2017 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar

Dear Members,

Please refer to the email below on the announcement on the 2017 Changing Faces Women's Leadership Seminar.

January 25, 2017

Dear Changing Faces Alumni,

I am writing to share the 2017 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar announcement pasted below. Given your prestige, reach, and past experience as a Changing Faces participant, Ann and I ask that you share this opportunity with your network and encourage qualified female business owners and social entrepreneurs to apply. We also invite our Changing Faces alumni to contribute to a newly established alumni scholarship fund, enabling us to include more women in this impactful Seminar. Contributions of any amount are welcomed, but we encourage you to consider making an annual commitment that is comfortably within your resources. Contributions will be pooled to provide partial and fully scholarships. Should you wish to make a contribution towards the participation of an innovative business or social entrepreneur in 2017, please do so via the Donate Now link on the Changing Faces webpage, clicking on “Changing Faces” in the drop down menu.

Should you be willing/able to fully sponsor a participant at USD$2,675/pp), you will have the option of naming the scholarship, setting participant selection parameters regarding region or industry, and being publicly recognized as a sponsor. For instance, 2016 Changing Faces alum, Brianne West, has graciously gifted the East-West Center with an Ethique Scholarship open to women working in the sustainability/fair trade/women’s cooperative space. Please reach out to Ann or myself if you are interested in a funding a named scholarship.

Thank you again and best wishes to some of the most inspiring women I know!


Liz A. DORN | Program Coordinator, Seminars | 808.944.7368 | Cell 619.417.7234
East-West Center | 1601 East West Road | Honolulu, HI | 96848-1601 | EastWestCenter.org

2017 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar


Theme: Women as Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Dates: June 18 – July 1, 2017
Study Destinations: Honolulu, Kona, and Hilo, Hawaii

The 2017 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar 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.

Who Can Apply: 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.

For more information about this seminar and instructions on how to apply, visit our website www.eastwestcenter.org/changingfaces