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ContributorsLeela StakeLeela is a director who helps businesses innovate, collaborate and communicate to be more successful. She’s based in San Francisco, has worked in six Asian countries and is interested in the relationship between long-term business success and community prosperity.Laura PalantoneLaura is a member of our corporate communications team and is based in New York.James RobinsonJames is a director who brings ten years of experience working on CR strategy and communications in New York, Beijing, and Jakarta. He looks at how CR is employed as part of broader business strategy and has a particular interest in the evolving role of technology and innovation in managing social and environmental issues.Julie JackA director in APCO's New York office, Julie works on corporate responsibility with a focus on business strategy and emerging issues and trends. Her currents interests and work focus on sustainable agriculture and supply chain management, the integration of CR and financial communications, and CR in the consumer goods space.Ellen MignoniEllen is a senior director and helped build APCO’s global corporate responsibility practice. She works primarily with APCO’s corporate clients on business alignment and corporate responsibility, stakeholder engagement and partnership development, and communication and outreach.
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Category Archives: Women and Girls
Lindsay McBride is an associate consultant based in APCO's Seattle office. As the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act approaches in June, it’s appropriate to stop and see how far we’ve come and how much work needs to be done to close the wage gap between women and men. Activists and economists alike have expressed concern over the extremely slow rate of progress in the wage gap between men and women in the United States, and to highlight this lack of progress, the National Partnership for Women & Families released a study on the gender wage gap in the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the United States. What city was the worst offender? Seattle.
Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 By SharedPurpose
Much has been written on the need to increase the number of women leaders and for the women leaders that do exist to leverage their influence to help other women. So this International Women’s Day, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate just a few of the countless women in power who are giving their time, talent and treasure to support other women. Hillary Clinton visited more countries than any other secretary of state – 112 – and on most trips, she made visiting women's projects, businesses or advocates a priority. Her commitment to promoting women’s social, political and economic rights and opportunities inspired both conversation and action the world over.
Posted on Friday, March 8th, 2013 By Leela Stake
Much is being said about the status of women in the workplace these days. As the founder and CEO of the largest women-owned firm in our field, I spend a lot of time thinking about what that means and what significance it carries for others. There is a sense of responsibility that comes from this kind of achievement. During the past week, I have had the good fortune to be at two events that gave me a chance to reflect on how things have changed since I started working 40 years ago.
Posted on Thursday, October 11th, 2012 By SharedPurpose
Zeynep Dereli is managing director of APCO Worldwide’s Istanbul office.The 2012 Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) took place in Amman, Jordan, over the weekend. GTF is an international initiative that brings together public- and private-sector leaders to discuss current and future trends in governance and society. This year’s forum focused on women leaders and the role [...]
Posted on Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 By SharedPurpose
This year marks the eighth Clinton Global Initiative* (CGI) Annual Meeting, where movers and shakers from around the world come together in New York to make commitments and address some of the greatest enduring challenges. Among its many successes, CGI has helped elevate girls and women to the world stage through featured programming for several years. Never before with such consistency and depth has such a major global platform put the spotlight on the needs and opportunities facing girls and women today. Leaders from Michelle Bachelet to Queen Rania have come together at CGI to raise awareness, launch new programs and celebrate successes.
Posted on Sunday, September 23rd, 2012 By Leela Stake
Today marks the 112th International Women’s Day. It is a great opportunity to raise awareness of gender inequality around the world and celebrate the accomplishments of women. Here are eight ways you can mark the occasion: Take an official holiday if you are in one of 28 countries around the world. (Note: if you are in China, Macedonia, Madagascar or Nepal, it’s women-only).
Posted on Thursday, March 8th, 2012 By Leela Stake
February is Black History Month in the United States. Its origin can be traced back to scholar Carter G. Woodson, who, on February 7, 1926, led the first celebration of “Negro History Week” to help rectify the omission of African-Americans from history books. Today, the observance of Black History Month provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the achievements of African-Americans and to recommit to making the teaching of history more honest and inclusive. The theme of Black History Month 2012 is “Black Women in American Culture and History.” African-American women are members of two traditionally excluded groups in the United States and have faced overwhelming odds in making their names and stories known. In spite of those barriers, the deeds of women like Harriett Tubman, Rosa Parks, Barbara Jordan and Condoleeza Rice now grace the pages of history books. There are singers and writers and poets and artists who also left their mark on American culture and who helped make this country great. But there are countless others whose stories have never been told. And, in spite of civil rights laws and affirmative acts on the part of government, employers and educational institutions to curb discrimination, African-American women continue to face obstacles on the path to the American dream.
Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2012 By SharedPurpose
The APEC Women and the Economy Summit ended Friday with the adoption of the San Francisco Declaration, which Secretary Clinton promised “just might make history books” if it moves from rhetoric to action. The Summit, organized through a partnership of the Bay Area Council and the U.S. State Department and, was part of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Senior Officials Meeting, the largest diplomatic gathering in San Francisco since the UN founding 66 years ago. APEC has tremendous clout – it is comprised of 21 nations that collectively represent nearly 40 percent of the world's population, 54 percent of the global economy and 44 percent of world trade. This was the first time that APEC affirmed the organization’s and member economies’ commitment to improving women’s access to capital and markets, building their capacities and skills and supporting the rise of women leaders in the public and private sectors.
Posted on Monday, September 19th, 2011 By Leela Stake
The International Integrated Reporting Committee published a Discussion Paper on September 12 that presented a compelling case for integrated reporting. One of the more interesting statistics cited was that physical and financial assets represent a shrinking percentage of market value – falling from 83 percent in 1975 to 19 percent in 2009! Many of these intangible assets aren’t covered in most reports, which speaks to the need for different and more interconnected reporting. Some of the reasons it’s worth the read:
Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2011 By Julie Jack
The 600 million girls who live in the developing world have started to get the attention they deserve on the world stage. A prime example is “Girls and Women: Scaling What Works,” a featured topic at the upcoming Clinton Global Initiative* Annual Meeting. In a series of plenary and breakout sessions, corporate, government and NGO leaders will take a deeper look at proven initiatives to improve the lives of girls in developing countries. One of the most exciting aspects of the program is that CGI plans to promote ideas and innovations coming directly from girls in the developing world, who seldom have the platform that CGI provides. Abundant data support CGI’s emphasis on investing in girls in the developing world. To cite just one powerful statistic: when 10 percent more girls go to school, a country’s GDP increases on average by 3 percent. Yet less than two cents of every international development dollar is directed specifically to girls. Clearly, there’s still a compelling need to bridge the gap between the strong case for investing in girls and reality.
Posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011 By Leela Stake