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Women's President Orgainzation Launches New Chapter in Mexico City, Sponsored by American Express

NEW YORK, NY (September 19, 2016) -- The Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), an international peer advisory group for million dollar plus women-led companies, will launch a new chapter in Mexico City on September 20th at 9:30 a.m. at the Hotel St. Regis, Paseo de la Reforma 439, Mexico City. The event is sponsored by American Express.

Thelma De La Peña, Vice President Acquisition & Early Engagement Services for American Express, underscored the importance of supporting the growth of WPO. "Mexico is a country with great female talent, demonstrating the value diversity brings to the country and its businesses. We have spent many years working to promote the growth of this sector. In 2016 we established an important partnership with CIMAD (Research Center for Women in Senior Management) at the IPADE Business School and promoted the group of Rising Talents at the Women's International Forum. Now, we are proud to sponsor the launch of the Women Presidents' Organization in Mexico. "

Local WPO Chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator using a proprietary roundtable format. Members in noncompetitive businesses meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. They tap into the collective wisdom of their peers to advance their business success. Members credit WPO as an important resource: 82% believe that the organization has helped them manage their business concerns; 77% of them have established business opportunities with each other; and 67% have seen a growth in their business since they joined the organization.

“Mexico City is a key economic partner for businesses in the US and throughout the world. Women-led companies make up an increasing share of significant economic growth,” said Dr. Marsha Firestone, Ph.D., Founder and President of the WPO. “We are confident that the Women Presidents’ Organization’s expansion into Mexico City will help provide key resources to a dynamic group of women business leaders.”

“Companies owned and run by women constitute a growing sector in Mexico and in the international economy. This new chapter of WPO will support a fast-growing group of Mexican entrepreneurs and help them build their companies in a changing global economic context,” said Valeria Rodríguez Codina, CEO of Goinglobal and facilitator of the WPO Mexico City chapter.

WPO membership requires annual revenue of at least $2 million ($1 million for service-based companies) and an ownership interest in the company. The Mexico City Chapter of the WPO is currently recruiting for membership. Interested women business owners in Mexico who qualify for membership should contact Valeria Rodríguez Codina at or call +52 (1) 5517283766. For information about WPO membership benefits contact Tomi Jane DeTorres, Membership and Chair Coordinator, at or call 212-688-4114.

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About the Women Presidents’ Organization
The WPO is the premier peer advisory organization connecting women who own multi-million dollar companies. In monthly meetings across six continents, chapters of 20 women presidents from diverse industries invest time and energy in themselves and their businesses to drive their corporations to the next level. Local WPO chapters are coordinated by a professional facilitator and meet monthly to share business expertise and experience in a confidential setting. For more information, call 212-688-4114 or visit Follow us on Twitter @womenpresidents. Like us on Facebook @TheWPO.
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