For Immediate Release - August 06, 2009

Attorney General Martha Coakley Addresses Leadership Conference for Women

BOSTON - Attorney General Martha Coakley delivered the keynote address at the Women2Women International Leadership Conference. The event was held yesterday at the Massachusetts State House in Boston. Attorney General Coakley spoke about her personal background and discussed the challenges and choices she faced in pursuing a career as a lawyer, prosecutor, and now elected official.

"It's important that women take an active role in the policy discussions and decision making that shape our society and the world," Attorney General Coakley told conference attendees. "Use this experience and the connections that you have made to further participation in your local communities and take the opportunity to further develop your leadership skills."

The Women2Women International Leadership Conference is sponsored by Empower Peace, a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the gap between young people in the United States and their counterparts in the Middle East. The goal of the conference is to provide young women, ages 15 to 19, with the opportunity to learn, network and acquire the leadership and professional development skills needed to succeed and become future leaders in their communities and countries.

The Women2Women International Leadership Conference is being held from August 1, 2009, through August 8, 2009. Yesterday's portion of the conference convened from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the House Chamber at the Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA. Approximately 90 students, teachers and staff attended the event.