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Back to School with the Women's Initiative Fellowship
Many students are on Spring Break this week, but the 2014 Women’s Initiative Fellows are back to school! The Fellows are starting their journey with leadership courses at SMU. The women are learning about the power of influence and how to communicate effectively to achieve results. The week of courses teach the Fellows how to successfully problem solve, build teams, negotiate, and establish powerful networks. They learn to put the ideas into action by expanding their networks with professors at SMU, their American mentors, and other influential community leaders.
In the first class this morning, Instructor Kimberly Davis taught Fellows the value of communicating and influencing authentically to enhance their own leadership skills and ability. "It's hard to capture people's hearts, but when you do, they will move mountains for you," she said. It’s a lesson this remarkable group of Tunisian women is sure to take back with them to help build a strong civil society and make their impact on the future of their country.
Follow the fellows throughout their journey here.
Online Freelance: An Unexplored Opportunity for Women’s Economic Empowerment
Bush Institute WE Lead Scholar Hana Elghoul shares how her organization empowers women from Tunisia, and throughout the MENA region, with the necessary tools to find online freelance job opportunities.
Why WE Lead: The Day Mrs. Laura Bush Visited Us in Amman
WE Lead Scholar Ruba Rihani writes about a recent visit by President and Mrs. Bush to her nonprofit organization in Amman, Jordan that provides leadership and vocational training to Jordanian women and Syrian refugees.
A Dad’s Perspective on Empowering Girls
Fighting for women's empowerment shouldn’t be a woman’s struggle alone. Support from male allies is needed, and that support begins with dads and father figures.