ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: 2019 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar

The U.S. Embassy in Kolonia in partnership with the East West Center (EWC) is now accepting applications for the 2019 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar. This seminar will focus on expanding women’s knowledge of entrepreneurship, economic growth, leadership and community building through carefully selected field visits and meetings with experts, practitioners, business owners and policymakers from July 7 – 20 at EWC, Hawaii.

Applications now open for the 2019 Seminar
Deadline: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Theme: Women as Innovators and Entrepreneurs
Study Destinations: Oahu and Maui Hawaii
Dates: July 7-20, 2019

When women are empowered to exercise leadership at all levels, it is not just in the service of women but also as a contribution to the betterment of society as a whole. In particular, women’s labor force participation and entrepreneurship are increasingly salient factors in the economic growth and societal transformation of the Asia Pacific. A gender gap, however, continues to exist as poor access to training, networks, role models, and information depress the economic participation, particularly the entrepreneurship, of women throughout the Asia Pacific region. To address the challenges confronting working women entrepreneurs, including poor access to leadership and entrepreneurial training; insufficient contacts and social capital necessary to access information and advice; a paucity of role models; and a lack of positive attitudes about their own personal capacities, the East-West Center established the Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar in 2002. The Changing Faces Seminar contributes to economic growth and job creation of the Asia Pacific region and is recognized as a capacity building model for women entrepreneurs in the academic text titled, Women and Leadership Around the World. To date, 185 women from 34 countries have participated and many have become tremendously successful. Changing Faces, for example, was instrumental in connecting a 2016 participant to various PR opportunities in New Zealand that enabled her to scale her solid, beauty product micro business to a multi-million dollar valued SME with products sold worldwide on Amazon.

The Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar focuses on the important role that innovation and entrepreneurship play in contributing to economic growth, job creation, and strengthening communities. During this 12-day professional training, dialogue, and travel program, participants engage in a series of workshops focused on leadership and entrepreneurship that are facilitated by a noted women’s leadership trainer and the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Participants also expand their knowledge of entrepreneurship, economic growth, leadership, and community building through carefully selected field visits and meetings with experts, practitioners, business owners, and policymakers in Hawaii. Participants are individually matched with local women leaders in a Host Mentor program and, in return, Changing Faces participants act as mentors for a select group of high school students in a Next Generation Service Project. The Changing Faces Seminar also provides training and consultative sessions to help participants develop and actualize a concrete Action Plan for the betterment of their business or their community. Finally Changing Faces women serve as panelists, moderators and attendees at the publically ticketed #galswithLEI, a purposeful, collaborative, and dynamic forum.

Who Can Apply:
The Changing Faces Seminar targets female business owners and social entrepreneurs who have demonstrated leadership and ability to affect change and influence others in their communities. Innovative entrepreneurs, business managers, government and industry policymakers, and civil society leaders with at least seven years of work experience and who play a leadership role in their community are eligible to apply. Innovators may generally be defined as those who have created an original idea or product or are recognized for their ability to improve upon an original idea or system. Applicants must have the ability to communicate in English in a professional setting. Preference is given to candidates with limited opportunities for international exchange and professional development as well as those who offer to cost-share programmatic costs. A phone interview may be conducted with finalists.

For application instructions please visit East West Center website at
For inquiries about the application process, please call: 808-944-7727.

For details see below:

2019 Changing Faces Application Instructions
2019 Changing Faces Application Form