Seneca Women is a global leadership community centered on the principle that advancing women and girls will fast forward us to a more equitable and prosperous world. We draw inspiration from the steady march of women and men throughout history – like those at the first American women’s rights convention at Seneca Falls in 1848 who paved the way for progress – and believe our moment to accelerate is now. Why? A unique convergence of trends: the evidence-based case demonstrating that when women progress the world progresses; a historical level of women in leadership positions; and technology allowing us to re-imagine the future and connect in unprecedented ways.
Through connections to impactful non-profits, professional and global networks, leadership programs, events, and other resources, Seneca Women is committed to helping women know their power, find their purpose and connect to people, ideas and opportunities. There are few moments in history where we can move fast and forward -- our moment is now!
Seneca Women is led by Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli, co-authors of Fast Forward:How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose. They are also founders of Seneca Point Global, a unique strategy firm that advises organizations on why and how to put women at the center of their strategy.
Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Ambassador Melanne Verveer serves as the Co-Founder of Seneca Women and Executive Director of Georgetown University's Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She is co-author with Kim Azzarelli of the new book Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose and a Founding Partner of Seneca Point Global. In 2009 President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer to be the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the US State Department.
In such capacity, Ambassador Verveer worked on behalf of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to coordinate foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women and girls. Prior to her role at the U.S. State Department, Ambassador Verveer served as Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit she co-founded. Vital Voices invests in emerging women leaders and works to expand women’s roles in generating economic opportunity, promoting political participation, and safeguarding human rights. Prior to her work with Vital Voices, Ambassador Verveer served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration.
Ambassador Verveer has a B.A. and M.A. from Georgetown University. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as the 2013 Humanitas Visiting Professor at Cambridge University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Secretary of State's Award for Distinguished Service.
Kim K. Azzarelli
Kim Azzarelli is a business, philanthropic, and legal advisor focused on advancing women and girls. Together with Ambassador Melanne Verveer, she is a co-founder of Seneca Women and co-author of the new book Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose.
Ms. Azzarelli is the Chair and Co-founder of the Cornell Center for Women and Justice, and a Partner at Seneca Point Global. Prior to her work with Seneca, she served as Senior Vice President of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company, where she led strategy, partnerships, and philanthropy for Women in the World.
In her prior roles, Ms. Azzarelli held senior philanthropic and legal roles at Goldman Sachs and Avon, respectively. At Goldman Sachs, she led the billion-dollar donor advised fund, Goldman Sachs Gives. At Avon, she served as Vice President, Legal and Public Affairs and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Avon, Ms. Azzarelli practiced corporate and securities law at Latham and Watkins.
Ms. Azzarelli is also an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School, where she teaches Women, Law, and the Economy and Technology. She is an author on matters relating to women and girls, including "Sustainable Development, Rule of Law and the Impact of Women Judges," co-authored with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Ms. Azzarelli is a graduate of Cornell Law School, Cornell University, and Friends Seminary High School in New York City, where she resides.
Yunus Centre Press Release
January 23, 2017, Yunus Centre
Best Women’s Business Books for 2017
January 6, 2017, Progressive Women’s Leadership
How to Govern Like a Feminist
November 2, 2016, Elle
Seneca Women's Ambassador Verveer on Economic Progress
August 23, 2016, Bloomberg Radio
Education for adolescent girls in conflict: What’s working
May 23, 2016, Devex, by Melanne Verveer
Women's Leadership to Advance Economic and Social Change
March 7, 2016, Huffington Post by Anne Finucane and Melanne Verveer
Money: The Last Taboo
March 2016, Elle Australia by Genevra Leek
Do you think like a boss? Find your power twin
February 23, 2016, Elle Australia
Book Discussion on Fast Forward
December 16, 2015, C-Span
Is Failing Key to Women Finding Success?
October 29, 2015, Los Angeles Magazine by Julia Herbst
October 20, 2015, Elle by Molly Langmuir
Connecting Passion With Purpose: A Blueprint for Success
October 16, 2015, Forbes by Moira Forbes
Kim Azzarelli's Book on Women and Power Applies to Sports World, Too October 15, 2015, espnW by Kate Fagan
Closing the Global Gender Gap to Drive GDP
October 15, 2015, CNBC by Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli
Hollywood's Leading Ladies Spill Their Secrets to Persuasion
October 14, 2015, MyDomaine by Julia Millay Walsh
Book party draws an impressive crowd of Washington power women
October 14, 2015, The Washington Post by Roxanne Roberts
Fast Forward Authors with Former Congresswoman Jane Harman at the Fast Forward Book Party
October 14, 2015, Yahoo!
October 13, 2015, with Kate Delaney
Q&A: Melanne Verveer on Her New Book and Women’s Issues
October 8, 2015, Washingtonian by Angie Hilsman
Ex-Clinton Aide Sees Bright Future for Women
October 5, 2015, Newsweek by Nina Burleigh
Women in Business Q&A: Melanne Verveer & Kim K. Azzarelli, Seneca Women
October 2, 2015, HuffPost Business by Laura Dunn
October 2015, Vanity Fair
Speak Volumes: How when it comes to girl power, these authors are on the same page
October 2015, Marie Claire
How to Reframe Your Fears and Be Successful
October 2015, More Magazine
7 Incredibly Useful Career Tips From Women Who Know What They’re Talking About
September 22, 2015, Self by Jessica Hulling
A diplomat and an executive wrote the book on why your power needs purpose — literally
September 22, 2015, BizWomen by Melisaa Wylie
7 Business Books to Inspire You This Fall
September 22, 2015, Creator by Allen Peng
For Women in Law, Flexibility Can Help Break Barriers
May 12, 2015, Bloomberg BNA by Kim Azzarelli
Seneca Women Honors Sandra Day O'Connor
July/August 2015, Arrive Magazine
What Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O'Connor Can Teach Us About Friendship
April 23, 2015, Glamour by Genevieve Roth
Hoy en La Noche reaparece Natalia Ponce de León, un caso que conmocionó a Colombia Parte III
April 18, 2015, La Noche, NTN24
SUPREME COURT NOTEBOOK: Female justices honor O'Connor
April 16, 2015, Associated Press by Sam Hananel
Women of the Supreme Court honor Sandra Day O'Connor
April 16, 2015, CBS News
Justice Sandra Day O'Connor Honored for Promoting Civics Education
April 16, 2015, Education Week by Mark Walsh
Female Supreme Court Justices Unite in Tribute to Sandra Day O'Connor
April 15, 2015, National Law Journal by Tony Mauro
How Male Allies Help the Gender Equality Movement
August 1, 2014, Fast Company by Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzarelli
Women and the importance of microloans
June 17, 2014, MSNBC with Melanne Verveer and Andrea Jung
The Other Gender Gap: How Women Entrepreneurs are Getting Screwed Out of Funding
May 7, 2014, Fast Company by Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzarelli
Working for Women
April 21, 2014, The Washington Post (video)
Melanne Verveer: We began to 'push the envelope'
April 4, 2014, Devex (video)
Female entrepreneurship pays: how women are spurring the economy
April 3, 2014, European CEO
Melanne Verveer: Make women 'as effective as they can be'
April 3, 2014, Devex (video)
Visiting director advocates for equal gender treatment in honor of Women's Day
March 6, 2014, Purdue Exponent
Melanne Verveer: Making Women's Rights a Smart Investment
February 2014, MORE Magazine
Accelerate Women Now: Building a 50/50 Global Economy
November 15, 2013, Forbes
ICRW honors Verveer with Champions for Change Leadership Award
November 12, 2013, ICRW
Don't Abandon the Women of Afghanistan
October 23, 2013, CNN by Paula J. Dobriansky and Melanne Verveer
The School Girl Who Took on the Taliban
October 21, 2013, Huffington Post by Natalie Pace
Women Rule: Afghan women on the front line
October 16, 2013, Politico by Melanne Verveer
Melanne Verveer: Women's economic growth outpaces China
October 15, 2013, Politico (video)
Women Rule: Empowering Entrepreneurs with Tory Burch and Melanne Verveer
October 11, 2013, Politico (video)
Investing in Women Advances the World: A Conversation with Melanne Verveer
March 2013, Huffington Post by Bobbi Silton
Melanne Verveer: Women as Entrepreneurs and Employees
March 2013, Cambridge University (video)
On women, Melanne Verveer mostly pleased with progress
February 19, 2013, Politico by Lois Romano and Jonathan Allen (article and video)
Obama Appointee, Hillary Clinton Advisor to Head New Georgetown Institute
February 7, 2013, Georgetown University
At Davos, Investing in Women Emerges as a Business Strategy
January 25, 2013, The Daily Beast by Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzarelli
Do Women Hinder Their Own Success
October 12, 2012, Forbes by Moira Forbes (article and video)
Women Changing the World in Public Policy
August 22, 2012, Forbes by Susan McPherson
Why Women are a Policy Issue
May/June 2012, Foreign Policy
The Political and Economic Power of Women
June 2011, Democracy That Delivers for Women
Interview with Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
March 10, 2011, Huffington Post by Rahim Kanani
Afghan Women and the Media: Is Their Story Being Told?
May 26, 2010, Huffington Post by Marcia G. Yerman