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South Asian Women Leaders Attended Mentoring Workshop

World Affairs Council’s International Visitor Program hosted State Department-sponsored exchange program for five South Asian women leaders

Seattle, Washington, USA – WEBWIRE

Collective Changes, a global women’s mentoring and leadership program, led a five-hour interactive business mentorship workshop, Women as Political Leaders, for five South Asian women leaders to help each develop a mentoring program in their respective countries. These women with diverse backgrounds in advocacy, civil societies, women in politics, as well as human rights were nominated by their U.S. Embassy to participate in this State Department-sponsored exchange program hosted by the World Affairs Council’s International Visitor Program. The Women’s Mentorship Workshop was held at the Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Collective Changes representatives, Gail Romero, CEO, along with Dee Beaudette, President, taught the women how to use mentoring to facilitate the sharing of knowledge, expertise, skills, insights and experiences through dialog and collaborative learning. In addition, Beaudette provided the attendees with tips on how to bridge the gender gap that currently exists in literacy, education and career opportunities as well as reproductive rights in South Asia. The women expressed gratitude in having the opportunity to learn, share, and grow and discuss mentoring programs specific to their needs. When the mentoring workshop closed, each attendee received mentoring and leadership materials to help launch their own mentoring program at home.

“We are thrilled to work with the World Affairs Council’s International Visitor Program,” says Romero.  “By helping these women develop an action plan that can be implemented at home, these women will be armed with the mentoring and leadership tools to educate and inspire other enterprising women achieve financial independence in South Asia.”

According to Aggie Kuperman, a contractor through the State Department who traveled with the women, “We want to improve the quality of people’s lives throughout the world. Our program, Women as Political Leaders, provided these South Asian women leaders the opportunity to examine the U.S. landscape and learn what positively or negatively impacts women’s participation in key leadership roles.”

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About the World Affairs Council
The World Affairs Council links Greater Seattle to the world by providing opportunities for everyone in Greater Seattle to be a global citizen. Through their International Visitor Program they advance global understanding and growth by connecting Seattle community members with leaders from around the world through professional and youth exchange programs. The person-to-person meetings they arrange allow people to see their shared values and powerfully diminish the boundaries of language, culture, and nation.  

About Collective Changes
Collective Changes, headquartered in Seattle, WA, is a U.S. registered 501 c3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to growing women’s economic empowerment, leadership skills, reducing gender based violence, increasing social, political and economic stability through just-in-time business education, leadership training and mentoring. We take an active role in global gender equity through conversation, mentoring, action and intention.


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