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Santa Clara University Program Trains Leaders to Enact Social Change on a Global Level
Friday, Jul. 23, 2010
SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 23, 2010 —A Colombian activist seeks restitution for women displaced by internal war. A former policewoman in Malawi expands the reach of her four care centers for children orphaned by AIDS. A Pakistani woman trains mountain residents to protect themselves against climate change.
These global entrepreneurs, and 18 others, are coming to Santa Clara University July 31 through August 7 to receive training and coaching as part of the University’s inaugural Global Leaders for Justice (GLJ) program. Their visit is part of a three –month effort to help experienced leaders creatively break through business barriers and expand their network of global peers. Most of the international leaders receive scholarships to attend the program.
The GLJ program seeks to build on the success of a related program that has taken place at SCU for the past five years: the Women Leaders for the World (WLW) training and coaching program, sponsored by the Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN).
Both GLJ and WLW focuses the participants on answering the question “Who are you as a leader?” as a way to spark innovation, foster global citizenship, and expand the capacity and network of women leaders. To date, WLW has trained 100 graduates in 29 different countries. For example, one alumna, a former teen widow in Kenya, successfully expanded a project to shelter and educate women in her country escaping genital mutilation. The program helped her become a stronger advocate for the women and to locate supporters worldwide.
GLJ is a joint effort between Santa Clara University’s School of Law, the SCU Leavey School of Business, and the GWLN. Santa Clara University houses the program, and GLJ leaders oversee a five-member coaching team that will spend three months after the program helping the participants enact their visions.
The inaugural 21 attendees at the program are from Armenia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana, India, Italy, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, Tanzania, and the United States. Their stories or biographies, as well as information about the program and faculty, are available at GWLN’s website.
Public and Media Availability:
Most of the sessions and training at GLJ take place in private meetings. Two events will be open to the public and the press: A public dialogue focused on global innovation, and a graduation ceremony at which graduates will summarize their project visions.
The public event details follow:
Global Innovation Dialogue: The Power of Transformative Justice event, August 5, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Locatelli Student Activities Center, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, Calif. 95053. Please pre-register online at www.scu.edu/business/GIDrsvp/
Graduation Celebration: August 7, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Locatelli Center, Santa Clara University.
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