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Women and Global Development Forum


Women are the most reliable and innovative recipients of microfinance; their health is essential to the survival of families; and increased opportunities for women have been shown to lift entire communities out of poverty. The Chicago Council on Global Affairs established the Women and Global Development Forum in 2009 to engage Chicagoans in discussions about the role of women in solving global health, international development, and socioeconomic challenges facing the world today. Each year, between four and six programs take place as part of the series and feature speakers working, through governments, NGOs, foundations, and businesses, to implement development initiatives that change the world. 

Honorary Chairs     

Patricia Blunt Koldyke 
Honorary Life Director, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Shirley Welsh Ryan

Women and Global Development Forum
Steering Committee

Upcoming Events

Women in Washington: Off the Sidelines
Monday, September 22, 2014 11:45 a.m.
The Honorable Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator; Michelle R. Seitz, Partner, and Head of William Blair Investment Management

The Palmer House Hilton
17 E Monroe Street
Chicago, IL 60603

Members $50 | Student Members $35 | Nonmembers $60

New Aid in a New Age: Understanding International Development
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Nicholas Kristof, Author and Columnist, The New York Times; Catherine Bertini, Senior Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Venue to be announced

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20

Past Event Multimedia

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Marjorie C. Benton
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
The Frankel Family Foundation
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Ashley McCall and Avery McCall
Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
Susan J. Templeton
William Blair & Company
Zurich North America




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