Webinar: A Conversation Author Lois Quam

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UMN SDG Initiative Webinar

Book Cover: Who Runs the World?

A Conversation with Lois Quam 

Join us in conversation with Pathfinder CEO Lois Quam, author of the bestselling book, Who Runs the World? Unlocking the Talent and Inventiveness of Women Everywhere, to explore what happens when we fully unlock the transformative potential of women and girls globally.

Lois’s book showcases stories of women who are driving change, applying their talent and inventiveness to transform fragile health systems, fight inequity, and build resilient responses to growing threats from climate change. At this event, we’ll delve into these stories of change and find out what happens when women run the world.

Webinar Details

  • Date: June 18, 2024

  • Time: 12-1pm Central

  • Location: Online via Zoom 


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About Lois Quam

Lois Quam – Named three times to FORTUNE’s list of most influential women leaders in business, Lois Quam, Pathfinder’s CEO since 2017, is a senior leader in the corporate, government, and civil society sectors. At Pathfinder, Lois and her colleagues provide global leadership demonstrating the vital role women play, when supported, in addressing the central challenges of our day.
Deeply committed to putting power and decisions closer to those who experience their impact, Lois relinquished her role as Pathfinder’s President to form a leadership group with two other women – President Lydia Saloucou Zoungrana in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso and President Tabinda Sarosh in Karachi, Pakistan. 

Lois is the author of the bestselling book, Who Runs The World? Unlocking the Talent and Inventiveness of the Women Everywhere, which offers personal reflections and a global perspective to demonstrate that unlocking the talent of the world’s women – half of all humanity – is the key for global progress in the 21st century. Quam recognizes that reproductive health care, and the ability to make these personal decisions, is central to women’s ability to reach their full potential in life.

Prior to joining Pathfinder, Lois served at the U.S. State Department as leader of President Barack Obama's Global Health Initiative with annual U.S. investment over $8 billion addressing the biggest health challenges facing millions of people across over eighty countries. In the corporate sector, she was the founding CEO of a division of UnitedHealth Group, providing services to older Americans and low-income families across the United States through the Medicare and Medicaid programs and in partnership with AARP. A Rhodes Scholar from Minnesota, Quam has degrees from Oxford University and Macalester College.