Last week, September 8th was a special day as we co-hosted and welcomed guests to the United Nations Delegates Dining Room for luncheon and an engaging, powerful and action-oriented conversations around elevating and scaling women’s economic inclusion and independence. Foundation for the Support of the United Nations  was proud and honored to co-host the gathering with our partners, Bloomberg Philanthropies led by its CEO Patti Harris and Citi Private Bank led by its Global Head Ida Liu.

As many of you know, this week is the opening of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and what a powerful way to kickstart the conversations around the #SustainableDevelopmentGoals specifically the goals around women, economic growth, reduced inequality, strong institutions and partnerships for the goals by gathering extraordinary women who share a common mission to use their resources to elevate other women economically.

Women are central to economic growth. Effective training, trade and public-private partnership models promote the economic inclusion of women and their families. This creates opportunities for women and leads to economic independence. Recently recognized as one of 50 leading global initiatives for advancing four UN #SustainableDevelopmentGoals Goals, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ women’s economic development initiatives offer a model that can be adapted and replicated for global impact.

HUGE thank you and with deepest gratitude to Verna Eggleston Head of Women’s Economic Development Initiatives at Bloomberg Philanthropies, Karen M. Kardos Head of Philanthropic Advisory Citi Private Bank for their leadership in making this luncheon forum happen. Equally grateful to our panelists Michelle Nunn Laurie Adams Rebecca van Bergen Christine Condo of Sustainable Growers and Ester R. Fuchs of Columbia University in the City of New York University – SIPA who graciously moderated the conversations. Also deeply grateful to my dear friend Chantal Line Carpentier Chief at UNCTAD for joining us and for her tireless support, as well as my partners Carol J Carter and Joan Hornig at GlobalMindED, our friend Cindy Fields CEO Loyalty Alliance, Inc. was also very gracious to join us. To all the ladies – and gentlemen who joined us — THANK YOU!