It is with a "Very Heavy Heart" that I advise of the passing of a "True Legend" that inspired generations of BPWs. Past International President, Professor Beryl Nashar served as president at all levels of the organisation including as International President from 1974-77.
She will be remembered for her specialist contributions in petrology and mineralogy and she was an accomplished professional woman that achieved many firsts. Not only did Professor Nashar become a scientist in an era when very few women did so, but she reached the very top of her profession. A true visionary, we all feel richer for having known Professor Beryl Nashar.
I recently returned from a most successful congress organised by Dr Amany Asfour, President BPW Egypt in Cairo where we signed 5 Memorandums of Understanding (MoU) at a Signing Ceremony to open new BPW clubs. These are in: United Emirates (Sharjah); Morocco; Ethiopia and Libya with a further 6 expressions of interest to open BPW clubs in: India, Liberia, Uganda, Rwanda, Senegal and Namibia. Vice President Jill, Michelle Miller, Director, Membership Services and our Regional Coordinators are busy with communications and we look forward to the further growth of our BPW family!
At the end of this month I will travel to Athens, Greece for a BPW Athens and Hellenic Commission for UNESCO meeting prior to the Global Summit of Women (GSW) on 31 May - 2 June. We have a strong delegation attending this year’s GSW and I look forward to connecting with all of our members. On the 6th of June I hope to see BPW UK members at the Commonwealth Economic Forum in London where BPW is working for women across the 54 Commonwealth countries in co-leading Commonwealth Business Women. I then travel to be with members of BPW France at their National Meeting on the 8-9 June.
In the middle of the month, I will be attending the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), joining world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, that will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure sustainability. I will be in Brazil (13-23 June) and am currently working with Regional Co-ordinator Graciela De Oto to finalise meetings with BPW Brazil, BPW Argentina and BPW Sao Paulo.
At the end of the month my travels bring me to the Balkan region where I will be on a Goodwill tour to Balkan countries to further our South East Europe Leadership Centre initiative - a collaboration with the UNESCO Centre for Peace and Women in the Balkan Countries and BPW International to raise above political differences and to develop activities in favor of peace, better understanding and women's advancement and explore the opportunity of starting new clubs in the Mediterranean and Black Sea countries.
As Empowered Women Leading Business next month, we will be bringing the voice of women to business from the top, at all levels and throughout the communities of the world!
I look forward to reading about your experiences.
BPW International President
[extract from the BPW International e-news, on May 21, 2012]