Deputy Secretary Sherman to Deliver Opening Remarks at the U.S.-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment Shatter Summit

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman will speak at the opening of the inaugural US-India Women’s Economic Empowerment Broken Summit co-hosted by the State Department and the Broken Foundation on Jan. 26. Assistant to the President and White House Gender Policy Committee Director Jennifer Klein will deliver the keynote address. The Broken Summit is an initiative of the US-India Women’s Economic Empowerment Coalition, a public-private partnership between the US Department of State, USAID, the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum and George Washington University to promote of the private sector, civil society and government are committed to promoting the economic empowerment of women in India.

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The summit will explore opportunities to deepen U.S.-India human and business ties to advance the economic empowerment of Indian women. The event will celebrate the United States and India’s shared commitment to investing in and economically empowering women and girls, and demonstrates that women’s economic participation is not only good for the world, but also good for business.

The summit will also feature speeches from other senior officials including: Vice Admiral Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; Neera Tanden, White House Secretary of Staff and Senior Advisor to the U.S. President; Donald Lew, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs; Kat Fotovat, Senior State Secretary, Office for Women’s Issues; Smriti Imani, Minister of Women and Child Development, India; Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Indian Ambassador to the United States; Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder, Art of Living; Shelly Kapoor Collins, Founder, Shatter Foundation; Producer Kal Penn and other great speakers. A detailed agenda and speaker line-up can be found here.

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The summit will be open to registered media and will be streamed live at Please register at the link below to receive insurance details.

Registered media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) U.S. government issued photo media credentials (e.g., State Department, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or foreign press center), or (2) An official photo ID issued by your news organization, or (3) a letter on official letterhead from your employer certifying that they are currently a journalist. Additionally, they must show official government photo ID (i.e., a U.S. driver’s license or passport).

For more information and interview requests, please contact the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues at [email protected]

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