The UN Commission on the Status of Women has New York hopping with powerful and, yes, ambitious female leaders from around the world this week. Each is making women’s history in her own way.
Today, I share just a few images of events I’m attending.
Are you attending? If so, please share your impressions.
Television anchor and entrepreneur Joya Dass and I celebrated the launch of IMPACT 21 Leadership with its founder Janet Salazar. Joy and I both participated in a lively panel discussion of women’s emerging power globally and locally.
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I am nearing the end of my term as co-chair of US Women Connect, and had the honor of introducing an amazing panel of Native Women women speaking from their deepest hearts about healing from and preventing violence.
At the US Mission to the UN, these four women who work for the State Department recounted the work the Obama administration is doing globally to prevent gender based violence. There was much cheering when Congress’ recent passage of the Violence Against Women Act, protecting women here at home, was mentioned.
It was my honor to introduce Kathy Wan-Povi Sanchez, Tewa Women United, co chair US Women Connect, and potter from the iconic Maria Sanchez family. She facilitated a panel on Preventing Violence Against Native Women.
Michelle Bachelet has long been my role model. Currently Executive Director of US Women and former president of Chile. She emphasizes ACTION. A woman after my heart.
I ran into Linda Tarr Whelan, a long time colleague in women’s advancement and leadership work. Currently Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Demos think tank, Linda and I commiserated about our inability to retire. There remains much work to be done.
Ana Maria Sanchez, author, spiritual healer, and domestic violence survivor speaks about her experience. Kathy Wan-Povi Sanchez, leader of Tewa Women United facilitated the panel on preventing violence against Native women.
At Women’s Empowerment Principles Summit, Deloitte Corporate Responsibility Leader, tells the packed room of mostly women from around the world that inclusion is an economic imperative.
GLORIA FELDT is the New York Times bestselling author of several books including No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, a sought-after speaker and frequent contributor to major news outlets, and the Co-Founder and President of Take The Lead. People has called her “the voice of experience,” and among the many honors she has been given, Vanity Fair called her one of America’s “Top 200 Women Legends, Leaders, and Trailblazers,” and Glamour chose her as a “Woman of the Year.”