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Monday, April 14, 2014


Theme:  Women as Innovators and Entrepreneurs:  Generating Job Creation and Strengthening Communities 
The 2014 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar will focus on the important role that innovation and entrepreneurship plays in contributing to job creation and strengthening communities. Innovators may generally be defined as those who have created an original idea or product, are recognized for their ability to “build a better mouse-trap” or improve upon an original idea or find new arenas for application. Participants will, thus, explore how their innovative and entrepreneurial skills, experience, and knowledge generate value through the creation or expansion of economic activity, evidenced by job creation, economic growth and community development. In addition, participants will discuss the broader linkages between business and the community. 
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Dates:  Monday, July 14 – Saturday, July 26, 2014 
Study Destinations:  Honolulu and Maui, Hawaii 
Who Can Apply:  Women business owners and senior managers, government and industry policymakers, and civil society organization leaders with 7-15 years of work experience are eligible to apply. Successful candidates will have demonstrated leadership and innovation in their current and past positions as well as potential to affect change in their communities and influence others. 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, multi-cultural setting. Preference is given to candidates with limited opportunities for international exchange and professional development. 
Application Deadline:  Tuesday, May 6, 2014 
Funding:  The 2014 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar is funded by the East-West Center with entrepreneurial training provided by Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii, Manoa.
EWC will fund ten women from the Asia Pacific region, defined here as:  Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tonga, Vietnam, and the United States. Funding covers all costs associated with participation, except roundtrip airfare to and from Honolulu, visa fees, health insurance and baggage charges. 
East-West Center funding is not available for citizens outside the Asia Pacific region, but qualified women from outside the region are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants from countries those listed above must pay a seminar fee, of USD $2,075/per participant, to be paid prior to the beginning of the seminar. The seminar fee covers the following programmatic costs:         
  • Roundtrip airfare from Honolulu to Maui, Hawaii
  • Ground transportation and airport transfers
  • Lodging in Honolulu and Maui for 12 days
  • Provided program meals and a modest per diem
  • Pro-rated speaker honorariums and training workshops
  • Individually tailored host mentorship
  • Seminar DVD of program documents, speaker PowerPoint presentations and photos
  • Participant Resource Materials 
NOTE: Self-funded women are responsible for their flights to and from Honolulu as well as visa fees, health insurance and baggage fees.
How to Apply:  All applicants must complete an application form. You may download PDF or MS Word versions below.
In addition to the completed application form, applicants must also provide the following:
  • Letter of Interest (maximum three pages) including:
    • A brief description of your company/organization and your role
    • What you expect both to contribute and to gain from participating in Changing Faces
    • Concrete example(s) of professional leadership and innovation, as defined above
    • Demonstrated potential for impact within your community
    • Identify a priority goal either for your organization or community 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 should be signed and on letterhead. 
CF2014-ApplicationForm.pdf (please save the pdf file first before filling in the form)
Late applications will not be accepted.
Please send applications by Tuesday, May 6, 2014 via post, fax or email to:
Changing Faces Women's Seminar
East-West Seminars
East-West Center
1601 East West Road
Honolulu, HI  96848  USA
Fax: 808-944-7600
Inquiries: 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.

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