Speaker - Helga Ying

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Helga Ying is Senior Director of Worldwide Government Affairs and Public Policy at Levi Strauss & Co.

In her position, Ms. Ying is the principal advisor and strategist for Levi Strauss & Co. on government affairs and public policy. Her responsibilities include international trade and corporate citizenship (environmental sustainability, equality and social justice, HIV/AIDS, labor and worker rights), brand protection, and other issues that promote the company's business success and social responsibility.

Ms. Ying is Levi Strauss & Co.'s chief representative before all governmental bodies. She is an advisor to the U.S. government as a representative for the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Textiles and Apparel, is Vice Chairperson of the Government Relations Committee of AAFA, and a member of the Board of Directors for the United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel.

Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., Ms. Ying served as Program Manager and then Director of Member Services at Business for Social Responsibility for four years.

Ms. Ying was a member of Senator Edward M. Kennedy's staff as a legislative assistant both in the Foreign Policy office and on the Labor and Human Resources Committee from 1993-1996. She also served as an Associate Buyer for Dayton-Hudson Department Store Company.

Ms. Ying holds an M.A. in international relations and economics from The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and a B.A. from Macalester College. She was also a Fulbright Scholar in Germany, studying business management and labor relations.

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