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46 minutes | 20 days ago
Ep. 34 - Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai: Empowering Women in Afghanistan
Are you courageous? Imagine yourself walking down a street in Afghanistan. You have to be accompanied by a male relative. As you walk along, the potential of a bomb exploding is very real. How do you economically and socially empower oppressed women? Education. By arming women with knowledge, they are able to develop themselves and their households. Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai has a passion that continues driving through adversity again and again. She’s lived under the Taliban regime in Pakistan, she has provided training programs and opportunities for women in Afghanistan. She has tried and failed and gotten up again to try another avenue. Her latest venture is Eagle Online Academy, which is a nonprofit organization offering quality, flexible online educational programs globally. She feels that a good quality education can be life-changing for girls and women giving them marketable skills. www.TrailBlazersImpact.com
13 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep. 40 - Drs. Sharifa Hesarnaee /Susan Chambers: Two Brave Doctors
Dr. Sharifa Hesarnaee of Kabul, Afghanistan, tells about struggling to maintain the OB/GYN department in a Kabul hospital dealing with both COVID-19 and a horrific terrorist attack on the hospital. Dr. Susan Chambers of Oklahoma City, OK, is her mentor who has continued to be a friend to Sharifa during all this as well as work herself in a hospital in the United States during COVID. You will get a feeling of what they mean by "security" being their biggest worry. The comparison of the environments is a "must listen!"
14 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep. 39 - Barbara Crain: Dairy and Beef Farming in Oklahoma
Barbara Crain, along with her husband, pioneered grass-fed dairy and beef in the state of Oklahoma. Together they have taken a tired, underproducing wheat farm and turned it into a profitable, environmentally responsible value-added grass-fed dairy farm. They began dairy farming in 1991 and built the processing plant in 2005 so they could process their own milk. Barbara oversees manufacturing, marketing, and distribution of all the products. She would like to be an example of how a small farm can be profitable, sustainable, and a viable option for the next generation. Barbara has hosted PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® women from both Afghanistan and Rwanda.
21 minutes | 5 months ago
Ep. 38 - Michel Buthion: Restaurant Creativity!
Michel Buthion is considered a fine food and wine aficionado not just in Oklahoma, but around the globe. Other ventures have included turning a vintage theatre into a dining and event center, building and managing the first boutique hotel food and beverage concept in the City, taking over a favorite Italian eatery in town, and finally, developing and managing that long dreamed of saloon and chop house in Stockyards City. At the same time, La Baguette Bistro has grown into a full bar and dining room anchored by their own butchery, bakery, and fine wine store. Hear about the fun events he orchestrated to keep his business alive during COVID-19!
22 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 37-Manizha Wafeq: The Real Afghanistan Today
Manizha Wafeq graduated from the inaugural PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® class in 2007 and is currently teaching her 13th year of the program in Kabul as the In-Country Facilitator for Afghanistan. In this role, she has taught and mentored more than 400 Afghan businesswomen in Kabul and other smaller provinces. She tells us what is happening in Afghanistan with the hospital attack and the coronavirus. LISTEN to her full story on Episode 7 of Peace Through Business Podcast.
12 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 36 - Mohsina Saqeb: Creativity in Clothing Manufacturing
Ms. Mohseni Saqeb is the Founder and President of Jama Saqeb Design and Production Company in Afghanistan. She is a skilled business woman with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. Jama's products in the clothing design sector combine new, classic and local designs such as formal, local and traditional clothing, handbags, pillow covers and mobile phones with new, classic and local designs. The company now provides services in different provinces and countries in America, Australia, Europe and Asia.
14 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 35 - Florence Isaro: Reading in Rwanda
Ep. 35 - Florence Isaro is a passionate linguist who works as a translator with two bachelor’s degrees, one in Political Science and one in English-French translation. As an adult in Rwanda, she has seen firsthand how challenging it is for parents to get their children to and from the public library. Her very inspiring objective for her business, Books and Brains Ltd. is to create an enterprise that will not only help kids discover the power of books but will also make those books more accessible to those children who don’t have the luxury of a public library in their neighborhood.
16 minutes | 6 months ago
Ep. 34 - Barbara Umumoza: We Are Feeding the People
Barbara Umuhoza is a pastor and the owner of Eclat Communications. She’s particularly dedicated to helping her country become a regional conference hub for east Africa. Her company has a wide spread of services, such as translation, content production, and social media usage. She talks about how COVID has changed the pastoral mission. She also has a new television station channel! LISTEN to her full episode 16 on Peace Through Business podcast.
33 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 33-Sylvia Scott: Building the Girls CEO Connection
After a long career in the fashion industry, Sylvia Scott was ready for a career pivot. New work led her to coordinating a mother-daughter entrepreneurship summit, and it was the springboard for a desire to help teen girls find a path to entrepreneurship. Her organization, the Girls CEO Connection, offers coaching, mentoring, and regular conferences that connect girls with business leaders and training in how to own their success. Her help hasn’t stopped there, as she also has been connected with women in Afghanistan through the Peace Through Business program. She has been moved by the women’s sacrifices and commitment to building a future in the war-plagued nation. Shop on our site for her book, Realizing a Vision, Your Toolkit for Success.
28 minutes | 10 months ago
Ep. 32-Cathy Cruzan: Unexpected Joy of Mentorship
As president of Funds for Learning, Cathy Cruzan leads her the consultancy in assisting schools and libraries navigate the E-rate program, a critical source of discounts on Internet services. She has a broad portfolio at the company, overseeing their various business efforts. With this experience, she was an ideal mentor for the Peace Through Business program, where she was embraced the role of guiding rising business leaders from Rwanda in how to find success and grow their business. In this podcast she discusses the heartbreak of those whose families were killed in the Rwandan genocide. Yet lasting bonds were formed over the shared experiences and challenges these women shared with those everywhere who enter business.
29 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 31-Alyssa Weathers-Murphy: The Siren Call of Independence
Alyssa Weathers-Murphy knows the dread of an unfulfilling corporate job. One day, it was finally time to put her considerable skills and passion to use on her own business, striking out to launch her own marketing agency. Nearly a year later, Siren Media is growing fast with an all-female team of close-knit creatives who help small businesses tell their stories and build success. Her team offers graphic and web design, social media content, search engine marketing, and other key services to a diverse client base. A third-generation small business owner, Weathers-Murphy shares her journey and strategies for how women can self-advocate and support others in their networks.
30 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 30-Ginger Sloan: Learning Due Diligence
After Ginger Sloan had her first daughter, she was determined to work from home. On a whim, she answered a radio ad to become a medical transcriptionist, quickly finishing coursework and embarking on a new career. She grew a solo operation into Encore Medical Services, with a team of transcriptionists providing medical clients with rapid turnaround for their transcription needs. She’s learned the ups and downs of being a woman in the business world, gaining diligence in who to connect with for growing a business. Sloan shares these tips and more with businesswomen from Rwanda and Afghanistan through the Peace Through Business program. She cherishes these experiences and has much to share how she’s connected with these women through their shared experiences.
21 minutes | a year ago
Ep.29-Jan Hill: A Spirit Renewed Through Service
Hair Salon owner Jan Hill spent years building a successful business and helping her employees achieve success. However, after contracting an illness that resulted in the loss of using her hands, she couldn’t do hairdresser work any longer. While she could still run the business, Hill wanted to channel energy elsewhere. She was connected to the Peace Through Business program, and encountered the life-changing experience of mentoring women from Rwanda. She’s worked on helping women gain business strategy skills, but more importantly she learned as much about their resilience and the connections that can occur across cultures.
31 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 28-Sonu Ratra: Two Suitcases and a Dream
Sonu Ratra embodies the immigrant dream of coming to America and seeking success. She arrived from her native India with a pair of suitcases and just the money in her pockets as she and her husband came to chase new opportunities in the 90s in California’s Silicon Valley. Ratra recounts the journey that culminated in her founding of Akraya, a leader in IT consulting and digital enterprise staffing. Her company’s Women Back to Work program also helps companies tap into the overlooked talent pool of women returning to work after an absence. Ratra details her considerable effort at supporting women in business, including the Peace Through Business initiative.
31 minutes | a year ago
Ep.27-Angelika Coghlan: Burn the Bridge of Hope
Business success isn’t built on just hoping for the right outcome. That’s why consultant Angelika Coughlan is always telling her clients to burn that bridge of hope. Entrepreneurs must do the hard work of understanding who their customers are and what they care about. One of her most satisfying experiences with that message is extending it to women business owners in Rwanda with the Peace Through Business program. Through this mentorship she’s been inspired by how they take on challenging circumstances and reach new heights for the companies they’re building. Through her company The Success Catalyst, she’s always offering that spark of inspiration to her clients, pushing them to focus on what leads to success.
34 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 26-Mary Ruppert-Stroescu: Making Clothing Smarter
Mary Ruppert-Stroescu believes clothing can play a role in improving health outcomes. A longtime fashion designer, she is passionate about the potential for EKG and other types of monitoring systems to be embedded in clothing, delivering better information to patients and doctors. She designed and manufactured her own clothing and owned a small boutique in Paris for years, part of her lifelong passion for fashion and design. She brings that experience to the Peace Through Business program, mentoring women in industry strategy and helping them build up marketing skills. The women from Rwanda and Afghanistan inject new ideas to her work, regularly inspiring her with their strengths.
33 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 25-Monica Smiley: Never Stop Being Inspired
As editor and publisher of Enterprising Women Magazine, Monica Smiley knows the challenges women face in business. Yet what she’s seen here in the U.S. pales to the experiences of female entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. Their resilience and ability to succeed, however, leaves her continually inspired. Through her work with the Peace Through Business program, she’s helped mentor women through the unique challenges they face in their home country. In Afghanistan, women must still deal with the Taliban and major barriers to entry. In Rwanda, women are embracing technology and playing a pivotal role in rebuilding the country, though gender stereotypes remain. Learn more about these moving stories and how these women are ‘holding up the sky.’
21 minutes | a year ago
Ep.24-Karel Ford: The Role of Mentors
The Peace Through Business program provides women from Rwanda and Afghanistan with the essential skills they need to unleash their entrepreneurial potential. Karel Ford directs the mentorship side with the initiative, pairing up U.S.-based business leaders with women who are launching and building businesses, often in challenging and sometimes dangerous, circumstances. Ford describes how the women who enter the program thrive, building stronger partnerships with their American counterparts and expanding their networks in their home countries. Graduates have embraced challenges such as helping women arrested for selling their goods on the street by taking them under their wing to build legitimate businesses. She is continually inspired by how they are transforming their world.
22 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 23-Karel Ford: My Role in IEEW
Karel Ford wants to see women worldwide have the freedom and skills to start their own businesses. This is why she heads the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, where she and her team mentor women in Rwanda and Afghanistan giving them valuable entrepreneurship skills to help them find success in their home country. Women in the program learn critical skills to launch their business, nurture its growth, and work within their political systems to achieve lasting change. Ford describes the lifelong bonds formed through mentorship training and seeing the women build up their careers and communities, driving a female-powered future.
12 minutes | a year ago
Ep. 22-Princesse Umutesiwase: Embrace the Challenges you Faced and Use them as Fuel for your Journey
Princesses Umuntesiwase always got pushack from her brothers about how much she would be able to accomplish as a girl. Proving them wrong became paramount, and she worked hard through school to earn a scholarship at a university in Nairobi, then landing a job at the central bank of Rwanda. Yet the tug was strong for another achievement — owning her own business. With Legacy Brands, she has created a business with a vast variety of services, everything from branding and publishing to event management. A steady part of her business is renting cars, with the Kenyan, Moroccan, and Ugandan embassies as clients. Despite her earlier experience with her brothers, she came to earn their respect. Her goal is to make documentaries, especially about Rwanda, and to share with the world how her country is a beautiful place that has overcome its past and has much to offer for the future. If you liked what you heard, please hit the SHARE button above and share this episode with your network! Please visit our website for more inspiring stories: www.TrailBlazersImpact.com/peacethroughbusiness and FOLLOW US! Subscribe to our email list to get all our latest podcasts directly to your inbox: http://bit.ly/2ZBeoW9 Did this episode get you thinking? Please share your thoughts with us at email@example.com Keep in touch with Trailblazers Impact here: Twitter: @TrailblzrsImpct Facebook: @TrailBlazersImpact Instagram: @trailblazersimpact LinkedIn: TrailBlazers Impact Podcast Rated #27 in Pretty Progressive: https://prettyprogressive.com/inspiring-podcasts-for-women-in-their-20s/ Rated #2 in Feedspot Trailblazers and Trendsetters: https://blog.feedspot.com/trailblazers_podcasts/
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