Member-Only Webinar: A Business Case for Building a Care Economy for Women at Industrial Parks 

Thursday, March 14, 2024
2:00 PM ET to 3:00 PM ET | Online


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Women ages 18-24 constitute majority of the workforce at Industrial Parks across the world, many of whom relocate away from their home communities and traditional support systems for employment. In response to challenges faced by women workers at the Hawassa Industrial Park in Ethiopia, Plan International with investment from The Children’s Place and USAID, have successfully built a worker wellness model that offers care-based services including two childcare centers that cater to 180 children every year.

This webinar aims to give an insight into the challenges faced by women workers at Industrial Parks, and spotlight the wins from Hawassa as a best-in-class example of how private-public investment can strengthen women’s economic opportunities while driving business benefits and ESG goals. 

Learn More:
Attendees of this webinar will learn:
  • More about Plan International, TCP and USAID's Worker Wellness Initiative in Ethiopia.
  • From The Children's Place on how this model directly translates to enhanced business benefits and ESG results.
  • How your organization can help build greater momentum for a care economy for women-led workforce.


Headshot of Kate EzzesKate Ezzes
Senior Director, Development Programs
Plan International USA

Kate Ezzes is the senior director of programs at Plan International USA, an international humanitarian and development organization that partners with adolescent girls and their communities around the world to overcome oppression and
In her current role, Kate oversees teams of experts in education; health; youth and economic empowerment; and monitoring, evaluations, research and learning. In addition, she directly manages the youth and economic empowerment team and is the chief of party for USAIDs Worker Wellness Alliance project in Ethiopia.

Since joining Plan in 2005, Kate has held a variety of roles in the executive office and in the youth economic empowerment team. She was instrumental in developing Plan’s Youth Advisory Board, setting up a dedicated youth seat on the main board of directors and advising Plan offices around the world on incorporating young people in their governance structures. She has held project leadership roles in Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Haiti, Niger, Nepal and Sierra Leone.
Kate holds an undergraduate degree from Gettysburg College and an M.A. in sustainable international development from the Heller School at Brandeis University. In addition, she has a leadership certificate in nonprofit leadership from Thunderbird School of Management.

Kate resides in northern Virginia, where she enjoys spending time with her husband and son.
Headshot of Adrian ShermanAdrian Sherman
Vice President, Environment & Social Responsibility
The Children's Place

Adrian has worked for over 20 years in traditional supply chain operations to global sourcing to corporate responsibility. As Vice President, Environment and Social Responsibility at The Children’s Place, he is responsible for the company’s sustainability and responsible sourcing programs. He drives strategy and program implementation for initiatives covering greenhouse gas emissions reduction, responsibly sourced materials, supply chain labor practices and factory worker well-being. Having spent time based in the U.S. and Southeast Asia, Adrian brings a unique and holistic perspective in developing high performing, responsible value chains for major brands and retailers.

Headshot of Mark HendersonMark Henderson
Foreign Service Officer, Bureau for Resilience, Environment and Food Security (REFS)

Mark started with USAID in 2010 as a Foreign Service Officer frequently undertaking private sector engagement and agricultural development.  He is currently based in Washington DC in REFSs Center for Agriculture-led Growth's Inputs Division, and works with USAID's Innovation Labs with US universities and CGIAR Research Centers. Mark was the USAID technical lead on the design of the Workers Wellness Alliance project. He served previously in Tanzania, Afghanistan, Timor-Leste, Ethiopia and Nepal working in areas of economic growth, public/private partnerships, agriculture, nutrition, disaster mitigation, tourism and enterprise expansion. 


Headshot of Beth HughesBeth Hughes
Vice President, Trade and Customs Policy

Beth Hughes is responsible for supporting the association's efforts on international trade and customs issues. Beth oversees AAFA’s Trade Policy Committee, as well as AAFA’s Customs Group. Before joining AAFA, Beth served for six years as senior director, international affairs at the International Dairy Foods Association. Beth earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science at George Washington University and received a Master of Arts in international affairs from Florida State University. 

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Stephanie Paendong