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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

Joyce Banda on a New Path for Africa
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 11:45 a.m.
Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, Former President of the Republic of Malawi

The Chicago Club
81 E. Van Buren Street
Chicago, IL 60605

Members $50 | Nonmembers $60 | Students $25

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

InterContinental Chicago
505 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Members $10 | Nonmembers $20 | Become a member and attend this event for FREE

Past Event Multimedia

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Marjorie C. Benton
BNY Mellon Wealth Management
The Frankel Family Foundation
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Ashley McCall and Avery McCall
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, LLP
Susan J. Templeton
William Blair & Company




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