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Global Links

A cross-cultural exchange program for high achieving female professors.

When Women Lead

What is Global Links?

The Global Links program aims to create a world of better opportunities by empowering women through education and entrepreneurship. Founded in 2011, the program is a public private partnership between Rollins College and Tupperware Brands with the support of the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Global Links is a cross-cultural exchange program designed to expand women’s entrepreneurship in developing countries through a “train-the-trainer” model. Each cycle, the program sponsors a female scholar to complete three phases between the U.S. and her home country. The first phase is a six-month intensive business and social entrepreneurship training conducted at Rollins College and Tupperware Brands. After this training, professors return to their home country and integrate their new business education curriculum at their university and local community.

Purpose

Program Purpose

  • Inspire the development of a new generation of entrepreneurs through a model that has the potential to reach hundreds of university students and female entrepreneurs while positively impacting the lives of American students.
  • Build the capacity of a promising, dedicated female professor interested in developing female entrepreneurship.
  • Develop business experience and skills through an externship in a public multi-billion-dollar company.
  • Expand pedagogical and research proficiencies through mentoring provided by a leading academic institution in the United States.

Elements of Global Links

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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 that targets female business professors in developing countries to participate in the program as the Global Links Scholar. Each cycle, the program sponsors a female scholar to complete three phases.

Phase 1

The first phase involves six months of in-depth training in social entrepreneurship and practical business skills in the United States. During Phase 1, the scholar receives business fundamental courses at the Crummer Graduate School of Business and College of Liberal Arts at Rollins College, followed by a professional externship at Tupperware Brands Headquarters.

Phase 2

After this rigorous training, the selected scholar returns to her home country for Phase 2 of the program, where she integrates her new learnings in her community and at the university where she is employed. The underlying philosophy of the train-the-trainer model involves students, recruited and trained by the scholar, engaging with communities and mentoring women to start or scale their own businesses. This model provides social issue flexibility for partners looking to create shared value because the curriculum can be tailored to address a multitude of barriers facing women in the economy including: access to small business expertise, basic financial tools education, basic job skills requirements, specialized training (e.g. IT, manufacturing) etc.

Phase 3

At the end of Phase 2, five students are given the title of ‘Changemakers’ and are selected to participate in the Phase 3 two-week immersion program at Rollins College. The goal of Phase 3 is to further enhance the students’ social entrepreneurship learning and training.

Integration

The scholar returns to her home country to open a career center where she will be able to disseminate the best practice principles to her students and women-owned businesses. The scholar, student volunteers, and Changemakers always remain spokespersons for the Global Links program.

Program Impact, Women in Business

To date, the Global Links program has sponsored four scholars: one from Iraq, two from India, and the current scholar from Brazil. Each Global Links 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 and there is a growing awareness that their 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 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 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. Rumpa Chakraborty

Dr. Rumpa Chrakraborty

2017 Global Links 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 Hal
Sharmistha Banerjee

Dr. Sharmistha Banerjee

2015-2017 Global Links 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 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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