Meghan Markle Will Speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Virtual Summit Today
Meghan Markle Will Speak at Fortune's Most Powerful Women Virtual Summit Today
Meghan Markle is set to talk about ‘creating humane tech’ which will be ‘a big part of new charity Archewell’ during a virtual summit today.
The Duchess of Sussex, 39, is currently living in her $14 million Santa Barbara mansion with Prince Harry, 35, and their Archie, 18 months, having stepped back from royal duties in March.
The former Suits star will speak at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit Virtual today in a 15 minute slot, where she will meet one-on-one with journalist Ellen McGirt to discuss ‘what it will take to create humane tech.’
The exclusive Fortune conferences invites members paying $13,000 to attend ‘by-invitation-only live and virtual meetings and membership communities for the leaders setting the global business agenda’.
Royal reporter and Finding Freedom author Omid Scobie tweeted: ‘Duchess Meghan will speak at tomorrow’s Fortune summit about how experiences online shape communities offline. She will join the summit for a virtual one-one-one on rebuilding the digital world and creating humane tech (a big part of Archewell).’
According to its online description, the three-day event will ‘gather the preeminent women in business, along with select leaders in government, philanthropy, education, sports, and the arts, to explore our theme, ‘Rising to the New Reality’.’
Meghan’s session, which is just 15 minutes long, is described online as: ‘Our experiences online shape our communities offline.
‘How do we build—and rebuild—our digital world? What’s the true price we pay if we don’t?’
The Duchess will sit down with Ellen McGirt for the discussion, who is Senior Editor at Fortune magazine.
According to her Linkedin page, the journalist specialises in topics about ‘leadership, innovation and breakthrough philanthropy’ and ‘keeps a close eye on race, inclusion and diversity.’
While it is unknown if the Duchess will receive a fee for her appearance, Meghan and Prince Harry signed up with the Harry Walker Agency earlier this year.
At the time, branding experts revealed they could earn as much as £770,000 ($1million) for a speech through HWA, which calls its the ‘World’s #1 Exclusive Speakers’ Agency’.
Earlier this year, Prince Harry said social media was stoking a ‘crisis of hate,’ and urged companies to rethink their roles in advertising on digital platforms.
In an opinion piece for U.S. business magazine Fast Company headlined ‘Social media is dividing us. Together, we can redesign it,’ Harry said that social media, as it currently stands, is ‘unwell’.
The former senior royal said he and his wife, Meghan, have spent the past few weeks working with business leaders and marketing executives on the issue to try and introduce changes.
‘The digital landscape is unwell and companies like yours have the chance to reconsider your role in funding and supporting online platforms that have contributed to, stoked, and created the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth,’ he wrote.
He called for online communities to be ‘defined more by compassion than hate; by truth instead of misinformation; by equity and inclusiveness instead of injustice and fearmongering; by free, rather than weaponised, speech.’