Live Chat available throughout the program, as well as other contact options.

What are the student waivers all about?

Students will be asked to fill out a waiver acknowledging Envoys’ privacy policy and other key points. If you have any questions about the form, please contact us.

What if I registered but cannot longer attend?

We’re sorry you won’t be able to make it. All registrations are non-refundable.

Envoys is delighted to collaborate with the following organizations to bring together a global community of committed leaders in advancing gender equality to  this summit. 

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