Assistant Secretary Royce Launches the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

March 6, 2019

Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) Marie Royce launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a new program supporting women entrepreneurs around the world, during an International Women’s Day forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Department of State on March 6.

During the panel discussion, “We are Better Together: Uncommon Alliances that Generate Impact” Royce highlighted the importance of public-private partnerships and empowering women to advance economic growth and global stability.

AWE will equip women with the practical skills needed to create sustainable businesses and enterprises by providing business resources, fostering networks of mentors and like-minded entrepreneurs in the region and the United States, and providing access to a network of women leaders participating in ECA exchange programs that promote women’s empowerment.

Through an inclusive learning community, women from 26 countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa will be given opportunities to learn the fundamentals of business, including creating business plans and raising capital, with the goal of building a better future for families and communities around the world.

AWE supports the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, which is designed to empower at least 50 million women worldwide by 2025 to fulfill their economic potential, and in doing so, create conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all.

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