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  • 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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  • Dec 02, 2014

    By: Richard Beitman ‘15


    After the furor of consumerism that is ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Cyber Monday’, ‘Giving Tuesday’ is about giving back to the community. One of the ways Thunderbird School of Global Management gives back is through Project Artemis. – Project Artemis makes an indelible difference in the lives of Afghan women who in turn reshape their community into something good and productive.


    Giving back to the global community is just as important as giving to the local community, and at times it can be even more impactful. – Thunderbird President Dr. Larry Penley agrees:


    “Thunderbird specifically has a responsibility to global sustainability and [Project] Artemis contributes very significantly to the sustainability of emerging and developing economies. And if one looks at the value of economic development, it is rather considerable.”


    Dr. Penley believes that this responsibility to give back to the community, whether global or local, is not just a call for Thunderbird, but for all institutions of higher learning:

  • Oct 29, 2014


     


    It’s an exciting time for Project Artemis! We are launching our first ever crowd-funding campaign to help bring the next class of Afghan businesswomen to Glendale, Arizona. These promising entrepreneurs will participate in a two week program where they will study business with top Thunderbird faculty, network with women business leaders from the US and Europe, and visit small and medium sized businesses in the Phoenix area. Project Artemis will provide them with a crash course in the training they need for their start-up businesses to grow and thrive in the challenging Afghan business environment.


     


    We need your help to bring the next class of Afghan women to campus in January 2016.  If we raise the funds, they will join the 74 Project Artemis alumni who have successfully completed the program since its inception in 2005. Together, these women have created over 2,500 jobs for their local communities and have trained and mentored over 15,000 of their fellow Afghans in business and leadership skills. Project Artemis is making a difference in Afghanistan. 

  • Aug 08, 2014
    Empowering Women through Business with Kaweyan Cabs

    Written by: Casey Sutton '15, Thunderbird for Good Presidential Fellow


    Kamila Sidiqi arrived on the campus of Thunderbird School of Global Management in 2005 as part of the first class of Project Artemis. She initially enjoyed entrepreneurial success as the founder of a dressmaking company in Kabul, but would later reflect on her business training at Thunderbird as an experience that “taught [her] the vital business skills that have helped [her] over the years in [her] various businesses.” Now, almost a decade later, Sidiqi continues to impact the shifting landscape in her home country.


    Over the past ten years Sidiqi has focused on establishing sustainable and modern businesses in Afghanistan. As a serial entrepreneur her ventures have ranged from dressmaking, education, business development, and manufacturing. However, Sidiqi’s latest company, Kaweyan Cabs, is arguably the most impactful for women in the newly emerging Afghan economy.

  • Aug 04, 2014

    Written by: Dahida Vega


    Last Saturday DreamBuilder Peru participated in a women's empowerment forum in Lima, Peru. The event was organized by Fundación Angelica Fuentes, who is organizing women's empowerment forums in Mexico, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador. The event consisted of panels, inspirational stories, artist performances, and awards to a local organization for their life changing efforts. We were joined by 10,000 women and men who believe that an equal role for women is the only way a society will prosper.

  • Jun 24, 2014

    By: Suzy Howell


    T4G on Capitol Hill: Last week Wynona Heim from the Thunderbird for Good team got the opportunity to participate in a day of lobbying in Washington, DC with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. A T-bird alumnus, Andrew Lubin ’75, initiated the opportunity and facilitated her introductions. Wynona was able to talk about Thunderbird and Thunderbird for Good’s activities with a fairly impressive roster of representatives. Not surprising, several other T-bird alums showed up at the conference, among them Scottsdale businessman Mike Connell '97.  Among the political movers and shakers, Wynona and the Arizona delegation had a chance to meet with AZ Representative Matt Salmon in his congressional office. They had a total of nine meetings on the Hill.

  • Jun 17, 2014

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


    The title of this blog is a belief that was ingrained into me on a trip to Afghanistan in 2012.  It is not a belief in the future – it is a statement of what is already happening.


    Afghanistan is not the location you might guess I would come by this belief, but there it was, clear as day.  As we visited the businesses of women who had graduated from our entrepreneurship education programs, I met the proud fathers of these exceptional and brave women.  And I met their husbands, who were in their turn becoming proud fathers of young daughters who could look up to their mothers as role models of women’s empowerment and strength.  These men looked at their wives and daughters with true caring and respect, supporting them through dangers and hardships, and inspiring them to keep moving towards their dreams.

  • Jun 02, 2014

    Written by: Dahida Vega, DreamBuilder Peru


    Starting your own business is a daunting experience for any entrepreneur; regardless of education levels, entrepreneurs face many challenges. DreamBuilder Peru provides business training and tools to combat the education gap for women in emerging markets. Every entrepreneur faces common challenges of raising capital, finding a market for the product and, of course, competitors. However, a woman from an emerging market in a patriarchal society might find her most difficult challenge at home.

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