What She Said: Women in Exploration - Atlas Obscura

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What She Said: Women in Exploration

Atlas Obscura is teaming up with the W New York – Times Square for an evening of conversation among modern-day women explorers.

Join Atlas Obscura for W New York - Times Square’s What She Said: Women in Exploration, the hotel's global speaker series featuring inspiring women from the travel, business, fashion, music, design, and tech industries. Listen to our panel of incredible women explorers as they discuss some of the most amazing places they've visited, the challenges of traveling as a woman, what it's like to break barriers in the field of exploring, and more. And if you’re lucky, randomly selected audience members will win a copy the bestselling book Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders and the just-released kids’ book Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid.

Our panel will feature Barbara Hillary, the first African-American woman to reach the North and South Poles. The New York native achieved this feat in her 70s after battling and overcoming lung cancer. Since those expeditions, Barbara has become an inspirational speaker and is busy planning her next amazing adventure, which she has yet to disclose.

It will also feature Christine Dennison, another native New Yorker, who was the first woman to scuba dive under the polar ice caps of the Canadian High Arctic. She has led expeditions to the most remote corners of the world and is an internationally awarded ocean explorer. She is co-founder and president of Mad Dog Expeditions, an exploration, adventure company that pioneered Arctic ice diving and remote underwater expeditions. Christine is also the Founder of ExploringWomen.com, a company dedicated to empowering women by sharing firsthand knowledge and leading by example.

A unique opportunity to speak directly with the women leaders of Atlas Obscura, the panel will be hosted by Ella Morton, Senior Editor and co-author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders. Nikki Vargas, Places Editor of Atlas Obscura and co-founder of feminist travel magazine Unearth Women, and Tao Tao Holmes, Atlas Obscura’s Director of Trip Design, will also join the talk.

During the panel discussion, you will have the opportunity to ask questions. Attendees who are 21+ are invited to join lingering panelists in the hotel’s Living Room Lounge for cocktails and light fare immediately following the event.


Registration is required for attendance. Event is free to the public. 

Check-in will begin at 6 p.m. and is located on the fifth floor of the hotel.

The panel discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m., lasting for roughly 45 minutes with an additional 15 minutes for audience Q&A.


Contact Alexa Harrison at alexa.harrison@atlasobscura.com