U.S. Delegation Attended Global Summit of Women
July 24, 2007
Office of International Women's Issues
June 14-16, 2007
Under Secretary Dobriansky was joined on the U.S. Delegation by Ambassador Patricia Brister, U.S. Representative to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women; Andrea Bottner, Director for the Office of International Women's Issues at the Department of State; Jovita Carranza, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration; Shinae Chun, Director of the Women's Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor; Karen Kerrigan, CEO of Women Entrepreneurs, Inc.; Yvonne Boice, President of Fugazy International Travel; Tami Longaberger, Chair of the National Women's Business Council and CEO of Longaberger, Inc.; and Amy Blyth, Senior Client Partner, Franklin Covey.
The Global Summit of Women, informally called the "Davos for Women," is an annual gathering of women business, professional, NGO, and government leaders from around the world for three days of exchanging best practices in advancing women's economic status worldwide. The 2007 Summit will explore the business opportunities that the 21st century marketplace offers as well as the challenges that an open global marketplace presents to women as workers and entrepreneurs.
This year's conference focused on the value of public-private partnerships as a way to advance women's economic progress. The Summit also focused on those best practices enabling women to accelerate their economic growth. Additionally, the Summit introduced a new session entitled, "Youth Forum," paying particular attention to programs advancing girls' economic potential. The Summit hosted workshops on strategic networking, growing micro-enterprises into mainstream business through trade, e-commerce and a host of other topics. Past summits in Cairo, Egypt (2006), Mexico City (2005), Seoul, Korea (2004) and Marrakech, Morocco (2003) spurred the formation of regional and international networks, and inspired numerous successful business initiatives.
This year's summit in Berlin was a unique and welcome opportunity to gather women entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 executives, and high-ranking government officials in one forum to discuss how best to promote the advancement of women in business and government. For more information about the Summit, please visit http://www.globewomen.com/.
U.S. Delegation members on top of the Reichstag Building, next to the Cupola Dome (Karen Kerrigan, Amy Blyth, Sandy Lonick, Tami Longagberger, Ambassador Pat Brister, Andi Bottner) (State Department photo)
Egyptian Minister, Vice President of Vietnam, German Minister for Families, Women Youth and Seniors, Summit President Irene Natividad, and Representative from Daimler Chrysler on stage at Opening Ceremonies. (State Department photo)
U.S. Delegation Members with Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky in Berlin, Germany at Global Summit of Women.(State Department photo)