"While Iraq is poised to experience double-digit economic growth over the next few years, a strengthened private sector is required to support long-term recovery and success," said Rick Goings, Tupperware Brands Corporation Chairman & CEO and a participant in WEF's Global Gender Parity Group. "Through Global Links, we are advancing Tupperware's entrepreneurial spirit and long tradition of women helping women. In keeping with this year's World Economic Forum theme, we are shaping a new model – a 'learn and return' model – that has a transformational ability to improve women's economic security and leave them poised to participate fully in civic life and in the active growth and development of their country."
At Tupperware, the participating professor will gain practical experience from the multi-billion dollar public company, learning the fundamentals of direct selling, sales force development, entrepreneurial strategic planning, market analysis and general management skills, among other global business skills.
At Rollins College, she will participate in a comprehensive curriculum that includes graduate-level business courses, such as social entrepreneurship and sustainable enterprise, courses in English/Business communications and women's studies, job shadowing, participation in third-party entrepreneurial and leadership activities, and one-on-one faculty coaching.
"Our global focus and hands-on approach to management is ideal for this program and a model for teaching women to start businesses of their own," said Craig McAllaster, Dean of the Rollins College Crummer Graduate School of Business. "Our intent is to create an opportunity for the visiting professor to experience firsthand our approach to entrepreneurial opportunities, an experience she can take back to Iraq and share with other women there. It is a proud moment for Rollins to be involved with a program that will bring empowerment to women in Iraq as their country develops a stronger economy and they achieve inspiring personal success."