Columbia Business
School announced on December 22, 2008, that it is launching efforts to support
female entrepreneurs and strengthen business education in Africa.


“One of the
strengths of 10,000 Women is the outstanding network of partners who work
together to open opportunities for individual women, to build long-term
educational capacity and to foster shared economic growth,” said Dina Powell,
managing director and global head of corporate engagement at Goldman Sachs.


The Goldman Sachs
10,000 Women initiative will focus on building capacity at two African partner
schools, the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya and the
University of Dar es Salaam in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


Columbia Business
School faculty members working on the ground in Africa will collaborate with
other partner schools to develop high-quality programming that is customized to
the local business environment, with a special emphasis on underserved women.


The program will
feature such activities as co-teaching and faculty mentoring; curriculum
development, including case studies and courses in entrepreneurship, finance
and nonprofit management; PhD mentoring and research-methodology seminars; and
student consulting projects.


Faculty members will
also consult in the development of certificate programs in entrepreneurship and
business management for women.


“We are proud to be
part of the groundbreaking Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, and commend
its bold vision of promoting broadly shared economic growth,” said Dean Glenn Hubbard.


“Through our
collaboration with key partner schools in Nairobi and Tanzania, we will seek to
deliver the highest-quality business education to the region’s entrepreneurs
and managers, with the belief that business sector development is the key to
igniting growth and reducing poverty.”