ConnectToSuccess2014“Connect to Success”, a program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, which aims to strengthen the Portuguese economy by supporting the growth of women owned businesses ("WOBs"), introduced its Self-Registration process and MBA Consulting initiative on September 15.

Once registered, WOBs will be eligible to apply to any of the Connect to Success programs including its MBA consulting initiative, corporate mentor program, educational workshops and access to discounted professional services. The MBA Consulting initiative offers WOBs an opportunity to get a specific business challenge addressed by teams of MBA students over the duration of a semester and for the students to apply their newly acquired business and consulting skills to real projects; thereby, gaining practical experience and insight.

WEConnect International is an organization which helps educate, register, and certify women's business enterprises based outside of the U.S. WEConnect was represented by its Executive Director for Europe, Maggie Berry, who explained how the self-registration process works. Assistant Professor Helena Szrek from Porto Business School, the first University to participate in the MBA consulting initiative, discussed the University’s program which is expected to be offered in the spring.

Additional speakers at the event included U.S. Ambassador Robert Sherman, Embaixatriz Kim Sawyer, and FLAD President Vasco Rato.

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