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U.S. Chamber and United Nations to Host International Women's Day Forum

Event Will Focus on Economic Empowerment and Business

Submitted by: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center

Categories: Corporate Social Responsibility, Events

Posted: Mar 01, 2013 – 01:07 PM EST


WASHINGTON, Mar. 01 /CSRwire/ - The U.S. BCLC WomenChamber’s Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) and the United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP) will convene an International Women’s Day forum titled How ♀ Economic Empowerment Strengthens Business. This one-day forum will bring together leaders committed to the economic empowerment of women. It will highlight the influential role women play in the business sector and how companies and their partners are working to catalyze the economic empowerment of women in global markets.


Al Martinez Fonts, Executive Vice President, United States Chamber of Commerce
Roland Rich, Executive Director, UN Office of Partnerships
Anna Maria Chávez, Chief Executive Officer, Girl Scouts
Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
Diana Daggett, America Region Director of Corporate Affairs, Intel
Patricia Devereux, Group Head, Corporate Philanthropy and Citizenship, MasterCard Worldwide
Marga C. Fripp, Founder & Chief Visionary, Empowered Women International
Lisa Hall, President and CEO, Calvert Foundation
Brandee McHale, Chief Operating Officer, Citi Foundation
Nancy Ploeger, Executive Director, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
Willa Shalit, President and Co-Founder, Maiden Nation
Sarah Thorn, Director, International, Walmart
Luis A. Ubiñas, President, Ford Foundation

A full list of speakers can be found here.


International Women’s Day Forum: How ♀ Economic Empowerment Strengthens Business


Friday, March 8, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. EST


The Ford Foundation
320 E 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017


Credentialed members of the media are invited to register by 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday March 6, 2013, by contacting: Bailey Gilchrist,, 202-463-5766.

The United Nations Office for Partnerships (UNOP), serves as a gateway for public-private partnerships with the UN system, in furtherance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other key UN objectives. UNOP provides Partnership Advisory Services and Outreach to a variety of entities, including companies, foundations, government agencies, and NGOs. UNOP also manages the UN Fund for International Partnerships, established by the Secretary-General to serve as the interface for the partnership between the UN system and the UN Foundation, and the UN Democracy Fund, established by the Secretary-General to support democratization throughout the world. Visit

BCLC is a top resource and voice for good business. Its network represents 125 companies committed to positively impacting society. The organization’s research, ideas, and programming embody business’ unique ability to achieve positive outcomes for societal challenges. BCLC is a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

For more information, please contact:

Bailey Jacobs Senior Manager, External Relations
Phone: 202-230-1877
Twitter: @ChamberBCLC


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