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,
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,
show, Good Morning America,
etc. Her editorials have appeared in
Los Angeles Times,
Des Moines Register,
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
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
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
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
Ms. Natividad resides outside of
DC with her
husband Andrea Cortese. They have one son, Carlo Natividad