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IAPH establishes conference for the empowerment of women in the maritime industry

Women's Forum to help bring more women into the industry The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) has officially launched a Women's Forum conference component during the IAPH Mid-term Conference/Board Meeting in Jerusalem, Israel, last month. Prior to the official launch on May 23rd, IAPH Long Range Planning & Review Committee had extensively debated about how it could best facilitate a dialogue focused on networking and professional development of women in IAPH and across the global maritime industry where less than 10 women hold top port director positions. "This is a professional development and networking opportunity that everyone on the board felt very strongly about," said IAPH President and Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. "Many of the executive teams at IAPH member ports have talented female executives, and IAPH is an ideal organization to help facilitate dialogue opportunities among them. I think that's a strong initial step for an industry dominated by men." Convening in Jerusalem on May 22, the IAPH Board of Directors welcomed this initiative and fully endorsed the launch of a Women's Forum to help bring more women into the industry. The Board further authorized the Women's Forum to create a platform ...

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