U.S. Embassy Bridgetown Celebrates First Class of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

Ambassador Linda Taglialatela hosted a reception in honor of the participants of the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. During the event, the thirty (30) female entrepreneurs discussed their experience and future business plans with government and business leaders, non-governmental organization representatives, and alumni of the embassy’s international exchange programs.  The 10-week Barbados program is one of approximately two-dozen AWE pilot programs in the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, and Southeast Asia promoting women’s economic empowerment.

In her remarks, Ambassador Taglialatela thanked the program’s implementing partner, Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT), mentors, and speakers for their contribution to the course’s success. She also congratulated the entrepreneurs on their completion of the intense workshop series saying, “The U.S. government firmly believes entrepreneurs like you are a driving force for the economy, and I cannot wait to see how you will contribute to Barbados’ bright future.”

The Academy of Women Entrepreneurs supports the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative, which empowers women worldwide to fulfill their economic potential, creating conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all.  The global target is to reach 50 million women by 2025 by promoting an enabling environment that reduces barriers and facilitates women’s participation in the economy.

The U.S. Embassy’s partnership with BYBT is part of the U.S. government’s commitment to promoting economic development and women’s empowerment in Barbados.