ORANDLO, Fla. — Dr. Sharmistha Banerjee, a professor of business from the University of Calcutta and a Fulbright scholar who studied women’s empowerment in South Korea and Kenya, is the first Indian scholar to participate in the Global Links cross-cultural exchange program that trains female scholars in best-in-class social entrepreneurship.
The innovative program is spearheaded by Tupperware Brands, Rollins College and the U.S. Office of Global Women’s Issues.
The premise of the program is to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs by empowering women through education and opportunity that would begin with a single business or economics scholar, from post-conflict or developing countries, who would come to the United States to be immersed in a hands-on experience of academic residency and externship.
Upon the professor’s return home, she will implement the curriculum at her university and the students would then put their knowledge to practice by mentoring women in the community to start or scale their small enterprises.
Banerjee, who earned her Ph.D. in management from the University of Calcutta, will augment her entrepreneurship and management training at Rollins College by participating in social entrepreneurship courses and attending high-profile events including a conference at Ashoka U and meetings at the State Department.