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The Women’s Forum Celebrates Inaugural Launch of New York City Chapter

Monday, September 29, 2014

Earlier this month in New York City, September 11,  Madeira Global, a premier New York-based investment and advisory firm, co-hosted the inaugural launch of the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society’s New York City Chapter. This was held in advance of the 10th Women’s Forum Global Meeting in Deauville, France, which will take place October 15-17.

Founded in 2005, the Women’s Forum is one of the world’s premier platforms featuring women’s views and voices on major social and economic issues. The organization attracts the participation of global female leaders including Christine Lagarde, Aung San Suu Kyi, Melanne Verveer and Salma Hayek Pinault.

The Women’s Forum New York City Chapter will be co-chaired by Christina M. Alfonso, CEO of Madeira Global, and by Jean-Christian Agid, who has represented the Women’s Forum in the United States since 2007. Alfonso and Agid welcomed more than 200 distinguished guests to a private cocktail reception held on September 11th at the French Institute Alliance Française to mark the memorable occasion.

Alfonso addressed the leaders in attendance by asserting, “Certainly all in this room can appreciate the distinction between mere networking circles and a meaningful support network. I have found that unparalleled value in the Women’s Forum.”

The event featured a question and answer session moderated by Stephanie Ruhle, Managing Editor and Anchor at Bloomberg Television, with guest speaker Dina Habib Powell, Head of the Urban Investment Group and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation, Goldman Sachs.

In the dialog, Powell discussed Goldman Sach’s ‘10,000 Women’ Program, a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with a business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital. Calling women “the smartest investment,” she addressed the situation of women in emerging markets.

“Female entrepreneurs are an excellent investment,” Powell said. “Countries that allow women a voice and empower women economically are both stronger from an economic perspective and make better allies.”




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