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International Association of Business Communicators Foundation Luncheon: The Velvet Ghetto Revisited
Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Many things have changed since 1986. That was the year Corazon Aquino became the first woman president of the Philippines, Janine Haines became the first woman to lead a political party in Australia and the Oprah Winfrey Show debuted in syndication. That was also the year the IABC Foundation found women in the public relations profession were working in “velvet ghettos” making 60 cents for every dollar earned by male coworkers and sidelined for promotion. And 28 years later, women still make 77 cents on every dollar earned by a man. So how do we close that gap?

Join us at the IABC Foundation luncheon “The Velvet Ghetto Revisited” on 10 June 2014 during the IABC World Conference in Toronto. We’ll experience an honest, exhilarating discussion of how to advance the status of women everywhere, from marginalized women living in India to career women working to disrupt fields of communications, media and advertising.

Moderator Kellie Garrett, one of Canada’s Top 25 women of Influence, leads an all-star panel of women who will share inspiring stories and lessons from their lives and work. Hear what it will take to close the gender gap for good from:

  • Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of More Magazine
  • Cindy Gallop, founder and CEO of IfWeRanTheWorld and MakeLoveNotPorn
  • Shahnaz Taplin, founder and board chair of Invest in Muslim Women

Tickets to the IABC Foundation luncheon are US$125 per person and may be purchased in advance at wc.iabc.com. A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.

Seymour, Gallop and Taplin join other IABC World Conference speakers who are challenging gender stereotypes about women’s roles and leadership including Hayley Wickenheiser, pioneering Canadian hockey player; Karen Stintz, Toronto city councillor and former chair of the Toronto Transit Commission; and Yumi Wilson, corporate communications manager at LinkedIn.

Event Type: Panel
Organization: International Association of Business Communicators
Event Time: noon to 1:30 p.m.
Event Cost: US$125
Event Location: Grand Centre Ballroom, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Phone: 647-668-6100