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Join us for a special evening February 16, 2012 from 7:00-8:30PM for a conversation about Turkey: Women’s Leadership at a Crossroads.
Come and learn about women’s leadership in the up and coming nation of Turkey with presentations from special guest Sema Basol, founder of the Turkish Women’s Initiative and Linda Alepin, founding Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN). We will also view segments from a captivating documentary that shares stories of modern-day Turkish women.
Women’s Leadership at a Crossroads…
Women’s leadership is at an exciting turning point in history. Around the world, women are stepping into positions of growing power and influence in business, politics and society.
Turkey is a country positioned at a unique crossroads where East meets West, where democracy coexists with tradition and where modernity mixes with ancient history. It’s one of the oldest inhabited regions of the world, rich with history from the days of Troy, Constantinople and the Ottoman Empire. In the modern era, it is a country of growing promise boasting the 17th largest economy in the world with projections to become the 6th largest by 2050. It’s currently in line to join the European Union and has a growing reputation as a significant contributor to international business and politics. As the first and longest standing democracy in the region (since 1923), Turkey is now playing an increasingly important strategic role on the world’s stage amidst the backdrop of the Arab Spring.
Sema Basol, MBA and founder of the Turkish Women's Initiative, is an executive with over 25 years of diverse work experience both in the U.S. and in Turkey. She has worked with multi-billion dollar corporations such as Mattel Inc. and Koc Holding, small businesses, and non-profit educational and cultural institutions. At Mattel Inc., as Director of Consumer Products, she built its brands into new businesses that generated annual retail sales of over half billion dollars in international markets. Subsequently, as Executive Director of a US based nonprofit, Global Friendship Through Space Education, working closely with Space Camp Turkey, she launched an innovative distance-learning program connecting Turkish and American educators and their students in partnership with NASA and US school districts. Currently she is focused on building The Turkish Women’s Initiative. Everything Turkish fascinates Sema. Over the years, she has taken an active role in Turkish-American affairs, Turkish community organizations and Turkish arts. She is deeply committed to improving the status of Turkish women and brings a unique cross-cultural perspective to the Turkish Women’s Initiative. Sema has a B.A. degree from Bogazici University and an M.B.A. from UCLA Anderson School. She has been living in California for the last 30 years.
Linda Alepin, founding Director of the Global Women's Leadership Network (GWLN) and Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership at Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, has more than thirty years experience in high tech, having spent more than ten years as a Vice President and officer of a Fortune 200 IT company as well as serving as the CEO and Founder of an early Internet start-up. Linda has also spent ten years teaching leadership in the corporate arena and is a noted public speaker on leadership and management. She has a personal passion for Turkey, having led both women’s trips and business school trips to Istanbul that focus on leadership, business and entrepreneurship. Her commitment is to help forward understanding of this important country by Americans as well as to support Turkish women in building their leadership capacity.