“Even diamonds come from the dirt”: a recap of the International Forum on Women’s Food Leadership in the Global SouthMonday, November 2nd, 2015
by staff contributor Camry Haskins
and student contributor Hannah Stambaugh
The conference consisted of eight panels and four keynote addresses.
The Keynotes included:
- Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability, George Washington University
- Catherine Gill, Senior Vice President of Investor Relations and Operations, Root Capital
- Catherine Krobo-Edusei Benson, Founder & CEO, Eden Tree, Ltd.
- Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau for African Affairs
- Climate-Smart and Sustainable Strategies (moderated by Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of GW’s Sustainability Institute)
- Starting an Agribusiness (moderated by Kathy Korman Frey, Founder and CEO of Hot Mommas Project & Adjunct Professor of Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership at GW)
- Setting Up Organizational Structure and Building Social Capital (moderated by Celena Green, Director, Africa/Co-Director, Economic Empowerment & Entrepreneurship, Vital Voices Global Partnership)
- Raising Women’s Profiles in Media (moderated by Leah Quin, Senior Communications Manager, Abt Associates)
- Growing an Agribusiness (moderated by Dr. Rekha Mehra, Senior Associate, Gender in Development, Creative Associates International)
- Selling & Marketing (moderated by Marlene Stearns, Founding Director, Women’s Food Leadership Initiative)
- Partnering Effectively (moderated by Dr. Deborah Rubin, Co-Director, Cultural Practice, LLC)
- Measuring Impact (moderated by Claire Starkey, President, Fintrac)
In an effort to end the conference with as much power as was seen throughout, Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield stepped up to the podium and gave the closing remarks filled with her own stories of women that she had met throughout her career and the differences that they too are making today.
To find out more about the conference and to follow the continued efforts of the Women’s Food Leadership Initiative stay active on the website. Here you can recommend women food leaders that you believe should be highlighted, and follow progress of case study development.
Also watch out for the release of video recording of the conference, which will be coming soon.