Applications are open for the 12-month intensive education and business course to be held in the US in association with Rollins College, Florida. Prachi Rege gets the details.
Indian women are poised to contribute significantly to India’s future growth and development. Booz and Co. estimates that matching female to male employment rates would increase India’s GDP by 27 per cent.
Currently, women represent less than a quarter of the country’s workforce employed in the formal economy and women-owned enterprises account only 10 per cent of the country’s micro, small and medium enterprise sector. Keeping this trend in mind US-based Tupperware Brands has opened applications for its Global Links Scholar programme for Indian women professors.
"As a company, our business model in India is established and successful and we want to continue supporting Indian women in realising their entrepreneurial potential," says Rick Goings, CEO, Tupperware Brands.
Tupperware Brands has joined hands with the US Secretary of State`s Office of Global Women`s Issues, and Rollins College, Florida , in order to play a catalyst toward economic empowerment of women globally.
"The goal of the programme is to inspire the development of a new generation of entrepreneurs globally," mentions Goings. The 12-month programme will be conducted at Rollins. Its train-the-trainer model focuses on female professors because of their ability to directly influence students through their classes and to indirectly influence their community through leadership and serving as a role model.
"Creating an effective business enabling environment for women entrepreneurs requires both addressing hurdles that disproportionately affect women and supporting market interventions that expand opportunities," says Catherine Russell, ambassador, Secretary of State`s Office of Global Women`s Issues.
Rollins College provides the academic backbone to the programme. Through the faculty mentor, Dr Mary Conway Dato-on, associate professor, International Business and Social Entrepreneurship, all scholarly activities including curricular and co-curricular aspects are organised.
The visiting scholar will attend classes taught by other faculty throughout the college and have complete access to all resources available to college faculty (e.g., library, information technology, office support). During the tenure of the course, a scholar can also take up additional courses which focus on strengthening their technical business skills.
"The Global Links Scholar will have at her disposal the entire curriculum that Rollins College and the Crummer Graduate School of business offers. Working with the faculty mentor, the Scholar will select courses that enhance her particular expertise while developing knowledge in the area of social entrepreneurship, career development, and leadership," mentions Goings.
The mentor works in tandem with the scholar to process the multitude of business opportunities, understand intense new impactful areas of research, teaching, and community engagement. While the 5Cs (culture, curriculum, community, career, and coaching) drive the programme, it is adjusted to her area of expertise and the needs of her community.
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