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Untitled Launched in 2002, the Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar provides an opportunity for cohorts of 10-14 innovative women entrepreneurs from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States to enhance their leadership skills and entrepreneurial capacity; experientially explore innovative entrepreneurship, leadership, and community examples; build a sense of self-efficacy; and expand national and regional networks. 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’s Shidler College of Business. The 12-day training will be followed by a two- week internship for the participants from Sri Lanka.

The Seminar seeks to:

  • Enhance the entrepreneurial capacity and leadership skills of innovative women
  • Implement a year-long project
  • Expand the social capital of participants and establish a community of women leaders
  • Create regional awareness
  • Empower the next generation of women leaders

Seminar Format:

The Changing Faces Seminar enhances leadership and entrepreneurial skills and builds a global community of leaders through the following activities:

Skills training: leadership and entrepreneurial, action plan development and presentations community site visits, host mentors, next generation service, network building

Two-week internship:

The seminar will be followed by a two-week internship in Honolulu where the Sri Lankan participants would have a specially-designed internship with an organization that will benefit them professionally.

Participant Criteria

To date, 130 women from 32 countries have participated in the Changing Faces Seminar. 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 business managers, government and industry policymakers, and civil society organization leaders with at least seven years of work experience and who play a leadership role in their community are also 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, multi-cultural setting.
  • Those who have been working at the field level, in their own communities, with limited opportunities for overseas training and who have not had previous experience in the United States will be given preference.

Application Process:

· Please read the application instructions for details

· Your application dossier should include:

o A completed application form

o The letter of interest

o 2 professional recommendations

o A CV/resume


Email your application  dossier to:

[email protected]

Changing Faces Leadership Seminar Plus Internship grants are a collaboration between the East West Center and the US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission (US-SLFC). The grants are funded by the US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission.

The US-SLFC was founded in 1952 by an Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Ceylon for the administration of educational exchange programmes in Sri Lanka. The programme aims to promote cultural understanding between the United States and Sri Lanka through mutual academic exchange.

East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. Established by the U.S. Congress in 1960, the Center serves as a resource for information and analysis on critical issues of common concern, bringing people together to exchange views, build expertise, and develop policy options.


US-Sri Lanka Fulbright Commission

55 Abdul Caffoor Mawatha

Colombo 3

Tel: + 94 11 256 4176

Fax: + 94 11 256 4153