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Sandy Abalos Attends Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Graduation

Abalos Joins Afghan Ambassador Eklil Ahmand Hakimi and Rwandan Ambassador James Kimonyo at Event Honoring Rwandan and Afghan Entrepreneurs.

Phoenix, AZ, August 17, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Abalos & Associates, PLLC (http://www.abaloscpa.com), has announced that Sandy Abalos, CPA, managing partner, attended the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW)’s PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® graduation ceremony in Washington, D.C., on July 23-24. IEEW is committed to empowering women to grow their businesses, pursue greater entrepreneurial ventures and become active public policy advocates. The PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program provides education, mentorship and coaching to women entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Rwanda, with the understanding that economically stable societies have a much greater capacity for peace. Abalos, a member of the IEEW board of directors, was joined at the graduation ceremony by Afghan Ambassador Eklil Ahmand Hakimi, Rwandan Ambassador James Kimonyo and U.S. Ambassador-At-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer.

The 6th annual graduation gala marked the completion of the three-week PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program. During the program, 25 women from Afghanistan and Rwanda were paired with American businesswomen who worked in similar fields to attend seminars and review business strategies. Women were trained to not only become stronger business leaders, but also become public policy influencers in their home countries.

“As American businesswomen, we often take our success and ability to influence others for granted. These courageous women from Afghanistan and Rwanda are heroes for aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere,” said Abalos. “Through IEEW and PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS®, we hope to equip the next generation of women leaders to thrive, even in the most difficult of environments.”

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- For more information about IEEW and its PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program, visit http://www.ieew.org.

About Abalos & Associates, PLLC:
Abalos & Associates, PLLC is a full-service, award-winning CPA firm in Phoenix that specializes in the needs of privately held businesses. Established in 1981, the firm employs a custom approach to service each individual client. Among the wide range of services it offers are business and technology consulting, accounting, tax planning, succession planning, estate planning, audit services, business cash flow management and litigation support. Abalos & Associates, PLLC is nationally recognized as a leader in public policy, legislation and privately held business issues, and has been consistently recognized among the top accounting firms in the state by Arizona Business Magazine. For more information, contact (602) 943-1984 or visit the website at http://www.abaloscpa.com.

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