Doyenne Initiative's mission is to positively impact women around the world, elevating them to an expert level in their field.
Doyenne Initiative's vision is to ignite a movement that will give rise to generations of Doyennes, invoking a significant change in opportunities for women throughout the world. Our program will elevate women through higher education and specialized development equipping them to hold the most esteemed and executive roles in their respective fields. As they prosper, these Doyennes will be role models who influence their countries, communities, families and generations to come.
In addition to the general workforce capability shortage, Doyenne sees an even larger gap in women who were experienced technical experts in their field. Due to the widespread recognized need to promote equality for women, Doyenne knows that elevating women to ‘take their seat at the table’ is where we could make the most impact.
Our Inaugural Class
Meet the Team
Kathy Eberwein is the CEO of The Global Edge Group and a Mechanical Engineer from the University of Maryland. Through her experiences as a CEO providing personnel for major capital projects in developing countries, she has witnessed a shortage of local workforce capability to support these projects. The result of this is local employees often miss opportunities to participate in the elevated career paths with these global companies on these projects. Kathy has always had a passion for social impact and felt this was her opportunity to make a positive change.
Programs & Strategy Manager
Claire is a business professional who worked for 6 years in the energy industry before leaving the corporate world in 2017 to dedicate herself to finding work that she felt made a positive, tangible impact on people's lives. Claire has since studied nonprofit management, social enterprise and sustainability. Claire managed the establishment of the Doyenne Initiative as a 501(c)3 nonprofit and has been the lead on strategy and operations for the Doyenne Initiative since its founding in July 2019.
Kathryn has over 20 years of experience as a development professional and 10+ years’ experience managing all aspects of the grants programs. She is experienced in creating and implementing the strategy for the fund development, achieving fundraising goals and engaging major donors, sponsors, and community leaders for annual campaigns, endowment, planned giving and capital gifts of many nonprofit programs. Kathryn has worked in several countries and has managed education and language development projects.
Julie Kennedy is an experienced CPA with over seventeen years of experience in managing the financial support functions of the Global Edge Group of companies. She is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant and also holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing.
Talumba is Co-Founder of Mozambican Women of Energy (MWE), an association focused on achieving the UN SDGs 5 and 7, Gender Equality and Affordable and Clean energy for all. Talumba is a passionate advocate for and believer in diversity and inclusion as business imperatives. As a professional in the energy industry for over 10 years, Talumba has experience in implementing high-level professional education programs in Mozambique. Talumba has been supporting the Doyenne Initiative in establishing its footprint in Mozambique via outreach activities.