Dialogue and Diplomacy to Lead to Transformative Policies for Women Around the World

Jim Wunderman, president and CEO of the Bay Area Council, released the following statement about the second day of the APEC Women and the Economy Summit:

“This is such an amazing assemblage of dignitaries, leaders, and innovators that are offering a vast diversity of perspectives; and that, quite frankly, has led to many opportunities for deeply personal connections as well as transformative policy setting. The conversations that took place yesterday ranged from the importance of paid maternity leave, to prevention of domestic violence, to increasing opportunities for women in business, to access to microcredit loans for female entrepreneurs.

“We are incredibly proud of our partnership with the State Department to bring this event to the Bay Area. We look forward to Secretary Clinton’s keynote address and this afternoon’s presentation of the San Francisco Declaration, a statement of key policies and concrete actions that will be presented to leaders of all APEC economies.”

At the invitation of the U.S. State Department, the Bay Area Council is serving as the host organization for the WES.  WES is structured to change national policies, empower women and launch a global dialogue about the status of women. The Bay Area is home to more Fortune Global 500 companies than any other place on the planet, and an epicenter of innovative small businesses, multinationals and global NGOs that accelerate women’s economic opportunities.

Notable Planned Plenaries and Panel Discussions for Friday, September 16

Women and the Economy Summit Keynote Address: Some Leaders are Born Women – Speaker: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton – Grand Ballroom, 9:00 a.m.

Plenary 3: Women at the Top: How Diverse  Leadership Benefits Everyone – Speakers: Tina Brown, Daily Beast and Newsweek; Cherie Blair, Cherie Blair for Women, United Kingdom; Susan Fleishman, Warner Bros. Entertainment; HaanGyunghee; Haan Corporation, Korea; Ilene H. Lang, Catalyst; and Blanca Trevino, Softtek, Mexico. – Grand Ballroom, 10:00 a.m.

Plenary 4: The New Wave: Women and Innovation– Speakers: Sheryl WuDunn, Co-Author, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide;” and five women innovators – Grand Ballroom, 11:15 a.m.

Lunch 1: Marvell: Technology and Women’s Entrepreneurship in APEC Economies– Speakers: MengXiaosi, All-China Women’s Federation; Weili Dai, Marvell; Deborah Forte, Scholastic Entertainment Inc.; Ginger Lew, National Economic Council and Small Business Administration; Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, U.S. House of Representatives; Kathy Hill, Cisco, Inc.; Claire Tomlin, U.C. Berkeley; and Telle Whitney, Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology – California East & West Room, 12:30 p.m.

Lunch 2: UC Davis and UC San Francisco: Innovation and Economic Impact: Solving the Greatest Public Health Challenges of the 21st Century– Speakers: Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellman, UC San Francisco; Chancellor Linda Katehi, UC Davis; Bonnie Reiss, University of California; Diane Havlir; UC San Francisco; MatinaKolokotronis; Sacramento Kings; Ann Lee-Karlon, Genentech; Patricia McDonald, Intel – Elizabethan Rooms, 12:30 p.m.

Plenary: San Francisco Declaration: Inclusion of Women as an Economic Growth Strategy– Speakers: Ambassador Karen Kornbluh, US Ambassador to Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (Moderator); Rona Ambrose, Canadian Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status  of Women; Christina Liu, Chinese Taipei Minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development; Marty Natalegawa, Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs; HekiaParata, New Zealand Minister of Women’s Affairs and Acting Energy Minister; and Tatiana Valovaya, Head of the Department of International Cooperation of the Government of the Russian Federation– Grand Ballroom, 2:15 p.m.

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