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Melanne Verveer and Kim K. Azzarelli discuss Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose

in conversation with Anne M. Finucane

This event includes a book signing.

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Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose, by Melanne Verveer and Kim K. AzzarelliHarvard Book Store and WAM: Women, Action, & the Media welcome Ambassador MELANNE VERVEER and KIM K. AZZARELLI, co-founders of the global leadership forum Seneca Women, for a discussion of their book Fast Forward: How Women Can Achieve Power and Purpose. Joining them in conversation is vice chairman and global chief strategy and marketing officer at Bank of America ANNE M. FINUCANE.

Learn how some of the world’s most powerful women are using their growing economic power to create success and meaning in their lives while building a better world in Verveer and Azzarelli’s book.

Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In ignited a conversation about women and their careers, and resonated with millions of readers. Fast Forward, by two women leaders with experience and access throughout corporate America and around the world, takes the next step. Through interviews with a network of over fifty trailblazing women, it shows women how to accelerate their growing economic power and combine it with purpose to create success and meaning in their lives while building a better world.

Fast Forward shows us how leaders at every level can use their power and purpose to help more and more women achieve their dreams for a better life.” —Hillary Rodham Clinton

“We are all capable of great things, even world-changing things, if we take inspiration from others and join together to get it done. We are witnessing an awakening to the justice of civil rights for women in our time. You can feel it is imminent, and it will change the world when it is accomplished. Here are stories of a few women who have dared to imagine the day, and worked to make it happen. Let them inspire you.” —Meryl Streep

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Anne M. FinucaneAnne M. Finucane serves as vice chairman and also as global chief strategy and marketing officer at Bank of America, and is a member of the company’s executive management team. She chairs the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, overseeing a 10-year, $2 billion charitable giving goal, and is president of the company’s Northeast region. During her 18 years at Bank of America and its legacy firms, Finucane has served as a senior advisor to four of the company’s chief executive officers and the board of directors. Finucane has won numerous professional and public service accolades, including the 2013 New York Women in Communications Matrix Award, the inaugural International Women’s Media Foundation Leadership Award, and was named 2013 Advertising Woman of the Year by Advertising Women of New York. American Banker magazine has named her among the “25 Most Powerful Women in Banking” for several years running.

Kim K. AzzarelliKim K. Azzarelli is a co-founder of Seneca Women and co-founder and chair of Cornell Law School’s Avon Center for Women and Justice. She is a legal, business and philanthropic advisor with significant experience in launching and leading corporate and philanthropic initiatives relating to women and girls for companies including Newsweek and the Daily Beast, Goldman Sachs, and Avon Products, Inc.

Melanne VerveerMelanne Verveer is a co-founder of Seneca Women and executive director of Georgetown University’s Institute for Women, Peace and Security. In 2009, President Obama appointed her the first-ever U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues. She is a co-founder of Vital Voices, an international nonprofit that invests in emerging women leaders.