MBA Women International (MBAWI) announced today that the UN Foundation, a public charity that advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems, will support MBAWI in their initiatives to build leadership skills for women, specifically partnering for the organization’s leadership academy.
“Women’s leadership is an essential part of our global landscape,” said Kathy Calvin, CEO of the UN Foundation in a news release. “It is important to provide opportunities for women to learn and lead in an environment that pushes them to reach their fullest potential.”
MBAWI launches the international leadership academy and the resultant Executive Leadership Certification at their October 2012 conference. In conjunction with the Oliver Group, the leadership academy will include curriculum to address the gaps in skills and abilities that would better promote upward mobility for female MBA graduates, hopefuls, or those in process of obtaining a degree.
“There is a natural synergy between our work and the UN Foundation,” said Gail Romero, CEO of MBAWI. “We are delighted that the UN Foundation will be an integral part of our efforts to launch our leadership academy as well as our work with Shideezhi – our own program for Native American women and girls to strengthen their education goals and leadership skills through mentoring and scholarships. The Shideezhi Program, Navajo for Little Sister, was originally a project started by one of the MBAWI members and student leaders which was so successful that it has become an integral component of how MBAWI membership gives back to the world. Working with this prestigious UN charity is one more avenue to expand our network globally.”
One of the UN Foundation’s programs is their Girl Up Campaign, which helps teens empower peers around the globe. This program gives American girls the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. They also have a program Every Woman Every Child. This effort puts into action the Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health, which presents a roadmap on how to enhance financing, strengthen policy and improve service on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals.
–Alanna Stage, @AlannaTweets