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OCT-NOV 2017

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30 barista magazine P U L L : E V E N T S PHOTOS BY MARIA CLEAVELAND WOMEN FROM 23 COUNTRIES GATHER FOR IWCA'S 1ST GLOBAL LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE IN PUEBLA, MEXICO More than 50 women from 23 countries gathered in Puebla, Mexico, in August for the International Women's Coff ee Alliance's fi rst Global Leadership Conference, and fi h annual convention. They represented all levels of the value chain, including producers, producer organizations, governmental agencies, traders, technical assistance, fi nancing, manufacturing and equipment, anncillary, retail, and branding. Throughout the full three days of programming, a endees participated in workshops designed to improve productivity and quality, prepare for market, and enhance business skills. In addition, all participants got to hear from and pose questions to leaders driving change in coff ee and beyond, from organizations including the Specialty Coff ee Association, International Coff ee Organization, Solidaridad, Research Triangle Institute, the National Federation of Coff ee Growers of Colombia, the Coff ee Quality Institute, and Coff ee Kids. Clockwise from top le : A endees to the Leadership Summit lined up with their country's fl ags. IWCA member baristas Frida Mendoza Chavez of Mexico (le ) and Annet Nyakaisiki of Uganda, collaborate in a signature drink competition. IWCA member baristas, WCE All Stars, and IWCA president Mery Santos celebrate the collaborative learning environment: from le to right, Nanelly Marcial Velasquez, Mexico; Graciele Rodrigues, Brazil, Sarah Jean Anderson, USA; Poonam Kumari, India; Mery Santos, USA; Annet Nyakaisiki, Uganda; Amanda Juris, USA; Frida Mendoza Chavez, Mexico; Ariana Medina Garcia, Peru; Mary Portillo, Honduras; and Mariam Aldana Romero, Mexico. Luz Maria Osana (le ), founder of Cumbre Latin Americano and IWCA board member discussed gender-equity projects that have been successfully implemented in Latin American countries, during a panel discussion.

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