Mom+Social Highlights the Power of Social Media to Improve the Lives of Families and Communities Around the World

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The United Nations Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, BabyCenter, The Huffington Post, 92nd Street Y, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation host the first-ever conference bringing together mothers, experts, and leaders in the community to address some of the world’s biggest issues.

As Mom+Social, the only one-day conference celebrating mothers who are making a difference globally, wrapped up last week in New York City, thousands of the brightest and most passionate people engaged in a global conversation both in-person and online via Livestream. The conference, held at 92Y Tribeca, was hosted by the United Nations Foundation, Johnson & Johnson, BabyCenter, The Huffington Post, 92nd Street Y, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. More than 400 mothers, innovators, and media attended the first-of-its-kind conference and 4,000 watched online.

Mom+Social served as both a lead in to Mother’s Day and the culminating event of the Global Mom Relay, a 63-day online conversation connecting moms and experts around the world to share their personal experiences, stories about motherhood, and global causes they care about. Since March 8, 2013, people in all 50 states and 141 countries participated in the relay that garnered more than 92,000 actions and more than $464,000 to help women and children worldwide. Mom+Social gave participants and experts a chance to connect face-to-face continuing to drive the momentum generated by the Global Mom Relay.

“The digital movement of mothers for mothers is just beginning,” said Elizabeth Gore, Resident Entrepreneur at the UN Foundation. “From now until September we’re collecting ideas about the best way the global community can support mothers and will deliver these solutions to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.” People can share their ideas at http://www.momplussocial.org.

At Mom+Social, experts from all fields took to the stage to share their ideas on how technology and digital media can help tackle some of the biggest problems facing mothers and children globally. These speakers included:

  •     Brandy, Recording Artist & Actress
  •     Nigel Barker, photographer & humanitarian
  •     Lisa Belkin, The Huffington Post
  •     Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News
  •     Sophie Blackall & daughter, Measles & Rubella Initiative and Shot@Life champion
  •     Michelle Byrd, Games for Change
  •     Kathy Calvin, United Nations Foundation
  •     Sarah Colamarino, Johnson & Johnson
  •     Asha Curran, 92nd Street Y
  •     Sharon D’Agostino, Johnson & Johnson
  •     Tiffany Dufu, Levo League
  •     Adela Flavia Charca Vilca video, Pro Mujer
  •     John Gerzema, The Athena Doctrine
  •     Elizabeth Gore, United Nations Foundation
  •     Gene Gurkoff, Charity Miles
  •     Saba Ismail, Aware Girls
  •     Jeannette Kaplun, Hispana Global
  •     Dr. Harvey Karp, The Happiest Baby
  •     Fortunata Kasege, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
  •     Maz Kessler, Catapult
  •     Cindi Leive, Glamour
  •     Jennifer Lopez, The Lopez Family Foundation
  •     Lynda Lopez, The Lopez Family Foundation
  •     LaShaun Martin, Mocha Moms
  •     Stacy Martinet, Mashable
  •     Patty Mechael, mHealth Alliance
  •     Carolyn Miles, Save the Children
  •     Linda Murray, BabyCenter
  •     Radha Muthiah, Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves
  •     Ariel Pablos-Mendez, USAID
  •     Robbie Parker
  •     Asha Rani video, MAMA Bangladesh
  •     Ines Renique, Girl Up teen advisor
  •     Reshma Saujani, Girls Who Code
  •     Nina Schwalbe, GAVI Alliance
  •     Brenda Shaughnessy, Poet & Author
  •     Aaron Sherinian, the UN Foundation
  •     Brian Sirgutz, The Huffington Post
  •     Harry Smith, NBC Nightly News
  •     Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, Spouse of UN Secretary-General
  •     Bobbie Thomas, Today Show Style Editor
  •     Christy Turlington Burns, Every Mother Counts
  •     Laura Turner Seydel, Turner Enterprise, Inc.
  •     Tina Wells, Buzz Marketing Group & Mackenzie Blues series
  •     Chrysula Winegar, Million Moms Challenge
  •     Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky
  •     Julie Zeilinger, The F Bomb

Below are some of the most captivating highlights from the conference.

  •      “It is, for me, a great tragedy when the needs of any children anywhere are not met.”– Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, Spouse, United Nations Secretary-General
  •      “It’s all about education and awareness and doing something – do your part! Supporting each other comes back to you.” – Jennifer Lopez, Actress, Music Artist & Co-Founder, The Lopez Family Foundation
  •      “In so many ways we are all mothers.” Tiffany Dufu, Chief Leadership Officer, Levo League
  •      “This is a new, solution-focused generation and they’re going at things in different ways.” John Gerzema, Author & Social Theorist

For photos of the event, click here

Press contacts:
UN Foundation: Negin Janati, njanati(at)unfoundation(dot)org
Johnson & Johnson: Carol Goodrich, cgood2(at)its(dot)jnj(dot)com
92nd Street Y: Beverly Greenfield, bgreenfield(at)92Y(dot)org

About Mom+Social
Mom+Social is a special, one-day gathering focused on motherhood and the role of social media, technology, and philanthropy to improve the health of moms and children everywhere. Hundreds of the brightest and most passionate people working to improve child, maternal, and reproductive health will gather on May 8, 2013 at 92YTribeca in New York City to share ideas, raise awareness, and inspire action. Hosted by the United Nations Foundation, 92Y, Johnson & Johnson, BabyCenter, and The Huffington Post, this unique gathering will focus the world's attention on ways to address some of the greatest health challenges affecting women and children today. Anyone, from anywhere, will be able to participate in the dialogue by tuning into the speeches, discussion, and panels via live stream and social media. http://www.unfoundation.org/momplussocial.

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