Celebrating Women Leaders Luncheon
Josette Sheeran, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme
September 29, 2008

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Washington, DC—A grain trader in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, checks the Chicago Board of Trade prices on the Internet before heading to the market. Families in Gonaves, Haiti, huddle together on their roofs to escape a mudslide that obliterated their town. Women in Darfur, Somalia, spend their days grinding grain by hand so their children can eat. These are the stories Josette Sheeran, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), shared at the Women’s Foreign Policy Group’s annual luncheon Sept. 29. “The events of the last year and a half have demonstrated powerfully the impact of global economic developments on the world’s most vulnerable,” Sheeran said. “Many [are] tucked away in small villages but no longer sequestered from global economic storms.” Read more


World Food Programme Executive Director Josette Sheeran


CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Lara Logan with Josette Sheeran


WFPG Board Members with Josette Sheeran
and Event Chair Mary Catherine Toker

Luncheon Speakers
Lara Logan, CBS News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent;
Maxine Isaacs, Chair, WFPG Board;
Mary Catherine Toker, Vice President, Government Relations, General Mills, Inc.

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Lara Logan, Josette Sheeran, WFPG President
Patricia Ellis, Mary Catherine Toker, and
Maxine Isaacs

  WFPG Pro Bono Counsel Sarah Kahn

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WFPG Board Treasurer Dawn Calabia speaks with
Ambassador Raymond Joseph of Haiti

  Patricia Ellis with Josette Sheeran and
World Bank President Robert Zoellick

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WFPG Board Member Debbie Dingell and
Maxine Isaacs

  Ambassador Raymond Joseph of Haiti (center)
and his wife with WFPG Board
Member Isabel Jasinowski (right)

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WFPG Board Member Susan Rappaport, Patricia Ellis,
WFPG Board Vice Chair Gail Kitch, and
Mary Catherine Toker

  Kathy Bushkin Calvin of the UN Foundation and
Maxine Isaacs

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WFPG Board Secretary Donna Constantinople
speaks with guests

  Patricia Ellis with Isabel Jasinowski (left)
and Devry Bougher of Cargill

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WFPG Board Member Theresa Loar (right)

  Gail Kitch with Barbara Slavin of the Washington
and Amanda Ellis of the World Bank

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Frederick Tipson of the UNDP and
Ambassador Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic of Croatia

  Ambassador Chan Heng Chee of Singapore(right)

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Miriam Mozgan, Deputy Chief of Mission
of the Slovenian Embassy (right)

  Ambassador Albert Jnsson and Mrs. sa Baldvinsdttir
speak with Lara Logan

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Lara Logan with Michael Goltzman of
The Coca-Cola Company

  Mary Catherine Toker with guests

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Aud Kolberg, Deputy Chief of Mission of
the Norwegian Embassy speaks with
Barbara Slavin

  Paolo Galli of UNDP with
Patricia Ellis and Dawn Calabia

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Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post and
Ambassador Giovanni Castellaneta of Italy

  Patricia Ellis and Josette Sheeran with
WFPG staff, interns, and volunteers

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