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Thunderbird to train 28 women entrepreneurs from 10 countries

Forthcoming program to deliver business skills training announced by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Thunderbird School of Global Management is about to welcome 28 women entrepreneurs from 10 countries to campus for two weeks of intensive business skills training. The program, a partnership between the school, the U.S. Department of State and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, is the first of three “global cohorts” of women who will receive training in Arizona. From January 21 through February 5, they’ll take part in entrepreneurship courses at Thunderbird, visit businesses across the state and meet with local female business leaders.

“We are so thrilled to welcome such a diverse, motivated, intelligent group of women to Thunderbird’s campus,” said Amy Scerra, program manager for the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Partnership Program at Thunderbird. “Growth begins at the end of your comfort zone.  These women are stepping outside this zone, and are actively creating opportunities for themselves.”

Participants selected for the highly competitive Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Partnership Program at Thunderbird are emerging women business leaders who run small to medium sized companies across the world. They represent a number of industries- from traditional handicrafts, to computer training and natural resources consulting. Nations represented as part of the first cohort include:

  • Indonesia
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Tajikistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Palau
  • Tonga
  • Samoa
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Kiribati
  • Malaysia

The community is invited to meet the women at a casual welcome reception and global market, to be held at Thunderbird’s campus on Monday, January 23 at 3 p.m. The women will be selling some of their products, and light refreshments will be served. Remarks will be given by Thunderbird President, Dr. Angel Cabrera, Sharon Harper, President and CEO of The Plaza Companies and a member of Thunderbird’s Board of Fellows, as well as AmbassadorBarbara Barrett, a Thunderbird Trustee.

Thunderbird’s philanthropic arm, Thunderbird for Good, has been running programs for entrepreneurs coming from developing nations since 2005.  More than 30,000 participants have attended Thunderbird for Good programs at our campus in Glendale, Arizona, and in the communities where they live and work all over the world. Past projects have worked with women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Peru and Jordan, as well as male radio broadcasters and radio station owners from Afghanistan. This is the first Thunderbird for Good program that will bring together such a diversity of participants from so many countries at one time.

For more information, members of the media should contact Samantha Novick, Public Relations and New Media Specialist, at 602-798-7922, or Amy Scerra, Program Manager, at 602-978-7609.