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The Journey Begins for the Women’s Initiative Fellows
Yesterday afternoon, the Bush Institute’s Women’s Initiative welcomed the inaugural class of Women’s Initiative Fellows. The 14 Egyptian Fellows arrived in Dallas, ready to begin a month-long visit to the United States, which will include leadership courses and site visits to Fortune 100 companies, foundations, institutions and other exemplary civil society organizations. The courses and visits will enable the Fellows to develop skills and competencies that are critical for successful leadership.
The Fellows represent the six most influential sectors in society, including education, health, business, politics, law and media. Each woman has a unique vision for her personal growth and her beloved country. As Egypt works to transition to a democracy, the Fellowship will equip the impressive Fellows with the skills necessary to become effective leaders in their country. Their voices are critical in the formation of their new democracy. Women must play a significant role in Egypt’s future if the country is to succeed, because we know from research that the stability of societies relies on the inclusion of all its citizens, both men and women. The journey is just beginning for the Fellows. Over the next month, the women will build solid relationships with one another, providing each other with a diverse and strong network of women whom they can call upon. During the program, they will learn techniques to cascade their knowledge to other women in their personal networks back home in order to expand the network of women leaders in Egypt, and consequently the impact and reach of the Fellowship. Each Fellow has a stirring personal tale, and all have overcome a great deal in order to be the leaders they are and will become in their community and country. This inspiring group of courageous and bold women will change the future of Egypt, if given the chance. Today is the first step on their way. This post written by Charity Wallace, Director of the Women’s Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. << Return to the Women's Initiative Fellowship Program