IEEW Announces Mary Millben as Speaker at PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Graduation July 30

Entertainer and Activist to Speak at the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women Ceremony

Oklahoma City, OK, July 04, 2013 --( The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) (, a nonprofit organization that encourages women’s leadership and entrepreneurship through education and mentoring initiatives, has announced that Mary Millben will be the keynote speaker at its graduation ceremony on Tuesday, July 30 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center, located at 2403 Flora St. in Dallas, Texas.

Originally from Oklahoma, Millben attended the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre with a minor in political science in 2006. Since graduating, Ms. Millben has been a nominee for the Helen Hayes Award and a White House presidential appointee for President George W. Bush. She is a singer and Broadway actress who has been a featured soloist at the White House, the Kennedy Center and on many other stages across the globe. Millben has performed for both President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush. In addition, she was recently appointed Global Ambassador for Education Africa and is an advisory board member for Veteran Central.

The graduation ceremony will honor graduates of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program, a training program for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. A total of 22 women will participate in the graduation, following their eight-week training course in their respective countries, and a weeklong boot camp and mentor training in the United States. The program focuses on developing entrepreneurs, improving technical skills and creating leaders with an emphasis in accounting, marketing and business operations.

More than 200 people are expected to attend the graduation, including newly appointed Honorable Rwandan Ambassador Mathilde Mukantabana and the Honorable Mrs. Sultana Hakimi, wife of Afghanistan Ambassador Eklil Hakimi. Those who would like to attend the graduation event can register online at:

“We are very excited and honored to welcome Mary as a speaker at our graduation ceremony,” said Dr. Terry Neese, CEO of IEEW. “Millben’s involvement with women all over the world is a true inspiration to all and speaks volumes about the mission of the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women.”

- IEEW is supported by the following National Presidential Level sponsors: The T. Boone Pickens Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, Office Depot, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Northwood University and The Hill newspaper.

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Established in 2006, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, based in Oklahoma City, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that encourages the empowerment of women economically, politically and socially by focusing on their education and mentorship. The IEEW strives to help women in the United States and abroad who want to gain entrepreneurial skills that will help them start and grow a business, which will in turn help them to become more active and effective public policy advocates. Working on the forefront of these efforts, the IEEW believes in the power of women as a driving force in the development and stability of businesses in emerging economies. Through its dedication, hard work and PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program, the IEEW helps provide women with a voice in their fight to establish peace and free market economies. For more information, visit

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