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September 27, 2011 > Muranishi serves as delegate to international women's summit

Muranishi serves as delegate to international women's summit

Alameda County Administrator Susan S. Muranishi was part of the official United States delegation selected to participate in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Women and the Economy Summit in San Francisco. The Summit featured talks and work sessions with several prominent leaders including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Muranishi joined delegates from 21 economies represented by APEC in a select group of public and private sector leaders who examined how increased support of women and women-owned businesses should be seen as a potent economic growth strategy.

Discussions for supporting women-led enterprises focused on four issues: access to capital, access to markets, capacity and skills building.

The Summit also addressed how innovation, green growth and technology can help women achieve greater prominence in the global economy.

"I was extremely excited to be included in this dynamic group of women leaders from across the Asia-Pacific region,'' said Muranishi, who was invited by the US State Department to be part of the host delegation. "The rise of women-led enterprises is evident here in the Bay Area and the potential these enterprises have to boost the local economy is nothing short of dramatic. My feeling is there is much more that can be done to support women in public and private enterprise, both locally and across the globe.''

The highlight of the three-day conference was a keynote address by Clinton, who spoke to a packed house of international delegates about the need to improve global economic productivity by leveling the playing field for women. "A rising tide of women in an economy raises the fortunes of families and nations," Clinton said.

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