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Remarks to the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership Meeting

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Benjamin Franklin Room
Washington, DC
November 27, 2012

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, let me welcome all of you again here to the State Department for this Second International Council on Women’s Business Leadership Meeting. This is a great way to end the year, since we started the year together back in January. And I know from having run into a number of you along the way you’ve been hard at work ever since coming up with new ideas and concrete initiatives that will help more women take a leading role in business, move up the echelons of government, broaden the reach of civil society groups. And I am very grateful to all of you around this table and everyone sitting behind you who has been part of this effort.

Now, the ultimate goal of the council is to develop a platform for putting forth policy recommendations, programs, and activities that empower women and promote gender equality, from access to markets and capital to capacity building and skills training. We’re looking at leadership and leadership development and working together to make sure that any woman who wishes to do so will have the opportunity to contribute to the economy and society where she lives.

I want to have a chance to hear about your experiences and discuss ways that we can put into action your recommendations. Now, we’ve had excellent leadership from our vice chairs, and I want to turn first to Cherie Blair to provide remarks and then to our other vice chair, Indra Nooyi, who joins us by the miracle of technology to do the same.

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Oh, Mme. Secretary!  We are going to miss you so much when you retire from the State Department. You have done so much. Thank you for everything you do.

Second Meeting of Secretary Clinton’s International Council on Women’s Business Leadership

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 23, 2012

On Tuesday, November 27th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will host the second meeting of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership at the State Department in Washington, D.C. The meeting can be viewed via live webcast on the Internet by clicking here.

The Council serves the United States government in an advisory capacity on major issues in international business and economic policy, including the effective integration of business interests and women’s economic empowerment into overall foreign policy; the role and limits of international economic institutions from a gender-specific perspective; and the Department of State’s role in advancing and promoting the role of women in a competitive global economy. Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (United Kingdom) and Indra Nooyi, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PepsiCo, Inc. (USA) are Council Vice Chairs.

The meeting will be held in the Benjamin Franklin Room of the U.S. Department of State from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

The Inaugural International Council on Women’s Business Leadership was held on January 24, 2012.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Present the 2012 Awards for Corporate Excellence

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 23, 2012

On Wednesday, November 28th, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will present the 14th annual Secretary of State’s Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE). The ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m. in the Ben Franklin Room at the Department of State and will be followed by a reception in the Thomas Jefferson Room.

The prestigious ACE recognizes the important role of U.S. businesses in advancing good corporate governance and democratic principles worldwide. The award honors exemplary business practices, corporate social responsibility, and innovation in a company’s overseas operations.

This year 82 nominations were received for American companies operating in 54 countries. The winners were chosen by the Principals’ Award Selection Committee. The Committee, chaired by the Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment, includes a representative from the offices of the Secretary, the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights, the Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, the Under Secretary for Management, and the special representative for Global Partnerships. It also includes senior officials from the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Department of Commerce.

The 2012 ACE winners were selected from the following 11 finalists: Chevron in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan; Esso Angola in Luanda, Angola; General Motors in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Intel Corporation in Vietnam; Intel Corporation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Microsoft in Bangkok, Thailand; Microsoft in Cairo, Egypt; Microsoft in New Delhi, India; Rosalie Bay in Dominica, Sorwathé in Kigali, Rwanda; and Sustainable Mahogany Industries Ltd. in Suva, Fiji. The winners will be publicly and officially announced at the ACE ceremony.

After the Secretary announces the 2012 ACE winners in Washington, D.C., Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment Robert D. Hormats will lead the interactive portion of the ceremony. U.S. Ambassadors and in-country company executives will participate from the U.S. Embassies that submitted the winning nominations, where simultaneous events are expected to take place.

The ceremony will be  streamed live on www.state.gov.

The last ACE Awards were presented on January 18, 2012.

Update: One additional event on Friday.

Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy’s Saban Forum

Notice to the Press

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
November 26, 2012

 


On Friday, November 30th at the Willard Hotel, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver keynote remarks at the opening Gala Dinner of the 2012 Saban Forum, hosted by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.

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With Angela Merkel and our Hillary Clinton topping the ridiculously unbalanced  Forbes list of 100 Most Powerful Women,  I did not have much hope for a more serious list of Most Powerful Couples of 2012.   I was not wrong.  The Clintons top the list with the Gateses #2 and the Obamas #3, but beyond #5, Diane Sawyer and Mike Nichols,  this list is as wildly incoherent as the list of powerful women – maybe more so.


Here is the gallery.

One might argue that this is a more difficult list to develop since both members must exert power, but like the 100 Most Powerful Women list, this one is most eloquent in who is missing.   Where are foundation head  Cherie and Quartet Envoy Tony Blair?  They are less important than entertainers, models, and sports figures?

Seriously?  Shakira and Gerard Pique?  Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady?  They merit appearing on this list?  Beyonce and Jay-Z outrank Christane Amanpour and Jaimie Rubin,  Diane Von Furstenberg and Barry Diller, AND Tina Brown and Harold Evans?  Why Ellen DeGeneres and Portia?  Where is the “Portia power?”  Seems they were gratuitously included just to have a gay couple there, but to rank them above Tina Brown whose Newsweek endorsed Romney a few days ago and Evans, whose September Condé Nast Traveler features in depth coverage of a tour of Asia by the secretary of state seems patently ridiculous.

Forbes, please be serious.  We love seeing our Clintons honored, but give it some heft.

The World’s Most Powerful Couples In 2012

Jenna Goudreau, Forbes Staff

Who says women can’t have it all? On the 2012 FORBES list of the world’s 100 most powerful women, 70% are married, with an average 2.1 kids. Often, these women don’t do it alone. Some have the help of extended family or a stay-at-home husband. Others marry their power equals and scramble to make it work. Here’s a look at the world’s most powerful couples, and what it takes to house two top careers under one roof.

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and current U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton together form the world’s top power pair. Hillary, the second most powerful woman in the world, made history as one of a handful of women to ever run for U.S. president. In her current role, she is the nation’s chief foreign advisor and is constantly on the go, traveling to over 40 countries in 2012 alone. Meanwhile, Bill served two presidential terms as ruler of the world’s largest economy and remains an active diplomat today.

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Inaugural Meeting of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership

Remarks

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State

Ben Franklin Room

Washington, DC

January 24, 2012


Well, good morning everyone. And let me again welcome you here to the State Department, to the Ben Franklin Room, for this first meeting of the International Council on Women’s Business Leadership. This is a truly remarkable group, and I want to thank each and every one of you for taking time out of your very busy schedules to travel here to share your experiences and your insights as to what more we can do to promote women in the ranks of business and provide more opportunities for them to participate.

I want, particularly, to thank our vice chair, Cherie Booth Blair. We’ve worked together on so many challenges over the years. Her foundation supports women entrepreneurs around the world, and I’ve had an opportunity to collaborate with her and the foundation on the mWomen initiative to close the global gender gap that prevents hundreds of millions of women from gaining access to mobile technology. We all know that when women have the tools to participate in the formal economy, when they have access to information and opportunity, they can be full participants.

Our other vice chair, Indra Nooyi, unfortunately could not be here. Something came up which prevented her from attending. But her leadership at PepsiCo is a model for entrepreneurs and executives around the world, and she has been closely involved in helping to organize this meeting, and I think she twisted a few arms of some of you to participate as well.

Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s special advisor, also asked that we send her regrets. The President’s delivering his State of the Union this evening, and she was not able to break free from that, something I totally understand from my prior life. And I think that we’re very fortunate to have such a good turnout today.

I only want to say a few words, because really, the point of bringing such distinguished, successful women here around this table is to hear from you and to get very specific ideas about what you think can help us boost growth, take some of the untapped resources and mobilize them, follow smart strategies to increase productivity, and add new value to companies and economies. Now, everyone is searching for answers to those questions, but not enough people realize that part of the answer, a large part of the answer, lies with women.

Last September, I delivered a speech in San Francisco at the APEC, the Asia-Pacific economic conference lead-up, to make the case for increasing women’s participation in the global economy. You know from your own experiences that when women enjoy greater access and opportunity, there is a ripple effect. Businesses have more consumers, families have more to spend, and so it goes through the economy.

We have people around this table who have devoted their professional lives to unlocking the answers to these questions. Sri Mulyani here from the World Bank – she can tell us, in first-person detail, about how the Bank has released a new report, which I commend to all of you, about the impact women can have, not just for themselves and their families, something we’ve always known, but for entire economies. If women participated fully even in our own country, our GDP would rise considerably, and that is even more true in many other parts of the world.

The State Department has another advisory council whose subcommittee on women has produced a new report that looks specifically at the impact of women business leaders on companies and organizations. I want to thank its co-chairs, Judith Barnett and Jeff Volk, who are right there, for their leadership. Now, we’ll have the full results soon, but one fact is already clear: Including more women at the top of organizations, businesses, and the public sector is not just the right thing to do; it is the smart thing to do. It’s good for business. It’s good for results.

Now, we all know the numbers. About three percent of the CEOs of Fortune Global 500 companies are women. There are still a lot of obstacles to women entering. It depends, of course, on national, cultural, ethnic, religious reasons. But it cuts across all of that, and it is, to a greater or lesser degree, present in every society.

So the challenge before us today as we represent government, business, NGOs, workers, institutions is what are the ideas that we can promote that can help women be able to fulfill their own potential. How do we widen that circle of prosperity which will lift the entire global economy – women and men alike – and how do we, within our own organizations, do more to train and promote women to positions of leadership?

I’m looking forward to hearing your ideas, your initiatives, your thoughts, and looking forward to working with you to try to implement them. So let me now turn to my friend and fellow chair, Cherie.

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This was a supremely pleasant event, and Hillary was clearly delighted to be with her old friends Cherie Blair and Reema Nanavaty from SEWA. She was smashing in her fall colors, but, of course, you can see all that for yourselves.

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Busy times coming up!  Two big events tomorrow, one Thursday, and travel next week.  The pictures are from her meeting today with Bulgarian FM Nickolay Mladenov and have nothing to do with these future events, but I thought I would share them here anyway.

Secretary Clinton and Georgian Prime Minister Gilauri to Deliver Opening Remarks at the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership Omnibus Meeting on October 6

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 5, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Georgian Prime Minister Nikoloz Gilauri will deliver opening remarks at the U.S.-Georgia Charter on Strategic Partnership Omnibus Meeting on Wednesday, October 6 at approximately 9:45 a.m. in the Loy Henderson Auditorium of the Department of State. This is the second meeting of the U.S.-Georgia Strategic Partnership Commission, established by the signing of a Charter in January 2009. Immediately prior to the Strategic Partnership meeting, Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister Gilauri will hold a bilateral meeting, at the Department of State.

Secretary Clinton and Prime Minister Gilauri’s remarks at the beginning of the Strategic Partnership meeting will be open to credentialed members of the media.

Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the 12th Annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit on October 6

Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 5, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver remarks at the 12th Annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit at approximately 10:30 a.m. on October 6, at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C.

The event will be open to credentialed members of the media and Secretary Clinton’s remarks will be livestreamed on www.state.gov.

Secretary Clinton to Deliver Remarks at the Launch of the mWomen Initiative with Cherie Blair and GSMA on October 7

Washington, DC
October 5, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Former British First Lady Cherie Blair will deliver remarks on the international support for increasing women’s access to mobile technology on Thursday, October 7 at 11:00 a.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State.

The event will launch the mWomen Initiative, a joint project by the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and the GSMA Development Fund to promote mobile technologies as tools for women’s empowerment and international development. For more information on the work behind the initiative, click here.

Secretary Clinton and Cherie Blair will be joined by Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and GSMA CEO Rob Conway. Other participants include leaders from the mobile communications industry, the private sector, international development community, women’s organizations, and philanthropic foundations.

Remarks by Secretary Clinton and Cherie Blair will be open to credentialed members of the media.

Secretary Clinton to Travel to the Balkans and Brussels

Philip J. Crowley
Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs
Washington, DC
October 5, 2010

Secretary of State Clinton will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo, and Brussels from October 11 to 14.

The Secretary will meet with government and civic leaders, and citizens to highlight the continued U.S. commitment to support all the Balkan states in achieving their aspirations for full integration into the European and Euro-Atlantic community. In Brussels, she will participate in the NATO ministerial and hold meetings with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and with High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton.

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