Ambassador Melanne Verveer Speaks at Berea Tomorrow


“Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Success”

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Ambassador Melanne Verveer

Berea College welcomes the public and campus community to a convocation featuring Ambassador Melanne Verveer on Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 3:00 p.m. in Phelps Stokes Chapel. This convocation is co-sponsored with Women and Gender Studies and is free and open to the public.

 Ambassador Verveer holds a B.S. and a M.S. from Georgetown University, and worked in the Clinton administration as assistant to the President, and Chief of Staff to the First Lady. From 2000-2008, Verveer was the Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Global Partnership. In 2009, President Obama appointed Verveer as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues a position she held until 2013. During her tenure, she was able to coordinate foreign policy issues and activities that pertained to the economic and social advancement of women.

Ambassador Verveer also played a leadership role in the U.S National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. In addition, President Obama also appointed her as a U.S representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women.  

 The convocation events are a significant part of a student’s educational experience at Berea College and are provided for free to both the campus and public communities. See https://www.berea.edu/convocations/ for the schedule of all convocations this academic year.

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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally-recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly, earning money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.