Delegate Digest: Helping Young Women Lead

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Challenge:
Cambodia is a rapidly developing country with an acute need for well-educated leaders.

Solution:
Build a pipeline of educated, empowered and trained leaders.

As a result of a relationship created onsite at the 2018 Bloomberg New Economy Forum between Founding Delegates Elle Carberry and Oknha Rithy Sear, a solution to this challenge was realized and a partnership was made.


Oknha Rithy Sear with Barbara Bylenga and SHE-CAN Scholars

In Singapore, Elle Carberry, a Vice President of Georgetown University and friend of the non-profit SHE-CAN, met Oknha Rithy Sear, Chairman of WorldBridge Group, and bonded over their shared experiences working for UNHCR. Both Delegates learned that their lives had crossed paths in the camps in South East Asia for Cambodian refugees in the 1980s. After hearing Sear’s story of overcoming significant adversity to become the head of one of Cambodia’s largest private companies, Carberry decided to tell him about SHE-CAN and the organization’s mission.

[ SHE-CAN empowers low-income young women from countries restoring peace with the education, leadership skills, and mentorship needed to become change-agents at home. ]

Deeply identifying with the cause, Sear asked Carberry to broker an introduction to SHE-CAN Founder and Executive Director Barbara Bylenga. On her next scholar recruitment trip to Cambodia, Bylenga and Sear met. A partnership was forged with Sear agreeing to provide internship and job opportunities through WorldBridge to SHE-CAN scholars. Sear’s commitment adds to the 220 existing commitments of SHE-CAN mentors around to support and empower young women. Additionally, SHE-CAN currently has 19 Cambodian scholars in their program, but is looking to expand to at least 68 by 2023. This partnership should help them reach their goal.

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