Forbes Launches Inaugural 30/50 Summit, Cross-Generational Women’s Event For International Women’s Day 2022

 The March 6th-9th gathering will be chaired by Mika Brzezinski, and encompass the Forbes 30 Under 30 and 50 Over 50 lists

Forbes announced its first-ever Forbes 30/50 Summit, a global event gathering generations of women from both the “30 Under 30” list and “50 Over 50” list in Abu Dhabi in March 2022 to mark International Women’s Day. The news was announced during a special “50 Over 50” list celebration event featuring a keynote conversation with U.S. First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and “Morning Joe” co-host and “Know Your Value” founder Mika Brzezinski, who will chair the new event.

In 2011, Forbes launched “30 Under 30,” the world’s most influential list of young leaders, and it’s now a global phenomenon and community of 10,000 disruptive innovators across 50 countries. A decade later, in 2021, Forbes and Mika Brzezinski with “Know Your Value” launched another initiative called “50 Over 50,” celebrating age defying leaders and entrepreneurs. Now, Forbes will bring together all these inspiring leaders in 2022 for the greatest gathering of women ever.

Over the next three years, this unique summit will be hosted in Abu Dhabi, a global city with ambitious plans to become a sustainable world class capital and knowledge economy. This event will be a powerful catalyst for change, in a region that has lagged in gender equality. The summit will bring together the most powerful global leaders, including honorees from Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and 50 Over 50 lists, with the mission of forming world-changing alliances. The Forbes 30/50 Summit will focus on creating cross-generational mentorship opportunities to provide leadership, guidance, and insights to women at every stage of their career. It will also offer diverse perspectives focused on women in leadership and entrepreneurship, and will provide rich cultural immersion opportunities, including programming at the Louvre Abu Dhabi and a day of service at Zayed University, which was founded to educate and empower future generations. On International Women’s Day itself, hundreds of Summit participants will reveal their most important lessons, which will then be shared on the Forbes platforms, “Morning Joe” and others, to empower women across the world.

“Over the years, Forbes created a global community with thousands of innovators, gamechangers and rulebreakers around the world through its 30 Under 30 list,” said Mika Brzezinski, founder of Know Your Value and co-host of MSNBC's Morning Joe. “This year, in partnership together, we introduced 50 Over 50 to shine a bright light on the women who are rewriting the rules for success and shattering the prevailing misconceptions about age and gender in the workforce. By merging the two communities, we’re in a unique position to activate a worldwide, multigenerational community of leaders who can bring about meaningful change that benefits women everywhere.”

“For so long, International Women’s Day was celebrated virtually and through a hashtag, but now we’re giving a true home where conversations can drive change,” said Randall Lane, Chief Content Officer and Editor, Forbes. “This is the first time that International Women’s Day will have a physical headquarters where women leaders can build something together and pay it forward to future generations. And we’re doing it in a way that allows insights to be shared with women around the world.”

Forbes Under 30 Franchise

Forbes’ Under 30 franchise is a global platform, which comprises Forbes Under 30 lists featuring young game changers published in print and online all over the world; live summits in the U.S., Asia, Europe, Israel and Africa; and an Under 30 channel on

About Forbes x Know Your Value “50 Over 50”

The “50 Over 50” platform was developed in partnership with Forbes and Mika Brzezinski with Know Your Value to shine a light on women over the age of 50 who have achieved significant success later in life, often overcoming formidable odds or barriers. In early 2021, Forbes and Know Your Value unveiled its inaugural 50 Over 50 list, and that list soon expanded into different lists showcasing how women are wielding their influence in politics and social entrepreneurship, STEM and the arts, finance, and beyond. It recently expanded globally with 50 Over 50 Asia and 50 Over 50 Europe lists.

About Forbes

Forbes champions success by celebrating those who have made it, and those who aspire to make it. Forbes convenes and curates the most influential leaders and entrepreneurs who are driving change, transforming business and making a significant impact on the world. The Forbes brand today reaches more than 150 million people worldwide through its trusted journalism, signature LIVE and Forbes Virtual events, custom marketing programs and 44 licensed local editions in 77 countries. Forbes Media’s brand extensions include real estate, education and financial services license agreements.

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