Leading U.S. & Egyptian Women Executives to Discuss Development of Philanthropic Sector in Egypt in Cairo, Egypt, November 22-23, 2008

Published November 23rd, 2008 - 09:42 GMT

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Leading Egyptian and American women business leaders will meet November 22-23 to explore critical issues surrounding private and corporate philanthropy in Egypt. As the current global financial turmoil creates a larger gap between the rich and poor in many societies, the impact of philanthropy is increasingly recognized as a means to addressing social needs. The Corporate Ambassadors Program seeks to examine approaches to corporate social responsibility and discuss how these practices are changing the social and economic landscapes of the U.S, Egypt, and other countries.
This is the latest in a series of new Corporate Ambassadors Program events taking place across the region this year that bring together leading businesswomen from the U.S., the Middle East, and North Africa for substantive discussion and educational exchange on key economic issues. With representation across the region, country "hubs" of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Businesswomen's Network host each Corporate Ambassador event.
Supported by the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Vital Voices Global Partnership, the November 22-23 event in Cairo will be hosted by the Association for Women's Total Advancement and Development (AWTAD). Featured speakers include:
-- Freda Bass, Upstream Treasurer, Exxon Mobil Corporation - Mrs. Bass'
thirty-year career with ExxonMobil has been spent predominantly in the
finance and strategic planning functions of a variety of business
segments including domestic and foreign oil and gas operations,
frontier area oil exploration, chemicals, coal and minerals. Her
current responsibilities include financing and oversight of the
exploration, development, production, and gas and power marketing
activities. She has also served on the board of the ExxonMobil
-- Judy Miller, Vice President and Director, Hilton Humanitarian Prize,
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation - Vice President of the Conrad N. Hilton
Foundation since 1997, Ms. Miller has 45 years experience in
communications ranging from political campaigns to advertising,
marketing, public relations and government relations. She also serves
as Director of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize - at $1.5
million, the largest humanitarian award in the world. Under her
direction, the Foundation annually sponsors an international symposium
on humanitarian and human rights issues, which draws world leaders and
heads of nongovernmental organizations.
-- Nina Luzzatto Gardner, Founder & Director, Strategy International -
Ms. Luzzatto's consulting firm specializes in international public
affairs advocacy and corporate social responsibility partnerships
between the private sector, governments and international
organizations. She is currently a senior advisor to two Organization
for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) programs: a global
project on indicators for measuring the progress of societies, for
which she does outreach and fundraising, and the women's
entrepreneurship component of the OECD MENA Investment Program.
-- Shereen Allam, President, AWTAD (Association for Women's Total
Advancement and Development) - A co-founder of Ecotek, a printer
cartridge recycling company that provides high quality, cost
competitive and environmentally sound products and services. Ms.
Allam previously founded a successful baby clothing business, and is a
founding member of AWTAD.
-- Rania Azab, President, AWTAD (Association for Women's Total
Advancement and Development) - The founder and the managing director
of 4PR, a full service public relations agency, Ms. Azab is
experienced in consumer product marketing, strategic brand building,
and education and public awareness programs. She is a founding member
"In Egypt, there is a rise in citizen activism among successful and affluent business leaders, who are bringing innovation to the field of philanthropic giving," according to Shereen Allam, President of AWTAD. "The government is coming to recognize the advantages of joint efforts with private philanthropists and corporations to address social challenges and we as businesswomen can play a key role in this effort." Mary MacPherson, Program Director with Vital Voices Global Partnership adds "Through this series of focused, high-level exchanges, our goal is to equip the women that participate with innovative new ideas, approaches, contacts and knowledge that they will use to strengthen their businesses, help provide for their families and improve their communities."
Throughout 2008-2009, the Corporate Ambassadors Program will bring delegations of U.S. CEOs and senior executives to engage with businesswomen in the Middle East and North Africa to discuss critical business topics pertinent to the region. Similar events have taken place in Jordan, Morocco, Bahrain, Lebanon, Kuwait, and the Palestinian Territories featuring high-profile U.S. executives such as Beth Brooke, Global Vice Chair of Ernst & Young; Sandra Taylor, President of Sustainable Business Solutions LLC and former Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility, Starbucks Coffee Company; and Deborah Parker, President/CEO, International Business Solutions and former Vice President, Global Quality, Ford Motor Company.
For further details, including the program agenda, please visit www.awtadegypt.org. For more information about the Corporate Ambassadors Program overall please visit www.menabwn.org.
MENA Businesswomen's NetworkThe MENA Businesswomen's Network is a partnership between local businesswomen's organizations across the Middle East and North Africa, Vital Voices Global Partnership and the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State. The goal of the partnership is to build a network of businesswomen in MENA in order to expand the number of women in business, to increase the value of their businesses, to advance the role of women in society, and to promote a regional culture of women's entrepreneurship. The MENA Businesswomen's Network provides a forum for peer learning, information exchange, business development and access to education, resources and tools, all of which are supportive of expanding economic opportunities and building networks for businesswomen in the region. Members of the Network are organizations that are committed to contributing to economic growth and reform, to supporting the needs of women-led businesses and professional women and to having a significant social impact. Network Hubs are in place in ten countries: Bahrain, Dubai, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Qatar, Tunisia, and the West Bank/Palestinian Territories. Additional Hubs will be added in 2008. To learn more about the MENA Businesswomen's Network and the Network Hub in your country please visit www.menabwn.org.

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