Latin American women go to US for business mentoring
A group of 12 female entrepreneurs from Latin America is in the US for a programme designed to develop their business skills.
During their stay in the country, the women will undertake a series of visits to US businesses, in cities such as Washington, Albuquerque and San Diego.
In addition, they will receive training sessions from US business people and politicians, and attend workshops on topics such as leadership and growing successful enterprises.
The initiative was announced by President Barack Obama in April 2012, and is part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas) programme to drive economic growth in both North and South America.
WEAmericas is born out of recognition that women-owned small and medium businesses are important drivers of growth. The International Exchange programme is designed to encourage and inspire women from Latin America to continue expanding their businesses back home.
To help with this, the participants will receive further training and mentoring when they return to South America. They will also be connected to other members of the WEAmericas Network, so they can continue to share best practice and learn from the experiences of other business leaders.
As part of the wider programme, WEAMericas will hold its second annual convention in Chile this October, attracting business people and politicians from across the Americas.