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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.

  • May 29, 2014

    Written by: Cheri Varnadoe, DreamBuilder Fellow Peru

  • May 28, 2014

    Written by: Anick Bizimana, Presidential Fellow, ‘14


    Jolene Sim Hui Ching is the Director of Mainstream Online Buzz (MOB), an online social media-advertising agency in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
    In a few words, Jolene is simply a driving force. When you first meet Jolene, you know she is one of those people that get things moving. When you speak with Jolene, you know she is one of those people that is constantly thinking – creating, learning and improving.


    Jolene at Thunderbird

  • Apr 30, 2014

    A youth-focused NGO in Arequipa, Peru wins a UNICEF award with DreamBuilder, a free online business training program created by Thunderbird for Good & The Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation.


    Banco del Estudiante (The Student’s Bank), a non-profit that promotes social, economic and environmental development of the youth of Peru, recently won the UNICEF/United Nations "Financial Youth Landscape" award, to be conferred in NYC this May.


    Banco del Estudiante’s “Building a Dream” financial inclusion project for children, youth and women incorporated DreamBuilder as a tool for development of business plans, helping to improve the local economy and decrease youth unemployment, especially for young women. In the project’s final phase, Banco del Estudiante applied the DreamBuilder program in the town of Chivay, an impoverished city where Internet access is limited, in a free training program for rural enterprise organized by Arequipa’s Ministry of Labor.

  • 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, '14


    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 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 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. 


    He 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 Teegarden


    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


    With 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

    On 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.”

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