Women’s Mentoring: South Asian Women Leaders Attended Mentorship Workshop

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Seattle, WA — 03/07/2014 — Collective Changes, a global women’s mentoring and leadership program, led a five-hour interactive mentorship workshop, Women as Political Leaders, for five women leaders from South Asia 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 US Embassy to participate in this State Department-sponsored exchange program hosted by the World Affairs Council in partnership with the 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 participants 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 workshop closed, each attendee received a workbook that contained all the materials needed to launch their own mentoring programs at home.

“We are thrilled to work with the World Affairs Council and 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 tools to educate and inspire other enterprising women achieve financial independence in South Asia.”

According to Aggie Kuperman of the World Affairs Council, “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.”

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. As a hub for all things international, the World Affairs Council creates programs and opportunities for local people to interact directly with leaders, educators, and professionals from around the world.

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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