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Dr. Marquez honored at Women's Entrepreneurship Day - part of the United Nations Seventieth Anniversary Initiative (UN@70)

January 6, 2016

On Friday, November 20, 2015, a group of 18 faculty and students from Drexel University--including faculty and students from the Dornsife SPH, as well as faculty from CCI and DUCOM--attended Women's Entrepreneurship Day—part of the United Nations Seventieth Anniversary Initiative (UN@70)-- at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Over 144 countries were represented in week long activities related to Women's Entrepreneurship Day, with the culminating day celebrating and supporting women as founders and developers, owners and thought leaders and to reflect on this in the context of the future as the new Sustainable Development Goals will also serve as a platform for the empowerment of women in the eradication of poverty and improving the lives of the poor.  Chaired by Dr. Ada Okika, of the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Center for Global Education the event kicked off with opening remarks on entrepreneurship, empowerment and sustainable development by Mr. Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The event was filled with distinguished speakers including Dr. Shannon Marquez, Associate Vice Provost for Global Health and Director of the Dornsife SPH Office of Global Health, who gave inspiring remarks on poverty alleviation, social entrepreneurship and the need to train the next generation of global health leaders and social entrepreneurs to develop critical solutions to continue the ongoing progress for women and girls around the world and to address the challenge of making the sustainable development goals truly sustainable, “ ..thought leaders an social entrepreneurs in the health sector realize that success isn’t about how much money you make, it’s about the difference you make in people’s lives; social enterprises in the heath sector have delivered for girls and women, they have provided support mechanisms,  small loans, health technologies in developing countries and changed lives by addressing issues of health and gender equality, and many have been led by women for women…”.  In acknowledgement of her commitment to global health and capacity building, and her leadership at Drexel and around the world, the UNESCO Center for Global Education also presented Dr. Marquez with the  “Torchbearer for Change” award.