KLI Presents at Abu Dhabi Women’s Conference
The theme – “Creating a Sustainable Future for the World” – of the 2012 Women as Global Leaders Conference sponsored by Zayed University in Abu Dhabi provided an opportunity for KLI Executive Director Sarah Smith Orr to feature ARZU, a social enterprise in Afghanistan founded by Connie Duckworth P ’12 and P ’14.
Orr’s workshop included Razia Jan, the Afghan program director for ARZU. Together they presented the social enterprise model that employs women weavers to produce award-winning rugs sold around the world. The presentation illustrated how governments, businesses, and social entrepreneurs are working together to solve society’s toughest problems. ARZU is a nongovernmental organization operating in Afghanistan with private sector discipline and is pioneering transformational programs—helping to break the cycle of poverty through women weavers and the engagement of their families.
Six CMC students attended the conference along with Orr — four of whom, Kelsey Cherland ‘14, Laura Bloom ‘14, Chelsea Layman ‘13 and Sophie Saouma (Scripps) were part of a poster presentation about their exploratory study to “Identity Retention of Arab Women in Los Angeles County.” Melissa Carlson ‘13 and Jennifer Najjar ‘13 attended as KLI-sponsored students, with Najjar using her participation to complete research for her KLI-funded Leadership Research Fellowship.
“Our students did a fantastic job representing CMC and KLI at this international conference. I was honored and proud to have them attend and present their work. I also am in awe, as with all our students, of their commitment to the study of leadership which can make an impact on the world,” said Orr.