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SUBJECT: FY 2010 U.S. SPEAKER PROGRAM - REQUEST FOR A SPEAKER TO
ADDRESS WOMEN'S LEADERSHIP AND EQUAL OPPORTUNITY

Post shares this request with other posts in case there is interest
in joining La Paz in this program.

1. DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAM: This one-week program would support
the 3rd Annual International Forum of Business Women Leaders to be
held in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and would also reach audiences in the
cities of La Paz, El Alto, and Sucre. The speaker would be one of
the main lecturers of the forum and would also deliver
presentations and participate in round table discussions in other
venues.

2. TIME FRAME. May 17-21, 2010. The speaker would arrive in La
Paz on Sat, May 15, and depart from Santa Cruz on S, May 22.
Proposed itinerary follows:

Sat, May 15 - Arrival in La Paz

Sun, May 16 - Rest

Mon, May 17 - Program in La Paz

Tue, May 18 - Program in La Paz/El Alto

Wed, May 19 - am Flight to Sucre/Program

Thu, May 20 - Program Sucre/pm Flight Santa Cruz

Fri, May 21 - Program in Santa Cruz

Sat, May 22 - Departure

3. PURPOSE OF PROGRAM:

Bolivia's new constitution reaffirms women's rights to equal access
to opportunities within the social, economic, and political
sectors. However, violence, imposed subordination, poor access to
education, and unequal employment opportunities make women an
extremely vulnerable sector that needs empowerment.

This program would support the efforts and activism of local
organizations that seek to provide women with the tools necessary
to advance and succeed within a still unequal society. In
particular, it intends to introduce women to those leadership
skills that could help them to gain presence in the political,
social, and economic arenas at all levels.

In collaboration with the National Confederation of Neighborhood
Associations (CONALJUVE), the Bolivian Women Leaders Network, the
Government of Bolivia's Office of the Ombudsman, the Sucre
Association of Business and Professional Women (AMEP), and other
key community organizations, post would carry out this program with
the main objectives of 1) promoting women's leadership to
contribute to a more equal society, 2) helping Bolivian women
leaders to develop leadership skills and gain presence in different
sectors within the community, 3) promoting cultural exchange
between women in Bolivia and the United States.

The speaker would be invited to deliver dynamic and motivational
lectures about leadership.


This program would support MSP goals related to democracy.

4. AUDIENCE(S): Post plans to reach women leaders coming from
grassroots organizations, women's networks, local government
councils, and universities. Male leaders would also be welcome to
attend the presentations.

5. PROPOSED TOPICS AND NATURE OF EVENTS:

Forum Presentation(40-minute lecture, 15-minute Q&A)

Theme: Women's Leadership for the New Millennium

Topics for discussion:

a) Leadership Development

b) Exercising Leadership

c) Education for Business Competitiveness

d) Women Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth

e) Others that the speaker would consider appropriate

Audiences attending the Forum will include women business leaders
from urban and rural areas, mainly low-income women with a strong
interest in developing leadership skills to advance their
businesses and gain equal access to education and employment.

Round Table. 30-minute presentation and 20-minute Q&A during a
round table with political leaders.

Theme: Women's Empowerment in the 21stCentury

Topics for discussion:

a) Women leadership and equal opportunities

b) The role of women in social transformation

c) Others that the speaker would consider appropriate

Audiences attending the lectures will include NGOs, political
leaders, and indigenous women.

Also, small meetings with professionals in the field would be
arranged. The speaker would possibly do media interviews.

6. TYPE OR NAME OF SPECIALISTS REQUIRED:

Post would like to invite Ms. Marisa Rivera-Albert, President of
Mpowerment Works, as the speaker for this program. Ms.
Rivera-Albert runs a consulting firm whose main focus is empowering
people, in particular women. Prior to becoming President of
Mpowerment Works, she was President of the National Hispana
Leadership Institute (NHLI)in which capacity she participated in a
post-sponsored 2007 DVC as part of Women's History Month. Ms.
Rivera-Albert can be contacted at phone (703) 999-4122 or (305)
692-9088


email: Marisa@mpowermentworks.com

www.mpowermentworks.com

7. LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS. Ms. Rivera-Albert speaks Spanish.

8. OTHER MATERIALS REQUIRED: Post's IRC would produce material for
distribution.

9. PROGRAM OFFICERS:

Mission Program Officer is CAO E.J. Monster, office telephone
591-2-216-8422, home telephone 591-2-279-6405, fax 591-2-216-8622,
email MonsterEJ@state.gov, cell number 591-715-60916.

FSN Cultural Specialist: Silvia Dattoli, office telephone
591-2-216-8977, home telephone 591-2-279-7237, fax 591-2-216-8622,
dattolisc@state.gov, cell number 591-791-13403.

10. FUNDING SPECIFICS: Post will use I Buck allocations to cover
program costs. Post will cover costs for inter-city travel out of
PAS La Paz funds. Per diem for programmed cities follows:

- La Paz: USD 136

- Sucre: USD 100

- Santa Cruz: USD 143

11. SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES: Post would like to schedule an advanced
program planning conference call with the potential speaker.

We look forward to working with IIP on this project.
Creamer

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