HISTORY OF THE PARTNERSHIP
In 2011 Business Chicks CEO Emma Isaacs met Cathy Burke, then CEO of The Hunger Project Australia. Emma decided then and there that they’d work together in some way. Out of that connection a partnership between the two organisations was born – a leadership and immersion program for Business Chicks Premium members - an opportunity for women to step up to their true leadership capacity.
Premium Members of Business Chicks were invited to apply and then a group was selected for the program in 2012. The first group of members travelled to Bangladesh and the second group headed to Uganda a few months later. They ventured on a journey to unlock their creativity, leadership, and entrepreneurialism in tandem with some of the poorest and most marginalised women in the world.
The trip participants worked to identify and abandon unconscious beliefs that once held them back. This experience was shared with supportive women who were all up for something big. The process led to further breakthroughs in their personal lives and their leadership skills.
Business Chicks and The Hunger Project believe in the same thing - supporting and developing female leaders and creating a space for women to connect, stretch and make a difference in the world.
Since then the Business Chicks program has travelled to Mexico, Malawi, Uganda and Senegal creating long lasting connections along the way. Each year 20 powerful women from across Australia are selected to take part in this unique experience.
If you are interested in taking part in the Business Chicks 2019 India Journey, Apply Here.
2019 BUSINESS CHICKS INDIA ITINERARY*
Sat 9th Feb
Arrive in India. Welcome dinner to meet your fellow participants and THP Australia team.
Sun 10th Feb
An introductory workshop to immerse yourself in the country and get to know your fellow participants. What are you looking to get out of the program? What can you expect to see, hear and learn throughout the week?
Mon 11th Feb
Nainital or Bhimtal
Accompanied by our staff from The Hunger Project India, you will experience the vibrant visual sensations of Indian life as your travel by train to the state of Uttarakhand, in the foothills of the Himalayas. From here we take a bus to our base for the week, Nainital or Bhimtal. This afternoon you will partake in a workshop with our local THP team who will give you a greater understanding of our work with Elected Women’s Representatives (EWRs) in India.
Tue 12th- 14th Feb
Nainital or Bhimtal
Open interaction with EWRs and visit villages - Across three days we will visit the villages where The Hunger Project works . You’ll meet the local staff and volunteers and be introduced to the programs they run. Through a series of workshops and village visits you interact with EWRs, hearing their stories, asking questions and learning about their challenges and successes and visiting their homes. It’s an opportunity to get an in-depth insight of the lives of our village partners.
Fri 15th-16th Feb
The final two days of the program will involve a full day workshop facilitated by your facilitator and The Hunger Project Australian team. We’ll consolidate our learnings from the program. This is an opportunity to reflect and create your vision for the future. What do I want to commit to for myself personally? What have I learned ? About the work of THP, about the women and men from the villages, about myself ? How can I integrate these learnings into my daily life, both professionally and personally in a purposeful way ? Travel back to Delhi will be incorporated into the schedule. Participants are able to depart from Delhi after 6pm on Saturday the 16th.