Changing Faces Women's Leadership Seminar

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The East-West Center is now accepting applications for the 2018 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar, which will focus on the important role that innovation and entrepreneurship play in contributing to economic growth, job creation, and strengthening communities. During this 12-day professional training, dialogue and travel program, 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 Hawaii at Manoa. Participants also 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 Hawaii. Participants are individually matched with local women leaders in a Host Mentor program and, in return, Changing Faces participants act as mentors for a select group of high school students in a Next Generation Service Project. The Changing Faces Seminar also 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 publically ticketed #galswithLEI, a purposeful, collaborative, and dynamic forum.

Dates:  May 6 -19, 2018

Study Destinations:  Oahu and Maui

Funding:  The 2018 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar is funded by the East-West Center and individual scholarships made possible by alumni and others. EWC plus individual scholarships will fund six to eight women from the U.S. and the Asia Pacific region, defined as:  Afghanistan, 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. EWC and scholarship funding covers lodging and meals on Oahu and Maui, local ground transportation, interisland airfare to Maui, and other programmatic costs. Participants are responsible for their roundtrip airfare to and from Honolulu, visa fees, health insurance and baggage charges. EWC encourages additional participant cost-sharing of programmatic costs and considers cost-sharing in the selection of applicants.

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. Applicants must have the ability to communicate in English in a professional setting. Preference is given to candidates with limited opportunities for international exchange and professional development as well as those who offer to cost-share programmatic costs. A phone interview may be conducted with finalists.

Deadline:  Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Required Documents:  All applicants must submit a completed application form as well as the following. Remember to save the application to your desktop before filling it out.

  • Letter of Interest (maximum three pages) including:
    • A brief description of your company/organization and your role
    • What you expect to contribute to and gain from participating in Changing Faces
    • Concrete example(s) of your professional leadership and innovation, as defined above
    • Demonstrated potential for impact within your community
    • Identify an actionable goal for either for your organization or community that you wish to work on and outline the role you can or would like to play in achieving that goal. *NOTE* This will serve as the basis of your Action Plan for the coming year.
  • Resume/CV (maximum two pages)
  • Two Professional Letters of Recommendation describing your suitability for the seminar. The letters should be signed and on letterhead.

 

For more information, please visit the Changing Faces Seminar webpage.

You may also email changingfaces@eastwestcenter.org or call Liz A. Dorn at 808-944-7368.