Former President of Liberia and Philanthropist and Patron of the Arts to Be Honored in Miami by Premier Women’s Leadership Organization
WASHINGTON, D.C. –[October 4, 2018]– This fall, the International Women’s Forum & Leadership Foundation (IWF/LF) will induct Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Alice Walton into the IWF/LF International Hall of Fame during its annual gala event.
Each year, IWF/LF honors women who have set groundbreaking precedents through their work and example. Since 1985, IWF/LF has inducted over 80 women into its hall of fame. These global leaders span continents, careers, and viewpoints but are united by their level of achievement. Previous honorees include Former US Presidential Nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton, Humanitarian and Actress Audrey Hepburn, and Civil Rights Icon Rosa Parks.
As a Nobel Laureate and the first democratically elected female head of state on the continent of Africa, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has remained a powerful voice and advocate for peace and democracy.
“Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has led a ground-breaking career in public service and remains a role model for women and girls on the continent of Africa and throughout the world. We are honored to induct her into our Hall of Fame,” said IWF President Teresa Weintraub.
Alice Walton’s philanthropy is focused on how access to education and the arts can transform lives. Working with her family through the Walton Family Foundation, she has helped create access to opportunities for people and communities in education, the environment, and investments in her home region of Northwest Arkansas.
Walton’s initiatives range from supporting innovative K-12 education to establishing a world-class School of Art at the University of Arkansas, from founding Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, to creating Art Bridges, which provides access to art in communities throughout the US. “Through her visionary work, Walton has significantly increased access to education and the arts across our country,” noted Weintraub. “At Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art alone, which opened in late 2011, some 4 million people have experienced the power of art with the beauty of nature. We are thrilled that she will join us and accept this honor.”
In addition to the induction of the Johnson Sirleaf and Walton, the IWF/LF will celebrate five Women Who Make A Difference Honorees. Each year, select chapters of IWF from across 33 countries nominate Members who have made a difference in their communities and beyond. This year, IWF/LF will recognize the following honorees:
• Frédérique Bedos, journalist, documentarian, and Founder and President of Le Projet Imagine, IWF France
• Sue English, physician, women’s health expert and Founder of Bayside Friends of Salesian Missions, East Timor, IWF Australia
• Beverly Wade Hogan, President of Tougaloo College, IWF Mississippi
• Joan Carter, Co-founder, and President of UM Holdings, IWF Pennsylvania
• Susana Sierra, Partner and Executive Director at BH Compliance, IWF Chile
The International Hall of Fame Gala will be the concluding event of IWF’s annual World Leadership Conference— The World Redefined—in Miami from October 24-26.
About the International Women’s Forum
IWF is an invitation-only, membership organization comprised of more than 6,800 diverse and accomplished women from 33 nations on six continents. IWF is dedicated to building better leadership globally and locally. IWF’s Leadership Foundation, supports high-potential women through leadership development programs – the Fellows Program and the EY Women Athletes Business Network (WABN) Mentoring Program. For more information on IWF and LF visit www.iwforum.org and follow @IWFGlobal on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.
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