(PRESS RELEASE) – SLUDTERA would like to inform interested persons that the 2018 International Visitors Leadership Program is underway.
According to a release on the BUREAU OF EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS media page, this week, 41 women entrepreneurs from around the world arrived in Washington, D.C. to begin their (IVLP), “Women Entrepreneurs:
Alumni as Economic Multipliers.” The participants are returning to the United States as IVLP alumnae of women’s entrepreneurship and small business development programs. They are based in 36 different countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.
The women will meet with public and private sector representatives to discuss federal and global efforts to promote the status of women and foster economic growth and stability.
The program includes opportunities for them to collaborate with other women business leaders in the United States and around the world at all levels of development, from start-ups to major corporations, as well as business incubators, financial institutions, NGOs, and universities that support entrepreneurship among women.
The program begins in Washington, D.C. before the participants split up and travel to California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas. During these city splits, they will meet with women business owners and state and local organizations that support women in the workplace. The program will close on September 28 when the participants return to their home countries.
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The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. Through short-term visits to the United States, current and emerging foreign leaders in a variety of fields experience this country firsthand and cultivate lasting relationships with their American counterparts. Professional meetings reflect the participants’ professional interests and support the foreign policy goals of the United States.
While in the U.S., International Visitors typically start in Washington, D.C.. then they often:
Travel to three additional cities or towns that highlight the tremendous diversity of the U.S.
Attend professional appointments with their American counterparts
Learn about the U.S. system of government at the national, state and local levels
Visit American schools, and experience American culture and social life
You can read about IVLP experiences from Leaders who have participated in this initiative.
In case you were wondering, yes young and emerging leaders from St. Lucia are eligible to apply and participate in an IVLP!