A statement from the embassy says the workshop series, which will start today and end on Friday, will focus on starting a business, management, leadership and competitiveness. The US Embassy is collaborating with the Department of Women's Affairs, the Department of Youth and Culture, the Local Enterprise Authority, the University of Botswana, ABM College, Botswana College of Agriculture, Botswana Accountancy College and The Business Place in the workshop series.
The statement says the workshops will be led by successful American entrepreneur, Dr Sharon T. Freeman, who is also is a champion of social change and an innovative business development strategist. A brief biography supplied by the embassy says for nearly three decades, Freeman has distinguished herself as a critical thinker, renowned researcher and social scientist who has built strong relationships with leaders across the world. She advises the American and other governments around the world, as well as development institutions, firms and organisations.
Considered a leading expert on trade and development, Freeman has published 14 books since 1999. She founded the All American Small Business Exporters Association, which she describes as a community service, in 1998 "I had import and export knowledge and experience, and I wanted to share it with economically and socially disadvantaged minorities and women," she says. At that time, there were no import or export organisations that exclusively focused on minorities, women, and immigrants.Freeman holds a Ph.D. in Applied Management and Decision Sciences from Walden University, a Master of Science in Management and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and History from Carnegie-Mellon University.