In July, 30 Academy students partnered with dynamic, female mentors from the East-West Center's Changing Faces Women's Leadership Seminar (CFWLS). These entrepreneurs, hailing from 11 countries around the globe, including Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Vietnam, shared about the projects or businesses each had started in their country.
The students met and mingled with the international participants and local community leaders in an informal reception at the Richards Street YWCA.
On July 22, the CFWLS mentors visited and toured the school's campus. They also listened to a presentation about women's leadership in the United States by Head of School Betty White; engaged in small group discussions about their projects and gave tips on leadership; and exchanged small gifts with the students.
Senior Jadeann Domanguera concluded, "I heard different insights of what it's like to take the lead and learned from Ritusmita Biswan of India that life will have ups and downs, but I shouldn't let that stop me from following my heart."
Changing Women's Leadership Seminar is an ongoing project of the East-West Center, and Student Activities Director Toni Normand worked with Elizabeth Dorn and Ann Hartman to organize the event.