"As the first woman in my family to go to college, I paved the way for my cousins to study as well. By studying, we show people that women are not weak as we continue paving the way."
–Masooda Abdul Khaliq
Afghan business owner, 2009 Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women graduate, and 2010 Project Artemis Afghanistan fellow
Thunderbird School of Global Management teamed with Goldman Sachs as an early partner when the investment bank announced a $100 million commitment in 2008 to educate 10,000 underserved businesswomen from emerging markets around the world. Goldman Sachs' mission is simple: Invest in educating women with the skills they need to start and grow their own businesses, and then watch that investment spread. Thunderbird's assignment in Afghanistan involves a business education program operated in Kabul through a partnership with the American University of Afghanistan. In more recent years, Thunderbird also has teamed with Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women to serve participants from Peru, Pakistan and other countries such as Malaysia and the South Pacific. In addition to business training, Afghan participants receive access to an American University resource center with computers, books and meeting space. The women also have access to mentors, internships and networking events.