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Vail Symposium program explores how women can lead change across the globe

Katie Coakley
Special to the Daily

Alyse Nelson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vital Voices.

VAIL — Women's progress is global progress.

When there's an increase in women's university enrollment rates, women's earnings, maternal health and a reduction in violence against women, then there are also more prosperous communities, better educated, healthier families and the preservation of equal human rights. However, women remain the most consistently under-utilized resource across the world.

Vital Voices, a global organization led by president and CEO Alyse Nelson, calls for and makes possible transformative leadership around the world.

Today, Nelson will join the Vail Symposium in a Hot Topics discussion on global trends and the roles and opportunities for women and girls to not only affect change, but also lead it.

"We are so excited to have Alyse Nelson join us for a Hot Topics discussion," said Kris Sabel, executive director of the Vail Symposium. "This series is designed to foster discussion and spark change. Alyse and Vital Voices are on the forefront of leading change across the world and I know our community is looking forward to learning more."

In addition to the evening presentation today, Nelson will also be visiting several Vail-area schools to share her story and engage with local students.

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A co-founder of Vital Voices, Nelson has worked for the organization for 19 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009.

Nelson has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international forums in more than 140 countries and has interviewed more than 200 international leaders, including Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former U.S. President Bill Clinton, as well as Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Wangari Maathai and Muhammad Yunus.

Previously, Nelson served as deputy director of the Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative at the U.S. Department of State. Her position 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.

This program is sponsored in part by the Women's Foundation of Colorado.

To purchase tickets or to learn more about this program, visit http://www.vail symposium.org.

IF YOU GO …

What: Vital Voices: The power of women leading change around the world with Alyse Nelson.

Where Four Seasons Resort Vail, Vail Village.

When: Wednesday, Sept 6. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program starts at 6 p.m.

Cost: $25 online before 2 p.m. on the day of the event, $35 at the door, $10 students and teachers, town of Eagle and Vail Resorts employees.

More information: Visit http://www.VailSymposium.org or call 970-476-0954.