President Donald Trump signed on 7th February 2019, an Oval Office memorandum in order to empower women all around the world by funding Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (w-GDP).
A Romanian Fulbright Scholar, Daniela Staicu, who is presently at Penn State where she is completing her research, was also among the event’s attendees as the initiative was unveiled.
“They gathered female global entrepreneurship researchers and entrepreneurs who are here in the States. The idea is that we serve as ambassadors for the program in our home countries,” Staicu said.
She is a Ph.D. student of business administration and her focus of research is on social entrepreneurship in textile industry, its rituals in Romania and how the trade changes as a consequence of European Law. She is currently working with Mr. John Grehenson who is HESE’s director and is analyzing the differences in male and female’s mindset regarding social entrepreneur.
“This is a kind of initiative that targets women, as an element that could help societies grow. The interest is in helping countries help themselves by supporting the women who are living there but are prevented from living up to their economic potential,” Staicu explained.
“Students here [at Penn State] are developing technical solutions in health care, agriculture and energy for people living in developing communities in Kenya, and more broadly in Africa,” added Staicu. “We [HESE] are using various educational frameworks with good results for venture development in which both female and males are involved.”
“It [the women-led majority] gives us the opportunity to research how women engineers and leaders behave differently than male engineers and leaders, especially on social ventures,” said Ms. Staicu.
“We will have more knowledge on how to empower women leaders – not just opening and running a business, but inspiring other people to do so as well,” she further said.
“In HERE, we see that an association between technical skills and business skills as related to helping society is more attractive to women. It could be one way to attract more women into engineering,” elaborated Staicu. “It’s an important subject and researchers are looking into how to attract women towards this profession. We are sitting on a solution right here at Penn State and we need to understand how to spread the word and how to scale it.”