Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

September 28, 2007 15:20 ET

The Penelopiad Opens the Ooor to a Discussion on Women and Leadership With the Governor General

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 28, 2007) - Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, will participate in a discussion at Rideau Hall about women and leadership, particularly in relation to the performing arts, with women from the business and arts communities as well as young women emerging as future leaders. The discussion will aim to explore the following questions: Is women's excellence in the arts and in society sufficiently recognized? How do women define success? What can and should women do to lead the next generation?

The event, which will take place on September 30, 2007, at 2 p.m., coincides with the exclusive North American engagement of The Penelopiad, a new play by Margaret Atwood, based on her book of the same name, and presented in a landmark theatre event by the National Arts Centre English Theatre in association with The Royal Shakespeare Company (UK). The Penelopiad's content and all-female cast opens the door to confronting some of the issues faced by women. With this in mind, the National Arts Centre Foundation has looked for opportunities to develop forums or discussions while involving the new generation of female leaders and emerging artists. The panellists for the roundtable discussion are Gail Asper from the Asper Foundation, philanthropist and social entrepreneur Zita Cobb, and choreographer and dancer Marie CHouinard. The Governor General will deliver a speech.

Media who wish to cover this event are invited to contact the Rideau Hall Press Office.

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