On May 12, 2014, the Julia Morgan Ballroom played host to Women & Girls Lead where notable attendees Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Pat Harrison, Joy Bauer, Sheryl WuDunn, Nicholas Kristoff, Megan Smith, and Becca Stevens addressed the crown of 200+.

Women and Girls Lead is spearheaded by the Independent Television Service [ITVS] and its Global Perspectives Project. ITVS is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people. The Global Perspectives Project is funded by Ford Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Wyncote Foundation, and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.