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Press invitation: Women in the World Economy Forum ? Women as entrepreneurs

Press invitation: Women in the World Economy Forum – Women as entrepreneurs












(PRWEB UK) 26 April 2013

POWER SHIFT – WOMEN CHANGING THE GAME

Inaugural theme: Women as Entrepreneurs

20-21 May, 2013

You are invited to join the inaugural Women’s Forum at Sa?d Business School, University of Oxford on the theme of Women as Entrepreneurs.

Research indicates that stimulating entrepreneurship among women is necessary for continued innovation, and to combat poverty and contribute to global economic growth.

This Forum will address issues of employment, investment, consumption, and philanthropy, and explore the requirements for building a business environment conducive to successful women’s enterprises in countries around the world.

In order to guide future efforts by companies, governments, and entrepreneurs, the Forum will focus on identifying important gaps in knowledge about the motivations and obstacles surrounding women’s entrepreneurship. The discussion will focus on true challenges to unearth important underlying constraints, to identify genuinely successful programmes, rather than operate under conventional assumptions.

An invited international group of policy makers, corporate leaders, academics, and entrepreneurs will convene for the purpose of outlining a global action plan for governments, NGOs, and companies that want to support women’s entrepreneurship around the world.

Keynote speakers include:


    Cherie Blair, CBE. Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women which is doing clear-eyed, far-reaching work on training entrepreneurs in developing countries
    Wu Qing, Founder, Beijing Cultural Development Center for Rural Women, a tireless activist for women’s rights
    Muna AbuSulayman, the first Saudi UN Goodwill Ambassador, the first Saudi woman to become a media personality and an entrepreneur with her own fashion line.

Professor Peter Tufano, Dean of Sa?d Business School said: “Women’s entrepreneurship is a force for change that few of us as yet fully appreciate. Creating an environment in which women bring fresh ideas to new businesses will be key to growth everywhere in the world, during the 21st century.”

A number of the sessions are open to press.

Monday 20th May 14:00:    Keynote speech: Opening Opportunities for Women and Girls in RuralChina

                                         Wu Qing, Founder, Beijing Cultural Development Center for Rural Women.

Monday 20th May 17:30:     Oxford Union debate: This house believes that earning a living is

not entrepreneurship

                                         •    Professor Mark Hart, Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Aston Business School

                                         •    Professor Susan Marlow, Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Nottingham Hayden Green Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

                                         •    Maggie O’Carroll, Chief Executive Officer, The Women’s Organisation

                                         •    Moderator: The Honourable Michael J Beloff QC Blackstone Chambers

                                         •    Tamara Box, Head of Structured Finance, Reed Smith

                                         •    Penney Frohling, Partner, Financial Services, Booz & Co

                                         •    Averil Leimon, Director, White Water Group

Tuesday 21st May 09:00:      Welcome and keynote speech: “Technology for women’s

enterprise development: perceptions and practice” – Cherie Blair, CBE. Founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Tuesday 21st May 15:45:      Keynote interview: Under Wraps: Fashion and Entrepreneurship in Saudi Arabia – Muna Abusulayam, Media personality, UN Goodwill Ambassador, and entrepreneur

For more information on other speakers and the full agenda, please see here. Many of the sessions are operating under Chatham House Rules.

Many of the speakers will be available for interview, including: Wu Qing, Cherie Blair, Muna Abusulayman, and female entrepreneurs from both the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women programme in China, and from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme.

Participants will work together to identify unanswered questions, best practices, and new challenges. The result will be a research agenda that can advance opportunities for women entrepreneurs, enhancing global growth and well-being. Findings and recommendations emerging from the Forum will be available after the event on Saïd Business School’s website.

For further information or to join the Forum, please contact the Press Office:

Clare Fisher, Head of Public Relations,

Mobile: +44 (0) 7912 771090; Tel: 01865 288968

Email: clare.fisher(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk

Josie Powell, PR Coordinator,

Mobile +44 (0)7711 387215; Tel: +44 (0) 1865 288403

Email: josie(dot)powell(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk or pressoffice(at)sbs(dot)ox(dot)ac(dot)uk

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About Saïd Business School

Established in 1996 the Saïd Business School is one of Europe’s youngest and most entrepreneurial business schools with a reputation for innovative business education. An integral part of Oxford University, the School embodies the academic rigour and forward thinking that has made Oxford a world leader in education and research. The School has an established reputation for research in a wide range of areas, including finance and accounting, organisational analysis, international management, strategy and operations management. The School is dedicated to developing a new generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs and conducting research not only into the nature of business, but the connections between business and the wider world. In the Financial Times European Business School ranking (Dec 2012) Saïd is ranked 12th. It is ranked number one in the UK (7th worldwide) in the FT’s combined ranking of Executive Education programmes (May 2012) and 24th in the world in the FT ranking of MBA programmes (Jan 2013). The Oxford MSc in Financial Economics is ranked 4th in the world in the FT ranking of Masters in Finance programmes (June 2012). In the UK university league tables it is ranked first of all UK universities for undergraduate business and management in The Guardian (May 2012) and has ranked first in eight of the last nine years in The Times. For more information, see http://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/























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How Women Farmers Could Feed More in Developing World

I’mCarolyn Presutti with the VOA Special English Agriculture Report, from voaspecialenglish.com | http Food prices continue to rise, threatening to push more people into poverty and hunger. Experts have been urging increased efforts around the world to increase agricultural productivity. A new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says one of the best ways would be to remove the barriers women farmers face that male farmers do not. Women farmers are often less productive than men, but there are good reasons for that, says Agnes Quisumbing. She is an economist with the International Food Policy Research Institute. She says women farmers have fewer resources than male farmers. The new FAO report says women make up forty-three percent of the world’s farmers. But only about ten to twenty percent of them own the land they farm. Without owning land, it is harder for them to get credit to buy inputs such as better seeds and fertilizers. In many countries, women are half as likely as men to use fertilizers to increase the amount of crops. In addition, Ms. Quisumbing says many of the world’s women are raising their children at the same time they are farming. The FAO report says helping women farmers could increase agricultural output in the developing world by as much as four percent. This in turn could reduce the number of undernourished people by as much as seventeen percent. Ms. Quisumbing says just helping women farmers have the same resources that
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Why Women Matter

Is the food crisis made worse because of gender inequalities in agriculture? Is the market failing or is the global community failing women farmers? Given the uncertain economic outlook, why should the global community invest in women in agriculture? In this global food crisis, the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook, the culmination of three years of research led jointly by the World Bank, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development, confronts the reality that global gender inequalities result in less food being grown, less income being earned, higher levels of poverty, and greater food insecurity. The Sourcebook provides both evidence of progress made towards effectively integrating women into agricultural programs and presents solid recommendations for policy makers to guide their investments in gender programming. For more information on the Gender in Agriculture Sourcebook , please visit: worldbank.org
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Mary Washington Healthcare Nurse Wins National Spirit of Women Healthcare Hero Award

Mary Washington Healthcare Nurse Wins National Spirit of Women Healthcare Hero Award











MWHC Chief Nursing Officer, Marianna Bedway (left), Gail Perkins (right) 2012 Spirit of Women National Healthcare Hero

Fredericksburg, VA (PRWEB) June 15, 2012

At the local Spirit of Women Awards hosted by Mary Washington Healthcare (MWHC) in May, Gail Perkins, was named Regional Spirit of Women Healthcare Hero, along with a Young Person Role Model and Community Hero. As the regional winner, Perkins qualified to be in the running for the national award, along with other regional Healthcare Heroes throughout the country. On Thursday, June 14, Gail Perkins began her reign as the 2012 National Spirit of Women Healthcare Hero.

Gail was nominated locally for her dedication to the health and safety of women in the Fredericksburg region through her efforts in the Mary Washington Healthcare Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program and her advocacy for women and children who have been victims of sexual violence.

Gail’s nomination addresses how she has actively pursued the development of the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center in Spotsylvania, VA—a child-friendly facility where children of abuse can go to be interviewed, receive forensic exams. Safe Harbor also provides community services for counseling and therapy to assist children in their healing process. She also works hard to educate other MWHC Emergency Department staff on recognizing the signs of abuse and knowing the right steps to take when abuse is identified.

In July, Gail will be honored nationally for her service at the Spirit of Women National Executive Meeting Breakfast in Boca Raton, Florida.























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Tumbleweed Bead Co. Announces Philanthropic Partnership with Women Thrive Worldwide and YWCA Wenatchee Valley

Tumbleweed Bead Co. Announces Philanthropic Partnership with Women Thrive Worldwide and YWCA Wenatchee Valley











Wenatchee, WA (PRWEB) June 01, 2012

Tumbleweed Bead Co., an eco-friendly fashion accessory company, today announced the launch of The Promise Project and a national philanthropic partnership with two organizations who do work to empower women: Women Thrive Worldwide and YWCA Wenatchee Valley.

Tumbleweed Bead Co. plans to donate $ 1 from each promise ring sold to organizations who are working to make a difference in the lives of women locally, nationally, and throughout the world. Tumbleweed Promise Rings are handmade, stackable rings available in recycled gold or silver. Tumbleweed encourages buyers to make a promise to themselves for each ring and then use the rings as a constant reminder of their promise. The donations will include all Promise Ring sales made through http://www.tumbleweedbeadco.com, the Tumbleweed retail store in Wenatchee, WA, and Tumbleweed Trunk Shows in the Pacific Northwest.

“We’re so happy to be partnering with Women Thrive Worldwide and YWCA Wenatchee Valley,” said Jessica Russell, owner and head designer of Tumbleweed Bead Co, when talking about the launch of The Promise Project. “Our goal is to expand to include more organizations year over year.”

“We applaud Tumbleweed’s support of local, national, and international efforts to empower women, and we are proud to be their international beneficiary. Support of the Promise Project will help Women Thrive raise the voices of women and girls living in developing countries around the world so that they may lift themselves and their families out of poverty,” shared Ritu Sharma, Co-Founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide.

“The YWCA is so thrilled to have been selected to partner with the Tumbleweed in this worthwhile project, it is so nice to know that the work to empower women is such an important issue to many,” said Executive Director of YWCA Wenatchee Valley, Jenny Pratt. “The YWCA works each day to assist women achieve greater economic empowerment through education and assistance with case management, life coaching, job training and career and personal support. Our programs are designed to help women attain better employment, and earn living wages to support their families and have a better quality life. The YWCA Wenatchee Valley is part of the local vision to empower women and is part of an even bigger regional, national and world wide YWCA effort to empower women and girls.”

To become a part of The Promise Project and support these organizations who support women, please visit http://www.tumbleweedbeadco.com to purchase a Promise Ring of your own.

About The Promise Project

The Promise Project has been launched to make a difference in empowering women across the world. For each Promise Ring sold, Tumbleweed plans to donate $ 1 to organizations that are working to make a difference for women. Promise Ring purchases will help these organizations address barriers and support women in finding their own path out of poverty, put food on the table for many hungry families, assist women in getting back into the work force, and so much more. http://www.tumbleweedbeadco.com/pages/promise-project

About Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed Bead Co. has been around since 2002. They use only recycled metals featuring natural stones. All the eco-fabulous pieces are handcrafted in the United States. Tumbleweed believes in keeping life and accessories simple, fun and beautifully designed. They strive to make style a little easier by helping women feel fabulous all around. Tumbleweed jewelry is eco-friendly, elegant and fashionably versatile. The people who wear Tumbleweed don’t fit a particular demographic. It doesn’t really matter where people live, how old they are, or what they do, Tumbleweed has something for everyone. http://www.tumbleweedbeadco.com

About Women Thrive Worldwide

Recognizing the crucial economic role that women could play in improving the lives of their families and in combating global poverty, Ritu Sharma and Elise Fiber Smith created Women Thrive Worldwide (formerly Women’s Edge Coalition) in 1998. Women Thrive advocates for change at the U.S. and global levels so that women and men can share equally in the enjoyment of opportunities, economic prosperity, voice, and freedom from fear and violence. http://www.womenthrive.org

About YWCA Wenatchee Valley

The YWCA Wenatchee Valley concentrates on the most relevant issues in their community. Currently their programs focus on housing & homeless shelter, rental education, and job training for low-income or rehabilitating community members. They strive to meet the needs of the women and families in our community. They also support programs addressing: Economic Empowerment, Racial Justice, Leadership Development, Emergency Housing, Transitional Housing, Housing Education and Job Training. http://www.ywcawen.com.











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Women Making History at the U.S. Supreme Court

Women Making History at the U.S. Supreme Court











Ruth J. Morrison, Founder, What’s The 411? Networks


Brooklyn, New York (PRWEB) March 05, 2012

What’s The 411 Networks, a digital media company (http://www.whatsthe411.com), founded by Ruth J. Morrison recently made history when it launched coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court. What’s The 411 Networks is the first Black-owned media company to receive media credentials to cover the U.S. Supreme Court. Constitutional Law Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall What’s The 411 Networks’ correspondent covering the United States Supreme Court is the first African-American woman journalist to cover the country’s highest court.

With U.S. Supreme Court media credentials, Ms. Browne-Marshall listened to the oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court on February 28, 2012, for the cases Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum and Mohamad v. Palestinian Authority. Both cases focus on corporate immunity; expressly, should corporations be held liable for acts of torture committed under their auspices? What makes these cases especially fascinating is that both cases allege torture by a foreign company on foreign soil.

“My mission is to report on the U.S. Supreme Court in a manner that is accessible to the general public and of assistance to scholars at large, said Gloria Browne-Marshall. “I applaud What’s The 411 Networks for its willingness to cover the actions of the U.S. Supreme Court, as not enough attention is paid to the Third branch of government. The general population knows the least about the workings of the U.S. Supreme Court; yet its rulings become the law of the land.”

“I am delighted to have created a media company that facilitated this momentous occasion, said Ruth J. Morrison. “Decisions from the United States Supreme Court affect the lives of all citizens, immigrants, and in these particular cases, people and corporations beyond our borders. And, truth be told, the U.S. Supreme Court is the most powerful branch of government because all too often, its rulings stand without Congressional intervention.”

“Further, in view of Citizens United, it will be very interesting to see how the Court threads this needle regarding these two cases,” Ms. Morrison continued.

About What’s The 411 Networks

Based in Brooklyn, New York, What’s The 411? Networks is a digital media/news company. Targeting sophisticated multi-cultural audiences, the What’s The 411 Networks’ website (http://www.whatsthe411.com) and television show contain primarily news-oriented original video content produced by the What’s The 411 team.

About Ruth J. Morrison

Ruth J. Morrison is the Founder of What’s The 411 Networks, a digital media/news company. Ms. Morrison is not one to color inside the lines. She is a person of firsts. Ms. Morrison was the first Executive Director of the Brooklyn International Trade Development Center, the first small business development center in New York City whose sole responsibility was to help small businesses export their products and services.

Additionally, Ms. Morrison was the first African-American leased time producer to distribute a weekly television show on WNYC-TV; she also licensed that show to a broadcaster in South Africa. She was a consultant to an American company doing business in Brasil; the first African-American woman beat reporter to cover the NY Knicks and she became a video streaming pioneer in the mid-1990s. Ms. Morrison developed and launched from conception the City of New York’s multi-channel cable television network.

Ms. Morrison was a Communications Fellow at the Annenberg Washington Program of Northwestern University; and a Communications Director for a member of the U.S. Congress. She earned a master’s degree in Interactive Telecommunications from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and she completed her coursework towards a Ph.D. in Political Science at Columbia University.

Ms. Morrison is a contender for the Robert McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs Program.

About Gloria J. Browne-Marshall

Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is a Constitutional Law Professor at John Jay College of the City University of New York. She is also the author of Race, Law and American Society 1607 – Present, and The U.S. Constitution: An African American Context. As the Director and Founder of The Law and Policy Group, a think tank for the community, she oversees the publication of The Report on the Status of Black Women and Girls(R) which is the only ongoing national report on the state of Black females in America.

Additionally, Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is an award-winning playwright, free-lance journalist, and recipient of the 2009 Ida B. Wells-Barnett Justice Award. As a journalist, she traveled to Oslo, Norway, to cover President Barack Obama’s receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize. She speaks nationally and internationally on criminal justice, civil rights, gender equality, human rights, and child advocacy issues. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and several civic organizations. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall writes books, essays, and legal articles on issues of racial justice, which specifically relate to the role of women.

Ruth J. Morrison and Gloria Browne-Marshall are available for interviews.

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Related International Development Policy Press Releases

Utne Magazine Wants Women to Get in Touch With Their “Inner Activist” at Transformational Eco-spa/Retreat with Cutting-edge Leaders/ Teachers in Austin, Nov. 10-13

Utne Magazine Wants Women to Get in Touch With Their “Inner Activist” at Transformational Eco-spa/Retreat with Cutting-edge Leaders/ Teachers in Austin, Nov. 10-13










MINNEAPOLIS (PRWEB) September 9, 2005

Utne magazine is looking for a few good women. The cause? A transformational eco spa and retreat, hosted by the iconic magazineÂ?s Editor in Chief, Nina Utne, and a variety of intellectual visionaries and practitioners who most inspire her for the ultimate Utne tea partyÂ?a weekend of exploration and friendship, movement and massage (http://www.utne.com/spa). Call it just one way to get in touch with oneÂ?s Â?inner activist.Â? The long weekend will take place at The Crossings Spa, in Austin. Texas, November 10-13.

Equal parts transformational workshop and pampering eco-spa, this intimate gathering offers lots of playtime and nourishment for body, mind, spirit and lifestyle. Whole-hearted, wise and inspiring, this retreat will challenge participants to ask, Â?What do I stand for?Â? Â? and receive tools to unblock whatever stops them from expressing the fullness and passion of their convictions.

Â?After publishing a magazine for more than 20 years that has covered everything from the environment to politics to activism, feminism, spirituality, leisure and more, we decided weÂ?d offer the women who read Utne an event that speaks to their minds, bodies and hearts,Â? says Utne. Â?Lots of publications offer readers events like cruises or exotic tours, but Â?rEVOLUTIONary WomenÂ? is a more practical, more intimate and more environmentally sustainable. Attendees will leave feeling refreshed, re-energized, and ready to be a force for good, both to themselves and the world.Â?

Participants will explore teaching modalities that include voice, movement, and individual/group exercises Â? from dynamic and inspired from a variety of backgrounds, including:

·    Frances Moore Lappé, Author, Visionary Frances Moore Lappé has authored fourteen books, including the bestseller Diet for a Small Planet. In 2002, Lappé released the 30th anniversary sequel to Diet, written with her daughter, Anna Lappé: HopeÂ?s Edge: The Next Diet for a Small Planet. In it, the two Lappés pick up where the original Diet leaves off. Together, they set out on a round-the-world journey to explore the greatest challenges we face at the new millennium.

·    Anna Lappé, Author, Thought Leader: Anna is also a regular public speaker and commentator on food politics, globalization, and the media. Her articles have been widely published in the U.S. and Canada, appearing in The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, and the Globe and Mail, among others.

·    Jodie Evans, Activist, Code Pink Co-Founder: Jodie Evans has worked on behalf of community, social justice, environmental and political causes for more than 30 years. She cofounded Code Pink with Medea Benjamin in October 2002. She has most recently been instrumental in creating Camp Casey in Crawford, Texas.

·    Nina Simons, Social Entrepreneur, Communicator, Producer: Nina is co-executive director of Bioneers/Collective Heritage Institute and has co-produced the Bioneers Conference since 1990. Named an Utne Reader Â?VisionaryÂ? in 1996, Nina has developed a sequence of innovative communications strategies to increase public awareness about key social and environmental issues.

·    Rachel Bagby, Author, Activist and Celebrated Vocal Artist Rachel Bagby, JD (Stanford) is an internationally recognized vocal artist and writer who is committed to empowering others to also develop the extraordinary potential of our ordinary capacities for listening, reading nonverbal cues, scanning the environment, and giving voice to lifeÂ?with what she has aptly dubbed Â?vibralingualÂ? wisdom.

·    Marcela Lorca, Acclaimed Guthrie, Theatre Movement Director: Marcela Lorca became Movement Director for the Guthrie Theater in 1991, and has since coached more than 70 plays. She is also Head of Movement for the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater BFA Actor Training program.

·    Zhena Muzyka, Environmental/Social change-agent, Mistress of Tea Ceremonies: Zhena Muzyka founded ZhenaÂ?s Gypsy Tea in 2000.

·    Host Nina Rothschild Utne, Chair and Editor in Chief of Utne magazine: Chair and CEO of Utne magazine, Nina is also a writer, political activist, mother, and community-builder. A vegetarian at three (a meateater at 48), and a yoga practitioner from age 15, Nina holds a BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University and a masters degree in Human Development from St. MaryÂ?s University.

About Utne

Utne is a national progressive lifestyle magazine with an audience of nearly 600,000, now celebrating more than 20 years of publication. Since 1984, Utne has been a leading voice for the alternative and independent press, bringing readers the Â?other side of the story” on issues ranging from the environment to the economy and from politics to pop culture. Utne provokes thought and inspires action by offering the best of the independent press as well as original writing. Read more at http://www.utne.com.

For more information, please contact Lisa Proctor at 612-338-5040, ext.338, or online at lproctor@utne.com, or contact Martin Keller at Media Savant Communications Co., 612-729-8585.

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Florentino Perez: “We have another inherent humanitarian challenge before us. Haiti needs us all” Realmadrid.com Real Madrid President Florentinto Perez was joined by Haitian ambassador to Spain, Her Excellency, Ms. Yolette Azor-Charles and ‘Acoger and Compartir’ NGO President Jose Miguel de Haro, to present Project Haiti: “Building the future”. Also on hand were members of the first team, Raul, Casillas and Sergio Ramos. Through the assistance of the Real Madrid Foundation and ‘Acoger and Compartir’, Real Madrid CF will finance the reconstruction of the St. Gerard School in the Carrefour-Feuilles neighborhood of Port-au-Prince and build a social and football academy where children will receive the proper nutrition and healthcare. ? Bank account: 2054 2000 8991 58025305 Iban: ES2420542000899158025305 Swift code: CANVES2P During his speech, Florentino Perez pointed out that “thousands of people lost everything in one of the most devastating earthquakes of all time. Therefore, we are putting our best humanitarian tool, the Real Madrid Foundation, into action. Our goal is to help rebuild the future. We have another inherent humanitarian challenge before us which is none other than to rebuild the St. Gerard School, where 300 children were trapped in the rubble. Haiti needs us all and this project is of the utmost importance.” Both Haitian ambassador to Spain, Yolette Azor-Charles and ‘Acoger and Compartir’ NGO President, Jose Miguel de Haro thanked the gesture by Real Madrid
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Dee Aker, Ph.D. is the Deputy Director of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice (IPJ) at the University of San Diego, is a psychological anthropologist and conflict resolution professional with 30 years experience working with international communities and individuals in transition. Most recently at the IPJ, Aker created and directs the Women PeaceMakers Program, Nepal Project, and WorldLink program. Aker has extensive experience in international higher education, including administration, curriculum development and teaching. She worked as a regular TV host, columnist and freelance journalist covering women and gender concerns for ten years, including the production of 234 thirty-minute interviews with women leaders, pioneers and survivors from around the world. She facilitated training, communications and negotiations for groups and individuals in conflict and transition in Europe, Africa, Central America and South Asia. Before coming to the IPJ to work in conflict mitigation, Aker worked with Carl Rogers at the Center for Studies of the Person and the Carl Rogers Institute for Peace on special conflict transformation efforts in Europe and Central America. Currently her work includes specialized public sector programs for youth, women and political leaders designed to increase their awareness of their rights as stakeholders and responsibilities as actors in their communities, as well as enhance skills in strategic negotiation. Aker is the 2007 Harvard Phillip

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