An annual event, Dialogue for Action was held in conjunction with the inaugural New York Forum, which took place from June 22-23 in the same location. The New York Forum was organized by Richard Attias, the husband of Cecilia Attias, and gathered top CEOs (Fortune 1000 CEOs), sovereign fund managers, financial experts, and governmental leaders from around the world. Richard Attias produced the World Economic Forum for 13 years and launched the Clinton Global Initiative. The New York Forum is the New Davos, but one specifically focused on finding solutions for the economy, rather than the broad issues (health, culture, sports, etc.) now part of the over 300-session World Economic Forum.
Gathering for Dialogue for Action was truly a blue-ribbon gathering. Mrs. Zanele Mbeki, the former first lady of South Africa and founder of the Women's Development Bank, addressed the event, as did Sophie Delaunay, the executive director of Doctors Without Borders, and Mary Ellen Iskenderian, President and CEO of Women's World Banking. Also presenting were the presidents, CEOs, or executive directors of such NGOs as Muslim Women Resource Center, Pro Mujer, Partnership for New York City, International Women's Health Coalition, Congolese Women League for Election, Tostan, Her Rights Initiative, UNIFEM, SAATHI, Women Without Borders, and Women for Women International.
The media and business worlds were represented by facilitators Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour Magazine) and Sade Baderinwa (Anchor/Reporter WABC-TV), and speakers such as Alison Smale (Executive Editor, International Herald Tribune), Pamela Gross (Editor at Large, The Hill), and Dina Powell (President of Goldman Sachs Foundation).
Among the governmental representatives were Ambassador Craig Stapleton, the former ambassador to France, and Fernando Villalonga, the Consul General of Spain. Participants such as Ms. Janet Robinson (President and CEO, The New York Times Company), Ms. Adriana Quinones (Manager, United Nations Trust Fund, UNIFEM), Ms. Ann Nicol (Executive Director, United Nations Association), and Ms. Christine Alfsen (Director, a.i., UNESCO) made for very rich discussions, as participants sought concrete steps to address issues of pressing import for women worldwide.