Rollins MBA Professor Attends Women in the World Summit

Dr. Conway Dato-on returns with real-world success stories to share with social entrepreneurship students.

April 17, 2013 - Mary Conway Dato-on, Ph.D., Rollins MBA professor of international business, recently attended the Women in the World Summit – an annual gathering of more than 2,000 women from around the world who share stories and solutions for some of the most pressing issues facing women and families today. Hosted by Newsweek and The Daily Beast, the annual conference features luminaries like Oprah Winfrey and Angelina Jolie, as well as grassroots activists and NGO and government leaders who are working to make a difference in women’s lives worldwide.

“I attended the summit because I wanted to learn from and network with people who are implementing the kinds of projects that I research and teach to my students here at Rollins College,” Dr. Conway Dato-on said. “In addition to gaining insights that will help inform future research projects, I also made connections with social entrepreneurs who are doing really exciting work that I want to present to my Social Entrepreneurship classes in the future.”

To that end, Dr. Conway Dato-on is working to bring to campus the founders of two winners of the Toyota Mothers of Invention awards: FreshPaper, an herb infused paper that prevents fresh food from spoiling without refrigeration; and Girltank, an online portal that assists and helps entrepreneurial girls and young women launch their business ideas.

Dr. Conway Dato-on also hopes to bring a similar conference here to Rollins College through the Women in the World Foundation’s college campus program that is currently being piloted at a few schools in the northeast. “It was so motivating to see, regardless of age and circumstance, the drive that women have to make a difference,” she said. “I want to give our students the opportunity to learn first-hand from these change-makers, so that they will feel inspired and empowered to make a true and lasting difference in their communities and the world.”


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