U.S. Chamber & Minute Mentoring Host Mentoring Forum for Female Professionals

Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 8:00pm

Perino and Chavern Underscore Importance of Providing Advice and Counsel to Young Women Leaders

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Minute Mentoring hosted a forum today where young women had the opportunity to ask questions and hear the experiences and advice of some of the country’s most successful women in politics, media, and business. David Chavern, the U.S. Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer, welcomed Minute Mentoring founders Dana Perino and Susan Molinari and spoke of the growing importance of women at all levels – especially the leadership level – and the benefits they bring to the free enterprise system.

“Free Enterprise is about the overwhelming democratic power of the idea and hard work, to the exclusion of any other limitations,” stated Chavern. “The Chamber promotes and protects those powers and the successful businesswomen of all ages who personify them.”

The unique, round robin-style forum of rapid-fire meetings included speeches from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), and mentoring participation from founding Minute Mentors Dana Perino, former White House Press Secretary, and Susan Molinari, former New York Congresswoman. Other mentors included five senior U.S. Chamber women executives and leaders from Chevron, American Express, Hewlett Packard, Marriott, ABC News, CNN, NBC, Bloomberg, FOX News Channel, and USA Today.

“In the last year, Minute Mentoring has really taken off – more than 500 young women mentored by professional women with speed dating-style sessions,” stated Perino. “We’ve also connected with women from every industry sector – government, private, and non-profit – across the country. We are grateful that the U.S. Chamber is partnering on our second event in D.C. and we’re excited to give more young women the opportunity to be mentored in a nonpartisan setting.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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