ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Harpswell ASEAN Program in Women’s Leadership is an annual two-week program in women’s leadership for young professional women, 25-30, from the ten countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN): Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar.
The program is based at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang, Malaysia, and is organized by the Harpswell Foundation in partnership with the Center for Research on Women and Gender, KANITA at USM.
The Program consists of lectures, workshops, and group activities. Topics include Southeast Asian government and society; gender studies; critical thinking and debate; leadership skills; civic engagement; and communications and technology. Faculty come from USM, Harpswell and other prestigious institutions from the ASEAN nations.
The program includes inspiring guest speakers, instructive site visits, and rewarding interpersonal interactions. There will be the opportunity to explore Penang and its surroundings as our classroom. The Program fosters a strong alumnae network so that graduates of the Program stay in touch with each other, reinforce self-identity, and aid each other in their careers and in their efforts to bring about positive social change.
Participants will be asked to participate actively, to work hard and to give short talks about the current economic and social situations of their home countries. They will be expected to share their experiences as professional women and aspiring leaders in their home countries.
All travel, meals and accommodation are paid by the Program.