Pipeline to Tanzania’s Future: Innovative Swiss Partnership Empowers 250+ Women Entrepreneurs

July 25, 2013
Hosted by Té Revesz

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Question: How do you drive sustainable economic opportunity, market growth & social progress in developing countries? Answer: Empower women with programs by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Ralph Schonenbach, CEO, Trestle Group (Switzerland) & Dana Brice Smith, Mng Dir, Trestle Group Foundation, describe its innovative partnership with Swisscontact & Equity Bank to support Tanzanian women entrepreneurs. With human K provided by Credit Suisse, it offers knowledge transfer, capacity building/skills development & financial resources-notably Equity Bank’s Fanikisha financial product designed for the women's SME market. We'll look at how the partnership mentors high-potential women who now work with its customized mass business/entrepreneurship training for 250 start-up stage entrepreneurs. What’s in it for companies like yours? Find out why firms like Pepsico, IBM, UBS & Microsoft join Trestle to support women-led businesses in Bangladesh, Jordan, Turkey, India, Uganda, & South Africa.

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Té Revesz

Té Revesz

Té Revesz is known for her ability to conduct strategic research on a global basis and for her creativity in handling complex business challenges.

As principal of GlobalReach-SBI, a research and consulting firm with a network spanning over 60 countries, Té provides clients with strategic intelligence on market opportunities and threats. She covers such diverse areas as global branding, new product development, payment cards, clinical trials, and political risk. An expert in primary research, Té has interviewed business, government and labor leaders, doctors and technical experts—and managed focus groups—around the world. She was profiled in Super Searchers Go to the Source as one of the top US interviewers.

Prior to founding her own firm, Té headed the Industrial & Healthcare Practices of FIND's Strategic Consulting & Research Group and taught at the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch/CUNY). She was the Editor of Business International’s flagship newsletter and helped create its country risk service.

An NYC native, Té is active with Citizen Action, the URJ’s Commission on Social Action, and NY Neighbors for American Values (defending religious freedom, diversity and equality). She holds a Masters from Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs and a BA from Goucher College. She’s an avid bike rider, theater buff and farmers market supporter—and the bemused owner of 2 demanding felines.

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