700+ Global Leaders Gather in Atlanta for The International Women’s Forum World Leadership Conference; Atlanta Selected as Site for Discussions on Global Human Rights

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Atlanta will host the International Women’s Forum (IWF) 2014 World Leadership Conference and Gala Oct. 29-31, 2014. More than 700 senior global women leaders from 30+ countries will come together in Atlanta for multi-day discussions focused on a critical issue: Global Human Rights.

“The conference will emphasize Atlanta as a city for international civil and human rights work around the world,” said IWF Georgia President Annette Cone-Skelton.

In a few weeks, Atlanta, the incubator of the American Civil Rights Movement, will host the International Women’s Forum (IWF) 2014 World Leadership Conference and Gala Oct. 29-31, 2014. More than 700 senior global women leaders from 30+ countries will come together in Atlanta for multi-day discussions focused on a critical issue: Global Human Rights.

Events will be held throughout the city including programs at the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the CDC, CNN and the Carter Center.

“The conference will emphasize Atlanta’s preeminence as a city for national and international business, healthcare and medical research, higher education, and the home of thought leadership for civil and human rights work around the world,” said IWF Georgia’s President, Annette Cone-Skelton.

Rosalynn Carter will be honored with the Leading Light Award at the conference gala on Oct. 31. Mrs. Carter is the former first lady and was a founding member of the Georgia Chapter. The Atlanta community is welcomed to attend the Gala.

The International Women’s Forum (IWF) is an international organization of women leaders whose goal is to empower women all over the world to reach their potential as leaders in business, government, as entrepreneurs and as fully participating citizens of their countries. Prior conferences have been held in cities such as Montreal, Canada; Rome, Italy; Guayaquil, Ecuador; Miami, Florida; and Washington, DC.

A Few Highlighted Speakers from the 2014 World Leadership Conference Include:

  •     Ruby Bridges, American civil rights activist, recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, and Founder of the Ruby Bridges Foundation to promote the values of tolerance, respect, and appreciation of all differences
  •     The Hon. Andrew Young, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Mayor of Atlanta who served as President of the National Council of Churches USA and was a member of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and a friend and supporter of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  •     Yoani Sánchez, a young Cuban dissident and blogger named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the FP Top 100 Global Thinkers
  •     Mohammad Al Abdallah, Syrian human rights activist and pro-democracy researcher, is Executive Director of the Syria Justice & Accountability Center (SJAC),
  •     Sheryl Wudunn, an American business executive, writer, lecturer, and the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a former New York Times reporter and co-author of the best-selling book (her third) Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.
  •     Leymah Gbowee, Liberian peace activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, led a women’s peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War, along with her collaborator, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Highlights from the 2014 Hall of Fame Awards Gala Include:
Inductions of the 2014 International Hall of Fame honorees:

  •     Olga Sánchez Cordero, Minister of the Supreme Court of Justice, Mexico;
  •     Gale Anne Hurd, American film producer and screenwriter and Governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in the United States, whose award-winning productions span over three decades of storied filmography;
  •     Maureen Harding Clark, former Judge of the International Criminal Court and Judge ad litem of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and High Court Judge, Ireland; and
  •      Rosalynn Carter, former First Lady of the United States, First Lady of Georgia, and the Co-Founder of The Carter Center, who will receive the 2014 IWF Leading Light Award for her global leadership in mental health
  •     The 2014 Women Who Make a Difference Awards
  •     Marilyn Johnson, former IBM executive, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies.

Attending IWF World Leadership Conference or Hall of Fame Gala Events:
Attendance of The World Leadership Conference is reserved for IWF members, presenters and invited members of the press.

If you are a member of the press and are interested in attending please contact Crosby Cromwell, 202-387-1010

The International Hall of Fame Gala is open to the public. If you are interested in attending and/or purchasing a table please contact Crosby Cromwell, 202-387-1010

About International Women’s Forum:
For more than 30 years, the International Women’s Forum (IWF) has been dedicated to advancing leadership across careers, cultures and continents by connecting the world’s most preeminent women of significant and diverse achievement. The IWF brings together an unprecedented global membership to exchange ideas, to learn and inspire, and to promote better leadership for a changing world. Founded in the US, the IWF has grown across six continents into 33 nations. There are more than 6,000 women leaders now participating in Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and North America as members of IWF. http://iwforum.org/about-us/overview/

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