Thursday, August 1, 2013

Creative Entrepreneurship Workshop

On February 26th, in collaboration with the US State Department and the Albuquerque Council of International Visitors, IBSG’s Poetics Program held a workshop to discuss creative entrepreneurship with seven women from throughout the African continent. These women are very talented artists, designers, and businesswomen who shared with us their experiences building creative enterprises. Our Poetics students worked with these entrepreneurs in discussing the value of handmade goods, specifically how one identifies and leverages intangible work in their value chain.

Earlier in the day, these seven women visited Dante Di Gregorio’s summer course where his students worked on market entry strategies and business plan development with our guests. This was part of a national tour these women were making as part of the US State Department International Visitors Program. Many thanks to the Albuquerque Council for International Visitors for letting us be a part of this event.

Our Guests Were:


Mauritius

Ms. Sadhna SOKHAL
Managing Director, Cutting Works (Mauritius) Ltd. and Legem Limited
(jewelry: precious and semi-precious stones)

Nigeria

Ms. Naomi Ora ATAGUBA
Chief Executive Officer, Aura Interiors
(baskets and wicker furniture)

Ms. Obafemi OLAYEBI
CEO, My World of Bags
(leather handbags)

Rwanda

Ms. Teta ISIBO
Managing Director and Founder, Inzuki Designs
(jewelry, leather handbags and women’s accessories)


FRENCH


Gabon

Ms. Jeanne D Arc MINGOUMBI MOUSSAVOU
Founder, Groupe J.D.A. Design
(jewelry, shoes, handbags and apparel)

Guinea

Ms. Adama DIALLO
Owner and Executive Director, Beautiful Guinea
(home décor, furnishing and renovations)

Togo

Ms. TalleEssodezame AMAOU
General Director, Lambana Collection
(home accessories)


Participating IBSG Students


Heba Atwa-Kramer
Patrick Hibbard
Miriam Saba
Alison Turner