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Ford Offering First-Ever Women-Only Entrepreneurship Workshop in Saudi Arabia

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Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy Workshop

This week, Ford will celebrate International Women’s Day by hosting a women-only Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy workshop at Effat University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia from March 7th-9th. Effat University is the first private institution to provide women in Saudi Arabia with an opportunity to pursue higher education.

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“Highly-educated women in Saudi Arabia have proven to be a leading force in the Kingdom’s business world and promising female entrepreneurs have become a growing public presence,” said Simonetta Verdi, Director, Government and Community Relations, Ford Middle East and Africa. “The Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy workshops are designed to complement the work undertaken by the Saudi government, which has recently created programs to encourage more female business owners to join the workforce.”

The workshops will allow participants the opportunity to learn from professors from both Virginia Commonwealth University and Effat University, as well as to gain insight from local entrepreneurs on what they can do to innovate and sustain.

“We are excited to collaborate with Henry Ford Entrepreneurship Academy to provide entrepreneurs in our community with useful programs, and give them tools to lead their businesses to success,” said Dean of Graduate Studies and Scientific Research Dr. Al Nory. “Effat University takes pride in standing behind empowering women in Saudi Arabia ever since the university was established, and it is truly an honor to be part of this initiative.”

Ford reports that more than 200 women have enrolled in the HFEA workshop.

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