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The Global Links Initiative

A cross-cultural training program empowering women through education & entrepreneurship.

When Women Lead

What is the Global Links Initiative?

The Global Links Initiative is a public private partnership founded in 2011 by Crummer Graduate School of Business at Rollins College and the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues with corporate sponsorship. In 2020, the Rick and Susan Goings Foundation became the primary sponsor for the Global Links Initiative. With this funding, the Global Links Initiative will expand its reach across Latin America.

Purpose

Program Purpose

  • Empower women through education & entrepreneurship
  • Support a promising and dedicated female professor interested in developing female entrepreneurship
  • Inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs in Latin America through a train-the-trainer model that reaches hundreds of university students
  • Expand pedagogical and research proficiencies through mentoring provided by a leading academic institution in the United States
  • Bring to life Crummer’s mission of developing global business leaders

Elements of the Global Links Initiative

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Application
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Phase 1
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Phase 2
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Phase 3
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Integration

Step 1 - Application

A competitive application process targets female professors at partner schools in Latin America. The selected female professor becomes the Global Links Initiative Scholar for one cycle which includes three phases over a calendar year.

Phase 1

In Phase I, a female professor from a partner university in Latin America participates in a four-month intensive business and social entrepreneurship training conducted at Crummer and Rollins.

Phase 2

During Phase II, the professor returns home to educate students on entrepreneurship development. Students then mentor local female entrepreneurs to start or scale their business, build self-confidence, and gain awareness of environmental/social issues.

Phase 3

For Phase III, Rollins welcomes the professor and five student Changemakers to campus for a two-week immersion during which they collaborate with Crummer students to develop a social venture plan.

Integration

The Global Links Initiative scholars, student mentors, and Changemakers remain actively connected as they continue to implement creative applied learning and research to support women-owned businesses in their communities and across the globe.

Program Impact, Women in Business

To date, The Global Links Initiative has sponsored four scholars: one from Iraq, two from India, and one from Brazil. Each Global Links Initiative cycle starts with one scholar, but ends with over 2,000 individuals impacted, which illustrates the ripple effect of social change that the program inspires.

Across the globe, women’s economic contribution to societies is increasing rapidly. There is growing awareness that women’s potential as employees, entrepreneurs and consumers is good for business. By 2020, it is projected that one billion women will enter the job market globally and by 2028, 75% of consumer spending will be controlled by women. In rapidly developing economies like India and Brazil, the potential contribution to the economy is marked. Women save at higher rates and their success has a multiplying effect in their communities.

Meet the Global Links Initiative Scholars

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Dr. Denise Delboni
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Dr. Rumpa Chrakraborty
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Dr. Sharmistha Banerjee
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Dr. Amel Abed Mohammed-Ali
Denise Delboni

Dr. Denise Delboni

Dr. Denise Poiani Delboni has been selected as the 2019 Global Links Initiative Scholar! Dr. Delboni is a Professor of Labor Law, Compliance, and Labor and Employment Relations at Fundação Getúlio Vargas (FGV) and Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing (ESPM), in Brazil. Dr. Delboni also works as Coordinator of the Personnel Management and Labor Compliance Program at FGV Law School. She was a Coordinator and Professor at the 10,000 Women Program, in partnership with the Goldman Sachs Foundation, to qualify entrepreneurial women in Brazil.

Additional work experience includes corporate positions at Johnson & Johnson, Suzano Paper and Cellulose, and academic assignments in the USA, England, China, Israel, India and Chile. Dr. Delboni has a PhD and Master degree along with degrees in Law and Business Administration. She is the author of several published articles in national and international congresses, Labor Relations and Collective Bargaining in Brazil and in the European Union and Corporate Business Law.

Dr. Delboni’s accomplishments:

  • Outreach to more than 700 individuals across Phases I and II
  • Conducted 6 seminars at 5 universities introducing 500 students to social entrepreneurship and Global Links
  • Trained 35 students as Global Links Volunteers
  • Mentored 35 female entrepreneurs
Dr. Rumpa Chakraborty

Dr. Rumpa Chrakraborty

2017 Global Links Initiative Scholar

Assistant Professor at the Shri Shikshayatan College in Kolkata, India

NGO Partners: Argho, Institute of Social Work (ISW), and Enterprise Development Institute (EDI)

Scholar Accomplishments:

  • Attended Ashoka U and Sullivan Retreat conferences
  • Partnered with 3 different NGOs to provide business mentorship to 30 female entrepreneurs
  • Events attended by key representatives from U.S. Consulate General, including U.S. Consul General, Mr. Craig Hall
Sharmistha Banerjee

Dr. Sharmistha Banerjee

2015-2017 Global Links Initiative Scholar

Professor of Business Management at the University of Calcutta, India

Activity Partner: Bandhan Bank

Accomplishments:

  • Fulbright scholar
  • Spoke at Ashoka U Exchange about the importance of entrepreneurship in emerging economies
  • Attended United Nations Women’s Empowerment Principles annual event
Dr. Amel

Dr. Amel Abed Mohammed-Ali

2012- 2014 Global Links Initiative Scholar

Head of Industrial Management Department Babylon University, Iraq
College of Administration & Economics

Activity Partner: Women for Women International

Accomplishments:

  • Worked with 25 Iraqi students who mentored 75 women at Women for Women International centers in Baghdad and Karbala
  • Met with policy makers such as U.S. Ambassadors Melanne Verveer and CatherineRussell
  • Attended Clinton Global Initiative
  • Attended Tupperware Jubilee
  • Published articles in Huff Post and Stanford Social Innovation Review
  • Developed career center upon returning to Babylon University
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