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Feminist Michael Kimmel to keynote NEW Summit

Thursday, February 11, 2016  
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Women’s leadership advocate Michael Kimmel will be the opening keynote speaker at the NEW Leadership Summit 2016, Sept. 28-30 in Orlando. Kimmel, author of Angry White Men, will speak on ways to engage men in gender equality efforts.

Called "the world’s most prominent male feminist,” Kimmel is the founder of the Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University, New York. His books include the best-seller Guyland: The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men, Manhood in America, The Politics of Manhood and The Gendered Society. His TEDTalk, Why Gender Equality is Good for Everyone, Men Included, has been viewed by nearly 1 million people.

"White men in Europe and the United States are the beneficiaries of the single greatest affirmative action program in the history of the world. It is called ‘the history of the world,’” Kimmel told TED.

"Gender equality is in the interest of countries, of companies, and of men, their children and their partners,” he noted. "And it’s not a zero-sum game. It's not a win-lose. It is a win-win for everyone. And what we also know is we cannot fully empower women and girls unless we engage boys and men.”

Kimmel has lectured at more than 300 colleges, universities and high schools and advised corporations, NGOs and governments on gender issues. He has delivered the International Women’s Day annual lecture at the European Parliament and has worked with the ministers for gender equality of Norway, Denmark and Sweden to develop programs for boys and men.

The NEW Leadership Summit is the number-one women's leadership event in the retail, consumer goods and services industry. The Summit features all-star keynoters, career workshops and special events, including the annual Celebrating Excellence Awards. Summit attendees network with more than 1,200 consumer products and retail industry executives and emerging leaders.

Registration opens in early May.

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