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Greater Vancouver Board of Trade hosts two events featuring Former U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama as keynote speaker

Date: 15 February 2018

Location: Queen Elizabeth Theatre | 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver

As a transformative First Lady, Mrs. Obama launched and led four key initiatives: Let's Move!, to address the challenge of childhood obesity; Joining Forces, to support veterans, service members and their families; Reach Higher, to inspire young people to seek higher education; and Let Girls Learn, to help adolescent girls around the world go to school.

Before becoming First Lady, Michelle Obama attended Princeton University and Harvard Law School. She started her career as an attorney at the Chicago law firm, Sidley & Austin, where she met her future husband, Barack Obama.  She later worked in the Chicago mayor's office, the University of Chicago, and the University of Chicago Medical Center. Mrs. Obama also founded the Chicago chapter of Public Allies, an organization that prepares young people for careers in public service.

"We are thrilled that Michelle Obama, Former First Lady of the United States, will join the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade in an afternoon moderated conversation," said Iain Black, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. "Our focus will be engaging the participants and organizers of our sold out WE FOR SHE forums, and those of our unique GVBOT Signature Programs: Leaders of Tomorrow, Company of Young Professionals and our Women's Leadership Circle."

He continued: "Over 800 high school students from across British Columbia attended WE FOR SHE last November, and this event with Mrs. Obama will ensure that her words are heard by some of the people who will be most inspired by them: young women and the next generation of leaders."

"Michelle Obama is a role model for millions of women and youth, and an inspiring speaker," said Anne Giardini, Chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and Chancellor of Simon Fraser University. "We are elated that the Board of Trade is able to welcome her to Vancouver, and we look forward to hosting a compelling afternoon conversation between Mrs. Obama and our WE FOR SHE and Signature Program leaders." The discussion will be moderated by Tamara Vrooman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Vancity.

Boyden, a global leader in executive search, proudly serves Canadian organizations and institutions. As a long time supporter of Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, we are committed to excellence in leadership and proud to attend this unique event. 

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