First Lady Announces 'United States Of Women' Summit

| by Nik Bonopartis
First Lady Michelle Obama with speakers slated for the United State of Women summit.First Lady Michelle Obama with speakers slated for the United State of Women summit.

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey will join first lady Michelle Obama to host "The United State of Women," a summit on June 14 that will focus on things like economic empowerment, preventing domestic violence and civic engagement (video below).

The roster of speakers reads like a list of celebrities walking the red carpet -- actresses Meryl Streep, Kerry Washington and Tina Fey will be joined by PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Google executive Megan Smith and TV producer Shonda Rhimes. Other speakers include Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, the founder of, "Daily Show" senior correspondent Jessica Williams and "Orange Is The New Black's" Laverne Cox.

Along with themes of empowerment, the panelists will speak on female leadership, pay equity, entrepreneurship and education.

"Together with our co-hosts, we seek to address these critical issues, and bring together people from all backgrounds to learn from each other," said the White House's statement.

The summit was announced with a slickly produced video in which Winfrey, Obama and others talk about their goals and accomplishments. The Ford Foundation, Goldman Sachs, PepsiCo and the Tory Burch Foundation are co-sponsors of the event. The latter group is aimed at supporting women-owned businesses.

With 5,000 attendees already registered, there are no more tickets to the summit, but those interested can catch a live stream of the event on June 14 at

Women around the world were also selected to attend after they created social media videos telling viewers why they should be selected to participate, according to The Washington Post. More details on the program's schedule and topics will be released by June 10, the White House said.

Sources: The White House, The Washington Post / Photo credit: The White House

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