Magic moments from our March 30 Women in Sports event.
Clockwise from left: speaker and PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) mentor Yolanda Odenyo-Thomas (right) with mother-in-law Harriet Thomas, speaker and PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) mentor Andrea Mason (right) with daughter Jada and Shelly Schultz (center), and Coach Jackee Brown (front center) poses for a selfie with some of the Northwest Classen High girls basketball team. Go, women!

April 4, 2017

Longtime PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® mentors and volunteers Jan Hill & Eva Jameel enjoy the festivities at Cox Convention Center on March 30.
EMPOWERING WOMEN.  Wow. What an amazing whirlwind of activity March Women’s History Month was for PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r)! First, we were honored with the First Lady of Afghanistan, Mrs. Rula Ghani, hosting our in-country graduation in Kabul. Then, PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) leader and graduate Chantal Munanayire receive the International Women of Courage award from the US Embassy in Rwanda. Not to mention, almost 60 global women entrepreneurs joined the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) alumnae rolls, thereby boosting the collective power of each individual. PLUS I traveled to DC for the US-Afghan Women’s Council meeting with Mrs. Ghani and Mrs. Laura Bush. Phew, that’s quite a month!
It made sense that we would round out this powerful global month with a local celebration that could make a big impact. Since a big part of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) ethos is paying it forward to other women and future leaders, we wanted to bring together a mix of local leaders, program mentors, entrepreneurs, and young students to honor Women’s History Month with a unique Women in Sports evening. We were thrilled to partner with The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Oklahoma City Blue at the Cox Convention Center Arena with a dynamic panel of three women NBA executives including Christine Berney, Dawn Turner and Ayana Lawson outlining their obstacles and paths to success. See some event photos courtesy of OKC Committee member Katie Ward.
We rounded the panel out with some incredibly inspiring words from PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) mentors and athlete powerhouses Yolanda Odenyo-Thomas (former WPSL player) and Andrea Mason (Owner, barre3 OKC and Edmond) who were able to speak to why mentoring matters and how sports prepare women to be future leaders. It was wonderful to share that enthusiasm with almost 135 friends and supporters on a very busy event night in our city! I leave these evenings recharged and reinvigorated on our quest to empower women. I encourage you to join us in July in OKC or Dallas to see for yourself. Drop us an email and learn how you can get involved!
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Together, We Are Paving the Road to Peace
In March, the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Class of 2017 held their graduation ceremonies in Kabul and Kigali, honoring almost 60 entrepreneurs who will positively impact their communities and our global economy.
Each of these women presented their business plans, created during their in-country studies, to an independent selection committee. The results of these presentations, combined with grades, attendance, application guidelines and mentor feedback combined to aid the Institute in selecting which students would come to the US in July for additional Leadership Development.
Today, as you read this, 30 women entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Afghanistan are preparing for their visa appointments. Could you donate today toward their further education?
Together we are paving the road to peace, one woman at a time.
Best wishes,
Dr. Terry Neese
THANK YOU to our Women’s History Month event sponsors: 
Love’s Travel Stops, AT&T, Bank of America, Jeaneen Naifeh, Laser Light Skin Clinic, Mary Jane Calvey, Jenee Naifeh Lister, & Great Plains Coca-Cola.
Tuesday July 18 @ 21c Hotel


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