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Irene Natividad, a recognized leader for women in the United States and throughout the world, is President of the Global Summit of Women, an annual international gathering of women leaders from around the world on business and economic issues. Australia is hosting the Summit for the first time this year (April 26-28 in Sydney). Irene is also Chair of the GlobeWomen Research and Education Institute and Chair of Corporate Women Directors International (CWDI), which promotes the increased participation of women on corporate boards globally.
Based in Washington, D.C., Ms. Natividad is the force behind the 28-year old Global Summit of Women, informally called “The Davos for Women” by past participants for the caliber of its attendees and presenters, as well as its mix of business and government leaders. As CWDI Chair, she has produced 27 reports in 21 years on women directors in different countries, regions, and industries and has convened women board directors and executives to “ring the opening bell” at 21 Stock Exchanges based in different countries to date — a business tradition in which she feels women must be seen.
Ms. Natividad’s commitment to promoting women, nationally and internationally, stems from her involvement as President of the National Women’s Political Caucus, an organization dedicated to electing and appointing more women to public office. Some of her awards include being named of the “100 Most Powerful Women in America” by Ladies Home Journal, and one of the “25 Most Influential Working Mothers” by Working Mother Magazine.