U.S. Embassy Lisbon Celebrates Connect to Success’ First Anniversary

Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer with guests. (Photo: US Embassy)
Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer with guests.

On the occasion of the first anniversary of Connect to Success, Embassy Lisbon launched the next edition of Connect to Success, a program which aims to strengthen Women Owned Businesses (WOBs), and promote gender equality in the corporate world. This was the second edition of the MBA/Masters Consulting program. This program is a dynamic way to provide students with real world practical experience while simultaneously offering WOBs an opportunity to address a specific business challenge with teams of MBA students over the course of a semester Ambassador Sherman stated yesterday that “The future of Portugal depends on the entrepreneurs of Portugal,” and that the participants in the program demonstrate that “the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and well in Portugal.”

On September 10, we announced the selected WOBs and the universities they will partner with. Ambassador Sherman’s wife and entrepreneur in her own right, Kim Sawyer, the founder of Connect to Success, told the gathered women entrepreneurs that they are “great examples of what the women of Portugal can bring not only to Portugal’s economy but to the world’s economy.”

The following businesses were selected to participate in the Fall semester of the MBA/Masters Consulting Program: Instituto Português de Línguas (www.iplinguas.pt/), Liliana Alves -Jewelry Design, MESH (www.meshsportswear.com/), My Portugal For All, Pedaços de Cacau, Slow Jam – Mimos do Pomar, Quinta dos Tios.

The program has student groups from some of the most respected business schools in Portugal participating: Catolica Lisbon School of Business and Economics, Nova School of Business and Economics and Porto Business School, Porto School of Economics.

Here is a link to pictures of the event: https://goo.gl/K9g6Il

For more information visit the Connect to Success Facebook page: facebook.com/connecttosuccessportugal