160 East Pearson St
BURMA’S NEW ERA FOR WOMEN
Katherine Pickus, Divisional Vice President, Global Citizenship & Policy, Abbott Laboratories, and Vice President, Abbott Fund
The Honorable Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large, Global Women’s Issues, United States Department of State
During this transformational time in Burma’s history, Burmese women are at the forefront of promoting democracy, stability, and economic opportunity despite suffering from some of the worst crimes at the hands of the military regime. In May 2012, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and Abbott Fund vice president, Katherine Pickus embarked upon a fact-finding mission to Burma. Following that trip, they announced a new public-private partnership to support Burmese women by advancing programs for health, education, and economic opportunities. Join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs to learn how Burmese women could present the key to ushering in and sustaining a new era of democracy and stability.
Katherine Pickus is divisional vice president, Global Citizenship and Policy at Abbott Laboratories, and vice president of the Abbott Fund, the company’s philanthropic foundation. She is responsible for developing programs that expand sustainable access to health care and advance science and medical innovation. Prior to joining Abbott, Pickus served as the director of Corporate Communications for Fruit of the Loom, Inc., and as the special assistant for National Security Affairs to the vice president of the United States, focused on advancing development and U.S. relations in Sub-Saharan Africa. Pickus serves as a member of the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council, which advances the status of women in Afghanistan. She is also a member of the Executive Council on Development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
The Honorable Melanne Verveer has served as the U.S. ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues since 2009. Prior to her current position, Ambassador Verveer was chair and co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit she cofounded. Previously, she served as assistant to the President and chief of staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration, and was chief assistant to then-First Lady Hillary Clinton in her international activities to advance women’s rights and further social development, democracy, and peace-building initiatives. Ambassador Verveer also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women. Prior to her time in the White House, Ambassador Verveer served in a number of leadership roles in public policy organizations and as legislative staff. She received both her B.A. and M.A. from Georgetown University.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2012
WOMEN AND GLOBAL
The Ritz Carlton
160 East Pearson Street
at Water Tower Place
Chicago, IL 60611
Lunch and discussion