All conference events will take place at Encore at the Wynn Las Vegas unless otherwise noted.

Monday, October 31 


9:00 am – 6:00 pm

IWF Registration Desk
Encore Promenade


9:00 am – 3:30 pm

IWF Board Meeting

Closed Meeting (Board Directors only) 


12:00 – 6:00 pm

Pop-up Shops
Encore Promenade


6:30 - 9:00 pm

Global Leaders' Dinner & Reception

Closed Event (For registered forum presidents and IWF Global Board Directors only)


Tuesday, November 1 


8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Presidents' Council Meeting

Attendance at Presidents’ Council Meetings limited to: Forum Presidents, Chapter Presidents, the chose representative of Forum or Chapter President if she is unable to attend; and, as observers, Forum Executive Directors/ Administrators and IWF Global Board Directors. 


9:00 am - 6:00 pm

IWF Registration Desk
Encore Promenade


9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Pop-up Shops
Encore Promenade


6:30 - 9:30 pm

Opening Reception
Intrigue Nightclub at the Wynn Encore

We look forward to welcoming you to the entertainment capital of the world! We are excited to begin in true Las Vegas style with ample food, engaging entertainment, and the most important element of our opening receptions: the opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet new ones. 


Wednesday, November 2 

All sessions take place in the Encore Ballroom unless otherwise noted.


7:00 am - 6:30 pm

IWF Registration Desk
Encore Promenade


7:30 - 8:30 am

IWF Special Interest Group: Health Care


7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Pop-up Shops
Encore Promenade


7:30 - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast
Encore Promenade


9:00 - 9:20 am

Opening Remarks


9:20 - 10:05 am

PLENARY 1 - Critical Minerals: A Clean Energy Dilemma 

Rare earth elements and critical minerals are essential for the batteries that power energy efficient technologies like electric vehicles and wind turbines.  But the mining and refining of these materials has a significant environmental impact, and that is creating controversy in many places.   

Another complication is these resources are largely mined in Africa and China, where the Chinese government has a near monopolistic control on the biggest global supply.  Energy independence and national security are top of mind for leaders globally and there is a significant push to diversify the supply chain. 

Nevada has one of the largest lithium deposits in the world and is the perfect place to discuss this particularly difficult dilemma.


10:05 - 10:25 am

Coffee Break
Encore Promenade


10:25 - 10:50 am

Ideas Remaking the World

For six years, IWF members from around the world have shared the evolution of their cutting-edge concepts for building a better and more prosperous world.  IWF’s innovators, instigators and disruptors present a status update of their transformational ideas, business propositions and technologies.


10:50 - 11:35 am

PLENARY 2 - Clean Water:  Increasing Demand, Decreasing Supply  

Mining the critical minerals discussed in our first plenary requires water.  A lot of water.  And in many places, including Nevada, water is in short supply.  

Increased demand is just part of the picture.  Climate change is producing widespread drought, and in many communities, water quality is poor.  All of these factors are contributing to increased competition for water resources.   

The driest state in the US provides a dramatic context to examine the science, possible solutions, and potentially profound global geopolitical implications of a shrinking supply of clean water.  


11:35 am - 12:15 pm

Encore Promenade


12:15 - 1:05 pm

Encore Ballroom  


1:05 - 1:50 pm

PLENARY 3 - The Economics of Now

Today’s economic reality is something we have never seen before: a war, a pandemic, supply chain disruptions, commodity and labor market shortages, rising inflation and decreased value for both equities and fixed income instruments.   

Are there any bright spots? What can be done to ease the pain? Is there anything we can learn from history to help navigate the now? 

Join us for an important discussion of what do you as leaders need to know to assess this complex set of challenges and their impact on your organization and its work. 


2:15 pm

Behind the Scenes Bus Departure
Brahms, Patio, Promenade


3:00 - 5:00 pm

Behind the Scenes
Scheduled return by 5:00 pm


6:30 pm

Dine Around Reception 
Brahms, Patio, Promenade

Grab a drink and connect before Members depart for Dine Arounds.


7:00 pm

Dine Around Bus Departure
Brahms, Patio, Promenade


7:00 - 8:30 pm

Guest Dinner

If you are joining the conference but are not an IWF Member, we invite you to join us for a special dinner.


7:30 - 10:00 pm

Member Dine Arounds

It would not be an IWF conference without our beloved Dine Arounds. You will have the opportunity to meet and connect with your IWF sisters from around the globe in small groups over a shared meal. The dinners will be hosted by Members of IWF Nevada in their private homes around the city. 


Thursday, November 3 

All sessions take place in the Encore Ballroom unless otherwise noted.  


7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Pop-up Shops
Encore Promenade


8:00 - 9:00 am

Continental Breakfast
Encore Promenade


9:00 - 9:45 am

PLENARY 4 - Faceoff:  Democracy vs. Autocracy   

There is a global battle underway.  On one side is a bold and aggressive group of authoritarians, unafraid of brandishing their political, economic, and military might.  On the other side are the world’s democracies, many of which have been weakened by political polarization and disinformation.  

Experts say there is an urgent need for the world’s democracies to bolster their institutions, form more effective alliances, and deliver meaningful results to their citizens. 

How can that be done?  What tools would be effective?  Does the US have the credibility to effectively lead such an effort?  If the US doesn’t lead, who will?  

What are the current trends, the reasons behind them, and strategies for strengthening the resilience and reach of democracy?   


9:45 - 10:05 am

Coffee Break
Encore Promenade


10:05 - 10:50 am

PLENARY 5 – Peace of Mind: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis

All over the world, people of all ages, but children and adolescents particularly are increasingly suffering from depression, anxiety, and tragically, suicide. The pandemic has amplified the impact on mental wellbeing, significantly affecting children of color and children who lack access to any kind of help or support. The dual pressures of social media and isolation create a toxic environment that is difficult to escape.  

What can be done to create a healthier world for the next generation?  From public policy to public health to personal action, we explore ways to make systemic changes to address or fix this concurrent pandemic.


10:50 - 11:10 am



11:10 am - 12:10 pm 


1. Betting on the Future: The Changing World of Gambling  

Gambling has entertained human beings for millennia.  Today’s wagers take place on rapidly changing platforms.  Online sports betting is already established, and further technological innovation is ushering in new ways to place your bets both in casinos and the virtual world.  Cryptocurrency, blockchain and increasingly sophisticated forms of gaming will have an impact on the betting experience and culture.  Our top experts, including IWF Nevada member Stephanie Maddocks, will give us a view of the future of an activity that spans cultures and history. 

2. Stong Mind/ Strong Body  

How does your mind help keep your body strong? How does your physical health impact cognitive health? Improving brain health is pivotal to overall wellbeing and reducing the risk of cognitive decline. Dr. Kate Zhong, a member of IWF Nevada and expert on brain health will share tactics and lifestyle changes that will booster the resiliency of the brain, enhance cognitive capacity, and optimize leadership.   

3. Masterclass with Harvard Business School Professor Rosabeth Moss Kanter 

IWF Massachusetts founding member Rosabeth Moss Kanter is renowned as an authority on leading major business and social change. She brings her expertise in teaching with the case method to this discussion of stakeholders, leadership and how the climate crisis can be addressed by cities in the face of both possibilities for and barriers to change. Using the example of Miami, this session will examine mitigation, adaptation and the collaboration needed to build resilient communities.

NOTE: the case and background note will be provided to registered participants in advance for pre-reading, as they will be encouraged to participate actively in the discussion


12:10 - 12:30 pm

Transition to Lunch


12:30 - 1:30 pm

Lunch Served
Encore Ballroom


1:30 - 2:15 pm

PLENARY 6 - Are We Alone?  

Aliens, once a staple of science fiction, are now a subject of serious government and scientific inquiry.  A 2021 US government report confirmed 144 sightings of unidentified aerial phenomena since 2004, with some showing unusual flight characteristics that could demonstrate advanced technologies.  A number of governments, including the US are establishing initiatives to coordinate reporting and response.    

We are excited to have IWF Northern California member and Time 100 Most Influential People 2004 designee Jill Tarter together with Avi Loeb, Harvard Professor and author of Extraterrestrial:  The First Sign of Intelligent Life on Earth, to talk about extraterrestrial life and what it could mean for security, technology, and health. 


2:30 - 3:30 pm

IWF Special Interest Group: Philanthropy 


6:30 - 7:30 pm

Encore Theater Foyer


7:30 - 9:00 pm

IWF 2022 International Hall of Fame
Encore Theater


9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Hall of Fame Celebration 
XS Night Club