Afghan women about to be DUMPED by USA and NATO

PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® stand-out Homa Usmany (center) enjoys her time with Oklahoma City mentor Cindi Shelby and husband Mike during Leadership Development 2015.
February 15, 2017
PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® alum Homa Usmany (R) and Ernst & Young volunteer Sarah Nguyen crunching numbers during Homa's 2015 stint in the US at Leadership Development.
OUR STUDENTS.  In our hectic world, people are seeking both inspiration and a way to make a difference. I'm learning to focus on simple slivers of stories from our students, not simple in their magnitude but simple in their singularity. It's these individual stories of success that serve as a light to so many who are struggling with ways to make a difference or an impact. The global women entrepreneurs of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program may come to attain business training and grow their businesses, which they certainly do in spades. But the truth is they impact and change every US mentor, coach, professor, and each of us during the length of the program in such a powerful way that even I still struggle to articulate its gravity.
Homa Usmany, one of the leaders of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Leadership Development class of 2015, didn't have it easy growing up a woman in Afghanistan. Like so many affected by the strict laws of the Taliban, she wanted a different path for herself, unconfined by conventional ideas of what Afghan women are to be. 
Homa came to the US for Leadership Development in 2015 and made a lifetime bond with US mentor and OKC fashion power house Cindi Shelby and took home the Enterprising Woman of the Year award for her country. She then managed to then go back to her native Afghanistan to earn her Law Degree as the first female graduate from AUAF. The Stanford Law Review took notice of Homa's amazing fortitude and wrote an article on her which we proudly shared on Facebook: read it here .
Now more than ever, I'm convinced the world needs PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS®. Click here to follow and share our students' stories on Facebook.
  • OKC, celebrate March's Women's History Month with us and host Judy Love of Love Travel Stops on March 30 at a Women in Sports event. Come on, basketball fans! Want to know how they do it? Hear from women running YOUR TEAM in one of the world's hottest sports, the NBA. Learn more here.
  • Save the Date! The next OKC Committee Mixer & Meeting is March 1st at 5 pm at Bellini's Underground. RSVP to join us. 
Together, We Are Paving the Road to Peace

62 global entrepreneurs are the life blood of the 2017 class of PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® in-country business training currently taking place in Kigali and Kabul.
Their education depends on your generosity. Buy a ticket to or sponsor our Oklahoma City Women's History Month event hosted by Judy Love of Love's Travel Stops. A cost-free way to help is to share the story of the women whose lives are affected by our program with your loved ones. 
Thank you for all you do to empower women globally. It matters.
Best wishes,
Dr. Terry Neese

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