Hillary Clinton announces Thunderbird Pakistan Program

October 26, 2010

Thunderbird School of Global Management will host businesswomen from Pakistan this spring for entrepreneurship training as part of a new partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program. The program will be modeled on Thunderbird’s highly successful Project Artemis Afghanistan program, which launched in 2005 and has trained more than 60 women entrepreneurs from that country. 

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the partnership Friday, Oct. 22 in Washington, D.C. at a meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi.

“We are also ensuring that the advancements of women is an integral part of all the projects that we pursue together, because we know that when we elevate the role of women, it benefits their families and particularly their children, and those benefits expand to communities as well,” Secretary Clinton said at the meeting. “I’m excited today to announce today a new business development and mentorship program. The 10,000 Women Initiative, run by Goldman Sachs, will partner with the State Department to bring Pakistani women entrepreneurs for intensive training at the Thunderbird School for Global Management in Arizona, where the women will learn business and leadership skills, financial management, strategic planning and operations.”

Thunderbird was chosen to be an initial partner in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative in 2008. 10,000 Women is a global initiative that will provide 10,000 underserved women, predominantly in developing and emerging markets, with a business and management education. More detailed information about 10,000 Women can be found at

Currently the School works with Goldman Sachs for Project Artemis Afghanistan and Strengthening Women Entrepreneurship in Peru.