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Fashion show will benefit international women's business program

“Cowboys & Couture” is a fashion show planned for July 17 to benefit Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women's Peace Through Business program.
by Heather Warlick Modified: July 17, 2012 at 9:33 am •  Published: July 12, 2012

Also to be featured at the show are local fashion boutiques including Ruth Meyer, Spencer Stone, Langston's and Rawhide. The show is sponsored by Eden Salon and Spa.

A mentorship aspect of the Peace Through Business program pairs the Afghan and Rwandan women with American women in similar fields for several days. Many of these mentorships will be in central Oklahoma.

Toward the end of the program, the women will travel to Washington, D.C., where they will participate in The International Women's Economic Summit. The summit includes sessions with many distinguished speakers including Katie Harbath, associate policy manager at Facebook; Dr. Kathleen Kuehnast, director of the Gender & Peacebuilding Center at the U.S. Institute of Peace; Dr. Kevin Fegan, president of Northwood University-Cedar Hill Campus; Anita Dunn, former White House communications director; the Honorable Eklil Hakimi, Afghan ambassador; and the Honorable James Kimonyo, Rwandan ambassador. Jim Blasingame, small business expert and nationally syndicated radio host, will broadcast live from the summit and moderate a panel.

If you go

Tickets to “Cowboys & Couture” cost $100 for V.I.P. seating and one drink, $35 for reserved general admission, and $40 for general admission at the door. There will be refreshments and a cash bar available. For information and to buy tickets, go online to

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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