"Initiatives like 10,000 Women invest in the economic empowerment of women to promote security, stability and prosperity around the globe."
–Hillary Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State
Announcing the Global Cohort on March 8, 2011, at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The Global Cohort provides business education to underserved women in emerging markets through a partnership with the U.S. Department of State, Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women and Thunderbird School of Global Management. Based on the model of Thunderbird’s Project Artemis, which has empowered Afghan women entrepreneurs since 2005, the U.S. Department of State and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Entrepreneurship Partnership will bring three groups of participants to Thunderbird’s campus in Glendale, Arizona, for business education in 2012. The Global Cohorts are part of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, created as a five-year investment by Goldman Sachs to provide 10,000 underserved women around the world with a business management education.
The first group of women micro-entrepreneurs and aspiring businesswomen hailed from countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Tonga, Samoa, Kiribati, Palau and Papua New Guinea. For two weeks in June, the second cohort of 25 women from 10 Latin American countries participated in the program, taking classes and visiting local businesses and cultural sites. The third and final cohort brought 25 women from Haiti to campus in October.