32 women graduate from AWE

THIRTY-TWO outstanding women in business graduated after 14 intensive weeks of undergoing the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) online business course, an initiative sponsored by the US Embassy in Port Moresby and ExxonMobil.
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US ambassador Erin McKee (centre front) and Keith Killian (centre back) with the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs at the recent graduation ceremony in Port Moresby

Staff Reporter

US ambassador to Papua New Guinea Erin McKee and ExxonMobil production manager Keith Killian were special guests at the graduation held recently in Port Moresby.
McKee congratulated all participants who completed the course: "When women do better, countries do better, communities do better, and families do better."
The US Embassy says the AWE is a pilot program in PNG, in East Asia and Pacific regions. The Academy, in support of the White-House-led women's Global Development and Prosperous Initiative, equips women with the practical skills needed to create sustainable businesses and enterprises.
"Through an inclusive learning community, participants were given opportunities to explore business fundamentals, including creating business plans and raising capital, with the goal of building a better future for their families and communities," the US Embassy said.
The US Embassy partnered other organisations to administer this program, which was sponsored by Pacifika Women Network, Coca-Cola and Exxon Mobil along with others.
Academy for Women Entrepreneurs is built around three main goals - to provide online education resources, foster networks that support access to mentorships, and connect women through existing programs. AWE targets women who have run a business for at least 12 months, who are computer literate, with at least Grade 12 and are able to attend the course in Port Moresby.