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

Negotiating the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

Speakers: Elizabeth M. Cousens, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation, Thomas Gass, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Interagency Affairs, UN Department of Economics and Social Affairs
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: Steve Hollingworth, President and CEO, Freedom from Hunger, Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO, Women's World Banking
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: Oriana Bandiera, Professor of Economics and Director of Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD), London School of Economics and Political Science, Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation, Frank Lusby, Executive Director, Action for Enterprise (AFE)
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior 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: Anabella Ruiz de Freeman, Coordinator of Small and Medium Supplier Development, Walmart, Astrid Pregel, Special Advisor; Founder, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada; Feminomics, Inc., Elizabeth Vazquez, President, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, WEConnect International
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior 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 Buvinic, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation, Markus Goldstein, Africa Region Gender Practice Leader, World Bank, Agnes Quisumbing, Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior 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

Speakers: Ann Mei Chang, Senior Adviser for Women and Technology, Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State, Alex Counts, President and Chief Executive Officer, Grameen Foundation, Scott Ratzan, Vice President, Global Health, Johnson & Johnson
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
Introductory Speaker: Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
May 10, 2012

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Women and Mobile: A Global Opportunity

Speakers: Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Trina DasGupta, mWomen Program Director, GSMA, Maura O'Neill, Senior Counselor to the Administrator and Chief Innovation Officer, USAID
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior 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 Fisher, KickStart International, Pedro Sanchez, Earth Institute, Columbia University
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
June 1, 2011

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Women and Development: A Conversation with Anne-Marie Slaughter

Speaker: Anne-Marie Slaughter, Princeton University
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Council on Foreign Relations
May 10, 2011

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Women and Technology: The Opportunities of Mobile Banking

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

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Understanding and Expanding Distribution Networks

Panelists: Katherine Lucey, Founder and Executive Director, Solar Sister, Carolyn Makinson, Executive Director, Women's Refugee Commission, International Rescue Committee, Toshihiro Nakamura, Co-Founder, Kopernik
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
April 21, 2010

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Setting the Context: Challenges and Opportunities

Panelists: Leslie Cordes, Director of Partnership Development, Energy and Climate, United Nations Foundation, Gail Karlsson, Adviser, United Nations Development Programme and ENERGIA, Richenda Van Leeuwen, Renewable Energy Access Advisor and Former Senior Advisor, Good Energies, Inc.
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
April 21, 2010

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A Discussion with Innovators

Panelists: Mark Bent, CEO and President, SunNight Solar, Lauren Taylor, Director of Communications, Solar Electric Light Fund (SELF)
Presider: Isobel Coleman, Senior 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. Zoellick, President, World Bank Group
Presider: Cokie Roberts, News 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. Zoellick, President, World Bank Group
Presider: Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst, ABC News
November 20, 2009 12:00–1:30 p.m. - (ET)

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