ExxonMobil Women and Development Series

Director: Rachel B. Vogelstein, Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program
November 20, 2009 - Present

The ExxonMobil Women and Development Series explores the ways in which governments, companies, and NGOs can promote economic development by focusing on women. With the generous support of the ExxonMobil, the series has so far examined such topics as women's role as change agents in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the potential of new technologies to promote women's economic empowerment in developing countries. Transcripts, audio, and video recordings of meetings in this series are available below.

Publications

Meetings

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Negotiating the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Speakers Thomas Gass

Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Interagency Affairs, UN Department of Economics and Social Affairs

, Elizabeth M. Cousens

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation


Presider Rachel B. Vogelstein

Senior Fellow and Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations

June 10, 2015

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Harnessing Technology to Advance Development and Improve Governance

Speakers Michael Faye

Chief Executive Officer, Segovia Technology; Cofounder, GiveDirectly

, Tariq Malik

Former Chairman, National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), Pakistan; Senior Industry Consultant for Government Systems, Teradata Corporation


Presider Shannon K. O'Neil

Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

January 13, 2015

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Savings: The Next Frontier in Financial Inclusion

Speakers Mary Ellen Iskenderian

President and CEO, Women's World Banking

, Steve Hollingworth

President and CEO, Freedom from Hunger


Presider Isobel Coleman

Senior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative; Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program; Council on Foreign Relations

December 16, 2013

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Economically Empowering the Bottom Billion: Strategies for Growing Micro-Enterprises

Speakers Mayra BuvinicSenior Fellow, United Nations Foundation, Oriana BandieraProfessor of Economics and Director of Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD), London School of Economics and Political Science, Frank LusbyExecutive Director, Action for Enterprise (AFE)
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative; Council on Foreign Relations
September 17, 2013

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Diversifying Global Supply Chains

Speakers Astrid PregelSpecial Advisor; Founder, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada; Feminomics, Inc., Anabella Ruiz de FreemanCoordinator of Small and Medium Supplier Development, Walmart, Elizabeth VazquezPresident, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior Fellow and Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
December 5, 2012

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Supporting Entrepreneurship: What Works in Developing Economies?

Speakers Mayra BuvinicSenior Fellow, United Nations Foundation, Markus GoldsteinAfrica Region Gender Practice Leader, World Bank, Agnes QuisumbingSenior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior Fellow and Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
October 11, 2012

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mDevelopment: Harnessing Mobile Technology for Global Economic Growth

Introductory Speaker Cherie BlairFounder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
Speakers Ann Mei ChangSenior Adviser for Women and Technology, Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State, Alex CountsPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Grameen Foundation, Scott RatzanVice President, Global Health, Johnson & Johnson
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior Fellow and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative; Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
May 10, 2012

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Women and Mobile: A Global Opportunity

Speakers Cherie BlairFounder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Maura O'NeillSenior Counselor to the Administrator and Chief Innovation Officer, USAID, Trina DasGuptamWomen Program Director, GSMA
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy and Director, Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations
October 5, 2011

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Innovations and Innovators: Using Agricultural Technologies to Empower Women

Speakers Martin FisherKickStart International, Pedro SanchezEarth Institute, Columbia University
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil on Foreign Relations
June 1, 2011

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Women and Development: A Conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter

Speaker Anne-Marie SlaughterPrinceton University
Presider Isobel ColemanCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 10, 2011

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Women and Technology: The Opportunities of Mobile Banking

Speakers Mary Ellen IskenderianPresident and Chief Executive Officer, Women’s World Banking, Tamara CookProgram Officer, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior Fellow and Director, Civil Society, Markets and Democracy Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations
April 6, 2011

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Setting the Context: Challenges and Opportunities

Panelists Leslie CordesDirector of Partnership Development, Energy and Climate, United Nations Foundation, Gail KarlssonAdviser, United Nations Development Programme and ENERGIA, Richenda Van LeeuwenRenewable Energy Access Advisor and Former Senior Advisor, Good Energies, Inc.
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
April 21, 2010

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A Discussion with Innovators

Panelists Mark BentCEO and President, SunNight Solar, Lauren TaylorDirector of Communications, Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
April 21, 2010

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Understanding and Expanding Distribution Networks

Panelists Katherine LuceyFounder and Executive Director, Solar Sister, Carolyn MakinsonExecutive Director, Women's Refugee Commission, International Rescue Committee, Toshihiro NakamuraCo-Founder, Kopernik
Presider Isobel ColemanSenior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
April 21, 2010

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Women as Change Agents in the Recovery from the Global Financial Crisis

Speaker Robert B. ZoellickPresident, World Bank Group
Presider Cokie RobertsNews Correspondent
November 20, 2009 11:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. - Registration
12:00–12:30 p.m. - Seated Lunch
12:30–1:30 p.m. - Meeting

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National Teleconference: The ExxonMobil Women and Development Roundtable Series: Women as Change Agents in the Recovery from the Global Financial Crisis

Speaker Robert B. ZoellickPresident, World Bank Group
Presider Cokie RobertsSenior News Analyst, ABC News
November 20, 2009 12:00–1:30 p.m. - (ET)

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