Media Note
Washington, DC
October 8, 2009


On October 7-9, 2009, the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs and the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues will co-host a conference, which will launch a network of entrepreneurs that will promote access to markets, finance and training for women throughout the Western Hemisphere.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced in May that the United States would host this conference as part of the Pathways to Prosperity in the Americas initiative. Pathways links together countries in the Americas to identify policies and programs that ensure all citizens share in the benefits of economic integration and globalization.

The following sessions of the conference will be open for press coverage at the Hilton Embassy Row, 2015 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC:

Wednesday, October 7
8:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner featuring Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Craig Kelly
Thursday, October 8
12:10 p.m. Lunch Keynote – Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer
Friday, October 9
8:30 a.m. Opening Remarks – Pathways Envoys: Beth Brooke, Ernst & Young (United States); Nell Merlino, Count Me In (United States); María Eugenia Brizuela de Avila, HSBC Bank (El Salvador); and Laura Albornoz, OAS Inter-American Commission of Women (Chile).

***3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Expo - Entrepreneurs will display their products and services.

***5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks – Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero

Final access for all press will be 30 minutes prior to the start time of each scheduled session.

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

PRESS CONTACTS:
Sara A. Mangiaracina
U.S. Department of State
(202) 427-2902

MangiaracinaSA@state.gov



PRN: 2009/1009