Sheila C. Johnson Joins CARE to Take Aim at Global Poverty

Sheila C. Johnson Joins CARE to Take Aim at Global Poverty



ADVISORY for Tuesday, June 12


Philanthropist and entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson and CARE President Dr. Helene Gayle will announce a new initiative at the National Press Club to challenge Americans to join a movement to empower women in the world’s poorest communities. Sheila C. Johnson will announce a multi-million dollar gift to CARE.

Speeches will be made available at event. Post-event interviews available upon request.


12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (lunch at 12:30 p.m. and announcement at 1 p.m. sharp, followed by Q&A session) on Tuesday, June 12, 2007. Camera crews are encouraged to arrive at noon.


National Press Club, Ballroom at 529 14th Street NW Wash, DC 20045


Sheila C. Johnson is the CEO of Salamander Hospitality, president and managing partner of the Washington Mystics and co-founder of Black Entertainment Television. She is also a global ambassador for CARE’s I Am Powerful campaign, which is driving a movement to empower marginalized women and girls for change in the world’s poorest communities.

In April 2006, Dr. Helene Gayle became the first woman, first medical doctor and first African-American to lead CARE in its 61-year history. Prior to assuming her current position, she was the director of the HIV and AIDS, TB and Reproductive Health Program for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before that, her 20-year career at the Centers for Disease Control included serving as the first director of the National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention.

Johnson and Gayle recently traveled together to Guatemala and Tanzania to see CARE’s poverty-fighting work firsthand, meeting with women making a difference in their communities. They know that empowering women and girls (who make up about 70 percent of the world’s poorest people) is both the right thing to do and one of the most effective – and untapped – ways to combat global poverty. For more information about Sheila’s I Am Powerful Challenge, visit (site launches on June 12).

Sheila C. Johnson Joins CARE to Take Aim at Global Poverty