Peace Through Business
Season 2


Chandelle Mutezintare
Ep. 21-Believe You Have the Power to Create and Succeed in Whatever You Do

It wasn't always clear how she would break out of the traditional gender roles and one day own a business. With a young child and husband, she began going to school at night even though it at first caused friction at home. She was also met with unapproving professors who thought business wasn't the place for her.

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Princesse Umutesiwase
Ep. 22-Embrace the Challenges you Faced and Use them as Fuel for your Journey

Princesses Umuntesiwase always got pushack from her brothers about how much she would be able to accomplish as a girl. Proving them wrong became paramount, and she worked hard through school to earn a scholarship at a university in Nairobi, then landing a job at the central bank of Rwanda.

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Karel Ford
Ep. 23-My Role in IEEW

Karel Ford wants to see women worldwide have the freedom and skills to start their own businesses. This is why she heads the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, where she and her team mentor women in Rwanda and Afghanistan giving them valuable entrepreneurship skills to help them find success in their home country.

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Karel Ford
Ep. 24-The Role of Mentors

The Peace Through Business program provides women from Rwanda and Afghanistan with the essential skills they need to unleash their entrepreneurial potential. Karel Ford directs the mentorship side of the initiative, pairing up U.S.-based business leaders with women who are launching and building businesses.

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Monica Smiley
Ep. 25-Never Stop Being Inspired

As editor and publisher of Enterprising Women Magazine, Monica Smiley knows the challenges women face in business. Yet what she's seen here in the U.S. pales to the experiences of female entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda. Their resilience and ability to succeed, however, leaves her continually inspired.

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Mary Ruppert-Stroescu

Ep. 26: Making Clothing Smarter

Mary Ruppert-Stroescu believes clothing can play a role in improving health outcomes. A longtime fashion designer, she is passionate about the potential for EKG and other types of monitoring systems to be embedded in clothing, delivering better information to patients and doctors.

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Angelika Coghlan

Ep. 27: Burn the Bridge of Hope

One of her most satisfying experiences with that message is extending it to women business owners in Rwanda with the Peace Through Business program. Through this mentorship she's been inspired by how they take on challenging circumstances and reach new heights for the companies they're building.

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Sonu Ratra

Ep. 28: Two Suitcases and a Dream

Sonu Ratra embodies the immigrant dream of coming to America and seeking success. She arrived from her native India with a pair of suitcases and just the money in her pockets as she and her husband came to chase new opportunities in the 90s in California's Silicon Valley.


Jan Hill

Ep. 29: A Spirit Renewed through Service

Hair Salon owner Jan Hill spent years building a successful business and helping her employees achieve success. However, after contracting an illness that resulted in the loss of using her hands, she couldn't do hairdresser work any longer.

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Ginger Sloan

Ep. 30-Learning Due Diligence

After Ginger Sloan had her first daughter, she was determined to work from home. On a whim, she answered a radio ad to become a medical transcriptionist, quickly finishing coursework and embarking on a new career.


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Alyssa Weathers-Murphy

Ep. 31-Siren Call of Independence

Alyssa Weathers-Murphy knows the dread of an unfulfilling corporate job. One day, it was finally time to put her considerable skills and passion to use on her own business, striking out to launch her own marketing agency.

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Cathy Cruzan

Ep. 32-The Unexpected Joy of Mentorship

As president of Funds for Learning, Cathy Cruzan leads her the consultancy in assisting schools and libraries navigate the E-rate program, a critical source of discounts on Internet services. She has a broad portfolio at the company, overseeing their various business efforts.


Sylvia Scott

Ep. 33: Building the Girls CEO Connection

After a long career in the fashion industry, Sylvia Scott was ready for a career pivot. New work led her to coordinating a mother-daughter entrepreneurship summit, and it was the springboard for a desire to help teen girls find a path to entrepreneurship.


Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai

Ep. 34: Empowering Women in Afghanistan

Education. By arming women with knowledge, they are able to develop themselves and their households. Mozhgan Wafiq Alokozai has a passion that continues driving through adversity again and again.

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