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Project Artemis Pakistan

Maria Umar

"I wanted to help other women who can’t leave home to work outside. We now bring the work to them. We train them and we empower them. We give them hope for a better life."

–Maria Umar
2011 Project Artemis Pakistan fellow and founder of Women’s Digital League in Peshawar, Pakistan

This women’s empowerment program, designed at Thunderbird in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, is modeled on the school’s successful Project Artemis Afghanistan. Nine Pakistani participants in the initial group spent two weeks in Arizona and a third week in Washington, D.C., in May 2011. Classes covered topics such as finance, accounting and bookkeeping, business planning, leadership, decision making, negotiation, customer service, market evaluation, human resource management and goal setting. Participants finished the course with presentations in front of a panel of “potential investors” in a simulation designed to prepare the women for real-world situations. “It is amazing to see the concepts we suggest applied almost instantaneously in their organizations,” says Thunderbird Professor Mary Sully de Luque, Ph.D.

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