NEW YORK, Sept. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Turkish Businesswomen Association (TİKAD) is set to host the First Lady of the Republic of Turkey, as well as prominent business leaders at an exclusive luncheon and panel titled "The Growth of the Turkish Economy and Advancing Democracy," at the Harvard Club in New York City on Thursday, September 22.
The invitation-only event will include a keynote address by Her Excellency Emine Erdoğan, the First Lady of the Republic of Turkey. Following her speech, a panel discussion will address the current and future economic and business environment of Turkey from both US and Turkish perspectives, as well as the role of Turkish businesswomen in alleviating conflict and the importance of female leadership for global peace efforts.
Among the prestigious panelists are: Ahu Yildirmaz, Ph.D., Vice President and Head of ADP Research Institute; Fikret Bila, Ph.D., Columnist at Hürriyet; Dilshad Dayani, Co-Chair Women of Color at the Executive Women for Hillary and Founder of the World Women Global Council; and Zeynep Bodur Okyay, President and CEO of KALE Group.
Bloomberg HT NY Correspondent Melike Ayan will serve as the Master of Ceremony, and Yildiray Yildirim, Ph.D., William Newman Real Estate Chair and Director of Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Professor at Baruch College, CUNY, will moderate the panel discussion.
"We are eager to unite professionals, political leaders, civil society organizations, journalists, academia and the private sector in a candid discussion of the challenges facing Turkey," said Nilüfer Bulut, Chair of TİKAD. "The role of businesswomen and female leadership must continue to grow as we seek to establish national and international peace, security and a sustainable economy through collective solutions."
Additional TİKAD leadership in attendance will include association President of High Advisory Council Demet Sabancı Çetindoğan; Vice Presidents Zehra Neşe Kavak, M.D. and Meltem Demirören, and Board Member Vuslat Doğan Sabancı.
The panel will welcome the participation and contributions of invited guests, who will also partake in a networking session before the event's conclusion.
The Turkish Businesswomen Association (TİKAD) works to strengthen the status of businesswomen in the world with its supra political party position and its commitment to democracy and universal human rights principles. The organization advocates for businesswomen to parliament, government, foreign nations, international organizations, and to the public via the press, working to amplify the role of women in the developing Turkish economy and socio-political landscape.
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