As private sector leaders and supporters of inclusive economic growth, we are grateful for your efforts to promote global prosperity. We also appreciate your leadership as CEO of ExxonMobil focusing on the economic empowerment of women and girls globally.
We write you today to affirm the importance of making the empowerment of women and girls around the world a central tenet of U.S. foreign policy and development assistance. During this time as the Department of State considers ways to maximize efficiency and effectiveness in U.S. investments, we encourage you to continue a global focus on empowering women and girls. This will not only expand economic opportunities and develop critical job skills for women and girls, it will also help to build markets for U.S. goods and services. In short, investments in women and girls bring high returns for economic growth, societal wellbeing, and global stability.
We believe that investing in women and girls is essential to our long-term success for the following reasons:
To help ensure that this work is integrated across our diplomatic and development efforts, we strongly urge you to quickly select qualified and experienced candidates for key leadership positions that focus on empowering women and girls globally. The swift nomination (and confirmation) of the Ambassador-atLarge for Global Women’s Issues at the U.S. Department of State and the ongoing support for the USAID leadership focused on the empowerment of women and girls will help harness untapped potential as the U.S. seeks to achieve its foreign policy goals.
Julie Sweet, U.S. CEO, Accenture
John W. Rowe, MD, Former Chairman and CEO, Aetna Inc.
Ronald A. Williams, Former Chairman and CEO, Aetna Inc.
David Jaffe, Chairman and CEO, ascena Retail Group Inc.
Gary Muto, President and CEO, ascena Brands, ascena Retail Group Inc.
Maxine Clark, Founder and Former CEO, Build-A-Bear Workshop
Steve Shiffman, CEO, Calvin Klein, Inc.
Austin Hearst, CEO, Chestnut Holdings
Victor M. Luis, President and CEO, Coach Inc.
Sean Connolly, CEO, Conagra Brands
Jane Wurwand, Co-Founder, Dermalogica and FITE
Edward Stack, Chairman and CEO, DICK's Sporting Goods
Debra Fine, President, Fine Capital Partners
Richard Johnson, Chairman and CEO, Foot Locker, Inc.
Jon Achenbaum, CEO and President, Freeman Beauty
Morris Goldfarb, Chairman of the Board and CEO, G-III Apparel Group, Ltd
Art Peck, President and CEO, Gap Inc.
Jim Goldman, Former CEO and President, Godiva Chocolatier
Peg McGetrick, Former CEO, Grantham, Mayo von Otterloo & Co. (GMO)
Richard Baker, Governor and Executive Chairman, Hudson's Bay Company
Gregory L. Waters, President and CEO, Integrated Device Technology
Marvin R. Ellison, Chairman and CEO, JCPenney Corporation
Alex Gorsky, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson
Kevin Mansell, Chairman, President and CEO, Kohl's
Jeff Gennette, CEO, Macy’s, Inc.
Tracey Massey, President, Americas, Mars Wrigley Confectionery
Ken Frazier, CEO, Merck & Co.
John D. Idol, Chairman and CEO, Michael Kors
Irene Rosenfeld, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mondelēz International
Carolyn Tastad, Group President North America, P&G
Joe Keefe, President and CEO, Pax World Management LLC
Ronald J. Wurtzburger, President, Peerless Clothing
Rick Federico, Current Chairman and Former CEO, PF Changs China Bistro
Emanuel "Manny" Chirico, Chairman and CEO, PVH Corp
Dona Young, Former Chairman, President and CEO, The Phoenix Companies
Ken Duane, CEO, PVH Heritage Brands
Linda Rabbitt, Chairwoman and CEO, Rand Construction Corporation
Paul Thomas, Former CEO, Reynolds Packaging Group
Daniel Grieder, CEO, Tommy Hilfiger
Jim Alling, CEO, TOMS
Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Former CEO, TOMS
Mark Mactas, Former CEO and Chairman, Towers Perrin
Mary Dillon, CEO, Ulta Beauty
Wende Zomnir, CCO and Co-Founder, Urban Decay
Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Dave Gilboa, Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Warby Parker
Brad Irwin, President and CEO, Welch's
Anne Mulcahy, Former Chair and CEO, Xerox
John J. Sullivan, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
Mark A. Green, United States Agency for International Development Administrator
Dina Habib Powell, U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy
Ivanka M. Trump, Assistant to the President of the United States