Monday, March 28, 2011

First Lady Hosts Dinner, Mentoring Events

A-listers celebrate Women's History Month with Mrs. Obama...
UPDATE: A post about the event IS HERE
To celebrate Women's History Month, First Lady Michelle Obama will host a dazzling dinner for high school students at the White House on Wednesday evening, with an all-female guest list that includes more than twenty women who are Oscar winners, acclaimed authors and artists, Olympians, philanthropists, and media powerhouses. It will feature a special evening program, and follows a day of events in which Mrs. Obama and her companions will fan out across the DC metro area for girls' mentoring events at schools, and will feature a special evening program.

"These women will showcase the important role mentoring can play in the lives of young people as they encourage all students, particularly young women, to pursue their dreams," the White House noted about the mentors.

Many of the accomplished women are associated with the Lifetime Network, which be launching a public outreach program of subsequent mentoring events across the US, as well as producing a public service announcement campaign on the subject. Nina Lederman, Senior Vice-President of Series Programming and Development for Lifetime Network, will be joining Mrs. Obama for dinner.

At 1:45 PM, The First Lady will visit Ballou High School in Southeast Washington to meet with a group of students, share her experiences, and encourage them to strive for excellence while pursuing their career goals. The dinner follows at 7:00 PM in the East Room, and will be created by Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford, whose career could also serve as an object lesson for aspiring young women: Comerford is the first female Top Toque in White House history.

Expected at mentoring events and the dinner are Academy Award winning actresses Geena Davis and Hilary Swank, Pulitzer Prize winning authors Louise Erdrich, and Anna Deavere Smith, Grammy Award winning violinist Miri Ben-Ar, and Olympians Michelle Kwan, Lisa Leslie and Dominique Dawes.

Actresses Alfre Woodard, Vanessa Minnillo, Ali Wentworth, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Kerry Washington will also participate, as will Judith Jamison, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Ledisi, Grammy-nominated recording artist will all participate.

General Dana Born, Dean of Faculty, United States Air Force Academy, Ellen Ochoa, astronaut, and current Deputy Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure® will rub elbows with the visiting high school girls, as will media execs including Sherrie Westin, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Sesame Workshop, and Abbe Raven, President and CEO of A&E Television Networks.

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