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Powerful Women Leaders Designing for Disruption

Disrupt Women's Summit

'Teen Vogue' Editor in Chief Elaine Welteroth owning her seat at the table.

Last year, on the heels of launching the Disrupt Aging book, Jo Ann hosted a private luncheon at the annual Women in the World Summit in New York. The message of disrupt aging charged the VIP attendees. As a result, for this year’s gathering, WITW wanted to shout that message even louder and to an open audience. Jo Ann was invited to participate in the panel discussion on what “designing disruption” means for today’s modern women and how we fight stereotypes of age and gender in business and pop culture.

AARP collaborated with WITW to make sure our core panel represented the empowerment and disruption happening within different industries and age groups. Jo Ann shared the stage with five other influential leaders: iconic fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, Teen Vogue Editor in Chief Elaine Welteroth, Hollywood actress and activist Tracee Ellis Ross and technology game changer Jeannine Sargent, president of Innovation and New Ventures at Flex.

Give yourself 30 minutes to watch the video of the spirited discussions on gender stereotypes, combating ageism and owning that seat at the table, all moderated by the bold, lively author Kathy Lette. One of the many highlights is Elaine’s powerful tale of experiencing ageism from the other side of the spectrum — as a young up-and-coming powerhouse in media.

“If you doubt your power, you give power to your doubt.” That was the cautionary mantra Diane left us with…


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