WIPP Members Serve as Corporate Ambassadors for Vital Voices Program in the West Bank
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Posted by: Oriana Camacho
Three WIPP members recently were Corporate Ambassadors for a Vital Voices program in the West Bank to teach Palestinian Businesswomen about economic advocacy. Mary Schnack, Secretary of the Executive Advisory Board and winner of last year’s WIPP Member of the Year, spoke on advocacy basics. Susan Solovic, CEO of SBTV.com and President of the Executive Advisory Board and a WIPP board member, spoke on media. Patty DeDominic, a past winner of the WIPP President’s Award, spoke on advocating as a CEO.
The day prior to the seminar, the Business Women’s Forum for the Palestinian Territories arranged visits with women business owners in their offices, with discussions on business and advocacy issues. Although almost 70% of the university students are now women, only 16% of those employed are women. The women business owners are vibrant. The businesses visited included a CPA, lawyer, financial technical software, training and research primarily targeted at the NGO market and one woman who owns seven businesses, including one which will build a new Palestinian city offering more housing and jobs.
In collaboration with the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), Vital Voices has created the Middle East & North Africa Businesswomen’s Network, known as the MENA Businesswomen’s network. The Corporate Ambassadors program provides a unique opportunity for both Hub members and U.S. executives to network and exchange ideas to help solidify the critical link between businesswomen in the MENA region and the U.S. For more information, go to www.menabwn.org or www.vitalvoices.org.