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Kwan will serve as an advisor to Women-LEAD

Nine-time U.S. champ continues work with State Department

Michelle Kwan (right) earlier this year with Yu-Na Kim (left) in New York.
Michelle Kwan (right) earlier this year with Yu-Na Kim (left) in New York. (Lois Elfman)

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By U.S. Department of State
(04/18/2011) - On April 12, as part of the U.S.-China Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE), Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong announced the launch of the U.S.-China Women's Leadership Exchange and Dialogue (Women-LEAD).

Co-led by the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues of the U.S. Department of State and the All-China Women's Federation, Women-LEAD will enhance exchanges and high-level dialogues between women leaders from the two countries to tackle common challenges and to raise the visibility of and opportunities for women and girls in both countries.

Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues Melanne Verveer is pleased to announce that Michelle Kwan will serve as an advisor to Women-LEAD, and the following partnerships were forged during the first round of this exchange:

• The United States and China will collaborate to build the capacity of women entrepreneurs. Corporate leaders such as Mary Kay, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, and Walmart will contribute financial support to such programs in China.

• To enhance women's leadership across all sectors, McKinsey will contribute its "Centered Leadership" training module for use by the All-China Women's Federation with emerging women leaders.

• Yale University will work with the All-China Women's Federation and other relevant Chinese agencies to organize management and leadership programs geared toward senior-level women leaders.

• The All-China Women's Federation is exploring partnerships with leading women's organizations, such as the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, supported by Goldman Sachs, to raise awareness of breast cancer in China.

• The United States and China are exploring partnerships with leading organizations such as Asia Society to organize a regional summit for women leaders in Asia in 2012.