Jordanian women to graduate from entrepreneurship program

October 26, 2009

Twenty women entrepreneurs and businesswomen from Jordan will graduate 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30 from Thunderbird School of Global Management’s inaugural Supporting Entrepreneurs and Enterprise Development Seminar (SEEDS) program. The ceremony at Thunderbird’s Erickson Alumni Pavilion will be open to the media.

SEEDS provides women with intensive entrepreneurial education, coaching, mentoring and access to resources that allow them to start and grow small businesses in their homeland. The program caters to the needs of two different types of women. Half of the women are in the first stages of establishing strong businesses and will focus on business plan development. The others are experienced businesswomen looking for effective growth and leadership strategies.

Both groups attended seminars that provide women with skills in leadership, marketing, management and finance during their time in Glendale. These seminars were developed and conducted by Thunderbird faculty and successful women entrepreneurs. The participants also went on site visits to local companies such as the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce, Cookies from Home and Delstar Companies. Each participant is also matched with a mentor who has achieved success within the same or similar industry.

The program is made possible by a $1.6 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to the Business Development Center in Jordan. The partnership also brings Thunderbird’s business education expertise into Jordan through executive education, scholarships for Jordanian students, and specialized training for Jordanian business owners.

Members of the media are asked to contact Brian Camen at or 602-978-7922 if they are planning to cover the event.