Meet Women's eNews Board of Directors


Ambassador Alice DearAmbassador Alice Dear
Africanist, businesswoman and former banker, Ambassador Alice Dear is President of A.M. Dear and Associates, a business advisory boutique promoting private sector investment and public-private partnerships in Africa. She also lends her voice and talents to advocate on behalf of women's empowerment and gender equity as critical components to economic development. She relies on Women's eNews articles to keep her abreast of issues impacting women's lives at home and across the globe.

In 1994 President William J. Clinton appointed Ms. Dear, with unanimous Senate confirmation, as U.S. Executive Director (USED) of the African Development Bank, Africa's premier financial institution, with ambassador-level rank. From 1994-2000 she represented the U.S. Government on the Boards of Directors at Bank headquarters in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa, with responsibility for oversight of the Bank's financial, operational and administrative management, including its US$3 billion annual lending portfolio.

A frequent lecturer, panelist and moderator at conferences on international development, finance and gender issues, Ambassador Dear chairs the Global Initiatives Committee of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. (AKA), an international service organization established in 1908. She also represents AKA as Non-Governmental Organization affiliate at the United Nations in special consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council. Ambassador Dear is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and the International Planning Committee of Global Summit of Women. She holds a M.B.A. from Pace University, and a B.A. from Howard University.


Gordon Gray
Gray received an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and two graduate degrees from Columbia University, one in Middle Eastern languages and cultures and one in journalism, class of 1977.

Gray was a newspaper reporter for four years and entered the family business in the area of media, cable, radio and most recently magazines. His interest in Women's eNews is a natural outgrowth of his studies and experience. He sees Women's eNews as an enormous opportunity to empower women globally. Gray was the force behind creating the Arabic version of the site to help increase awareness of Arabic culture and language, as well as give Arabic-speaking women in the world a valuable source of reliable information.

As a philanthropist, he's been a lifetime supporter of education and the arts.


Liza Gross

Liza Gross spearheads the communication and marketing global initiatives of WEConnect International. She is a veteran journalist and an expert in the design and execution of traditional and new media communications strategies for philanthropies and nonprofits with missions focused on gender and journalism as agents of sustainable social change. Previously, Liza spent almost three decades as a journalist and media executive. She was Publisher of the Spanish-language publication Exito of Tribune Co. in Chicago, Executive Managing Editor of El Nuevo Día in Puerto Rico and Managing Editor, Presentation/Operations of The Miami Herald. Her experience with nonprofits includes a stint as Executive Director of the International Women's Media Foundation and as Director, Corporate Social Impact Strategies for Omnilife, a multinational corporation, where she implemented a hemispheric gender-based strategy to promote personal and financial female self-empowerment. Liza was the recipient of a Kiplinger Mid-Career Fellowship and a McCormick Tribune Fellowship and has been recognized for her work on behalf of the US Hispanic community, US Hispanic journalists, Latin American journalism and women in media. She has lectured worldwide and is the author of numerous articles on these topics. She currently sits on the board of Women’s eNews, an online news service. Liza has a Bachelor’s degree in History from the City University of New York and a Master’s in Public Affairs Reporting from The Ohio State University. She is a dedicated rower.


Rita Rodin JohnstonRita Rodin Johnston
Rita Rodin Johnston is a partner in Skadden's Intellectual Property and Technology; Information Technology and E-Commerce; Media and Entertainment; and Outsourcing practices. She focuses her practice on domestic and international transactions involving the Internet, content, emerging media and complex technologies on behalf of clients that are start-up entrepreneurs, investors and multinational corporations.

She regularly structures and negotiates technology and intellectual property transactions — including strategic alliances, joint ventures and other partnership arrangements; trademark, copyright and technology licensing agreements; development and distribution agreements; information technology and business processing outsourcing agreements; and marketing and co-branding agreements. Her practice includes strategic intellectual property asset purchases and sales; technology mergers and acquisitions; initial public offerings, restructurings, and project finance matters. She also advises companies on social media issues, business and compliance issues, open source issues, privacy matters and branding issues. Ms.Rodin Johnston repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and The Best Lawyers in America. She is a frequent lecturer and author on a variety of e-commerce, media, trademark and technology-related topics.


Karen Oliver MooreKaren Oliver Moore
Karen Oliver Moore is a vice president, Communications in the Global Communications Department at Prudential, responsible for public relations, media relations and other external and internal communications services for various corporate departments at Prudential including Corporate Resources, Law Compliance External Affairs and Business Ethics, and Global Business and Technology Solutions. Moore is responsible for generating publicity about the achievements and activities of these units and the executives who head them.

Moore joined Prudential in 1990 as editor of the corporate newspaper, Leader. In 1991, she transferred to the Public Relations department, which was later renamed Global Communications. She assumed her current position in 2001.

Previously, Moore was editor of employee, retiree and shareholder newspapers at Bankers Trust Company, Texaco, and ATandT Long Lines. Before that, she was a reporter with United Press International.

Moore has a BA degree from Howard University and an MA degree from Rutgers University. She is a board member of Women's e-News, Warden at Grace Episcopal Church in Plainfield, NJ; and former Board president for Homefirst: Interfaith Housing and Family Services.


Samuel F. Pryor III
Born in New York City in 1928, Pryor attended Taft School, Yale University and University of Pennsylvania Law School. He entered the Marine Corps in 1953 and retired in 1955 as a captain in the reserve. As the Korean War ended and he received his commission, he spent his second year as an assistant to the Commandant and assigned to the Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps.

Sam joined the law firm of Davis Polk and Wardwell at the start of 1956 and remained with the firm until his retirement in 1998. In 1964 he started the firm's Paris office where he remained with his family for over three years.

His practice was corporate, and largely corporate finance, representing JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Smith Barney & Company, and Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Foreign clients were a large part of his practice, representing the British government on the sale of British Petroleum and British Airways. He also represented the Italian, Spanish governments and the Republic of China in international transactions, as well as a number of French banks, including Credit Lyonnais, Bank de Paris and Societe Generale. In the U.S., he represented RJR Nabisco, Exxon and AT&T on financial transactions.

He has had many interests in the not-for-profit area. He has been an Overseer of the Penn Law School, president of the Appalachian Mountain Club, vice-chairman of the Church Pension Fund, and co-chair of the Republican Majority for Choice. Currently, he is chairman of the World Rehabilitation Fund and the Westchester Land Trust and serves on the boards of the League of Conservation Voters, the National Forest Foundation, the Palisades Interstate Park Commission, the New York Chapter of the Republican Majority for Choice and Women's eNews. He joined the board of Women's eNews because he wanted to expand his knowledge of women's issues to support his efforts in the Republican Party.


Margarita QuihuisMargarita Quihuis
Margarita Quihuis is the founder of Indigo Financiera and a 2004-2005 Reuters Fellow, Stanford University. Currently a social entrepreneur Margarita Quihuis' career has ranged from developing high-end aerospace systems to gender-focused design to leading the pioneering Women's Technology Cluster business incubator and most recently as a venture capitalist and Reuters Fellow at Stanford.

Her current efforts include financial innovation for the unbanked both in the United States and in developing countries and encouraging technological innovation on behalf of humanitarian needs. In 2004, she was recognized by Women's eNews as a 21 Leaders for the 21st Century for her efforts in increasing access to capital for female entrepreneurs and was named as one of WITI's women to watch in 2003.


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