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IIE Hosts Event on Women-Led Solutions to Local and Global Problems

SAN FRANCISCO, September 14, 2011—Today, the Institute of International Education's West Coast Center will host a roundtable discussion on "Women-Led Solutions to Local and Global Problems," featuring Tina Tchen, Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama. The roundtable is organized by a group of NGOs, including the Global Women's Leadership Network, International Museum of Women, Spark, U.S. National Committee for UN Women, Women's Funding Network, and IIE.

IIE is coordinating the roundtable to coincide with the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit, which is convened by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and takes place this week in San Francisco. At the summit, senior private and public sector players from the 21 APEC countries and 700 delegates will address four key themes related to women and the economy: Access to Capital, Access to Markets, Skills and Capacity Building and Women's Leadership. Attending the Summit on behalf of IIE as part of the U.S. delegation are Trish Tierney, Director of IIE's West Coast Center and Executive Director of IIE's Center for Women's Leadership Initiatives, and Heather Ramsey, Director of Global Partnerships.

The IIE roundtable will feature a keynote presentation by Ms. Tchen, who will provide insight into the strategy of the White House Council on Women and Girls and the priorities of the Office of the First Lady of the United States, relating to women and efforts to promote their leadership development. Roundtable participants will represent members of the NGOs’ networks and membership, including women leaders from business, nonprofit and local government who are actively contributing to women's empowerment in the Bay Area and globally.

About IIE's Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives

The IIE Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, launched last month, provides opportunities for women worldwide to pursue higher education and participate in cutting-edge training, professional development, and exchange programs. Through the Center's programs, women develop and join networks of peers, mentors, and experts, and serve as effective leaders in the public and private sectors around the world. In partnership with nonprofit, education, business, and government sectors, the programs of the IIE Center for Women's Leadership Initiatives offer short-term training, workshops, mentorships, and higher education opportunities for women, and build the capacity of local organizations, experts, leaders, and trainers, which leads to sustainable long-term impact. Moreover, these programs provide technical assistance and resources to build locally-driven networks through which women can mobilize around issues of mutual interest and engage in activities to advance their goals. For more information, please visit IIE's Center For Women's Leadership Initiatives.

About the Institute of International Education

The Institute of International Education is a world leader in the international exchange of people and ideas. An independent, not-for-profit organization founded in 1919, IIE has a network of 18 offices worldwide and more than 1,100 member institutions. IIE designs and implements programs of study and training for students, educators, young professionals and trainees from all sectors with funding from government agencies, foundations, and corporations. IIE also conducts policy research and program evaluations, and provides advising and counseling on international education and opportunities abroad. The Institute's Center for International Partnerships in Higher Education provides higher education leaders, policymakers, and practitioners with the resources and connections to develop and sustain academic partnerships around the world. The Center also produces timely policy research on critical issues in the field and convenes international education leaders in conferences and workshops.

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