Members of the 2017 Rwandan PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® class flank their leader, In-Country Facilitator Chantal Munanayire, one of three women awarded the International Women of Courage award by US Embassy’s Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles. L to R: Angella Musengwayire, Belyse Kamendege, Goretti Kabano, Chantal Munanyire, Mathilde Umurerwa, Rosine Benimana, Rosette Kirungi Gahima.

March 28, 2017
Let’s toast to Women’s History Month and Women in Sports, hosted by Judy Love of Love’s Travel Stops. Proceeds benefit PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS®.
At 5:30 PM, hear from women executives in the NBA and female athletes out there making a difference including Yolanda Odenyo Thomas (former WPSL player and current University of Tulsa coach) on their diverse paths to success.
At 7 PM: Stay for some Oklahoma City Blue basketball and a little interactive fun for the entire family.
Join us at the Cox Convention Center: buy tickets or email us for more info. Tickets include appetizers & 1 drink ticket. We are serving a specialty cocktail you won’t want to miss!
Thanks to our sponsors: AT&T, Bank of America, Jeaneen Naifeh, Laser Light Skin Clinic, Mary Jane Calvey, Jenee Naifeh Lister, & Great Plains Coca-Cola.

Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles and Women of Courage winner PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Facilitator Chantal Munanayire (third and fourth on back row) surrounded by fellow award winners and loved ones.
EMPOWERING WOMEN.  This March Women’s History Month just keeps getting better and better! First, we were honored with the First Lady of Afghanistan hosting our in-country graduation in Kabul. Now, PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) leader and graduate Chantal Munanayire was one of three women to receive the International Women of Courage award from the US Embassy in Rwanda on Friday. Longtime friend, Ambassador Erica Barks-Ruggles, rewarded Chantal and two other strong women making a difference following a Facebook call for nominations that brought in over 40,000 stories of people affecting real change in their communities. To receive this internationally-recognized award is a real achievement.
Chantal received this award on the very day that the members of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) Class of 2017 were making their final business plan presentations to an independent selection committee. They would choose the top 15 that would travel to the United States for further Leadership Development, demonstrating how they have learned over the years to balance multiple priorities in their paths to becoming female entrepreneurs. We are grateful to have Chantal on our team and glad she is out there making a difference.
We hope you will have the opportunity to meet Chantal and some members of the class of 2017 in Oklahoma City or Dallas in July. Drop us an email and learn how!
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Together, We Are Paving the Road to Peace
This month, the 2017 class of PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® held their graduation ceremonies in Kabul and Kigali, honoring the almost 60 global women entrepreneurs who will make ripples in our global economy.
By supporting PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS®, you also honor Women’s History Month. Buy a ticket to our Thursday evening event. Or donate today. Or simply take a moment to thank a woman you know who is out there making a difference. It can be a simple text or email, but that small effort can go a long way. As this month of honoring women has reminded me, the largest of impacts always begin with the smallest of steps. Will you take one?
This month and always, together we are paving the road to peace, one woman at a time.
Best wishes,
Dr. Terry Neese