Penn Law and Wharton to Host 41 Professional Middle Eastern Women for Legal/Business Fellowship Program

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Media Contact:Michael McTigue | mctiguem@wharton.upenn.edu | 215-898-7239
Media Contact:Jeanne Leong | jleong@pobox.upenn.edu | 215-573-8151March 15, 2007

PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania Law School, Penn's Wharton School and the National Council for International Visitors are working with America-Mideast Educational and Training Services Inc. to implement the Legal and Business Fellowship Program.  The LBFP is funded by the U.S Department of State Middle East Partnership Initiative.

The LBFP will bring 41 leading young female leaders in business and law to Penn's campus from March 18 through April 13 for a four-week executive education program either at Wharton or Penn Law, depending on each woman's professional experience.  Upon completion, the participants will be placed in five-month internships with large companies and top-tier law firms across the United States.  

The LBFP is open to 22- and 23-year-old professional women from Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates, the West Bank and Gaza and Yemen.  Acceptance into the program is based on leadership potential, commitment to professional growth in the business and legal sectors of local economies and knowledge of English.  

"The LBFP is intended to provide talented young women working in business and law with opportunities to learn management, business and legal skills while working in the U.S. business and legal environments," Penn President Amy Gutmann said.  "As home to both an eminent law school and business school, Penn is uniquely situated to host these women for the educational portion of their program.  This exceptional opportunity will enable our guests to experience the academic rigor of one of the world's finest institutions in one of the greatest cities in the country."   

"The Middle East Partnership Initiative supports the aspirations of people in the region seeking greater freedom and opportunity," Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Scott Carpenter said  "This impressive group of women embodies these aspirations, and we are happy to stand with them as they develop new business and legal skills to help their communities flourish."

"Wharton and Penn Law are looking forward to working with this diverse group of women," Sandhya Karpe, senior director of executive education at Wharton, said.  "Gathering such a large group of women from a wide variety of countries will encourage information sharing, networking and bridge building among the participants and faculty.  It is from such unique opportunities that great ideas - and change - can emerge."

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