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ExxonMobil Foundation Invests in Women's Leadership Training; Month-Long Training Programs in Mexico City and Washington, D.C. Extend Global Network of Nonprofit Leaders
IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 24, 2006--ExxonMobil
Foundation today announced it will support two, month-long training
programs to help improve the leadership skills of 48 women non-profit
managers from 22 different developing countries.
The new grant will be used to provide the women scholarships to
attend a training course in Mexico City or Washington, D.C., conducted
under the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) for
its 2006 Global Women in Management Program: Building Leaders for
CEDPA's 30-year-old flagship capacity building training program
develops a network of confident and highly skilled mid-career women
with competencies in decision-making, leadership, business development
and management to assume increased responsibilities and accountability
in their communities. The course participants join a network of more
than 5,000 CEDPA alumni who are working to improve communities in over
150 countries worldwide.
"ExxonMobil Foundation has demonstrated critical leadership in
their support of women and girls," said Yolonda C. Richardson,
president and CEO, CEDPA. "Their commitment will enable us to reach a
larger network of women working to improve their communities and
nations around the world," said Richardson.
The first program of 2006 will be held in Mexico City, bringing
together 24 participants from Mexico, Central and South America,
Equatorial Guinea and Angola. The program, which utilizes local
trainers, is being offered in Spanish to reach women leaders who would
not otherwise participate in an English course. The program will also
be offered in Washington, D.C., to another group of 24 women leaders,
from more than 10 countries.
The 2006 courses build on the success of the 2005 program. "Last
year, ExxonMobil Foundation sponsored 25 women leaders from community
organizations in 18 developing countries to participate in the
training program. They all shared a passion for improving their
communities, and a commitment to strengthening women's leadership to
help move their countries forward. We are proud to offer more women
the opportunity to benefit from CEDPA's training," said Rex Tillerson,
chairman and CEO, Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM).
"I learned skills like fundraising and strategic planning that
have been very useful," said Norma Munguia Aldaraca, a 2005 Global
Women in Management Program participant from Mexico.
The grant to support the 2006 Global Women in Management Program
is made as part of ExxonMobil Foundation's Educating Women and Girls
Initiative. The Initiative was established in 2005 and builds on the
company's longstanding support for education by making strategic
contributions to support the education of women and girls in the
communities where the company has a presence.
ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the
Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States. The Foundation engages
in a broad range of philanthropic activities focusing on the
communities where Exxon Mobil Corporation has significant operations.
During 2005, ExxonMobil affiliates and ExxonMobil Foundation provided
$133 million in charitable contributions and community investment
Founded in 1975, CEDPA is an internationally recognized non-profit
organization that improves the lives of women and girls in developing
countries. CEDPA's global programs increase educational opportunities
for girls, ensure access to lifesaving reproductive health and
HIV/AIDS information and services, and strengthen women's leadership
in their nations. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CEDPA has offices
in Egypt, India, Nepal, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa, and more
than 5,000 alumni and partners in over 150 countries worldwide.
Dave Gardner, 972-444-1107
SOURCE: Exxon Mobil Corporation