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​Ellevate Network Presents Nationwide Screenings of HE NAMED ME MALALA In Honor of International Women’s Day

Ellevate Network Presents Nationwide Screenings of HE NAMED ME MALALA In Honor of International Women’s Day

NEW YORK—March 9, 2016: Ellevate Network announces the launch of HE NAMED ME MALALA movie screenings in Atlanta, BostonCharlestonDurhamHoustonMiamiNew YorkSan Francisco and Pittsburgh. The screenings are in honor of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month and coincide with Ellevate’s #FemaleRoleModel campaign, a call for individuals everywhere to celebrate and recognize the strong female leaders that inspire us.

HE NAMED ME MALALA, directed by Academy Award winner Davis Guggenheim, is a documentary film about Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai. It is an intimate portrait of Malala and her family, and their fight for the right of girls everywhere to go to school. The film is accompanied by Stand #withMalala, Malala Fund’s global social action campaign to promote quality secondary education for all girls.

Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network, said, “Ellevate’s mission is to close the gender gap in business by providing women with a community to lean on and learn from. Malala is a role model for all of us because she stood up against inequality. It can be tough for us to have the courageous conversation, but for women to drive social change -- be it the pay gap, achievement gap, education gap or something else -- we should follow Malala’s example and speak up.”

More than 60 million girls worldwide are currently denied the right to education because of poverty, violence or social norms that do not value girls’ education. Malala’s own experience in Pakistan, where she was attacked by the Taliban for speaking out for the right of girls to go to school, continues to inspire millions to take action for the right to education.

“We are grateful to Ellevate Network for bringing Malala’s story and the story of over 60 million girls who are deprived of an education to their robust community of women leaders. This is an issue that ultimately impacts our global community, and our hope is that from viewing the film and having conversations about the issue, Ellevate Network will be inspired to join us and take action on behalf of girls globally.” --said Lindsay Guetschow, Film Campaign Director of Malala Fund.

Ellevate Network’s President Kristy Wallace says, “As a certified B Corporation, Ellevate is recognized as a leader in the global movement of companies redefining success and using the power of business to solve social problems. We are thrilled to be presenting this documentary to raise awareness around the global social action campaign for girls’ education.”

Proceeds raised after screenings will benefit the Malala Fund. Ellevate thanks the following organizations that supported the screenings: Bilzen Sumberg, Blackbaud, Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP, KPMG, NCCU School of Law, NerdWallet, Point Park University, Seismic Software, and Virtuosi of Houston.



About Ellevate Network

Ellevate Network is a global women's network, serving as the essential resource for professional women who create, inspire and lead. It is operated on the belief that the research is clear: companies and the economy perform better when women are fully engaged. The most dynamic network of its kind, Ellevate is made up of successful, motivated and passionate professional women from various industries and walks of life with one common belief: that investing in themselves and in other women is good business. To learn more, go to www.ellevatenetwork.com.

About Malala Fund

Inspired by co-founders Malala and Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala Fund's goal is to enable girls to complete 12 years of safe, quality education so that they can achieve their potential and be positive change-makers in their families and communities. Malala Fund works with partners all over the world helping to empower girls and amplify their voices; invest in local education leaders and programmes; and advocate for more resources for education and safe schools for every child.

www.malala.org