Ambassador Melanne Verveer Confirmed as Special Presenter at Brown Forum | Women in the Law Conference


11.11.22 — Melanne Verveer, director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security and former US ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, will deliver a special presentation at Northeastern Law’s 15th annual Judith Olans Brown Forum for Women in the Law Conference on May 5, 2023.

As the inaugural US ambassador for global women’s issues, Verveer coordinated foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to nearly 60 countries. During her four years in this position, she worked to ensure that women’s participation and rights are fully integrated into US foreign policy, and she played a leadership role in the Obama administration’s development of the US National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the US Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Verveer is the founding partner of Seneca Point Global (SPG), a global firm which partners with leading companies and institutions to design, implement and measure integrated strategies that focus on women and girls and drive sustainable results – whether social, economic or both. She is the co-author of the book, Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.

From 2000-2008, Verveer was chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO that she co-founded to invest in emerging women leaders. During the Clinton administration, she served as assistant to the president and chief of staff to the First Lady. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women, and was instrumental in the adoption of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000. She is the co-author of Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose (2015).

Verveer holds a BS and MS from Georgetown University and several honorary degrees. In 2013, she was the Humanitas Visiting Professor at the University of Cambridge and in 2017, she was selected to deliver the Tanner Lecture at Clare Hall College, Cambridge. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission, and she serves on the boards of the National Endowment for Democracy, the Atlantic Council and the World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development. She has also served as the special representative on gender issues for the Organization for Security and Co-operationChairperson-in-Office. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Secretary of State’s Award for Distinguished Service. In 2008, the President of Ukraine awarded her the Order of Princess Olga.

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