Media Note: Call for Applications for the 2020 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar


Women entrepreneurs, business managers, social innovators, policy makers, and civil society leaders with 7 years of experience are invited to apply for a 13-day program in Hawaii with other women leaders from around the world.

Application Deadline:  Thursday, April 4, 2020


DHAKA, March 9, 2020 – U.S. Embassy Dhaka is pleased to invite women entrepreneurs to apply for the East-West Center organized 2020 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar.  The Seminar will bring together women entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world for a 13-day professional training, dialogue, and travel program, which seeks to enhance women’s leadership skills and entrepreneurial capacity; experientially explore innovative entrepreneurship; build a sense of self-efficacy; and expand national and regional networks.

The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, April 4, 2020.

The Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar focuses on the important role that innovation and entrepreneurship play in contributing to economic growth, job creation, and strengthening communities.  During the Seminar, participants will engage in a series of workshops focused on leadership and entrepreneurship facilitated by a noted women’s leadership trainer and the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  Participants will expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship, economic growth, leadership, and community building through carefully selected field visits and meetings with experts, practitioners, business owners, and policymakers in Hawaii.
Changing Faces participants are individually matched with local women leaders in a “host mentor” program and, in return, act as mentors for a select group of high school students in a Next Generation Service Project.  The Changing Faces Seminar also provides training and consultative sessions to help participants develop and actualize a concrete action plan for the betterment of their business or their community.  Changing Faces participants will attend and serve as panelists and moderators at the #galswithLEI forum promoting leadership, entrepreneurship, and inspiration among women and girls.

To apply for the program, visit:

Application deadline:  Thursday, April 4, 2020

Who Can Apply:

The Changing Faces Seminar targets women business owners and social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated leadership and ability to effect change and influence others in their communities.  Innovative entrepreneurs, business managers, government and industry policymakers, and civil society leaders with at least seven years of work experience and who play a leadership role in their community are eligible to apply.  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 be able to communicate in English in a professional setting.  Preference is given to candidates with limited opportunities for international exchange and professional development as well as those who offer to cost-share programmatic costs.  A phone interview may be conducted with finalists.  For more details about program eligibility, visit: