2019 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar

U.S. Embassy Suva in partnership with the East-West Center (EWC) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Changing Faces Seminar from women entrepreneurs until April 4, 2019 to expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship, economic growth, leadership and community building through carefully selected field visits and meetings with experts, practitioners, business owners and policymakers from July 7 – 20 at EWC, Hawaii.

All applicants must complete the application form together with a letter of interest, resume and two professional letters of recommendation describing the applicants’ suitability for the Seminar by Thursday, April 4 via: E-mail: changingfaces@eastwestcenter.org OR Fax: 808-944-7600. Indicate “Changing Faces Application” in the subject heading of your application. For inquiries about the application process, call Sara Lam at: 808-944-7727.

The 12-day professional training, dialogue and travel seminar will focus on the important role that innovation and entrepreneurship play in contributing to economic growth, job creation and strengthening communities. The Changing Faces Seminar will provide training and consultative sessions to help participants develop and actualize a concrete action plan for the betterment of their business or their community.

To address the challenges confronting working women entrepreneurs, including poor access to leadership and entrepreneurial training; insufficient contacts and social capital necessary to access information and advice; a paucity of role models; and a lack of positive attitudes about their own personal capacities, the East-West Center established the Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar in 2002. The Changing Faces Seminar contributes to economic growth and job creation of the Asia Pacific region and is recognized as a capacity-building model for women entrepreneurs.

To date, 185 women from 34 countries have participated and many have become tremendously successful. Changing Faces, for example, was instrumental in connecting a 2016 participant to various public relations opportunities in New Zealand that enabled her to scale her solid, beauty product micro-business to a multimillion dollar enterprise with products sold worldwide on Amazon.

Who Can Apply: The Changing Faces Seminar targets female business owners and social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated leadership and ability to affect change and influence others in their communities. Innovative entrepreneurs, business managers, government and industry policymakers, and civil society leaders with at least seven years of work experience and who play a leadership role in their community are eligible to apply. Innovators may generally be defined as those who have created an original idea or product or are recognized for their ability to improve upon an original idea or system. Applicants must have the ability to communicate in English in a professional setting. Preference is given to candidates with limited opportunities for international exchange and professional development as well as those who offer to cost-share programmatic costs. A phone interview may be conducted with finalists.

IMPORTANT: Your application is not complete until all of the following are submitted:
Letter of Interest (maximum three pages) including:
o A brief description of your company/organization and your role
o What you expect both to contribute and to gain from participating in Changing Faces
o Concrete example(s) of your professional leadership and innovation
o Demonstrated potential for impact within your community
o Identify an actionable goal for either for your organization or community that you wish to work on and outline the role you can or would like to play in achieving that goal.
*NOTE* This will serve as the basis of your Action Plan for the coming year.

Resume/CV (maximum two pages)

Two Professional Letters of Recommendation describing your suitability for the seminar. The letters must be signed and on letterhead. Electronic signatures and letterhead are acceptable.

Completed application form.

Extra pages submitted over the maximum limits, will NOT be copied for and read by the Selection Committee. Further, late applications will not be considered.

Return by Thursday, April 4, 2019 via:
E-MAIL: changingfaces@eastwestcenter.org OR FAX: (808) 944-7600
POST: Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar, Professional Development, Seminars
East-West Center, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96848-1601, USA
For information or clarification call: (808) 944-7368
PLEASE NOTE, for fax and e-mail submissions: Indicate “Changing Faces Application” in the subject heading. We will confirm receipt of the application within 5 working days. If you do not hear back from us, please follow up.