This program is soliciting support of women Indian professors for social entrepreneurship

empowering Indian female entrepreneurs

To inspire, involve and develop more women entrepreneurs from India, Tupperware Brands is seeking the participation of female Indian professors to participate in its Global Links program, a five month intensive education and business program focused on social entrepreneurship.

In partnership with Rollins College and the US Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, the program is designed to expand women’s entrepreneurship in developing and post-conflict countries.

The program begins in the United States (U.S.), and it combines executive business classes, a hands-on externship at Tupperware Brands Corporation and on-going mentoring for the selected Indian business professor. After the completion of the immersion experience, the professor returns to her home university where she would be expected to implement a social entrepreneurship plan that would have transformational impact on her students and local community.

In 2015, Dr. Sharmistha Banerjee was selected as the first Global Links scholar from India. Dr. Banerjee is a professor for the Department of Business Management at the University of Calcutta. Since her return from her U.S. based immersion experience, Dr. Banerjee has held nine workshops where more than 400 students and 50 faculty members have been engaged in social entrepreneurship curriculum. 14 out of the 400 students have been trained and selected to work directly with female entrepreneurs who own enterprises in the Calcutta community.

Connection with the female entrepreneurs was made possible by the support of Bandhan Bank, which has provided critical business loans to the entrepreneurs. Not only has this program taught the students business fundamentals, it has inspired them to work on business projects that give back to their community. The mission of the program is to continue to build on the “learn and return” model to further entrepreneurial opportunities for women in India.

After a successful 2012 pilot in Iraq, the program expanded to India – a country that sees only 35% female participation in the job market, despite it being the 10th largest economy with respect to GDP, and with a projected growth rate of 5 percent. By 2020, the working age population of India is expected to reach 856 million, translating to a need for 10 million jobs per year.

“Through the Global Links ‘learn and return’ model there is a ripple effect of social impact that aligns so perfectly with what Tupperware has been doing for more than 70 years – empowering women, enabling their financial independence and changing lives through opportunity, support and relationships,” said Rick Goings, Tupperware Brands Corporation Chairman and CEO.

“Programs like Global Links illustrate the impact that’s possible when government, business and academia work together,” said Catherine Russell, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.

The deadline for application submission is September 6, 2016.

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