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Keynote Speakers on World Economic Growth and Gender Equality

Many meeting planners looking for substantive content have recently requested speakers on the topic of Women, Gender Equality and Economic Growth.  Nations around the world and the U.N. have appointed special commissions to explore the link between investment in the minds and health of women and economic growth.  This topic is explored within the context of global stability and the wealth of nations.  Here are a few speakers we are recommending on this topic.
Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard: A major part of her tenure as Prime Minister of Australia was recognizing the importance of women and girls in developing strong nations and strong economies. She helped establish The Office of the Ambassador for Women and Girls

  • Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013)
Kofi Annan

Kofi Annan: A cornerstone of his tenure at the UN was the empowerment of Women. He called it "the most effective development tool" in the world.

  • Chair of the Kofi Annan Foundation; Nobel Peace Prize laureate, 2001; Secretary-General of the United Nations, 1997-2006; Chair of The Elders and of the Africa Progress Panel
Mohamed ElBaradei
Mohamed El-Erian

Mohamed El-Erian: He keynoted the USAID's Policy on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in 2012. Here is a link to a text of his speech. He speaks frequently on this issue.

  • Chair of President Obama’s Global Development Council; Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz; CEO and Co-Chief Investment Officer of PIMCO (2007-2014)
Laura Tyson

Laura Tyson: She co-chairs the World Economic Forum's Council on Women's Empowerment and is the co-author of the Global Gender Gap Report, which ranks nations on economic, political, education and health gender gaps. As the director of the Institute, she is launching an initiative on women in business and the links between gender parity and national economic performance.

  • Member of President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness (2011-2013); Member of Secretary John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board (2011-2013); Member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board (2009-2011); National Economic Advisor to President Clinton (1995-1996) ; First Female Chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisors (1993-1995)
Sheena Iyengar

Sheena Iyengar: A longtime advocate of advancing women through education, she recently joined The Asian University for Women (AUW) the Board of Directors of of the Asian University for Women Support Foundation.

  • Author, The Art of Choosing; S.T. Lee Professor of Business in the Management Division of the Columbia Business School; Director, Global Leadership Matrix

Here are some additional speakers on this topic:

Queen Noor Olympia Snowe
Queen Noor Olympia Snowe Karen Hughes
Lynn Martin
Karen Mills

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