Seneca Point Global is a unique organization built on a growing body of research from the public and private sectors demonstrating that women are fast emerging as one of the most powerful and influential demographics the world has ever seen – poised to rival China or India. We work with governments, companies, philanthropic institutions and individuals who understand that – similar to developing a China or India strategy – today, a global women’s strategy is key to opportunity, growth and progress anywhere in the world. Seneca Point Global partners with the world’s leading institutions to design, implement and measure integrated strategies that focus on women and girls and drive sustainable results – whether social, economic or both.
"To achieve the economic expansion we all seek, we need to unlock a vital source of growth that can power our economies in the decades to come… By increasing women’s participation in the economy and enhancing their efficiency and productivity, we can have a dramatic impact on the competitiveness and growth of our economies."
– Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton
2011 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
We apply our extensive experience in advising government leaders, CEOs and nonprofits to create a global women strategy to achieve critical business and philanthropic objectives, protect and enhance reputation and increase stakeholder value while successfully addressing political, social, legal and regulatory challenges. Our expertise relating to women and girls spans the public and private sectors in developed and developing nations, encompassing government affairs, corporate strategy, communications, philanthropy and law. Our team of diverse experts is led by founding partners Ambassador Melanne Verveer and Kim Azzarelli.
Ambassador Melanne Verveer
In 2009 President Obama appointed Melanne Verveer to be the first ever Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues at the US State Department. Ambassador Verveer spent the past four years working on behalf of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to coordinate foreign policy issues and activities relating to the political, economic and social advancement of women, traveling to almost 60 countries. In such capacity, she worked to mobilize concrete support for women’s political and economic empowerment through a variety of public-private partnerships as well as worked to fully integrate women’s participation and rights in the development of U.S. foreign policy. Prior to her role at the U.S. State Department, Ambassador Verveer served as Chair and Co-CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international nonprofit she co-founded. Vital Voices invests in emerging women leaders and works to expand women’s roles in generating economic opportunity, promoting political participation, and safeguarding human rights. Vital Voices has trained over 12,000 women in over 100 countries, who have in turn trained or mentored over 500,000 women across the globe.
Prior to her work with Vital Voices, Ambassador Verveer served as Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff to the First Lady in the Clinton Administration and was chief assistant to First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in all her wide-ranging international activities to advance women’s rights and further social development, democracy and peace-building initiatives. She also led the effort to establish the President’s Interagency Council on Women. Prior to her time in the White House, Ambassador Verveer served in a number of leadership roles in public policy organizations and as legislative staff. Ambassador Verveer has a B.A. and M.A. from Georgetown University and currently serves as the Executive Director of its Institute for Women, Peace and Security. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served as the 2013 Humanitas Visiting Professor at Cambridge University. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the U.S. Secretary of State's Award for Distinguished Service.
Kim K. Azzarelli
Kim K. Azzarelli is a business, philanthropic and legal advisor with significant experience in launching and leading corporate and philanthropic initiatives relating to women and girls. Most recently, Ms. Azzarelli has served as Senior Vice President of the Newsweek Daily Beast Company and Tina Brown Live Media where she leads strategy, partnerships, and philanthropy for Women in the World. Prior to her work at Women in the World, Ms. Azzarelli held senior legal and philanthropic roles at organizations including Goldman Sachs, where she led Goldman Sachs Gives, the billion dollar donor advised fund, advising individuals and organizations on high-impact philanthropy. Ms. Azzarelli has also helped launch significant brand development and philanthropic programs for Avon Products Inc., the global direct selling company, where she served as Vice President, Legal and Public Affairs and Corporate Secretary. Prior to joining Avon, Ms. Azzarelli worked for the law firm of Latham and Watkins where she practiced corporate and securities law, advising global companies on corporate finance, venture capital and general company representation matters.
Ms. Azzarelli began her career at JP Morgan as a financial analyst in the private equity group and is a graduate of Cornell Law School, Cornell University and Friends Seminary in NYC where she was born and raised. She is the co-founder and Chair of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School and serves on the Board of the Avon Foundation for Women. She also serves on the Advisory Board of Cornell Law School, the Trustee's Council of Cornell University and is a member of the President's Council for Cornell Women. Ms. Azzarelli serves as an adjunct professor at Cornell Law School and is an author on matters relating to women and girls, most recently co-authoring "Sustainable Development, Rule of Law and the Impact of Women Judges" with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and "At Davos Investing in Women Emerges as a Business Strategy" with Ambassador Verveer.
- Clinton to Present Advancing Women in Peace and Security Awards, February 20, 2014, Georgetown University
- Accelerate Women Now: Building a 50/50 Global Economy, November 15, 2013, Forbes
- ICRW honors Verveer with Champions for Change Leadership Award, November 12, 2013, ICRW
- Don't Abandon the Women of Afghanistan, October 23, 2013, CNN by Paula J. Dobriansky and Melanne Verveer
- The School Girl Who Took on the Taliban, October 21, 2013, Huffington Post by Natalie Pace
- Women Rule: Afghan women on the front line, October 16, 2013, Politico by Melanne Verveer
- Melanne Verveer: Women's economic growth outpaces China, October 15, 2013, Politico (video)
- Women Rule: Empowering Entrepreneurs with Tory Burch and Melanne Verveer, October 11, 2013, Politico (video)
- Investing in Women Advances the World: A Conversation with Melanne Verveer, March 2013, Huffington Post by Bobbi Silton
- Melanne Verveer: Women as Entrepreneurs and Employees, March 2013, Cambridge University (video)
- Fareed Zakaria GPS: Melanne Verveer on Global Women's Issue, March 2013, CNN (video)
- On women, Melanne Verveer mostly pleased with progress, February 19, 2013, Politico by Lois Romano and Jonathan Allen (article and video)
- Obama Appointee, Hillary Clinton Advisor to Head New Georgetown Institute, February 7, 2013, Georgetown University
- At Davos, Investing in Women Emerges as a Business Strategy, January 25, 2013, The Daily Beast
- Do Women Hinder Their Own Success, October 12, 2012, Forbes by Moira Forbes (article and video)
- Women Changing the World in Public Policy, August 22, 2012, Forbes by Susan McPherson
- Why Women are a Policy Issue, May/June 2012, Foreign Policy
- International Rescue Committee Wake Up Call: Women and Girls are Agents of Change, IRC (video)
- The Political and Economic Power of Women, June 2011, Democracy That Delivers for Women
- Interview with Melanne Verveer, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues, March 10, 2011, Huffington Post by Rahim Kanani
- Afghan Women and the Media: Is Their Story Being Told?, May 26, 2010, Huffington Post by Marcia G. Yerman