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U.S. Department of State to Host APEC Women and the Economy Private Sector Working Group

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 19, 2012


Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Official Ambassador Hans Klemm and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer will deliver opening remarks at the APEC Women and the Economy Private Sector Working Group at 12:30 p.m. on June 20. This event is being held in preparation for the 2012 APEC Women and the Economy Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Last year, the APEC Women and the Economy Summit became one of the premier platforms for the public and private sector to work together to advance women’s economic participation. In order to maintain the momentum of the APEC Women and the Economy agenda, to continue advancing the San Francisco Declaration, and provide the greatest possible input to APEC, the Department of State will be holding a half day, high-level private-sector working group around the four pillars: Access to Capital, Access to Markets, Skills and Capacity Building and Women’s Leadership. In addition, there will be discussion of how each of the pillars factors into the six topics Russia is focusing on: Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Work-life Balance, Corporate Management, STEM, and Investments in Human Capital.

Confirmed speakers include: Ilene Lang, President and CEO of Catalyst, Inc.; Teri Cavanagh, President and CEO of Global Banking Alliance; Ronnie Goldberg, Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Officer for USCIB; Lisa Hall, CEO of Calvert Foundation; Suzan Miller, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Intel; Mei Xu, Creator and Founder of Chesapeake Bay Candle Company; Jonathan Ortsman, Senior Fellow at The Kauffman Foundation; Sandra Taylor, Senior Director of La Pietra Coalition; Edna Kinner, Vice President of Human Resources for Eastman Chemical; Jeni Klugman, Director of Gender and Development at the World Bank; Ted Childs, Founder of Ted Childs LLC; and Deb DeHaas, Vice Chairman and Regional Managing Partner of the Central Region for Deloitte LLP.

The event will be held in the Loy Henderson Room. The remarks will be open to the press.

Pre-set for video cameras: 11:50 a.m. from the 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.
Final access for journalists and still photographers: 12:10 p.m., 23rd Street Entrance Lobby.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center); (2) a media-issued photo identification card; or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver’s license, passport).

Press contacts: Ann Kambara, Office of Global Women’s Issues or Office of Press Relations, U.S. Department of State (202) 647-2492

PRN: 2012/1009

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