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  • Aug 27, 2016

    Artemis group on their way out to site visits at local Delhi marketplaces all day – ladies assessing different methods of selling, pricing, and marketing.  Oh, and they shopped a bit while they were at it. 




    The group having lunch in Delhi with alumnus Sonal Singh, who helped organize the entire market site visit day, including presentations and the chance to ask questions of market managers and entrepreneurs.  Yet another example of how our alumni in India are making this program a success!





    Artemis Fellows Maryam and Zahra network with Thunderbird alumnus Sonal Singh in Delhi on August 27th. 

  • Aug 24, 2016

    Internships have a crucial role in the job search process, and I knew that my initial step was to identify a field and industry that complimented my interests.  After careful thought and consultation, I applied and was accepted to a position at the Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington DC. As an intern, I had the option of working with other departments to test my interest and expertise. In the first eight weeks, I worked with the Economic, Trade and Investment Department completing research primarily focused on investment opportunities, current foreign investment, profitable and most needed industries, and export and import condition in Afghanistan. I also contributed to weekly business news and updates, which were sent internally to embassy staff as well as other Afghan businesses in DC.



  • Aug 23, 2016

    Check this out... This young guy (Rahul) serves us breakfast everyday. Today he surprised us with this hand drawn banner. He wants to go to Thunderbird one day! 

  • Aug 23, 2016

    The first few days of Project Artemis Afghanistan have come and gone, and as usual, time is flying faster than we could have imagined!


     



    After everyone arrived safely Hyderabad and settled in, we got started straight in to the heart of the program – entrepreneurship coursework with our long-time Co-Academic Directors for the program, Dr. Mary Sully de Luque and Dr. Steve Stralser.  The basics of Entrepreneurship, Networking, Business Plans, and Leadership brought up rich conversations about growth strategy, challenges encountered, security problems, successes, solutions, and more than a few laughs. 





    Of course, as always, we Thunderbirds need to have some fun in between the long work sessions, so outings have included excellent dinners at local Hyderabad restaurants, and of course, SHOPPING!

  • Aug 15, 2016

    While visiting the White Mountain Apache Nation last week, Katherine Zuga (MBA '04, USA), Askia Stewart Jr. (BGM '19, USA), and Ellen Alexander (MAGAM '17, USA) attended the Arizona Rural Policy Forum just up the road in Pinetop/Lakeside, AZ. The Rural Policy Forum was hosted by Local First Arizona with sponsors like Freeport-McMoRan, APS, and Arizona Community Foundation.


    We were able to promote Project DreamBuilder and Project DreamCatcher at the forum to many rural communities seeking methods of economic development and community empowerment. We attended sessions like Successful Rural Marketing, Energizing Entrepreneurs as Pathways to Community Prosperity, "Beyond Dollars: The Economic and Social Value of Arizona Nonprofits", and Attracting and Keeping Good Volunteers. 


    We were able to promote Thunderbird for Good's programs for use in Arizona's rural communities, network with other non-profits, foundations, and sponsors, and we met two Thunderbird alumni who were also in attendance. Pictured below from left to right: Richard Tollefson, Katherine Zuga, Askia Stewart Jr., Ellen Alexander, Michael McDonald. 



  • Aug 15, 2016

    This week the Thunderbird for Good Team visited the White Mountain Apache Nation in White Mountain, Arizona. We met with Community Leader and Council Woman Fayden to get feedback for next year and learn about possible new recruits for the second cohort of Project DreamCatcher. 


    One of our Project DreamCatcher graduatates co-owns War Pony Autobody and Towing with her husband in the White Mountain Apache Nation. We met with Rose Dahksohay and her husband Delmer to check in one year later and hear about how their business was impacted by Project DreamCatcher. They were excited to share their new marketing campaign and subsequent growth following the DreamCatcher business bootcamp at Thunderbird School of Global Management. We were able to meet Rose and her husband at their business, as pictured below.


    While visiting White Mountain we were referred to Arrowhead Cafe in Fort Apache, AZ, part of a highschool entrepreneurship program. Here we enjoyed a delicious lunch and ran into a group of Arizona State University students representing numerous Native American nations traveling around the state and speaking to potential new undergraduate students.



  • Aug 11, 2016


    Nearly one year after the first annual Project DreamCatcher, Thunderbird for Good’s Katherine Zuga (MBA ‘04, US) and interns Askia Stewart Jr. (BGM ‘19, US) and Ellen Alexander (MAGAM ‘17, US) traveled to Sells, AZ and the Tohono O’odham Nation to meet with the Tohono O’odham DreamCatcher graduates and Economic Development community leaders.


    We were able to meet the community’s Economic Development representatives and five Tohono O’odham graduates to hear how Project DreamCatcher helped their businesses and to get feedback for next year.





     


     

  • Jul 21, 2016

    By: Andrea Fajardo, '16



     


    People everywhere talk about making a difference in the world but how many people actually do it? Luckily for the students at Thunderbird School of Global Management, there are many opportunities available. While attending Thunderbird, I decided that it was my time to leave my footprint in the world. With funding through the TELC Fund and the opportunity through Thunderbird For Good, I was able to directly help underdeveloped communities to become more sustainable. The two projects were located in Peru and I was able to volunteer for approximately 5 weeks.


     


     


    In most Latin American countries, men and women still maintain their traditional roles. Men are the primary breadwinners while women are at home with the children and tending to their household duties. Most women cannot break away from this role due to lack of education and opportunities. In these circumstances women become financially dependent on their spouses. While partnering with DreamBuilder, I provided educational and economic opportunities to women in their communities.


     

  • Jul 05, 2016

    DeLinda S. McDaniel, rx-consultant


    Meet DeLinda McDaniel, a DreamBuilder graduate and a successful entrepreneur in Columbus, Ohio, USA! DeLinda is a Pharmacist by training, pursuing the field since she was 14 years old when, motivated by her desire to purchase a car at age 16, she worked every day after school as a pharmacy technician.


    DeLinda’s career has taken her to many places, but the common thread throughout has always been her passion for working with and helping people.


    She has dedicated herself to working in underserved communities. She would insist that her customers listen and learn about their medications before actually handing the prescription over, and even distributed her personal cell phone number to her patients, in case they had any questions or concerns regarding their medication.


    “When filling prescriptions, I would always love to talk with people and explain their medications…That’s where my heart was. I always had the goal of creating a business that was educational only – talking with people about their medications.”

  • Jun 27, 2016

    “Today, we’ll change tomorrow.” The tagline for the momentous Summit that took place in Washington last week aptly captured the energy of the day. The United State of Women took place June 14, 2016 at the Convention Center. Although I did not personally attend, I was able to talk with an attendee about her experience. Arizona State University and Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Thunderbird for Good Executive Director, Kellie Kreiser, was one of 5,000 invitees to the United State of Women Summit and was gracious enough to let me interview her about the event. She was invited along with others as recognition for their exceptional work in women’s empowerment. Others in attendance were those representing sponsors of the summit as well as big names like Loretta Lynch, Shonda Rimes, Kerry Washington, Gloria Steinem, Dina Powell, Nancy Pelosi, Patricia Arquette, UN Women Deputy Executive Director Lakshmi Puri, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, and many others.


     

  • Apr 07, 2016

    February 20,2016 marked the start of a new annual event on the campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, and a new event and opportunity for Thunderbird for Good. Night of the Open Door is an annual Arizona State University event that offers a window into the world of Thunderbird to any and all students, faculty, staff, and community members that visit campus.  Students and staff participated by hosting a total of 43 interactive stations around campus. Two of those stations were hosted by Thunderbird for Good staff, student interns, and student volunteers.


  • Mar 29, 2016

    Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, once stated, “There is no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.” Thunderbird for Good has kept this in mind developing several programs for women entrepreneurs around the globe, providing training for more than 100,000 women coming from more than 50 countries. The Thunderbird campus was once again host to a group of remarkable group of women entrepreneurs: Project DreamCatcher.




    DreamCatchers Cohort


    The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation-sponsored program, Project DreamCatcher, is a business education program that aims to build the entrepreneurial skills of promising, high-potential American Indian businesswomen. Through a partnership with the Phoenix Indian Center, seventeen women from the Hualapai, Tohono O’odham, San Carlos Apache, and White Mountain Apache tribes were selected to participate in the on-campus program on October 18 – 23.


  • Mar 07, 2016

    "Women's and girls' voices too often go unheard, their talents go unused. The least utilized resource in the world is women's potential. As a result, the whole world suffers, and we are all made less prosperous and less secure." - Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon

    When women are given access to resources, education, and empowered to believe they can accomplish their dreams, the results are tremendous. When women are empowered, they give back to their families and communities. For example, promoting female education  is known to reduce child mortality rates, and promote the education of the next generation. Future generations benefit from the economic, political, and social successes of women in a never-ending cycle.
       

  • Oct 02, 2015

    Project Artemis has had a significant impact on Afghan women and their communities by providing them with the entrepreneurial skills they need to start or grow a business. Amina Hassan Pur, a 2010 Project Artemis alumna, has been successful in opening a co-ed private school since graduating from the program.


    Bamyan Baba Private School first opened in 2010, but the rental fee for the property was too high. The Bamyan mayor provided land for a new building to be constructed, which opened on March 22, 2015 and has 12 classrooms. Two years ago, the school had 70 students between first and seventh grade. Currently, there are 126 students between kindergarten and eighth grade.

  • Aug 18, 2015

    written by Mei Prang


    Kellie Kreiser, the Executive Director of Thunderbird for Good, was invited to present at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi, Kenya. The GES brings together leading entrepreneurs from around the world for networking, education, and to promote the idea of entrepreneurship globally. This year’s agenda had an additional day at the beginning of the conference that was focused on youth and women.

  • Apr 16, 2015

    Written by: Geeti Aryanpur

  • Mar 16, 2015

    By giving just two hours a month, you could support a pioneering woman entrepreneur in a developing country as she builds her business, gains economic independence and has a more influential voice in her community.   


    We have been partnering with the Cherie Blair Foundation’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme, an innovative scheme that combines mentoring with technology to support women entrepreneurs in over 55 countries.  Online mentoring helps to accelerate the strides these women are making and take their businesses, confidence and skills to the next level.     


    We invite you to join this distinctive programme and become a mentor! Mentors can be both men and women.  They need just two hours a month and a passion for supporting a woman entrepreneur.  Over the course of a year, you’ll meet with your mentee online two hours a month to work on goals that are tailored to her needs and your expertise and interests.  There are participants from diverse sectors and on board, so chances are there is a mentee who could benefit from your expertise and background.

  • Mar 06, 2015

    In conjunction with the celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a unit of the ASU Knowledge Enterprise at Arizona State University, will launch an English-language version of the Freeport-McMoRan DreamBuilder (www.dreambuilder.org) program.  Designed for women entrepreneurs who want to start or grow a small business, the online learning program will be available throughout the United States in association with the Small Business Administration beginning immediately.


    Read more here

  • Feb 04, 2015

    Written by: Cheri Varnadoe, DreamBuilder Fellow, Peru


    Fanny Jibaja is the founder and executive Director of YAW! hola chocolate, a gourmet chocolate line that uses dried Peruvian fruits and nuts covered in high quality Peruvian chocolate.  Fanny was trained by a Swiss chocolate expert as part of an educational exchange with Switzerland.  In 2013, she was given the opportunity to hone her business skills and create a top notch business plan as a participant of Goldman Sach’s 10,000 Women Program in Peru.  Thunderbird School of Global Management designed the curriculum for this robust program which provided women entrepreneurs with 140 hours of classroom business training.  Fanny also received a student mentor from Thunderbird.

  • Jan 28, 2015


    Often called the “Academy Awards” by Learning, Talent and Business Executives, The Brandon Hall Group HCM Excellence Awards Program is the most prestigious awards program in the industry.  We are honored to learn that DreamBuilder, the online business training and certification program designed, implemented and managed by Thunderbird for Good received recognition in the category of Best Advance in Unique Learning Technology by Brandon Hall.  


    To learn more: Brandon Hall Excellence Awards


     



     


     


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