Watch our #WomenLead public forum to learn how women are advancing progress globally

The #WomenLead public forum took place in Charlotte on May 10 as part of the week-long Global Ambassadors Program, a partnership between Bank of America and Vital Voices, where women entrepreneurs and leaders of social enterprises work with senior women executives for a unique mentorship and skill-building opportunity.

Bank of America CAO Andrea Smith held a keynote panel with Christy Turlington Burns, CEO of Every Mother Counts, to discuss how empowering women creates progress in our global community.

Their conversation focused on how Burns created the nonprofit organization and how it contributes to making pregnancy and childbirth safe in both developed and developing countries.

Every year, over 300,000 women die from pregnancy and childbirth complications. However, up to 98% of these deaths are preventable. Burns created Every Mother Counts in 2010 to inform and engage audiences to take action and raise funds to support maternal health programs around the world.

The forum also included speaker Melanne Verveer, co-founder of Seneca Women, and executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, who interviewed Margaret Spellings, president of the University of North Carolina System, on the macro progress of women.

An additional panel featured how women entrepreneurs are leading change and included speakers Moira Quinn, chief operating officer and senior vice president of communications at Charlotte Center City Partners, Josefina Urzaiz, a Global Ambassador Program mentee and co-founder of the Hammock Boutique, Nigest Haile, Global Ambassador Program mentor and founder and executive director at the Center for Accelerated Women’s Economic Empowerment, and Jill Calabrese Bain, small business executive. 

The forum’s final panel focused on the power of partnership with speakers Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices, Christine Katziff, corporate general auditor and head of Investing in Women Council, Katerina Cronstedt, hotelier, food entrepreneur and former Global Ambassador Program mentee, and Oulimata Sarr, Global Ambassador mentor and regional advisor on Women’s Economic Empowerment for UN Women in West and Central Africa.

The public forum event was very successful and hosted participants of the Global Ambassadors Program, along with over 300 clients, influencers and employees. Visit our Charlotte 2017 page to learn more.


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