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CARE President to Speak at Inaugural Event of New Leadership Series on Women and Global Development

CHICAGO, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- CARE is pleased to announce that Dr. Helene Gayle, CARE President and CEO, is the keynote speaker at the inaugural event of the new Chicago Council on Global Affair's leadership series "The Women and Global Development Forum."

The forum was developed to engage Chicagoans in learning more about the vital role of women in development around the world. "As a leader in the movement to empower women and girls as a means of fighting global poverty, we are pleased to have Dr. Gayle kick off our new forum that will start the dialogue in Chicago on how women can - and already are - impacting global affairs," says Marshall M. Bouton, president, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

"Abbott is proud to support Dr. Helene Gayle and CARE in advancing the role of women and children worldwide to address the root causes of poverty," stated Catherine Babington, president, the Abbott Fund. "Our shared vision led us to begin working with CARE in 2005 to support victims of disasters around the world. To date, the Abbott Fund has supported CARE programs in Pakistan, Myanmar and Vietnam."

Named as Newsweek's top 10 "Women in Leadership" and the Wall Street Journal's "50 Women to Watch" in 2006, Dr. Gayle has published numerous scientific articles and has been featured in media outlets as diverse as the New York Times, Washington Post, Glamour, O magazine, Ebony, Essence, the Financial Times, National Public Radio and CNN.

Most recently, Dr. Gayle was appointed Chair of the Presidential Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS and in this role will advise the President on issues related to the pandemic.

Dr. Gayle will speak at the sold-out event sponsored by Abbott on Tuesday, October 20th at the Elysian Hotel. For more information on the event please go to:

About CARE

CARE fights root causes of poverty in the world's poorest communities. CARE places special focus on working alongside poor women because, equipped with the proper resources, women have the power to help whole families and entire communities escape poverty. In 66 countries, women are at the heart of CARE's community-based efforts to improve education, prevent the spread of HIV, increase access to water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. Each year, CARE helps tens of millions of people around the world effect real, positive changes in their lives. For more information on CARE, please visit

About Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is a leading independent, nonpartisan organization committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning. The Chicago Council brings the world to Chicago by hosting public programs and private events featuring world leaders and experts with diverse views on a wide range of global topics. Through task forces, conferences, studies, and leadership dialogue, the Council brings Chicago's ideas and opinions to the world.

About Abbott and the Abbott Fund

Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs more than 72,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

The Abbott Fund is a philanthropic foundation established by Abbott, a global, broad-based health care company, in 1951. The Abbott Fund's mission is to create healthier global communities by investing in creative ideas that promote science, expand access to health care and strengthen communities worldwide.

For more information about Abbott and the Abbott Fund, visit and


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