2014 PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Program
It is widely acknowledged that economically stable societies have a much greater capacity for peace. Small business has always been the backbone of economic stability; and the Institute believes that diversity is the key to the development and stability of business in emerging economies.
PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® is a business training and mentorship program for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. The program is in it’s 8th year and is implemented through three major components —In-Country Education,Leadership Development, and Train the Trainer—which combine to create a continuing program to educate women, promote their business and leadership skills, build a strong public policy agenda in the women’s business community and to help build stable democracies.(1) In-Country Education (Kabul, Afghanistan and Kigali, Rwanda) – Thirty women from each country will participate in the classroom training that provides basic business education. All classes will be taught by PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS™ Alumnae who are certified in the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® curriculum.The classes will focus on developing entrepreneurs, improving technical skills, and creating leaders with an emphasis in Accounting, Marketing, and Operations. By the end of the 10 week course, the students will have developed a business plan that will be used to guide their business and apply for business loans.(2) Leadership Development (United States) – To assist in creating an environment where women are empowered, a country must have well-trained leaders. Leadership Development will provide a unique opportunity each year for women who demonstrate the ability and mindset to influence and train peers. Traveling to the United States to participate in Leadership Development will include:
- Business Boot Camp – A week of high-level discussions at Northwood University with experts on specific business, leadership, and public policy topics.
- Mentorship – Living and working with an American woman business owner for 7 days in a matched industry provides the real world implementation of the business skills learned in the classroom environment.
- International Women’s Economic Summit – the Summit is an opportunity for the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® students to turn their attention to their country and how they can participate in their country’s economic recovery to peace. Attended by 150 people, this event hosts speakers from the private sector as well as government agencies and elected officials; with the pinnacle being a Presentation of Commitment from the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® graduates to their Ambassadors.
- Graduation – This gala, attended by 200+ people, is the finale to Leadership Development. This is the opportunity for graduates to celebrate their new status as Change Agents as they prepare to go home and empower others.
(3) Train the Trainer – PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® graduates understand the importance of personal responsibility and have pledged to support their country by being the Change Agents needed to revolutionize their economy. Each of the graduates donates her time as a mentor to other women business owners, serves as a speaker at women’s organizations, and as an advocate on economic issues. In addition to the Graduate’s responsibilities, the American women mentors agree to continue mentorship via email for at least one year.TIME LINE
|July 11, 2014||Women Arrive in US|
|July 14-18, 2014||Business Boot Camp Week at Northwood University, Dallas, TX|
|July 19-26, 2014||Mentorship Week with American women business owners (all over the U.S.)|
|July 28-29, 2014||International Women’s Economic Summit, Dallas, TX|
|July 29, 2014||PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS™ Graduation, Dallas, TX|
|July 30, 2014||Women Return Home|
We are proud of the international entrepreneurs who have committed to a better life and proud of the American women business owners committed to lead by example and mentorship. Extensive initiatives like this can only happen with the support of women’s organizations and corporate sponsorships. We are very proud of our large database of women business owners across the U.S., and sponsors that take to heart the notion that women can and do make the world a more stable environment to live and thrive.
Working in partnership with:● Northwood University ● The US-Afghan Women’s Council The Embassy of Afghanistan ● The Embassy of Rwanda● Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation* Sponsorship includes: (1) speaking roles, (2) name and logos on all printed materials, (3) company materials in program packets, (4) website visibility, (5) press opportunities and meetings with Ambassadors and elected officials.