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Thu, November 29, 2018

18:30 – 20:30

Salone dei Cinquecento
Piazza della Signoria
50122 Firenze, Italia

Villa La Pietra and Vital Voices Global Partnership will host a discussion featuring women leaders from around the world including former Prime Ministers of Canada and New Zealand Kim Campbell and Jenny Shipley, respectively. The discussion will highlight the challenges and profound opportunities for women’s leadership in public life. We will explore how women lead differently and how that difference is needed in our world today.

Welcome – Cristina Giachi, Vice Mayor of Florence
Introduction – Ellyn Toscano, Executive Director, NYU Florence
Laura Liswood, Secretary General, the Council of Women World Leaders and best-selling author
Dame Jenny Shipley, Former Prime Minister of New Zealand
Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell, Former Prime Minister of Canada
Discussion Moderator: Alyse Nelson, Co-Founder, President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership

(Simultaneous translation available – sarà disponibile la traduzione simultanea)

La Pietra Dialogues – Women

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Alyse Nelson


Alyse Nelson is President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A co-founder of Vital Voices, Ms. Nelson has worked for the organization for 15 years, serving as Vice President and Senior Director of Programs before assuming her current role. She has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international forums in over 140 countries and interviewed more than 200 international leaders. Prior to Ms. Nelson’s work with VVGP, she served as the Deputy Director of the Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative at the State Department where she aided Former First Lady Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s commitment to promote the advancement of women as a U.S. foreign policy objective. Ms. Nelson worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House and U.S. Department of State from July 1996 to July 2000. She attended to UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995 and served as an advisor to the U.S. Delegation to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. She completed her graduate degree work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and she is a former Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Alyse serves on the Board of Running Start, which helps young women in the U.S. get involved in politics. In 2006, she was named one of “Ten Women to watch” by Washingtonian Magazine, and was honored by Emerson College with the Distinguished Leader Award in 2007.