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Over 150 women from different cities in Serbia - all - leaders in different professions convened in Belgrade on March 9, 10 and 11 to discuss how to lead the way for positive change in Serbia. The official opening took place March 9th at the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia hosted by the speaker of the National Assembly, Prof. Dr. Slavica Dukic Dejanovic and attended by the U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, H. E. Mary Burce Warlick and Elizabeth Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State.
The three major areas discussed were: Women's Leadership and Scientific Cooperation and Education; Women's Leadership and Security; and Women's Leadership and Economy and Entrepreneurship. Speakers included - to name a few - Natasa Vuckovic, Member of the Serbian Parliament, Prof. Dr. Tanja Miscevic, State Secretary, Ministry of Defense, Biljana Chroneous-Krasavac, Advisor to Executive Director, World Bank, Sonja Licht, President, Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence, Petra Blass Rafajlovski, former VP in German Bundestag and Senior Political Advisor for South Eastern Europe, Nida Gelazis, Senior Program Associate, European Studies at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Zaida Arguedas, Deputy Executive Director, League of Women Voters of the United States, and Anita McBride, former assistant to president George W. Bush and chief of staff to First Lady Laura Bush and currently senior counselor with APCO. The conference was organized by the Serbian American Women's Leadership Network led by Mirjana Samardzija, President, Serbian Unity Congress U.S. and Dr. Slavka Draskovic, President, Serbian Unity Congress Serbia.
After the closing of the conference some of the speakers met at "Skadarlija" (Three Hats) in Skadarska Street. Skadarska Street is famous for its bohemian history and friendly ambiance. Many legendary Serbian artists, poets, writers, actors, actresses and musicians dwelled there. It is cobble stoned with excellent restaurants serving local food, good wine, and Serbian music.