In honor of International Women’s Day, the US Embassy Kuala Lumpur is hosting its first regional event. Academy of Women Entrepreneurship (AWE) The March 6-9 summit will bring together nearly 200 ExchangeAlumni, women entrepreneurs and business leaders from across the Indo-Pacific. The AWE Summit leverages U.S. business expertise and technology to build business insight, generate sustainable growth, and strengthen networks among women entrepreneurs across the region.
AWE, launched in 2019 by the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Education and Cultural Affairs is an exchange program that provides women with the knowledge, networks and access they need to start and scale successful businesses. in cooperation with the secretariat USA Speaker Programthe Summit brings America’s leading expertise in technology and innovation in a workshop with two business leaders in technology and finance.
Nancy Wang, General Manager of Amazon Web Services, delivers a keynote address on International Women’s Day on March 8. Advancement of women in technical fields (AWIT) is a global 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with over 35,000 members across three continents. AWIT has provided mentoring to promote women’s leadership roles in product and engineering for B2B companies, training 40,000 women through Coursera’s product management and cloud computing courses.
“I decided to start mentoring because I saw a global movement to support women’s financial independence by advancing their career paths and wanted to be a part of it,” Wang said.
At the AWE Summit, Wang will lead a workshop to train AWE graduates on the importance of achieving product market fit, future-proofing, creating sustainable business models, and embracing equity . Her one of the key growth areas for women entrepreneurs is understanding how to create businesses that thrive and grow over time, enabling women to become financially independent. This can be achieved by having women develop and market the right products, she says. in the right market.
Wang founded AWIT as a non-profit organization to advance careers and address diversity gaps in leadership.and Recent AWIT Press Releases The organization announced that it is now working with the U.S. Department of State to explore ways to support more women in AWE’s global network.
Rekha Pai Kamath, an angel investor and partner of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund, led a fundraising-focused workshop that addressed various avenues for funding businesses and provided a forum for investors. design your successful business pitch. Kamas began working with the State Department in 2012 as a guest speaker for another US government program. tech womanand energized by the experience.
“It was very inspiring to see the State Department trying to connect women in tech in emerging countries with women in Silicon Valley,” Kamas said. “And for me, a female engineer, I felt that this was a way for me to connect, give back, share, and be involved.”
Born and raised in India, Kamas faces many obstacles in starting her own business and is determined to give back to other women. She hopes to inspire those attending the summit to invest in startups and wants to share lessons learned on how to make new companies more attractive to investors. It’s a lesson many women entrepreneurs want to learn.
“One of the things I hope women will get out of this summit is confidence,” Kamas said. “The journey may seem daunting right now, but there are resources available to everyone and I am here to help.”
A US government exchange program, AWE empowers women by teaching them the strategic planning and business development skills they need to thrive. The focus is on building greater confidence and independent decision-making among women entrepreneurs with the help of some of the best tech experts in the United States.
“Owning your own business gives you financial freedom. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned to help women around the world achieve this.”
of Female Entrepreneur Academy A U.S. Department of State program that directly supports the U.S. National Strategy on Gender Equality and Equality. Since 2019, AWE has dream builder An online learning platform developed by Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management empowers over 25,000 women entrepreneurs in 100 countries to pursue their dreams of owning a business. With operations in countries across Asia and the Pacific, AWE helps approximately 1,200 women entrepreneurs grow their businesses and reach their full financial potential each year.
US Speaker Program Office We work with U.S. embassies and consulates around the world to connect foreign and U.S. citizen experts on topics of strategic importance to the United States. Programs are delivered in person or through a virtual engagement platform and focus on important foreign policy topics. The US Speaker program gives professionals the opportunity to engage with new audiences, expand their networks, and exchange ideas with professionals around the world.
For more information on AWE, please visit: https://eca.state.gov/awe
About the author: Naomi Hampton is a US State Department intern currently studying American History and Politics at University College London.