AS/COA Women's Hemispheric Network

Explore AS/COA's Women's Hemispheric Network portal, promoting active discussion on women's empowerment and leadership in the Americas.

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AS/COA Women's Hemispheric Network


Women only make up only 20 percent of global board directors and serve as CEOs at just 28—or 5.8 percent—of S&P 500 companies. As noted in a recent report from the Peterson Institute, "Latin America stands out as a region where progress appears particularly slow" in increasing the number of women represented in corporate leadership.

With that in mind, Americas Society/Council of the Americas started the Women’s Hemispheric Network to encourage rising young professional women between the ages of 22 and 35 to stay in the workforce and reach leadership positions. The Network launched in October 2012 at a New York workshop featuring then-Executive Director of UN Women Michelle Bachelet and former First Lady of Mexico Margarita Zavala.

Building on that success, the Network went global in 2013, hosting a series of events across the Americas, including in Bogota, Buenos Aires, Lima, Mexico City, and Miami. In 2020, the Network hosted twelve virtual programs engaging more professional women and male allies across the hemisphere than ever before. This year, we look forward to celebrating the 10th anniversary of WHN in October 2021 with our flagship event: a virtual conference featuring leaders and role models from across Latin America and the United States.

“I leave inspired and certainly will pass this inspiration in the actions with the 200,000 women entrepreneurs from my network​​.” 
–Ana Fontes, founder of Rede Mulher Empreendedora, after the WHN Brazil conference

Follow the conversation on Twitter: #womenASCOA | @ASCOA

In conjunction with AS/COA’s programmatic efforts, we offer this portal to maintain an active discussion. Explore the following areas of the portal by navigating through the tabs to the left.

  • We hold events across the Americas. Find out where we have been on the past events tab.
  • View videos in the Watch & Listen section.
  • Access interviews, publications, and more related content from hemispheric women leaders.
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Past Events