Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 14, 2012


The Department of State will host the Investing in Women To Maximize Returns forum at the Department’s George C. Marshall Center on November 16. Over 100 private sector executives, senior government officials, and nonprofit organization representatives, will meet to discuss strategic investments in women’s economic potential that the private sector is making to drive smart business growth. Participants will share best practices that go beyond corporate social responsibility programs and view investments in women and girls as critical business decisions. The forum will also identify new opportunities for advancing the status of women and girls through innovative public and private sector economic initiatives and programs.

The opening plenary will be from 8:45 to 10:30 and is open to credentialed members of the press. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs Deborah McCarthy will make opening remarks; Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, will lead a plenary panel entitled “Corporate Citizenship: Women--The Optimal Investment,” with senior executive representation from the Coca-Cola Company, TechnoServe, Marriott International, Inc., and USAID.

Media may attend this plenary as seating capacity allows. Admittance to the State Department’s Marshall Center, 320 21st St., NW entrance, will be by means of a pre-arranged clearance list. To be placed on this list, please provide your name, title, company or other affiliation if appropriate, valid government-issued ID number (i.e., U.S. Government ID [agency], U.S. military ID [branch], passport [country], or drivers license [state]), date of birth, and citizenship to the Office of Economic Policy Analysis and Public Diplomacy by email to Tiera Rainey (RaineyTJ@state.gov / 703-746-2389) or no later than 3 p.m. on Nov. 15.



PRN: 2012/1797