An Evening with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Editor - June 28, 2012

"A benefit for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market"

From the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market blog...

Bestselling author and deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy program, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon will speak at a benefit for the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market on July 11 at The Lensic in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Lemmon is a major new voice on the role of female entrepreneurs in the developing world. Her book "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana" is a crystallization of her view that women are the unsung heroes of war-torn regions and emerging markets alike. Centering on Kamila Sidiqi, an ingenious young Afghan who created jobs for 100 women in her community during the Taliban years, Lemmon’s book is a result of years of on-the-ground reporting, and it provides an intimate, unsentimental, and optimistic look into modern-day Afghanistan and beyond. The story highlights the relationship between women and work, showing that leadership and empowerment can come out of even the most difficult situations. These women, and many millions more like them, are not victims, Lemmon reminds us; they represent the tenacious heart—and the best hope—for their nation in the years to come.

Rangina Hamidi, the founder of Kandahar Treasure, based in Afghanistan, will introduce Lemmon. Hamidi has been a part of the International Folk Art Market since 2007, and her organization helps hundreds of women in Kandahar make a living through traditional crafts. Hosting the conversation following Ms. Lemmon’s talk will be Gene Grant, the award-winning host of New Mexico PBS’s popular news program "New Mexico in Focus."

What: An Evening with Gayle T. Lemmon

When: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at 7 p.m.

Where: The Lensic

Tickets are on sale now, including a limited number of $125 tickets, which include a pre-event party reception with the author at the Coyote Cantina (5:30–6:30 p.m.). Party goers will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and will also receive a signed copy of the hardcover edition of Lemmon’s inspiring bestseller, "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana." Other tickets are priced at $35 preferred seating, $25 general seating, and $15 balcony seating.

Please contact Tickets Santa Fe or call the Lensic Box Office to purchase all tickets: 505-988-1234.

Please note: $75 of the $125 ticket is tax deductible. All proceeds will benefit the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market.

The Santa Fe International Folk Art Market is a results-oriented entrepreneurial 501(c)(3) organization that provides a venue for master traditional artists to display, demonstrate, and sell their work.  By providing opportunities for folk artists to succeed in the global marketplace, the market creates economic empowerment and improves the quality of life in communities where folk artists live.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a contributing editor-at-large for Newsweek and The Daily Beast, reporting on economic and development issues with a focus on women. She is also the deputy director of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Women and Foreign Policy program. Previously, she covered public policy and emerging markets for the global investment firm PIMCO. In 2004, she left ABC News to earn her MBA at Harvard, where she began writing about women entrepreneurs in conflict and post-conflict zones, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Daily Beast, Ms. Magazine, and on the cover of Newsweek. She has also published papers on women and business for the World Bank and Harvard Business School. A former Fulbright scholar, she serves on the board of the International Center for Research on Women.