Our alumnae, students and volunteers are making The Initiative's vision of a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan a reality by making positive and lasting changes in Afghanistan.


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Anita Haidary and Helay Rahimi Appear on Present Tense, Future Perfect Show

Anita Haidary (Mount Holyoke 2014) and Helay Rahimi (University of Montana 2010) discussed global leadership development with Marion Estienne, PhD, host of Bold Brave Media’s Present Tense, Future Perfect and founder of 3sixtyglobal. Present Tense, Future Perfect is a radio show about how organizations, societies, and individuals are being impacted by changes in our world and whether those engaged in developing global leaders are doing it right. Anita is a Fulbright Scholar studying Public Policy at Portland State University (see previous story) and Helay works as a Big Four global technology consultant to Fortune 100 clients in Silicon Valley providing them with data-driven insights into

Remembering Drucilla Cortell Gensler

Members of The Initiative’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board were in attendance at the September 7th Celebration of Life for Drucilla (Drue) Cortell Gensler (1936 – 2017) , founding member of The Initiative, held at the Presidio in San Francisco. Executive Director Christian Wistehuff and alumna Nadia Sakhi (Roger Williams 2010) offered moving personal tributes and expressions of gratitude on behalf of our students, alumnae and the women and men of Afghanistan our program participants have touched through their own service. Christian shared news of a special tribute from our Board of Directors and Advisory Board: a community green space bearing Drue’s name will be built with 99 fruit

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