First U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues to be Honored at National Press Club on November 8

Press Release Author

Iba Dervishaj, International Center for Research on Women, 202.742.1252

Media Advisory:

What:            The International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) is honoring Melanne Verveer, who in 2009 was appointed by President Obama to be the first ever U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, with its annual Champions for Change Leadership Award for her lifetime of contributions to women and girls globally. The award ceremony will feature a conversation with the former ambassador and a high-level panel discussion on new strategies for advancing women and girls.  

Who:             Melanne Verveer, Executive Director for the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace                                    and Security   

                     Lois Romano, Senior Political Correspondent, Politico

                     Sarah Degnan Kambou, ICRW President

         Dotti Hatcher, Executive Director, Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program for advancing women                        workers 

         Renee Wittemyer, Intel Corporation’s Director of Social Impact

         Julie Katzman, Executive VP, the Inter-American Development Bank 

         Ann Warner, ICRW Senior Gender & Youth Specialist

When:           Friday, November 8, 2013, 12:30 – 2 pm

Where:         National Press Club, Ballroom

Mission Statement:

For nearly 40 years, ICRW has been the premier applied research institute focused on women and girls. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with regional offices in South Asia and Africa, ICRW provides evidence-based research to inform programs and policies that help alleviate poverty, promote gender equality and protect the rights of women and girls. Learn more at