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Changing Faces Women's Leadership Seminar Changing Faces Women's Leadership Seminar

The Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar is 12-day leadership development program for female business and social entrepreneurs. Hosted by the East-West Center in Honolulu, Changing Faces was established in 2002 to address the challenges confronting working women entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific.

This immersive professional development seminar is designed for innovative women entrepreneurs from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States to:

  • Enhance the entrepreneurial capacity and leadership skills of innovative women through facilitated training exercises, workshops, meetings; and community site visits;
  • Implement a year-long project for the betterment of a participant’s business or community by means of a concrete Action Plan;
  • Expand the social capital of participants and establish a community of women leaders via networking opportunities and on-going social media contact with speakers, trainers, Changing Faces alumni, the local community, and one another;
  • Create regional awareness among participants through reciprocal learning and exposure to new ideas and divergent perspectives;
  • Empower the next generation of women leaders in Hawaiʻi by way of a service project undertaken in partnership with the Sacred Hearts Academy.

The Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar is funded by the East-West Center, the Fish Family Foundation, and others.

To date, 201 women from 35 countries have participated in the Changing Faces Seminar.

Program

During this seminar, participants engage in a series of workshops focused on leadership and entrepreneurship that are facilitated by a noted women’s leadership trainer and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Participants expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship, economic growth, leadership, and community building through carefully selected field visits and meetings with experts, practitioners, business owners, and policymakers in Hawaiʻi. Participants are individually matched with local women leaders in a Host Mentor Program and, in return, act as mentors for a select group of high school students in a Next Generation Service Project. The Changing Faces Seminar provides training and consultative sessions to help participants develop and actualize a concrete Action Plan for the betterment of their business or their community. Finally, Changing Faces women serve as panelists, moderators and attendees at the publicly-ticketed #galswithLEI Forum.

Eligibility

The Changing Faces Seminar targets female business owners and social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated leadership and ability to affect change and influence others in their communities. Innovative entrepreneurs, business managers, government and industry policymakers, and civil society leaders with at least seven years of work experience and who play a leadership role in their community are eligible to apply. Innovators may generally be defined as those who have created an original idea or product or are recognized for their ability to improve upon an original idea or system.

Eligible countries include the United States and Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tonga, and Vietnam.


The Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar is 12-day leadership development program for female business and social entrepreneurs. Hosted by the East-West Center in Honolulu, Changing Faces was established in 2002 to address the challenges confronting working women entrepreneurs in the Asia Pacific.

This immersive professional development seminar is designed for innovative women entrepreneurs from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States to:

  • Enhance the entrepreneurial capacity and leadership skills of innovative women through facilitated training exercises, workshops, meetings; and community site visits;
  • Implement a year-long project for the betterment of a participant’s business or community by means of a concrete Action Plan;
  • Expand the social capital of participants and establish a community of women leaders via networking opportunities and on-going social media contact with speakers, trainers, Changing Faces alumni, the local community, and one another;
  • Create regional awareness among participants through reciprocal learning and exposure to new ideas and divergent perspectives;
  • Empower the next generation of women leaders in Hawaiʻi by way of a service project undertaken in partnership with the Sacred Hearts Academy.

The Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar is funded by the East-West Center, the Fish Family Foundation, and others.

To date, 201 women from 35 countries have participated in the Changing Faces Seminar.

Program

During this seminar, participants engage in a series of workshops focused on leadership and entrepreneurship that are facilitated by a noted women’s leadership trainer and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Participants expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship, economic growth, leadership, and community building through carefully selected field visits and meetings with experts, practitioners, business owners, and policymakers in Hawaiʻi. Participants are individually matched with local women leaders in a Host Mentor Program and, in return, act as mentors for a select group of high school students in a Next Generation Service Project. The Changing Faces Seminar provides training and consultative sessions to help participants develop and actualize a concrete Action Plan for the betterment of their business or their community. Finally, Changing Faces women serve as panelists, moderators and attendees at the publicly-ticketed #galswithLEI Forum.

Eligibility

The Changing Faces Seminar targets female business owners and social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated leadership and ability to affect change and influence others in their communities. Innovative entrepreneurs, business managers, government and industry policymakers, and civil society leaders with at least seven years of work experience and who play a leadership role in their community are eligible to apply. Innovators may generally be defined as those who have created an original idea or product or are recognized for their ability to improve upon an original idea or system.

Eligible countries include the United States and Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tonga, and Vietnam.