Engendering Climate Equity and Justice: Women Leaders on Impact and Solutions

Climate impacts are distributed in a starkly uneven way across nations and communities. Explore how we can move towards a just and equitable future with women leaders whose experiences span climate justice activism, public policy, food security, economic development, the arts and design, cultural activism, and journalism and media.

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About The Speakers

Anais Reyes - Climate Museum

Anais Reyes - Senior Exhibitions Associate of Curation,
The Climate Museum

Anais Reyes (she/her) joined the Climate Museum team as an intern in 2018. Today, as Senior Exhibitions Associate of Curation, she works on planning, researching, and writing exhibitions that educate and empower our visitors. She is motivated by the potential and urgent need for social and cultural approaches to climate solutions. Anais received a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a postbaccalaureate certificate in interdisciplinary climate and environmental studies from Columbia University. She has previously worked at the American Museum of Natural History, the New Museum, and the Whitney Museum. She loves making groan-worthy dad jokes.

.Peggy Shepard - WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Peggy Shepard - Co-founder and Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Peggy Shepard is co-founder and executive director of WE ACT for Environmental Justice and has a long history of organizing and engaging Northern Manhattan residents in community-based planning and campaigns to address environmental protection and environmental health policy locally and nationally. She has successfully combined grassroots organizing, environmental advocacy, and environmental health community-based participatory research to become a national leader in advancing environmental policy and the perspective of environmental justice in urban communities — to ensure that the right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment extends to all.

She has been named co-chair of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council as well as chair of the New York City Environmental Justice Advisory Board, and was the first female chair of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She also serves on the Executive Committee of the National Black Environmental Justice Network and the Board of Advisors of the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.

Her work has received broad recognition: the Jane Jacobs Medal from the Rockefeller Foundation for Lifetime Achievement, the 10th Annual Heinz Award For the Environment, the William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership, the Knight of the National Order of Merit from the French Republic, the Damu Smith Power of One Award, the Dean’s Distinguished Service Award from the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health, and Honorary Doctorates from Smith College and Lawrence University.

Favianna Rodriguez - The Center for Cultural Power

Favianna Rodriguez - Co-founder and President, The Center for Cultural Power

Favianna Rodriguez is an award-winning artist, cultural strategist, and President of The Center for Cultural Power, a national organization igniting change at the intersection of art, culture and social justice. A strategy advisor to artists of all genres, Favianna is regarded as one of the leading thinkers and personalities uniting art, culture and social impact. She collaborates with social movements around the world to co-create narrative and cultural strategies that are resilient and transformative. Favianna embodies the perspective of a first-generation American Latine artist with Afro-Peruvian roots. As a nationally-celebrated artist known for her leadership, vision, tenacity, and wide-ranging sphere of influence, Favianna also helps lead cultural strategy design and investment by helping to organize the philanthropic sector. Favianna is a recipient of the Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, the Atlantic Fellowship for Racial Equity, and the Soros Equality Fellowship.

Shyla Raghav -TIME CO2

Shyla Raghav - Chief Climate Officer, TIME CO2

During her time at TIME as Chief Portfolio and Partnership Officer of TIME CO2, Shyla has been instrumental in the design and launch of a groundbreaking product, the TIME CO2 Planet Portfolio, which blended climate, nature, and community projects into a single portfolio to help channel funding to high quality programs as an alternative to offsetting.

She has also successfully established a range of partnerships and an expert Advisory Council to guide TIME CO2’s climate programs.

Prior to joining TIME, she served as Vice President for Climate Change at Conservation International, where she was responsible for the organization’s strategy on climate change and climate action coalitions.  This included supporting the Maldives, leader of the Alliance of Small Island States, during the negotiations on the Paris Climate Agreement.  Prior to that, she conducted research on climate change in Dominica, Belize and Thailand, in addition to professional experiences at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the UN Development Programme, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, and the Adaptation Fund.

Shyla was featured in InStyle Magazine’s “Badass Women” and was an AAAS IF/Then Ambassador role model and mentor to young women pursuing careers in STEM. She also delivered the popular TEDx talk on reimagining climate change and sacrifice.


Hafsat Abiola

Hafsat Abiola - Co-Founder of Connected Women Leaders, Co-Lead of Project Dandelion, President of Women in Africa 

Hafsat Abiola is the Co-Founder of Connected Women Leaders, Co-Lead of Project Dandelion, and President of Women in Africa. 

An economist with degrees from Harvard and Tsinghua, a pro-democracy activist who lost both parents to her country’s democracy struggle, and a former member of her state’s cabinet in charge of the MDGs and trade and investment portfolios, Hafsat believes women’s equal engagement in the economy and governance systems at all levels will lead to a better world.

Her commitment to harnessing women’s power to transform society is reflected in her work, which spans from the local to global. In Nigeria, she founded KIND, a civil society organization that trains thousands of women in service-oriented leadership. She is one of 50 Councillors of the World Future Council, a Special Envoy to Africa for Women Political Leaders, a member of BMW Foundation’s Responsible Leaders Group, Vital Voices 100 and an alumna of the World Economic Forum’s Community of Young Global Leaders. She is also the recipient of several global and national awards; including, in 2019, the U.S. Civil Rights Museum Public Service Award.



Hafsat Abiola

Favianna Rodriguez

Peggy Shepard

Shyla Raghav


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