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Vital Voices, ExxonMobil, Diane von Furstenberg, and Carly Fiorina Kick Off Women Can Campaign

Submitted by: ExxonMobil

Categories: Events

Posted: Feb 28, 2008 – 10:30 AM EST


Feb. 28 /CSRwire/ - WHAT:
Press Conference To Announce Women Can Campaign

Diane von Furstenberg, CEO and Designer
Lorie Jackson, Educating Women & Girls Initiative, ExxonMobil Corporation
Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Corporation
David Jones, Global CEO, Euro RSCG Worldwide advertising agency
Melanne Verveer, Co-Founder and Chair of Vital Voices Global Partnership

Monday, March 3, 2008, 10:30 am

Diane von Furstenberg Studio, 440 West 14th Street (at Washington St.), New York City

NEW YORK - February 28, 2008 – To celebrate International Women's Day, Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international non-profit organization dedicated to women's leadership, and its business partners will kick off the Women Can Campaign, an international collaborative of business leaders offering their expertise and financial support to provide opportunities and inspire women leaders in developing countries around the world. Listen and learn as the leaders of the Women Can Campaign describe new initiatives to help women gain the capabilities, connections, and credibility they need to advance into leadership positions in business, government, and the nonprofit sector in their countries.

  • Diane von Furstenberg will describe her commitment to expanding leadership opportunities for women in emerging nations, including her support of Vital Voices and the Women Can Campaign and other projects. In addition, 10% of the profits from all sales in her stores and on her web site ( during the week of March 2 to 8 will be donated to Vital Voices. Her stores around the world will host Vital Voices events, including the production of a documentary theatre piece, Seven, and talks by special guest speakers from the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network.

  • Lorie Jackson will describe the African Women's Leadership Initiative, a $1.5-million, three-part partnership with Vital Voices that is part of ExxonMobil's $11-million Educating Women & Girls Initiative. This project helps African women artisans expand their businesses internationally and provide stable jobs and skills; gives African women political candidates techniques and tools to run their campaigns and strengthen democracies; and supports African lawyers and advocates in changing antiquated laws that impede women from fully participating in their economies.

  • Carly Fiorina will discuss her new projects focused on global economic development and grassroots individual empowerment – with one key area being economic empowerment for women in poverty-plagued societies.

  • David Jones will discuss the commitment of Euro RSCG Worldwide to developing brand identity tools and communications support for the Women Can Campaign.

    Vital Voices is the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all. Our international staff and team of more than 1,000 partners, pro bono experts and leaders – including senior government, corporate and NGO executives – have trained and mentored more than 5,000 emerging women leaders from over 150 countries in Asia, Africa, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East since 1997. These women have returned home to train and mentor more than 100,000 additional women and girls in their communities. They are the vital voices of our time.

  • We equip women with management, business development, marketing, and communications skills to expand their enterprises, help to provide for their families, and create jobs in their communities.

  • We are at the forefront of international coalitions to combat human trafficking and all forms of violence against women and girls.

  • We enable women to become change agents in their governments, advocates for social justice, and supporters of democracy and the rule of law.

  • For more information, please contact:

    Eileen Read Vital Voices Global Partnership
    Phone: 202-861-2625, ext. 3003


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