encourages women towards personal growth and professional success using ancestral heritage as an asset. It focuses on using cultural heritage as a gateway for international collaboration.

Globally, women are purveyors of cultural knowledge from generation to generation. Much of this knowledge, however, is often overlooked in today’s professional landscape. In today's highly globalized and interconnected world, cultural knowledge is becoming a powerful tool of understanding and growth. Along with globalization we also see the need for female leadership grow as does the importance of acknowledging heritage as an asset.

The inspiration for this project came from women in leadership positions in various fields who saw the importance of cultural understanding and (re)connection for success. Heritage uses (re)connection as its launch pad because women often fall into one of two categories: they have strong ties to their countries of heritage but need to connect and explore to a different aspect of the country or they have lost knowledge of their heritage country completely. Thus, there is a need to (re)connect.


"The founders of the Heritage program believe that change and innovation happen when there are individuals willing to understand and acknowledge the past in order to build a better future. "


Heritage begins in the United States as women come together to determine what knowledge they have lost and wish to regain. Through research data is collected then analyzed by the Heritage committee. Heritage delegates meet with potential host country organization businesses, businesses, and education institutions to discuss the cultural and professional knowledge important to consider for a Heritage program curriculum. With information of the collected data and the agreed terms of delegates with host country stakeholders, the Heritage curriculum is designed and the program is launched. 

Interested in forming a committee to launch a program? Contact heritage@academy4women.org 



of Heritage is to guide women through the journey of (re)connection. To provide resources and global connections that can help in acquiring and administering the tools needed to lead in any profession using ancestral heritage as an asset.


 of Heritage is a two week experience composed of courses, workshops, and hands on cultural events that will provide a 360 degree exposure of the host country.

Participants will focus on addressing identity and its complexity while developing new ways to understand its importance in all settings. In addition, participants will also enhance their knowledge of professional protocols across borders, academic and professional language of the host country, the cultural history of the host country dating to its indigenous roots, and share dialogue regarding global challenges with women from the host country.

The Heritage Journey will target, among others:

  • (Re)Connection to Cultural Heritage
  • Global Challenges faced by women 
  • Public Discourse in host language 
  • Professional protocols in host country

*The 2019 Heritage Program will have an optional 1 week experience for women who wish partake in the experience but cannot commit to a full two week experience.