Washington, DC – The Director of the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative at the Wilson Center, Rangita de Silva de Alwis, was honored by the Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Jo White and the SEC Women’s Committee this April for her contributions as an advocate, scholar, and policy maker forging the path for women’s equality.

The award was given at an event in observance of Women’s History Month where de Silva de Alwis was the keynote speaker (the event originally scheduled for March was postponed due to weather).The award also represents the beginning of a relationship between the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative and the SEC in supporting a common goal: 50% women in positions of leadership in public service by 2050. To support this goal, SEC representatives are planning to organize a follow-up event to convene senior staff at the SEC and Federal Reserve to serve as mentors to the Women in Public Service Project mentoring program, WPSPConnect.

About the Global Women’s Leadership Initiative

The Global Women’s Leadership Initiative’s global network is the platform for the Women in Public Service Project which was launched by Secretary Hillary Clinton in partnership with the historic Seven Sisters women's colleges and moved to the Wilson Center in June 2012. The GWLI is a unique platform for change – connecting current and emerging women leaders, promoting the goal of 50 percent women in public service jobs worldwide, advancing inclusive policies, and bringing new research to the forefront.

About the Wilson Center

The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the national, living memorial honoring President Woodrow Wilson. The Wilson Center provides a strictly nonpartisan space for the worlds of policymaking and scholarship to interact. By conducting relevant and timely research and promoting dialogue from all perspectives, it works to address the critical current and emerging challenges confronting the United States and the world. Created by an Act of Congress in 1968, The Wilson Center is headquartered in Washington, D.C. and supported by both public and private funds.