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Vision 2020’s Two-Day Congress Focuses on Women’s Leadership and Gender Equality

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 1,000 registered to nominate or become Vision 2020 National Delegates, but in the end it came down to 102 extraordinary women who will serve as chief advocates for women's leadership and equality in their home states . Arti Prasad, M.D., UNM Center for Life's founding executive director, and founding Section Chief of Integrative Medicine, has been chosen as a delegate for New Mexico.

Vision 2020 is a national project focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership. Its first public event takes place October 21-22, 2010, when a congress of national delegates will meet at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia to launch an action agenda to move America toward equality by 2020, the centennial celebration of the 19th Amendment. The name of the conference is Vision 2020: An American Conversation about Women and Leadership Ô .

The national search for delegates focused on finding women who have demonstrated a commitment to helping women and girls. These delegates are willing to mobilize resources to bring about positive change and implement elements of the decade-long Vision 2020 agenda, signing on for a minimum three-year term following the conference.

Delegate nominations came from individuals and organizations across the country, including Vision 2020 National Allies, U.S. governors, senators and representatives. Prasad is a professor of Internal Medicine at UNM and holds an adjunct clinical professorship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona.

For more information about Vision 2020, contact Drexel’s Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at vision2020@drexelmed.edu or 215-991-8830. For more information on UNM’s Center For Life Specialty Integrative Medicine Clinic, visit http://hsc.unm.edu/som/cfl/
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