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Wed, April 19, 2017

18:00 – 19:00

Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italy

Vital Voices Global Partnership is one of the most important American international, non-profit, non-governmental organizations that works with women leaders around the world in the areas of economic empowerment, women’s political participation, and human rights. In this talk, Alyse Nelson Co-Founder, President and CEO of Vital Voices will discuss emerging trends in women´s global leadership and the work of Vital Voices. She will share the stories of women leaders in the Vital Voices Global Network who are combating human trafficking, advocating for political rights, educating girls, ending child marriage and lifting communities out of poverty through social enterprise. She will share progress and setbacks for women over the past two decades, as well as the lessons in leadership she has learned along the way.

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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.