2016 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar

Theme: Women as Innovators and Entrepreneurs

Dates: Sunday, June 19 – Saturday, July 2, 2016

Study Destinations: Honolulu and Kona, Hawaii

The 2016 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar will focus 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’s Shidler College of Business. 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 from a local all-girls school 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 panelist, moderators and attendees at the publically ticketed #galswithLEI, a purposeful, collaborative, and dynamic forum.

Application Deadline: Thursday, February 25, 2016

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 have offered to cost-share programmatic costs. A phone interview may be conducted with finalists.

Funding: The 2016 Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar is funded by the East-West Center with entrepreneurial training provided by Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. EWC will fund eight women from the Asia Pacific region, defined here as: the United States, Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Zealand, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Tonga, and Vietnam. EWC funding covers lodging and meals in Honolulu and Kona, local ground transportation, interisland airfare to Hawaii Island (Big Island), and other programmatic costs. Participants are responsible for their roundtrip airfare to and from Honolulu, visa fees, health insurance and baggage charges. EWC encourages additional participant cost-sharing of programmatic costs and considers cost-sharing in the selection of applicants.

East-West Center funding is not available for citizens outside the Asia Pacific region, but qualified women from outside the region are highly encouraged to apply. Applicants not from those countries listed above must pay a seminar fee, of USD $2,525/per participant, to be paid prior to the beginning of the seminar. Self-funded women are also responsible for their flights to and from Honolulu as well as visa fees, health insurance and baggage fees. The seminar fee covers the following programmatic costs:

Interisland airfare from Honolulu to Kona, Hawaii

Ground transportation and airport transfers

Lodging in Honolulu and Kona for 12 days

Provided program meals and a modest per diem

Pro-rated speaker honorariums and training workshops

Individually tailored host mentorship

Cultural activities and networking opportunities

Seminar DVD of program documents, speaker PowerPoint presentations and photos

Participant resource materials

Experienced facilitators with knowledge of regional and women’s leadership issues


How to Apply:

All applicants must complete an application form. Click on the following links to download PDF (please save the PDF file to your computer before filling in the form).


In addition to the completed application form, applicants must also provide the following:

Letter of Interest (maximum three pages) including:

A brief description of your company/organization and your role

What you expect both to contribute and to gain from participating in Changing Faces

Concrete example(s) of your professional leadership and innovation, as defined above

Demonstrated potential for impact within your community

Identify an actionable goal for either for your organization or community that you wish to work on and outline the role you can or would like to play in achieving that goal. *NOTE* This will serve as the basis of your Action Plan for the coming year.

Resume/CV (maximum two pages)

Two Professional Letters of Recommendation describing your suitability for the seminar. The letters should be signed and on letterhead.


Late applications will not be accepted.

Please send applications by Thursday, February 25, 2016 via email, fax or post to:

Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar

East-West Seminars

East-West Center

1601 East West Road

Honolulu, HI 96848 USA

Inquires: 1-808-944-7368

Fax: 1-808-944-7600




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