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Second Annual Executive Women Network Conference Slated For October 12th 2018

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The Executive Women Network, a non-profit organisation of women leaders in senior management and executive positions in private organisations and women entrepreneurs of well established businesses in Ghana has announced October 12th, 2018 as the date for its second annual conference.The second edition of the conference is schedule to be held at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra under the theme Implementing Brand Ghana: The role of Women Leaders.

The annual conference brings together women in business and national leadership to discuss and map out strategic initiatives to project and promote Ghana as an investment and tourism destination. The maiden conference held in October 2017, under the theme Rebranding Ghana to drive business growth – the perspective of women leaders, attracted close to 300 participants and outlined practical actions to position Ghana positively for business and investment.

A statement from the Network stated the 2018 conference will build on the success of the maiden edition and call for action to implement the outcomes of the conference.

The statement reads “We are delighted to announce the 2nd annual EWN conference is scheduled for October 12th 2018 at the Labadi Beach Hotel. The conference to be held under the theme: Implementing Brand Ghana – the role of women leaders, will host over 300 women leaders to collectively map out practical strategies to implement brand Ghana and position our country as a true destination for investment, tourism and business”.

“Last year’s conference was a massive success with participants calling for concrete and actionable steps to effectively promote Brand Ghana. We will build on the success of last year and go a step further to craft implementation plans to project and position Ghana for business, investment and tourism”. The statement concluded.

The maiden edition which was chaired by the First Lady, H.E. Rebecca Akufo-Addo  attracted  eminent  panelists including Patrick Awuah, Founder & President of Ashesi University, Patience Akyianu, Group CEO of Hollard Ghana, Lucy Quist, International Business leader & founder of Quist Blue Diamond, Theresa Ayoade, CEO of Charterhouse, Professor Robert Hinson of the University of Ghana Business School among others.

This year’s conference is expected to attract distinguished speakers, panelists and participants from business, politics, academia and civil society.

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Young Women Executives Inspired To Strive For Leadership Roles

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Executive Women Network culminated its second year anniversary with a Round Table Lunch Meeting at the Golden Tulip Hotel, Accra.

The Executive Women Network (EWN), an organization of women leaders whose mission is to build a home base for women professionals to grow their skills, network and inspire them to achieve their professional and personal goals has organised a roundtable lunch to empower young women to be relevant and assume leadership positions in their  workplaces.

Organised under the team, Getting a seat at the table, the roundtable lunch culminated the month long 2nd anniversary celebrations of the network  and provided a unique opportunity for young women executives to tap into the knowledge and experience of senior women business leaders on getting  to the top, remaining relevant and influential in high decision making positions in the corporate world and society at large.

Karen Hendrickson CEO of Rabito Group of Clinics  speaking at the event urged the young women who intend to climb the professional ladder to break the barriers, develop a thick skin, believe in their abilities and shouldn’t accept the status quo by trying to always reinvent the wheel.

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Executive Women Network Inspires, Empowers Accra Girls Students; Donates School Supplies

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Members of the Executive Women Network (EWN), a non-profit organization of professional women took time to interact and engage with students of Accra Girls Senior High School as part of activities to commemorate the second anniversary of the network.
Held under the theme Realising Potential, the session was part of EWN’s commitment to inspire and empower the next generation of women leaders to fully realise their potential.
The experienced business leaders encouraged participating students to dream big, work hard, stay disciplined and to be determined irrespective of the challenges they face.
The Network also took the opportunity to donate 20 graph boards to the school to assist teaching and learning.
Speaking to the students, Dr. Geraldine Baidoo, a member of the EWN team said ” When I look around, I see some of the brightest minds in this country who, with hard work and commitment, will become the transformational leaders of tomorrow. The leaders of our country and continent needs to transform. So irrespective of the challenges you may be going through, keep your single focus on being the best version of yourselves”.
She added, “Education is the best legacy your parents can give you, make the most use of it. You all have unique abilities and talents — exploit it to the fullest. Keep your eye on the big picture and do not allow anyone to convince you that you’re not capable because of your gender — there is absolutely nothing that you cannot achieve if you put your mind to it. Be unstoppable”
She indicated that the Executive Women Network will always be available to share their experience, groom and inspire young women across the country to fully realise their potential.
Other members who inspired the students with their personal stories included Television personality Kokui Hanson Selormey, Dzigbordi K. Dosoo, Stella Agyenim-Boateng, Janet Sunkwa-MIlls, Antoinette Kwofie, Hedwig Quist, Quiana Canford Dumas, Angela Dedo Kofi and Wendy Nunoo.

The Headmistress of Accra Girls’ Senior High School, Mrs Joyce Acolatse, expressed her gratitude to EWN for choosing her school. She said “hearing the life stories of our distinguished speakers, who have achieved so much in their lives and careers is truly inspiring for our students. On behalf of the entire management and parents, I want to thank EWN for spending time with our students and for donating much needed graph boards to the school. This gesture is greatly appreciated and we look forward to many engagement sessions in the future as we all work towards building an empowered generation of young women”.
The session with the students is part of a month long celebrations which will end with a Lunch Roundtable at the Golden Tulip Hotel on Friday 27th April.
The Executive Women Network , since its formation in 2016, has been instrumental in inspiring action, empowering and supporting female leaders to be key influencers in various fields and organizations within Ghana and beyond.

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Job Recruitment

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Job Title: Communication Officer Proposed Job Level: fixed term contract
Function: Managing Communications & Social Media Location: Samlina Plaza, East Legon
Reporting to: Office Manager Date: 26th December, 2017
Purpose of the Job (Brief)

The Communication Officer role is responsible for leading the development and delivery of clear and compelling communications and messages to key stakeholders, managing media relations, developing internal communications channels and growing EWN’s reputation with key stakeholders.

Support delivery of integrated communications strategy  

  • Contribute to delivery of strategy through the drafting of communications, press releases, presentations, talking points, Q&As in line with communications and organization’s strategy
  • Lead in developing compelling and engaging communications to members and prospective members
  • Support in the planning and delivery of internal events
Media Relations  

  • Support the delivery of EWN’s Media Relations strategy through building, managing and sustaining relationship with influential key media outlets and journalists
  • Monitor media landscape, advice and develop tactics to increase EWN’s Ghana’s Share of Voice.
Social & Digital  

  • Develop strategy, programme and activities to increase EWN’s digital footprint
  • Drive compelling digital campaigns to grow EWN’s influence in globally
  • Manage EWN’s Social Media platforms on a daily basis driving engagement with followers
Membership communication  

  • Lead in developing compelling communications & manage internal communication channels to engage members and prospective members.


Demonstrate (Key competencies)

Skills critical to the role:  

  • Analytical thinker who can recognize trends and opportunities.
  • In-depth knowledge and experience in the use of various communications channels.
  • Experience in developing and executing communication strategies, briefing materials, media releases and responding to media queries.
  • Experience in managing digital/social media channels


Core Competencies

  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Strong editorial skills and copy writing
  • Proven ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Problem solving skills


Role – Specific Competencies

  • Exceptional work ethics.
  • High level of self-motivation.
  • Attention to details
  • Ability to relate to a wide variety of people in different situations.
  • Assertive
  • Superior negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Self-aware and focused on self-development and continual learning.
  • Professionalism in all actions.

Educational Level:

  • First degree (in Communications, Journalism or Social Sciences
  • A member of any professional body (an advantage)

Working Experience:

  • 1 – 3 years’ experience in corporate communications, public relations, journalism or digital media management
No. of Subordinates: None

Office Manager

EWN Chairperson Executive Council member

Submit Application to: [email protected]  (closing date 26th December 2017)


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Over 200 women leaders to attend Maiden Executive Women Network Conference

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Hundreds of professionals, women leaders and entrepreneurs have sealed their participation in the maiden Executive Women Network Annual Conference scheduled for October 20.

The event presents a paradigm shift in the area of leadership emphasizing action over rhetoric across every facet of the economy in rebranding Ghana to attract investment and profitable partnerships.

The conference themed ‘Rebranding Ghana to drive business growth – the perspective of women leaders’ will take place at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel in Accra.

It will be chaired by First Lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo and will witness seasoned speakers such as AB & David Executive Chairman David Ofosu-Dorte, Ogilvy Africa Regional CEO, Akua Owusu-Nartey, CEO of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council (GIPC) Yoofi Grant and other great speakers.

The conference is expected to draw participants from Corporate Ghana such as Co-founder of EWN and international business leader, Lucy Quist, Barclays Bank Ghana CEO, Patience Akyianu, University of Ghana Business School lecturer, Professor Robert Hinson and Ashesi University President and Founder, Patrick Awuah.

Other celebrated panellists include Fatima Ali Mohammed, CEO of African Brand Warrior, Adelaide Ahwireng, CEO of Fio Enterprises, Theresa Ayoade, CEO of Charterhouse Ltd, Ivy Apea Owusu, CEO of Cirrus Oil, Yvette Atekpe, Regional Managing Director, Internet Solutions Ghana Ltd.

To ensure the young people of Ghana have a stake, a special session will seek the views of millennials in repositioning Ghana for business growth, investment and tourism with panelists including Petra Aba Asamoah, General Manager, Commercial for Media General, Ama K Abrebrese, celebrated TV Host and Actress and Nadia Kuorkor Amasa, A student from Ashesi Unversity.

The conference is anticipated to be the biggest gathering of women leaders in Ghana, which will present participants with an opportunity to be inspired and empowered to play key roles in rebranding Ghana for business growth.

Tickets for the conference are available at Barclays Bank, Osu branch.

The Executive Women Network (EWN) is a non-profit organisation of women in senior management and executive positions in private organisations and women entrepreneurs of well-established businesses in Ghana.

For more information on the conference,  visit: http://ewntree.com/the-ewn-annual-conference-2017  or call Wendy on 233-561110444.

Source: https://www.myjoyonline.com/business/2017/October-15th/over-200-women-leaders-to-attend-maiden-executive-women-network-conference.php

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Adelaide Ahwireng

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Adelaide Ahwireng is a quantity surveyor by training and a leading woman entrepreneur in Ghana with over 21 years proven expertise in the distribution of Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), business development, sales and marketing.

She holds and Bachelor of Science degree in Building Technology from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Ghana and an Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan Business School in the USA. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree, she worked as a quantity surveyor for the State Construction Company (SCC) for 14 years, rising to the position of Region Quantity Surveyor for Greater Accra before leaving to pursue her passion in entrepreneurship.

She is the Founder and Managing Director of Fio Enterprises Limited, a leading business in the FMCG segment, distributing products mainly for Unilever Ghana Limited and Nestle Ghana Limited. Under her leadership, Fio Enterprises Limited has been adjudged the Best Distributing Company for Unilever Ghana Limited, Nestle Ghana Limited and Ghana Breweries Limited for several consecutive years.

Her strong leadership, analytical, innovative and managerial skills and insights have attracted invitations to serve on the boards of key corporate institutions in Ghana and given her the opportunity to influence the direction, growth and sustainability of the investment sector in Ghana. She currently serves as a board member of the Ghana Revenue Authority, the Advisory Board of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Wesley Girls’ High School Endowment Fund, Corporate Initiative Ghana and the KNUST Centre for Business. She is also a board member of E-Pack Investment Limited, subsidiary of Databank Investment Group, and has been part of the team that has over the years contributed to the direction, growth and sustainability of Databank in Ghana.

Her superior entrepreneurial abilities have been recognized and applauded consistently over the last two decades. In 2015, Business Magazine named her the Most Outstanding Female Entrepreneur of the Year. She was named one of the 100 most outstanding women entrepreneurs in Ghana, the KNUST Alumni Personality of the Year in 2006, the recipient of the West Africa International Nobles Award in 2004 and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIMG) Marketing Woman of the Year in 2003. In 2014, she was inducted into the Ghana Entrepreneurs Hall of Fame.

She previously served as a member of the Presidential Economic Advisory Council under the government of Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, and as a non-Executive Director for several organizations including the HFC Boafo Micro-Finance, the Center for Scientific and Industrial Research – Animal Research, the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority and the Private Sector Development Board of Ghana. She is an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIMG) and the first female Chairperson of the Parents-Teacher Association her alma mater, Wesley Girls’ High School.

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Rebecca Akufo-Addo

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Rebecca Naa Okaikor Akufo- Addo was born on the 12th of March 1951. She trained as a legal secretary and worked for prominent multinational law firms, including Clifford Chance and Ashurst Morris Crisp, in the United Kingdom.

She is a passionate philanthropist with a keen interest in issues that impact women and children. She is a founding member and chairperson of the charity, Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation founded in 2005, to support the national effort to reduce malarial infections in infants and young children. Since 2017, the charity has added the eradication of malnutrition to its scope of work, having recognized the inter relation between malaria and malnutrition, particularly in children.

As First Lady she has established The Rebecca Foundation with a focus on the well-being of Ghanaian women and children through the implementation of sustainable, collaborative and high impact strategies.  Education of children, the health of women and children and economic empowerment of women are the three main intervention areas under the Rebecca Foundation.

In response to avoidable deaths of women and children as a result of lack of space, the First lady has raised funds to construct a baby and mother unit at the second Tertiary health institution in Ghana- the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital; an initiative which will be extended to other parts of the country.

Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo is the premier ambassador for HIV/AIDS Advocacy, elimination of mother to child transmission as well as Empowerment of Young Women and Adolescent girls in Ghana, and is keen to ensure Ghana meets all its HIV/AIDS targets. As the West African Chair of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV/AIDS (OAFLA), she is committed to ensure that Africa is free from HIV / AIDS, and maternal and child mortality. She is a patron of the School for the Blind at Akropong in the Eastern region of Ghana and Cancer Voices, a Ghanaian coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations, against all cancers.

She is married to the President-Elect of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and they have five daughters and five grandchildren.

She loves floristry and also enjoys interior decoration.

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First Lady To Speak At The Executive Women Network Annual Conference

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The first lady, Rebecca Akufo-Addo will chair and speak at the Executive Women Network Annual conference scheduled for 20th October 2017 at the Movenpick Ambassador Hotel. She confirmed her participation when Members of EWN, a non-profit organisation of women in senior management and executive positions in private organisations and women entrepreneurs, paid a courtesy call on her ahead of the conference

The courtesy call, according to Freda Duplan, Managing Director of Nestle Ghana and Chairperson of EWN was to formally introduce Executive Women Network (EWN) to the first lady and her office and extend an invitation to her.

The conference will be held under the theme: Rebranding Ghana to drive business growth – the perspective of women leaders.

Mrs. Duplan said “we believe that as women in leadership roles, our contribution to the socio-economic development of Ghana cannot be over-emphasized. We have a duty to maximise our efforts on one front and complement each other riding on our collective strengths to deliberately position Ghana as the go-to country for business and investment not only in Africa but globally”.

“This conference is the opportune call to all women in business, civil society organizations and politics who wish to be part of the solution and the nation’s development agenda to converge and deliberate on actionable strategies to rebrand Ghana for growth”. she concluded.

The First Lady welcomed and commended the team for their work in empowering women in Ghana.

She said, ” I’m excited to associate with this great initiative and going forward, I would be glad to partner and work together on your various mentorship and corporate social responsibility programmes in various communities”.

The maiden Executive Women Network annual conference is a call to action to move from rhetoric to action & execution in rebranding Ghana for economic development and will feature outstanding speakers from business, academia, politics and civil society.

Contact us for Bookings and Registration.

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Patrick Awuah

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Patrick Awuah is the Founder and President of Ashesi University College, a private, not-for-profit institution that has quickly gained a reputation for innovation and quality education in Ghana.

Ashesi aims to contribute to a renaissance in Africa by educating a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders with the critical thinking skills and ethical courage it will take to transform their continent. Now in its 16th year, graduates are working for progress across Africa and the University has become a recognized voice in higher education in Ghana. In 2012, Ashesi University was ranked as one of the top ten Most Respected Companies in Ghana, and was the first educational institution to win the award. In the same survey, Patrick Awuah was named the 4th Most Respected CEO in Ghana.

Before founding Ashesi University, Patrick worked as a Program Manager for Microsoft where, among other things, he spearheaded the development of dial-up internet working technologies and gained a reputation for bringing difficult projects to completion.

He holds bachelor degrees in Engineering and Economics from Swarthmore College; an MBA from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business; and honorary doctorates from Swarthmore College and Babson College.

He has won many prestigious international awards including the MacArthur Fellowship; the McNulty Prize; and Membership of the Order of the Volta — one of Ghana’s highest awards, given to individuals who exemplify the ideal of service to the country. In 2015, Patrick was named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune, and received the Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, given to UC Berkeley alumni with distinguished records of service to their countries.

Patrick served on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2010 to 2016. He is a Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Global Leadership Network; a member of the Council on Foreign Relations; and a member of the Tau Beta Pi honor society for excellence in engineering.

Summary of Affiliations and Awards:

  • Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative—Aspen Global Leadership Network
  • Member, US Council of Foreign Relations
  • Member: Tau Beta Pi Honor Society for Excellence in Engineering.
  • Member, TED Fellows Program: 2007 TED/Global, 2009 TED Fellow
  • Awarded Membership of the Order of the Volta by his Excellency President J.A. Kufuor, Ghana in 2007
  • Ghana Web, 2005 Person of the Year
  • Young Global Leader, 2007, World Economic Forum
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Swarthmore College in 2004
  • Winner, 2009 Microsoft Alumni Foundation “Integral Fellow” award
  • Winner, John P. McNulty Prize 2009, Aspen Institute
  • Ghana’s 8th Most Respected CEO, 2010 (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Winner, Educational Development, Millennium Excellence Awards 2010, Ghana
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA) of the U.S. Agency for International Development, March 2010 – March 2016
  • Ghana’s 4th Most Respected CEO, 2012 (PricewaterhouseCoopers)
  • Leading Through Innovation Award, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business, 2012
  • Honorary Doctor of Laws, Babson College, 2013
  • Paul Harris Fellow, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 2013
  • Elon Medal for Entrepreneurial Leadership, Elon University, 2014
  • Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, 2014
  • 50 Greatest Leaders in 2015, Fortune Magazine, 2015
  • 2015 Elise and Walter A. Haas International Award, University of California, Berkeley, 2015
  • MacArthur Fellowship, 2015
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Yvette Adounvo Atekpe

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Yvette Adounvo Atekpe has been managing customer focused organizations in the Telecommunications and IT sector for over 20 years, and has been proactively involved in establishing world-class customer service teams and processes for successful start-up ICT organizations in Africa.

Yvette handled the sales and marketing portfolio for Interlink Communications, a Regional distributor for Rank Xerox and British Telecom in Ghana and Francophone West Africa from 1989-1991.

She then established the customer service department for the joint venture between AT&T and KIL Ghana Ltd (Celltel), a telecommunications start-up in 1995.

Yvette Adounvo Atekpe’s passion for outstanding service delivery was evident during her tenure with Celltel Communications Ghana Ltd. a subsidiary of Hutchison Telecom, Hong Kong, as Commercial Manager for Ghana. She designed effective services marketing strategies, formulated and implemented policies and procedures which propelled the organization in becoming an industry standard for customer service delivery in Ghana.

Yvette, representing Celltel Communications was subsequently made a member of the National Communications Policy Planning Committee, which sought to draft and implement an effective Communications Policy for Ghana in 1999.

Yvette was later engaged for a period of 5 years from 2000 – 2005 as Customer Service and Support Manager with Africa Online, where she assisted in restructuring the organization and setting up a formidable customer service team.

Yvette Adounvo Atekpe then joined Accelon Ghana in 2005 as Head of Service Management and Support; and took up the challenge in 2007 as Regional Managing Director for Accelon Ghana Limited, headquartered in South Africa; and successfully steered the organization via its acquisition through Dimension Data Middle East and Africa. Accelon thus evolved under her able leadership to become IS Internet Solutions Ghana Limited (A division of Dimension Data), thereby turning the company around from a loss making entity to profitability and emerging the fastest growing subsidiary within the Internet Solutions global business portfolio in 2015.

As its Chairman and Regional Managing Director, Yvette is currently charged with business development of Internet Solutions in Ghana and expansion into the African Sub-region, a position she has held from 2008 to date.

Yvette Adounvo Atekpe currently Chairs the board of Internet Solutions Ghana, and served as Director on the boards of Dimension Data West Africa and Internet Solutions Mozambique. She previously served on the board of Quality Insurance Company and the Ghana Internet Service Providers Association (GISPA) as its Director for Communication.

Yvette was awarded the ICT woman of the Year 2014 and Industry Personality of the Year 2016 at the Ghana Telecom Awards Gala. She was further ranked among WomanRising Top 50 Corporate Women leaders in Ghana.

Yvette Adounvo Atekpe brings to bear extensive experience in churn management, customer relationship management; project management; excellent people skills and enhanced service delivery efficiencies to guarantee overall customer satisfaction and business profitability.

Yvette studied Law and Philosophy at the University of Ghana, with a major in Sociology (B.A. Hons); a PGD in Marketing of Services from the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands and earned a CBA from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. She has undertaken various Finance, Human Resources and ICT Management courses and e-learning at Banking College, MDPI and DDU.

She is a product and past school prefect of the Holy Child School in Cape-Coast.

Yvette is passionate about advancing the status of women and children in society and served as President of the Zonta Club of Accra II, and as the Board Chair for Zonta District 18 Young Women in Public Affairs. She was co-opted a member of the Ghana Ministry of Communications Committee on promoting Girls in ICT. She is a member of the Executive Women Network.

Yvette is fluent in English, French, Ga, and Twi. She is a stickler for discipline and work ethics, and has great sense of humour. She is a practicing Catholic and married with 2 children.

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