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.


Fast Forward embodies three principles. Know your power: Realize that women today command unprecedented resources, skills and power. And as they ascend, women are increasingly using their power for purpose. Find your purpose: Power backed by purpose propels women to create success and meaning in their own lives while making a difference—often by advancing other women and girls. Connect with others: This is a key to turning your power and purpose into action, and often can be achieved through women-led networks and groups.

Weekly Briefing

Our weekly newsletter provides timely information on news, events and activities that enable every woman to Fast Forward her life. There are inspiring articles on achieving success and meaning, ideas for ways to make a difference for women and girls, and updates on women-focused events.

The book

A guide for women looking to achieve success while finding meaning and purpose in work and life, Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose is filled with the wisdom of more than 70 women leaders, and also offers a hands-on practical toolkit for action. Now in paperback.


Melanne Verveer 

Melanne Verveer is a founder of Seneca Women and Executive Director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security. In 2009, she was appointed the first-ever State Department Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues. Prior to this role, she served as Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international NGO she co-founded focused on women’s leadership, and as an assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration.

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Kim Azzarelli 

Kim Azzarelli is a founder of Seneca Women and Co-Founder and Chair of Cornell Law School’s Global Center for Women and Justice. She is a legal, corporate, and philanthropic adviser and has held senior positions at companies including Newsweek/The Daily Beast, Tina Brown Live Media/Women in the World, Goldman Sachs, and Avon, where she served as Vice President, Associate General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary.  Prior to her work at Avon, she practiced corporate and securities law at Latham & Watkins. 

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Clinton Presents Peace Awards,

April 6, 2017, Georgetown Voice

Is there such a thing as feminist foreign policy?
March 7, 2017, Europe's World by Melanne Verveer

Chevy Chase Trust hosts Ambassador Melanne Verveer for Women & Progress 2017,
February 24, 2017, Chevy Chase Trust

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 by Mattie Kahn

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

Book Discussion on Fast Forward,
December 16, 2015, C-Span

Is Failure Key to Women Finding Success?,
October 29, 2015, Los Angeles Magazine by Julia Herbst

Power Forwards,
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

America Tonight,
October 13, 2015, with Kate Delaney

Fast Forward Authors with Former Congresswoman Jane Harman at the Fast Forward Book Party,
October 14, 2015, Yahoo!

Q&A: Melanne Verveer on Her New Book and Women’s Issues,
October 8, 2015, Washingtonian by Angie Hilsman

Power Forwards,
October 6, 2015, Elle by Molly Langmuir

Women in Business Q&A: Melanne Verveer & Kim K. Azzarelli, Seneca Women,
October 2, 2015, HuffPost Business by Laura Dunn

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

Hot Type,
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 Successfu
October 2015, More Magazine

For Women in Law, Flexibility Can Help Break Barriers,
May 12, 2015, Bloomberg BNA

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

Clinton to Present Advancing Women in Peace and Security Awards,
February 20, 2014, Georgetown University

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)

Fareed Zakaria GPS: Melanne Verveer on Global Women's Issue,
March 2013, CNN (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

International Rescue Committee Wake Up Call: Women and Girls are Agents of Change,
IRC (video)

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