As Director of Communications, Vivienne Heston-Demirel coordinates strategic outreach and marketing of the Council, promoting its resources and expertise. Through multi-layered communications initiatives including media relations and public information campaigns, she is raising the profile of the Council while expanding its audiences and partnerships. An experienced communications specialist, she has worked in journalism as well as in public relations for educational, non-profit, and international organizations. While working for the United Nations, she played a key role in implementing global communication campaigns, conducting media outreach and producing a wide variety of information materials. She began her career as a reporter working for newspapers, magazines and broadcasters. She has written extensively about the role of women in development and the special needs of women and girls in times of crisis, including humanitarian disasters, armed conflict, and public health emergencies, notably HIV/AIDS. Vivienne graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Stony Brook with a BA in French Language and Literature and has conducted research and completed graduate coursework in international relations at Bosphorus University in Istanbul, Turkey.
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NCRW is a network of leading university and community based research, policy, and advocacy centers with a growing global reach dedicated to advancing rights and opportunities for women and girls. We also have a Corporate Circle comprised of senior diversity professionals from leading U.S. and global member companies and a Presidents Circle of college and university leaders who share our commitment. NCRW harnesses the collective power of its network to provide knowledge, analysis, and thought leadership on issues ranging from reducing women’s poverty to building a critical mass of women’s leadership across sectors.