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  • Mar 11, 2014

    To celebrate Women’s History month this year, Thunderbird for Good is publishing a series of blogs putting the spotlight on our own women history makers – our scholars!  In the past 9 years since our founding, Thunderbird for Good has created and run training programs that have reached well over 100,000 women from 25 countries on 4 continents.  These scholars have gone on to create thousands of jobs, train tens of thousands of others in business and management skills, and strengthen the communities where they live.  Read on to find out more about these modern women history makers and what they have been accomplishing since their Thunderbird for Good training experience.

    Written by: Anick Bizimana, Presidential Fellow, '14Rangina Hamidi1

    Rangina Hamidi, an activist, community organizer and successful entrepreneur is simply one of those women who inspire all of us to keep going even in the face of adversity. Born in Kandahar, Rangina’s family first escaped the war in Afghanistan to Pakistan before settling in the United States in 1988. In 2003, she made the life-altering decision to return to Kandahar to help rebuild her country.

  • Mar 05, 2014

    To celebrate Women’s History month this year, Thunderbird for Good is publishing a series of blogs putting the spotlight on our own women history makers – our scholars! In the past 9 years since our founding, Thunderbird for Good has created and run training programs that have reached well over 100,000 women from 25 countries on 4 continents. These scholars have gone on to create thousands of jobs, train tens of thousands of others in business and management skills, and strengthen the communities where they live. Read on to find out more about these modern women history makers and what they have been accomplishing since their Thunderbird for Good training experience.

    Written by: Anick Bizimana, Presidential Fellow, '14 Lina Khalifeh

    Lina Khalifeh is the founder of SheFighter (http://www.shefighter.com ), a self-defense studio for women designed to empower women both physically and physiologically through self-defense training in Jordan.

  • Jan 30, 2014

    By Client Director for Afghanistan: Wynona Heim, '08

    Eason Jordan (former CNN reporter and current head of Communications for the Malala Fund) said it simply: “It’s a war zone. Terrible things happen.” But even after nearly 10 years of working with the people of Afghanistan, they can still be a shock. 

    On the evening of Friday January 17th, the usually haven-like atmosphere of La Taverna du Liban, a popular Lebanese restaurant known as one of the more secure places in Kabul to eat, was broken by a coordinated attack which killed 21 people, mostly patrons enjoying the busy dinner hour. The Taliban have claimed responsibility for the attack, which began with a suicide bomber who detonated his explosives at the security gate of the restaurant – between the two steel security doors that patrons had to go through before entering. This killed the three security guards on duty at the entrance and cleared the way for the two armed terrorists who followed, rushing into the restaurant to open fire at the mostly international customers inside.  

  • Dec 19, 2013

    written by: Wynona Heim '08, Client Director, Thunderbird for Good

    Sania, who graduated from Artemis this year, has grown her fashion business, Wonderland Women (link to: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wonderland-Women/343380599078958) significantly in just the past 10 months.She has been able to add 6 full time employees and an additional 5 home-based part time employees since returning from Arizona. She has attended exhibitions in Kyrgyzstan and India, and held two fashion shows in Kabul where she made very good sales and additional contacts for exporting her clothes (all made in Afghanistan). Additionally, she reports her Gross Margin has increased by 40% over last year.

    Wonderland Women

    Wonderland Women fashion show in Kabul

  • Dec 16, 2013

    written by: Barry Kofi King '14

    It was a calm breezy morning November 22, 2013 when I entered the admissions office to start my usual daily work as a Graduate Assistant. Following a lovely ritual of exchanging greetings with the ever-smiling Sandra, positive-spirited Michelle, and Katie, I was met with the most exciting news to begin my day – a prospective student had just called the school from my country of Ghana to make enquiries on our program offerings and was very interested in starting a graduate degree in Fall 2014. 

    Mrs. RawlingsHe had heard of Thunderbird School of Global Management from a local radio feature, and read from the online and print media of an excellent speaker session hosted last Tuesday, November 19, 2013 for Ghana’s former first lady, Her Excellency, Mrs. Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings. She is also the Founder and Executive President of the 31st December Women’s Movement (31stDWM) – a grassroots NGO that empowers women economically, politically, socially and culturally.

  • Nov 25, 2013

    Kaape Coffee is the finest coffee available in Guatemala, fair-traded, FDA approved and simply delicious. The majority of the proceeds from Kaape’s sales go to support Partner for Surgery http://partnerforsurgery.org which provides free medical care to the impoverished rural areas of Guatemala. Additionally, part of the proceeds support schooling for the farm workers in Guatemala. Lori Foster, a ’74 alumna of Thunderbird, founded Kaape to help Partner for Surgery continue their work.

    Written by Lori Foster '74

    There are so many stories to share with you. This is just the first of many. Please know that the photos are of real people, taken within the last 30-120 days. They are photos of rural Guatemalans who will be undergoing surgery in the next few weeks. This surgery, performed by doctors and nurses who volunteer their time to make this happen, will literally change the lives of each patient. We will try to show you how this otherwise unaffordable medical attention, so needed and appreciated by these beautiful people, impacts their lives and the lives of their families.

  • Sep 09, 2013

    Written by Connor Clark

    As I have now spent 9 months in Peru mentoring women entrepreneurs I’ve realized how much my perspective has evolved over time. I came down here wanting to make an impact in the world and really wanting to do good (thus making Thunderbird for Good a great fit!), and as I have  constantly asked myself certain questions I have learned very valuable lessons.

  • Aug 02, 2013

    Written by Lauren TeegardenLauren y Brenna

    Peru is increasingly known for its gastronomy, and as a Farmer-to-Farmer volunteer in Lima, I’ve had the good fortune of tasting many Peruvian dishes. The Farmer-to-Farmer program works with women entrepreneurs who have successfully completed the 10,000 Women program, which provides business training for women entrepreneurs. During my six months in Peru, I have mentored a dozen women business owners in both Lima and Trujillo, and along the way I have learned about Peru’s fantastic cuisine.

  • Jul 23, 2013

    Written by: Michael Reardon, Fall '13

    OlympicWith over 5,000 high schoolers in attendance, this was to be one of the premier events ever seen in Calama, let alone in Chile. As we walked into the Theater in the Plaza Centro, the roar of Chile’s first ever Entrepreneurial Fair met our ears. This Fair, funded by El Abra Freeport-McMorRan Copper and Gold, was to be a two-day career fair for the youth of Antofagasta. DreamBuilder was to be the special guest of PROdeMU for this historic occasion. DreamBuilder Fellow, Khandle Hedrick, and I were introduced to both the Mayor and Governor in Calama in order to rally their help in spreading the word about DreamBuilder. Local newspapers and news channels were busy snapping photographs and gathering recordings with all of the political leaders that made it out for the grand event.

  • Jun 28, 2013
    Written by:  Kellie Kreiser, '04
    Executive Director, Thunderbird for Good

    BillOn Friday June 14th, I stood on stage at the CGI America meeting beside my colleagues Tracy Bame from Freeport McMoRan Copper and Gold and Emad Rizkalla of BlueDrop Performance Learning. The three of us represent a partnership that is bringing innovative online learning to women entrepreneurs. We were at CGI America to publically announce that we would be expanding our “DreamBuilder” program into the United States.

    For those of you unfamiliar with the Clinton Global Initiative, President Clinton created it in 2005 (the same year we started Thunderbird for Good) as a way to encourage leaders in government, business, and non-profit to address the world’s most pressing issues. When talking about why he started it, President Clinton always tells of how after his presidency he was often asked to speak at big events, but seldom asked to actually do anything afterwards. As he puts it, he created CGI to “turn ideas into action.”

  • Jun 24, 2013

    Heather Gayle, DreamBuilder Fellow, shares news about the business plan competition hosted by Freeport-McMoRan’s mine in Chile, Minera Candelaria. Open to the women entrepreneurs that completed the DreamBuilder online training program, the competition asked the women to present their business plans along with a request to fund a specific project or equipment to improve their business. The winning business plan would receive the funding to implement the plan.

    Written by: Heather Gayle, ‘10

    Biz planWith baited breath, I listened to elevator pitches, I smelled baked homemade bread and fresh flowers, and I watched 11 of my 21 Beta Test women present their business plans in front of a panel of judges; and I felt like a proud mama bird, watching her chicks fly for the first time. Our judges’ panel consisted of Camila Tapia Morales, who represented the Director of Sernam (National Women’s Service); Juan Pablo Hinojosa, a Manager at Minera Candelaria; and Daniza Gutierrez, a local Businesswoman.

  • Jun 17, 2013

    Written by:  Michael Reardon, '13

    Jimena

    Upon first meeting Jimena Beatriz Salas Cancino, I could tell she was someone full of life—someone who would stop at nothing to provide for her family and loved ones. Life in Calama, Chile is not easy. In one of the driest regions in the world (with less than a couple centimeters of rain per year), people live day to day in a town about the size of the Magic Kingdom at Disneyland. You won’t find Mickey or Minnie here though. Prices are inflated due to its proximity to the mine and food is simple made up of bread, chicken, and rice. It’s the people however, that make this city magical.

  • Jun 12, 2013

    May Graduation

    Written by: Amanda Carson, '09

     

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women celebrated its fifth graduation ceremony on May 16th 2013 at the American University of Afghanistan. Over 550 people attended, despite the early morning terrorist attack elsewhere in the city, which prevented members of the US Embassy and other invitees with strict security guidelines from attending. The program was proud to present 83 graduates from 16 provinces throughout Afghanistan with their Certificates of Completion for this rigorous program.  Scholars in the past year included women from four provinces not previously reached by the program: Paktika, Paktya, Kapisa and Samawgan.

    Afghan Minister of Commerce

     

  • May 28, 2013

    Mentee

    By giving just two hours a month, you could support a pioneering woman as she takes her business, skills and confidence to the next level.  At the same time, you’ll gain a fresh perspective, use your skills in a new way, broaden your networks and build a potentially life-changing relationship.  We’ve been partnering with the Cherie Blair Foundation’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme, an innovative scheme where mentees from over 45 countries work online with a mentor for one year to achieve key business goals.  The programme has achieved outstanding results and we invite men and women from all fields to get involved. Hear what mentees and mentors have to say about their experiences here.  Apply by 28 May to join a global network of over 1100 inspiring professionals and entrepreneurs.

    Useful links

    Cherie Blair Foundation for Women: www.cherieblairfoundation.org

    Mentoring Women in Business Programme: www.cherieblairfoundation.org/mentoring/

  • May 14, 2013

    Written by:  Heather Gayle, Alumna and DreamBuilder Fellow


    Heather and Beta Testers from the Candelaria mining community

    The first days of the Beta Test went amazingly well; even better than I could have dreamed it would go.  On Mondays and Wednesdays the women are scheduled to meet in the afternoons (I refer to them as “Tarderas”, as they meet in the tarde; which means afternoon), from 330p to 6p.  The majority of my 13 Tarderas are computer beginners.    However, when the Beta Test began, there were only 8 computers in the Infocenter.  My Community Development team had been working for months to replace the computers in the Infocenter; however, the company that they lease the computers from had been experiencing many internal changes, and the Candelaria account continued to get lost in the shuffle of employees.  Although the Tarderas were short 5 computers, the group did not allow such a matter to impede their progress; a couple of women brought their own laptops, one woman always used my laptop, and a couple of the women shared computers and helped each other through the course. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, my women meet in the mornings, from 930a to 12p. 

  • May 01, 2013

    By Katy Spada '13

    All Thunderbird applicants are required to write an essay explaining how they will put these words into action - during their time at Thunderbird and after. In my two years at Thunderbird, I have never seen these words so passionately and humbly put into practice until my colleagues and I organized the Thunderbird for Good Strategic Management Competition. On April 23rd ten teams competed for the chance to win four laptops for their client - a 10,000 Women Graduate.

    It all began when Professor Rob Owen generously donated laptops to the Project Artemis program in January. After the completion of the program the Office of Thunderbird for Good had four laptops remaining. Amy Scerra, Program Director, asked me to find a student group that would create and administer a creative way to select four out of the eighty 10,000 Women Fellows that have graduated from Thunderbird in the past year. I put out a call for help via the Thunderbird student networks and two first-trimester students eagerly jumped at the opportunity- Chris Gosselin and Bryan Dempsey.

  • Apr 23, 2013

    Margaret Free ´08 blogs about the graduation ceremony for the cohort of women entrepreneurs that completed a beta of DreamBuilder, the online business training program that will launch next month in Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold’s mining communities in Chile and Peru.  

    It has been a long road, but we finally made it. I could literally jump for joy (And I actually did a few times!) because we have worked so hard to get here and I must say that the feeling of accomplishment is overwhelming.  The graduation ceremony took place at Paraninfo in downtown Arequipa in a beautiful historic building made of the white volcanic stone that Arequipa is known for.  We had a light show, fresh flowers and more ambience that I ever could've asked for.

  • Apr 15, 2013

    2013 Project Artemis graduate Fakhria Ibrahimi seemed to always have one or more camera's shooting while she was here at Thunderbird... and for good reason, too!  She went home and produced a 10 minute video telling the story of her experience at Project Artemis, which we will be featuring in our Mother's Day fundraising drive!

    Then the 35 year old owner of "Momtaz Host Company" in Afghanistan found out about a video contest being held by the Global Business School Network (GBSN), and created a 3 minute video about her business, her personal path to success, and what the next steps on this path are. 

    See her video HERE

  • Mar 14, 2013

    Written by: Amanda Carson ’09, Assistant Director, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Afghanistan

    On Thursday, March 7th, 2013, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women in conjunction with the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF) celebrated International Women’s Day. The event was held in the university’s gymnasium and had 530 people in attendance, including 10,000 Women current students and alumni, AUAF staff and students, as well as several dignitaries and members of parliament.

  • Mar 08, 2013

    Thunderbird for Good Saluted for our work empowering businesswomen world-wide

    On Wednesday March 6th, Thunderbird for Good was honored at the 2013 International Women of Courage (IWOC) Celebration Dinner for our work to educate and empower businesswomen in emerging markets worldwide. 

    The American Women for International Understanding (AWIU) has hosted the dinner event since 2008 for the Department of State honorees at the National Press Club in Washington DC. AWIU is a non-profit, non-governmental 501c(3) organization founded to bring together women in leadership positions to engage in and encourage citizen diplomacy throughout the world. Through these actions, the group hopes to build bridges of understanding, goodwill, and cooperation between women leaders and further the empowerment of women globally.

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