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United Parcel Service supports the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women through $3,500 shipping sponsorship

Oklahoma City, January 05, 2010

The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women has announced the addition of UPS to its list of sponsors.

UPS donated $3,500, which will cover the Institute's shipping needs to Afghanistan and Rwanda for its PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program.

PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS has three components: In-Country Education, Leadership Development and Pay It Forward. During In-Country education, women business owners attend an intensive eight-week basic business course that culminates in a detailed business plan. Thirty women from each country will be selected to participate for the 2010 program.

Classes will be held from Feb. 1 - March 26 in Kabul, Afghanistan and Kigali, Rwanda.

The curriculum is based on an entrepreneurial textbook, which must be shipped to both countries, in addition to English tests, as English fluency is one of the program's requirements.

"We are so grateful for UPS's generous donation," said Terry Neese, founder and CEO of the Institute. "Shipping is only one piece of our program's financial puzzle, so it all adds up pretty quickly - and shipping internationally isn't inexpensive. Thanks to UPS, our students will have the resources they need to begin their journey as trained businesswomen."

Kathy Homeyer, supplier diversity director for UPS says that the company is happy to help give women the resources they need to succeed in the business world.

"UPS is so pleased to be associated with an organization that promotes the success of women business owners," Homeyer said. "Today's global business environment is becoming increasingly competitive, so we realized that this is a great opportunity to help women entrepreneurs succeed."

The Institute selects the top 15 students from each In-Country class to attend Leadership Development in the United States, which includes a week of high-level discussions with experts on business, leadership, and public policy topics, followed by a week of mentorship with an American woman business owner, and then a two-day International Women's Economic Summit and graduation.

For more information about the Institute and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

About The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women
The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women is a 501(c)3 non-profit empowering women to grow their businesses, pursue greater entrepreneurial ventures and become more active public policy advocates. The Institute accomplishes this mission by focusing on education, mentorship and coaching women in the United States and abroad who are seeking to acquire entrepreneurial skills to help start and grow a business.

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