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We are excited to welcome the women of The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women and their PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® PROGRAM to Trailblazers Impact!  PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® is an annual business training and mentorship program for women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. The program is in its 14th year and is implemented through three major components — In-Country Education, Leadership Development, and Pay It Forward — which combine to create a program to educate women, promote their business and leadership skills, build a strong public policy agenda in the women’s business community, and to help build stable democracies.

We had the opportunity to speak to the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program facilitators and students about their incredible achievements in business despite the overwhelming daily obstacles they face in Afghanistan and Rwanda. While they may call themselves ordinary women, we think they are the true definition of extraordinary.

The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (or IEEW), started in 2006, is an Oklahoma City based 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to empower women to grow their businesses, pursue greater entrepreneurial ventures and become more active public policy advocates. The Institute accomplishes this mission by focusing on education, mentorship and coaching women in the United States and abroad who are seeking to acquire entrepreneurial skills to help start and grow a business.

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                        Sylvia Scott

Ep. 33-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.