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Peace Through Business travels to Rwanda

Friday, February 15, 2008  
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Dr. Nathan Mellor, Executive Director of the Academy of Leadership & Liberty and Dr. Don Drew, Professor of Management at Oklahoma Christian University (OC) traveled to Rwanda on February 8 to meet with government officials and business leaders to discuss a new initiative of the Academy, Peace Through Business--Rwanda.

"Our greatest desire while we are there is to see how Oklahoma Christian University and the government of Rwanda can work together in making the Peace Through Business program a success," Dr. Mellor stated. "We would like the students that attend our program to be able to bring back what they have learned and pass it on to other Rwandan women. It's the pay it forward mentality."

The Peace Through Business program, which was launched last year in Afghanistan by the Institute for the Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW), will begin with the preliminary training of 30 women in Rwanda. After the first phase, the 30 women will be narrowed down to 15 finalists who will then travel to OC in July. While the women are here, they will go through 3 weeks of in class work which includes training in economic theory, management techniques, development of a strategic business plan and leadership.

The final week of the program will be a mentoring component for the women. The women will be matched with an Oklahoma City business women in a compatible industry.

"Like Afghanistan, the nation of Rwanda has been through its share of suffering and women have not been well represented in the economy," Terry Neese, President of IEEW stated. "The Peace Through Business program will help the healing process and will contribute to peace and prosperity in the region."

The Peace Through Business program is accomplished through the cooperation of the U.S. State Department, the government of Rwanda, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, the ROC Foundation, Oklahoma Christian University and the Academy of Leadership & Liberty.

The mission of the Academy is to promote principles of leadership and liberty that uplift souls, engage minds, and touch the hearts of servant leaders throughout the world. The Academy exists to identify, encourage and support leaders who are willing to use their leadership skills to promote equality, freedom, character and service. By partnering with numerous corporations, not-for-profit organizations and individuals, the Academy seeks to provide opportunities for inspiration, training and interaction for emerging and current leaders.

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