Irene Natividad

President, Global Summit of Women

President, Corporate Women Directors International

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Irene Natividad, a recognized leader for women in the United States, wears many hats.  Ms. Natividad is President of the Global Summit of Women, an annual international gathering of women leaders from around the world, and is the Chair of Corporate Women Directors International, which promotes the increased participation of women on corporate boards globally.  Most important, she runs her own public affairs firm, GlobeWomen, based in Washington, D.C.

A sought-after commentator, her views are aired nationally on PBS' 'To The Contrary', an all-women news analysis series in which she has served as a regular panelist for over two decades.  She has appeared on CNN news shows, Crossfire, the Today show, Good Morning America, Fox News, MSNBC, etc.  Her editorials have appeared in USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Des Moines Register, Chicago Tribune, to name a few.

Ms. Natividad’s commitment to promoting women, nationally and internationally, stems from her decade-long involvement with the National Women's Political Caucus, a 35-year-old bipartisan organization dedicated to electing and appointing more women to public office.  Widely recognized for her outstanding leadership of the Caucus, she was elected President in 1985 and re-elected in 1987, the first Asian American ever to head a national political organization.

During the nineties, she assumed the chairmanship of the National Commission on Working Women, which works on economic equity issues affecting women through groundbreaking research and training programs.  Her commitment to women’s economic empowerment has extended to the global arena, where she has provided a forum through the Global Summit of Women to exchange best practices in accelerating women’s economic progress.

Long known for her coalition work, Ms. Natividad has served on the numerous boards of directors and advisory boards of nonprofits such as the Global Economic Symposium and the National Museum of Women in the Arts to corporate advisory boards for Cigna,Wyndham International, and the National Association of Corporate Directors.  She brings to each of these groups her policy expertise, skills in network building and creative program development.  In 1994, she was appointed to the Board of Directors of Sallie Mae, a Fortune 100 company, by President Clinton.

A native of the Philippines, Ms. Natividad is also a leader in the Asian American community, where she has focused her energies in politically empowering a group frequently referred to as “the invisible minority.”  She served as Deputy Vice Chair of the Democratic Party's Asian Caucus from 1982 to 1984, and has continued to organize numerous Asian American groups at all levels. She was the Executive Editor of the first-ever Asian American Almanac that was published by Gale Research in 1995.

Ms. Natividad’s work has been honored by numerous media organizations. She is one of Diversity Journal’s 2012 “Women Worth Watching.”  In 2004, she was selected by Women’s eNews as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century.” She was named in 1997 as one of “25 Most Influential Working Mothers” by Working Mother Magazine; in 1993 as one of the “74 Women Changing American Politics” by Campaigns & Elections Magazine; and recognized by A. Magazine as one of the top 25 influential Asian Americans.  Ms. Natividad was also named in 1988 as one of the “100 Most Powerful Women in America” by Ladies Home Journal. 

She has been awarded a Doctorate in Humane Letters by Long Island University, from where she graduated valedictorian in 1971; and by Marymount College (New York) in 1994 for her global work on behalf of women.

Ms. Natividad resides outside of Washington, DC with her husband Andrea Cortese.  They have one son, Carlo Natividad Cortese.






Irene Natividad,
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CWDI Opens Six Swiss(Zurich) Stock Exchange - March 12, 2013

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Irene Natividad on CNBC's Straight Talk with Bernie Lo during the Hong Kong market open

Irene Natividad Speaking to CNBC Istanbul

Global Summit of Women's President Irene Natividad explains what the Summit
is all about on PBS' Foreign Exchange with Daljit Dhaliwal.



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