Sarah Brown to Chair Inaugural WIE Symposium with Co-hosts Donna Karan and Arianna Huffington

August 2, 2010

Inaugural Women’s Conference to be Hosted in New York City

On September 20, 2010, Sarah Brown, Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood and wife of the former UK Prime Minister, will take centre stage when she chairs the first ever WIE Symposium (Women: Inspiration & Enterprise) in New York City, with
co-hosts designer and Urban Zen Founder Donna Karan and Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington. With the central theme “Women Inspiring Women” and timed to coincide with the Clinton Global Initiative and the UN General Assembly, this inspirational Symposium invites prominent women from the fields of politics, philanthropy, media, fashion and the arts to inspire and empower the future generation of women leaders, advocates and entrepreneurs.

Drawing on the energy and drive of New York City, the WIE Symposium will feature powerful speakers from around the world, challenging panels and informative lectures with panel topics including the future role of women in technology, women leading the way in business and a White Ribbon Alliance (WRA) philanthropy and advocacy panel with Sarah Brown. Five prizewinning young women advocates from Africa and Asia will join the women of New York to speak about why we must end the global scandal of women dying needlessly in childbirth.

Created by Elmina Inc alongside the White Ribbon Alliance team, the annual one-day event is not only designed for women to be inspired by high profile mentors, but also to enable women to connect with each other and work together to achieve social change around the world.

In addition to the challenging panels and high profile speeches, the WIE Symposium will feature numerous exhibits, a fashion show, and a WIE Prize in conjunction with I/O Ventures awarding a female technology entrepreneur a $25,000 investment and expert business advice.
Sarah Brown will give the annual ‘White Ribbon Alliance Lecture’ at the WIE Symposium, outlining how the rapidly growing global movement has campaigned to mobilize communities while holding governments accountable to their Millennium Development Goal promises to reduce deaths in childbirth by 75% before 2015.

Sarah explains, “The WIE Symposium is an opportunity for women of all backgrounds from all over the world to come together, share ideas, experiences and find solutions. There are so many women around the world who don’t have a voice and the WIE Symposium is one way of trying to redress the balance. When women join forces in this way, we are truly an unstoppable force for change.”

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, and the Urban Zen Foundation.

For tickets information and further event details, visit

For further press information, please contact Thomas Bunn or Mark Holcomb at Mission on + 1 212 219 2787 or email

About the beneficiaries
The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood is an international coalition of individuals and organizations formed to promote increased public awareness of the need to make pregnancy and childbirth safe for all women and newborns in developing, as well as, developed countries.

The Urban Zen Foundation creates, connects and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of wellbeing, preserving cultures and empowering children. They design forums, partner with existing organizations and bring together experts to define solutions and implement action.

About the organizers
Elmina Inc is a next generation media company that aims to inspire social change through the creation of engaging and inspirational content, websites and large-scale forums.

Susan Gunelius

Susan Gunelius is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Women on Business. She is a 20-year veteran of the marketing field and has authored ten books about marketing, branding, and social media, including the highly popular 30-Minute Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing for Dummies, Blogging All-in-One for Dummies and Kick-ass Copywriting in 10 Easy Steps. Susan’s marketing-related content can be found on,,,, and more. Susan is President & CEO of KeySplash Creative, Inc., a marketing communications company. She has worked in corporate marketing roles and through client relationships with AT&T, HSBC, Citibank, Intuit, The New York Times, Cox Communications, and many more large and small companies around the world. Susan also speaks about marketing, branding and social media at events around the world and is frequently interviewed by television, online, radio, and print media organizations about these topics. She holds an MBA in Management and Strategy and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.

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