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A global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
NEWS RELEASE: Soroptimist International President
Alice Wells elected president of international women's organization
February 10, 2012
Philadelphia, PA—Alice Wells of Phoenix, Ariz., has been elected to serve a two-year term as president of Soroptimist International, an international women’s organization with 90,000 volunteer members who work to inspire action and create opportunities to help women and girls around the world.
During her tenure as president, Wells will focus on advocacy, action and awareness to increase access to education and leadership opportunities for women and girls.
“Educating women and girls is the foundation for economic growth and poverty reduction. We educate them by increasing their access to the skills necessary to take on whatever challenge they desire—from basic literacy and numeracy skills to vocational training, health or sanitation, climate change, preparation for running in elections, and everything in between.” Wells said. “In doing so, Soroptimist International empowers women with confidence and choice, giving them essential tools to achieve their full potential and to become leaders in many different ways.”
Soroptimist International has 3,100 clubs around the world and comprises four federations—Soroptimist International of Great Britain and Ireland, Soroptimist International of the Southwest Pacific, Soroptimist International of Europe and Soroptimist International of the Americas—the largest federation boasting more than 37,000 members in 20 countries and territories. A 1980 charter member of the Kachinas Arizona club, part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, Wells has held several leadership positions at various levels of the organization, including Fund Development Council chair, region governor and secretary, district director and club president.
Wells currently owns her own company and is a consultant for teacher training in schools across the country. On being a Soroptimist, she says, “I have learned more about leadership in Soroptimist than in any graduate class that I have ever taken. We join Soroptimist to give back to our communities, but the reality is that we get back 10 times what we give. Where else would you be able to travel and meet other like-minded business and professional women? We all come from different cultures, but our passion for making a difference for women and girls is the same, whether we are from Japan, Paraguay, the Philippines, or Phoenix, Arizona!”
Wells says she is particularly proud of the organization’s ability to change in response to an evolving volunteer environment.
For more information about Soroptimist and the organization’s work on behalf of the world’s women, visit: soroptimistinternational.org or soroptimist.org. For more information about Alice Wells, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.