Yara Shahidi to Headline Tory Burch's Inaugural "Embrace Ambition" Summit

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Margaret Atwood and Burch herself are also on the speaker lineup.

A little ambition never hurt nobody. Tory Burch is out to prove as much by continuing her global #EmbraceAmbition campaign, launched last year, with a brand new component that seeks to empower female entrepreneurs and bust negative stereotypes of success-hungry women.

On Thursday, the philanthropic designer announced the inaugural Embrace Ambition summit — going down on April 24 in NYC — which will feature Yara Shahidi, Margaret Atwood and Burch herself speaking on the conference's theme: Confronting Stereotypes and Creating New Norms. 

Unlike other summits (Girlboss Rallies, Teen Vogue's Summit, Goop's In Goop Health conference — the list goes on), tickets are not available for purchase. Instead, admission to the daylong summit is free but invite only — which the company noted was to "ensure there is a wide cross-section of attendees who are influencers in their communities." (Tickets for many conferences are often upwards of $400, making them unaffordable for many.) However, interested parties — including both men and women — can apply for tickets on the Tory Burch Foundation website. 

Only one thousand seats are available, but the summit, sponsored by Bank of America, will also be live-streamed. 

In addition to Burch, Shahidi and Atwood, additional speakers include: Professor Valerie Purdie-Vaughns; activist Marley Dias; engineer Debbie Sterling; entrepreneur Jessica O. Matthews; writer/producer Elisa Pugliese; investor Tony Tjan; and poet Regie Gibson.

Burch unveiled the first #EmbraceAmbition campaign last March (which is also Women's History Month) to encourage women and girls to honor those that have championed their hunger for success. The campaign also addresses the "double standard" surrounding ambition.

"For years I had bought into the stigma that women should not be ambitious — or at least not show it," said Burch in a release. "Unconscious bias holds back women and any group that is marginalized by stereotypes.”