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Women for Women Founder Zainab Salbi to Speak at Ross Commencement April 30

4/2/2010 --

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zainab Salbi, founder and CEO of Women for Women International, will present the keynote speech at the Ross School of Business Spring Commencement April 30.

Women for Women International is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives and contribute to their societies. A war survivor herself, Salbi co-founded the organization in 1993. Since then, Women for Women International has served more than 250,000 women in conflict and post-conflict areas through direct aid, microcredit loans, and sponsorships. The organization has trained thousands of women in rights awareness and has helped many start small businesses.

"No society can progress if women are not fully engaged," Salbi told a Ross audience during the 40th annual William K. McInally Memorial Lecture in February 2007. "I saw the atrocities of war (and) believed I had an obligation as a woman to reach out in a tangible way. I believed change was possible, even though I started with no money and no support."

Salbi's pioneering philanthropic efforts have earned her the prestigious Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize and the Forbes Trailblazer Award among others. She is a best-selling author, and her work has been featured in such major media outlets as CNN, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. In addition she has partnered with Ross in the Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) course.

At Commencement the Ross School will recognize Salbi with the 2010 Women in Leadership Award. Past recipients include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman.

The Spring 2010 Commencement ceremony begins at 5 p.m. in Crisler Arena. Visit the Commencement 2010 website for updates and more information.



For more information, contact:
Bernie DeGroat, (734) 936-1015 or 647-1847, bernied@umich.edu