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U.S. Dept. of State and Goldman Sachs Partnership

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State

"Initiatives like 10,000 Women invest in the economic empowerment of women to promote security, stability and prosperity around the globe."

Hillary Clinton, former U.S. Secretary of State
Announcing the Global Cohort on March 8, 2011, at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Global Cohort program was formed to provide business education to underserved women in emerging markets around the world through a partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Based on the model of Thunderbird’s Project Artemis, which has empowered Afghan women entrepreneurs since 2005, the U.S. Department of State and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Partnership brought three groups of women business owners to Thunderbird’s campus in Glendale, Arizona, for business education in 2012. The Global Cohorts are part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, created as a five-year investment by Goldman Sachs to provide 10,000 underserved women around the world with a business management education. 

Some of Thunderbird's most celebrated faculty and selected guest lecturers with real-world experience led classroom discussions and courses on topics including marketing, leadership, strategy, finance, negotiation, communication and business planning. The women also learned through site visits to Arizona businesses and broadened their professional connections through multiple networking opportunities integrated into the program. Each participant developed a complete business plan during the two-week programs, which were presented to a panel of simulated "potential investors" at the end of the course. 

January 2012 Cohort June 2012 Cohort October 2012 Cohort
Region: Asia and the South Pacific
Region: Latin America and the Carribbean Region: Carribbean
Countries Served: Indonesia, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tajikistan, Tonga, and Uzbekistan
Countries Served: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay 
Country Served: Haiti                                                                                                                                               
Industries Represented: arts and jewelry, computer training, tourism, consulting, bakeries and restaurants, home health care, veterinary medicine, interior decorating, landscape design, fertilizer, non-profit, marketing, food processing, manufacturing and retail                  
Industries Represented: food processing, home decorating, cosmetics, graphic design, translation and transportation services, bakeries, restaurants and catering, beekeeping and related products, arts and jewelry, consulting, manufacturing and retail                    
Industries Represented: cooking, music, cosmetology and nursing schools, art and jewelry, food processing, bakeries, restaurants, catering, tourism, poultry, graphic design, marketing, construction and engineerging, consulting, manufacturing and reta