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Mercy Corps Field Briefing: Honoring the World's Mothers

Meeting Description:

As Mother’s Day approaches, join New York Times’ bestselling author Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Mercy Corps’ Communications Director Joy Portella in a celebration of women around the world. Learn about Mercy Corps' work to empower women as leaders and hear Gayle’s inspiring story of a remarkable young Afghan woman who risked everything to keep her family safe. Our speakers will also share their photographs of unsung heroines in the world’s toughest places who, like Mom, are making a difference every day for their families and their communities.  


The presentation will be followed by live Q&A using our easy, online “chat” feature. Questions may be submitted in advance using the event registration form below. 

We hope you will join Mercy Corps and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, author of the bestselling The Dressmaker of Khair Khana for this special pre-Mother’s Day virtual field briefing to honor and celebrate the world’s mothers.

Date: Fri, May 6, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Mercy Corps
 Presenter Information
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon
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Gayle is the author of the new NYT bestselling book The Dressmaker of Khair Khana and serves as the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy program. Prior to joining the Council, she worked for nearly a decade as a journalist with the ABC News Political Unit and "This Week with George Stephanopoulos." Her reporting on entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict regions has appeared in the Financial Times, New York Times, International Herald Tribune, the Daily Beast, Christian Science Monitor, and the HuffingtonPost.

Joy Portella
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Joy Portella is Mercy Corps' Communications Director, based in Seattle. Joy joined Mercy Corps in 2007 and has seen and reported on firsthand the impact of our work in crisis zones around the world, including China's Sichuan Province after the devasting May 2008 earthquake, Haiti, Pakistan, and most recently Japan. Joy had an opportunity to travel to Afghanistan in fall 2010 and visit with women microfinance clients working to build their businesses and improve their families' lives.