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Believes in Women,Leadership,Education,Eco-tourism,Enterprise Development,Poverty Reduction,Environmental Promotion,Education for Sustainability,YOU A-WOW World Summit Prelude
Curridabat, San José, Costa Rica

A Future Without Poverty World Summit
CATIE Campus, Turrialba, Costa Rica

2017 International Summit Costa Rica

In partnership with
La Fundación Curridabat, FWOP, MIST, CATIE,
A-WOW Global Initiative Costa Rica

September 30 - October 7, 2017

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Some of AWOW’s leading global young women and innovators will fly in to Curridabat for this prestigious event organised by AWOW International Girls Leadership Initiative, with support from Southwest Airlines, Future Without Poverty, CATIE University, MIST, Rotary Club of Curridabat and more!

Inspire and Empower

The Summit is about leadership and inspiring change, but at its core it is meant to inspire and empower young women and girls across the world to engage in purposeful career development and take on leadership for important causes, to lead change with more conviction and confidence, and improve communities and the world for all.


Participant’s involvement in the summit activities is essential to help them learn various leadership concepts and develop the necessary skills to implement them. By attending this summit they will be introduced to some intriguing ideas. Participants who participate in the activities and fully engage themselves in each exercise will convert those exercises into relevant experiences that will impact and enhance their lives forever!


A-WOW develops emerging leaders, ages 16-24 years old, from various countries as Ghana, Costa Rica, Liberia, Trinidad and Tobago, India, Nigeria and the United States. A-WOW programs are designed to introduce concepts and tools that can be easily incorporated into any leadership role in any organization or community. Its programs focus on the key skills and behaviors that contribute to the success of today’s leaders.


07:00–21:00 Registration | Welcome & Preconference Preview | Mix & Mingle | Group pictures | Hotel Hyatt Place | San Jose Pinares – Curridabat (3 nights-stay) | Location: in Momentun Mall with stores and restaurants
07:00–08:00 Breakfast
09:00–09:30 Depart
09:30–15:30 Visit San Jose the capital | Gold Museum | National Theatre | Jade Museum
12:30–14:00 Lunch | “Sapore” Italian Restaurant (across the Jade Museum)
15:30–16:00 Return to Curridabat | Relax & prepare for evening
18:00–22:00 Visit to Hacienda LaLaguna orchid garden | Sunset with hors d’oeuvres and dinner with beautiful music hosted by Ileana de Teran
  Asset-Based Community Development works from the principle that every person has capacities, abilities and gifts and that the quality of an individual life depends in part on the extent to which these capacities are used, abilities expressed and gifts given. Recognizing the assets of individuals and communities is more likely to inspire positive action for change from within than an exclusive focus on needs and problems.
ABCD focuses on what is present in a community rather than what is absent and requires us to look afresh at marginalized communities and see opportunities rather than problems.
This section highlights "How can teens and young women seen in the community positively impact the community?”
07:00–08:30 Breakfast. Depart - A Tirrases: La Cometa Human Development Center.Session - Opportunities & Impact (Explore the opportunities?)
09:00–11:30 At New La Cometa Human Development Center. Welcome speech: Edgar Mora Curridabat’s Major. Session – Opportunities and Impact | Explore the opportunities- By TBD | Exhibit of different objects manufactured by the community young entrepreneurs (Coffee break prepared by the cooking students) | Closing by Vice President Ana Helena Chacón
12:00– Visit to the Academic, Technical and Professional High School Uladislao Gamez Commemorative tree planting | (all AWOW visitors will plant a tree with the students) | AWOW’s Social Responsibility Education and Conservation Project.
13:00–14:30 Lunch prepared by La Cometa cooking students
14:30–17:30 Visit the High School campus, discussion about New Projects
17:30–until Return to the hotel – Dinner [19:00 - 20:00] free night at Momentun…
  This session aims to inspire and empower young women across the world to engage in purposeful career development and take on leadership for important causes---to lead change with more conviction and confidence---and improve their lives, families, and communities.
The session will help participants increase self-knowledge about their values and vision, as well as enhance their capabilities as a leader and team player.
The session aims at answering questions such as: How does the gendered nature of organizations impact women? What derails our career advancement and what propels us upward? What are your leadership goals and aspirations? How do you define career success? What can organizations do to provide women with opportunities to excel? What opportunities could our global economy harness by advancing women to leadership?
07:00–08:15 Breakfast | Check out from Hyatt | Depart - Career Planning | Visit Young Women Entrepreneurs
09:00–10:00 Session: “Solo Rosas” a beautiful rose farm
10:30–11:30 Session: Fig Farm and Industry (fig marmalades, sweets).
12:00–13:00 Session: A Cheese Factory
13:30–14:30 Lunch at a Typical Restaurant EL SAPO DORADO
14:30–17:00 Visit Carlos Garcia an Orchidologist (an incredible green house, with lots of beautiful orchids).
30 minutes panoramic ride to GUAYABO LODGE Santa Cruz Costa Rica on the active Turrialba Volcano
Beautiful panoramic views of the Turrialba valley with sugar cane plantations
17:30–20:30 Dinner | Arrive at CATIE

Our Mission

To assist young women in assuming active roles in their community by fostering education and leadership development through training, innovative learning opportunities and facilitating a cross-cultural exchange of ideas through bolstering international relations and advocating the eradication of female inequalities.

Our Vision

To transform the lives of young women, their communities, and establish an enduring legacy for female leadership and the expansion and service of female organizations and businesses to create a global forum for an exchange of information through education, cultural and leadership.

A-WOW believes in LEADERSHIPWe are meeting soon.

Key Dates:
September 10th, 2017 – Registration Deadline | September 30th – October 7th– YOUNG WOMEN WORLD SUMMIT
Location - Curridabat, San José, & CATIE Campus, Turrialba, Costa Rica

Online Registration
- 2017 A-WOW FWOP Brochure

Teens and Young Women ONLY ages, 16-25
Emerging, Advanced Youth Leaders, Young Professionals and individuals who desire to enhance their leadership skills.
Applicants under 16 years old are NOT eligible and will not be accepted.
7th Annual Summit Global Young Women Leaders

Cancellation Policy: Registration fees will be refunded only if written notice of cancellation is received by A-WOW on or before August 30, 2017. In the event of a written cancellation, 30% of the registration fee will be retained to cover administrative costs. After August 30, 2017, No refunds will be given.
In the event of unforeseen circumstances AWOW has the right to change or substitute the agenda.


07:00–09:00 Registration
09:00–09:30 Opening Ceremony | Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim, General Director CATIE | Dr. Sylvester Flores, Founder, and President of Future Without Poverty(FWOP) |Dr. Eliécer Vargas, MIST Co-Director
09:30–10:00 Keynote Addresses: Dr Todd Spinks, Advisor, Sustainability & Citizenship, Southwest Airlines. (Followed by 30 minutes break)
10:30–10:50 Session 1: Enterprise Development, Poverty, and Empowerment | Eduardo Villafranca, President of Reinventing Business for All (RBA)| Case: Hotel Punta Islita
10:50–12:20 Our Actions Matter (7- 10 minutes per partner) | Sylvester Flores, FWOP President | Gourmet Tortilla Factory, Ripley Ohio, | Kendall Brune, Ex Board FWOP / Development Director – Business and NGO partnerships, St Louis/Nashville | Carolyn Wright, CEO - AWOW and Rotary President-2016-17, Lewisville, Texas | ACTUAR Representative, Costa Rica | Deguesew Derese, International LLC, Dallas | Ethopia – Focus – Southern Africa | Syeda Jesmin, UNT Dallas, Micro Loan Programs | Grameen Bank- Bangladesh | Jaime Perez, Owner, International Green Solutions, Guadalajara, Mexico
12:20–14:00 Lunch
14:00–14:20 Session 2: Environmental Promotion, Poverty, and Empowerment | MSc Ana Baez, CCT President | Case: Biological Corridors in Costa Rica
14:20–15:40 Our Actions Matter (7-10 minutes per partner) | Daniel Villafranca, Caminos de Osa, Costa Rica | Dr. María Suarez Toro, PH.D, Centro Comunitario de Buceo: Embajadoras y Embajadores del Mar | Marianella Franklin, Sustainability Officer, UT Rio Grande Valley, Texas | Dr Arthur Lee, Community Health Advocate, Chair , ELAM Advisor Board, Nashville, Tennessee. (Followed by 20 minutes break)
16:00–16:20 Session 3: Education for Sustainability, Poverty, and Empowerment | Dr. Mario Piedra, Dean Graduate School at CATIE | Case: Graduate programs at CATIE and the UNSDG
16:20–18:00 Our Actions Matter (7-10 minutes per partner) | Ishmaels Kabann, Uganda FWOP Kampala | Fernanda Ornelas, SUBIRE – K- 12 schools, Guadalajara, Mexico –International Coordination, UNT graduate | Young H. Kim and K. C. Birenda, Master of Science in International Sustainable Tourism UNT/CATIE | Ana Fore Tamayo, College Teacher, and Advocate, FWOP Board | Dr. Isabel Gutierrez, Prácticas del Desarrollo, CATIE | Brandon Morton, Sustainability Officier, North Lake College, Irving, Texas, and Sierra Club Regional Director
18:00–21:00 CATIE´s International Club
07:30–08:00 Continental Breakfast
08:00–17:00 Session: Implementation challenges – as real as can be. Poverty reduction and implementation challenges:
Keep sharing knowledge, but this time about implementation
Experiential CASE: Rural Tourism in Mollejones of Turrialba.
Here, we aims to attract people interested in sharing know-how at the community level.
Mollejones: is a remote agricultural community lacking traditional tourism opportunities but have found in community-based rural tourism a way to attract a select market. Come to see how the elderly and the young are being support by this initiative.
Experiential CASE: Santa Cruz, the Cradle of the Turrialba Cheese.
Here we aims to attract people interested in small-scale agriculture and livestock production. We will learn about challenges with appropriate technology, support systems, and community empowerment strategies.
18:00–19:00 Dinner
19:00–21:00 Parallel events
FWOP Board of Director Meeting
10 year of collaboration - UNT/CATIE
Network of Women for Sustainable Tourism – A-WOW
07:30-08:30 International Breakfast – prepared for all participants
CATIE Botanical Garden and Sustainability Educational House
08:30-09:30 Session: Making FWOP work as a network of knowledge and support
Dr. Eliécer Vargas and Dr. Stan Ingman, Sustainability Educational House and Poverty Reduction. (Followed by 30 minutes break)
10:00-12:00 Our Actions Matter – (2 hours group session) - Some initial facilitators listed below
Group Opportunity for Sustainability Educational House (Schools, Colleges and Universities) – Dr E. Vargas, CATIE, Dan Spears, UNT-MIST
Group Opportunity for Costa Rica Network- Southwest Airlines, AWOW, FWOP, CATIE – Christine, Ortega , International Senior Advisor- Community Affairs/Grassroots/SW, Carolyn Wright, CEO-AWOW, Tom Benjamin, FWOP Ex Board
Group Opportunity for Sustainable Agriculture Cooperation - CATIE Faculty, Faculty from USA and India
Group Opportunity for Academic and Training Cooperation - You Tube Channel-FWOP- Arthur Porter, Dallas Designing Dreams, Dr. Iftekhar Amin- Editor/UNT Dallas, Sustainable Community Review
Group Opportunity for Community Empowerment - Andres Pacheco, FWOP Board
Group Opportunity for Sustainable Appropriate Technologies Cooperation - Dr Kuruvilla Johns, Chair, Mechanical and Energy Engineering, UNT, Kevin Peach, Solar Systems, and Tom Benjamin, Ex Board, FWOP, Greg Ousley, Director, Churchill Technology and Sustainable Development Center – Fulton, Missouri
12:00-14:00 Lunch at the Botanical Garden
14:00-16:00 Our Common Future as a Network – Planning our next meetings. (Followed by 30 minutes break)
16:30-17:00 Impact of our conference on poverty reduction
17:00-19:00 Closing Ceremony – Guess speaker (TBA)
All Day Coordinated by Network of Women for Sustainable Tourism
Contact: Maria Suarez Toro [maria.escribana@gmail.com], Fundación ACCION YA

FWOP Vision

... We are committed to working with the unique needs of each community, supporting that community as it grows in all areas of sustainability: Education, Enterprise, Environment and Empowerment.

CATIE Vision

To be an excellent international land-grant type of university specialized in agriculture and natural resources that effectively integrates education, research and outreach in alliance with multiple partners and countries through a solid regional scientific platform.

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