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Speaking in front of the United Nations — what it meant to me

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By Dotti Hatcher, Executive Director, Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. Global Initiatives

Editor’s note: Recently, Gap Inc.’s Dotti Hatcher joined the International Women’s Day Forum 2014 at the United Nations, speaking with other global companies about how to advance the status of women around the world.  After the panel, Dotti gave an interview to Triple Pundit about the Gap Inc. P.A.C.E. program and its growth over the last seven years. Here are some of her thoughts about the day.

I can't even begin to count the number of times I've passed by this iconic landmark, looked admiringly at the flags of the 193 member countries, or being the newshound I am, watched the critically important debates and discussions that have taken place within its walls. 

But never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would be AT the United Nations, alongside such notables as Chelsea Clinton, Vice-Chair of the Clinton Foundation, Melanne Verveer, former U.S. Ambassador-at-large, Global Women's Issues, and others, engaged in discussion on the role corporations play in advancing the status of women globally (in my opinion a no less critical discussion than those that take place at the UN on a daily basis).

Sitting on stage in the General Assembly Hall, alongside mega-companies like Coca-Cola, and IBM, looking out at an audience of more than 500 people was an honor and a privilege.  An honor to represent Gap Inc., and a privilege to be able to share with this audience details about Gap Inc.'s P.A.C.E program and the positive impact it is having not just on the lives of the women that make our clothes, but also on their families and their communities.  

To be on that stage was recognition that the P.A.C.E. Program is a sustainable model for the advancement of women. 

I am humbled by the opportunity to do this work, but more than that I take great pride in working at Gap Inc.  A company that ....yes, does more than sell clothes. 

To find out more about how Gap Inc. is ‘doing more,’ go to www.gapinc.com/domore