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July 5, 2022

Women in International Business Program

By: Ana Gomez Garces (B'25)

In 2022, as part of its Custom Programs, LALP collaborated with El Salvador’s Chamber for Professional Training Centers (CAPROSOV) and the FECAEXA consortium to promote the leadership development of women in international business. Fifty women leaders of exporting companies developed innovation skills and learned about market-seeking practices and strengthened their networks and groups through mentoring and coaching activities.

In 2023, LALP renewed the program for a second edition in collaboration with CAPROSOV. The 5-week virtual program focuses on the pillars of leadership, innovation, global vision, and positioning. Through dynamic and interactive sessions, the participants develop leadership skills in the areas of negotiation, teamwork, conflict management, and decision-making. Through access to updated international trade tools, they learn about market-seeking techniques and innovation processes. Participants gain an understanding of the practical complexities of globalization and its effect on the business environment. The group coaching sessions are led by Diane Garza, founder and president of iCatalyze, to cultivate the development of tools to address issues such as emotional intelligence, imposter syndrome, assertive communication, and influence, among others. The content of the program is complemented by group sessions with special guests and professors with relevant experience, including Georgetown University Professor Ricardo Ernst, executive director of LALP, and Silverio Zebral, head of the OAS Government Innovation Unit.

The 2022 program took place from May 24 to June 23, 2022, with the participation of 50 women leaders in international business from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica participating. The 2023 program is scheduled from June 19 through July 19, 2023.