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Our Mission

Doyenne Initiative's mission is to positively impact women around the world, elevating them to an expert level in their field.

Our Vision

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.

Our Values

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Why Women?

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.

Global Challenges

Doyenne Reliability

Engineering Program (DREP)

A fellowship for Mozambican women with Bachelor's degrees in engineering (preferred) or similar disciplines

mozambique women education

Our Inaugural Class



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Meet the Team

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Kathy Eberwein


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.


Faith Eberwein

Faith Eberwein is the Director of the Doyenne Initiative. She is a local to The Woodlands, Texas, born and raised. Faith obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Health Sciences with a focus on Women's Health from The University of Central Florida before returning back to The Woodlands. To her, being a Doyenne means bridging the gap in leadership roles for women and making room for women at the table. As Sheryl Sandberg said, “In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.” Faith has had the privilege to be involved from the beginning in the background and seeing her mothers passion for this movement her entire life. It was only fitting for her to take over this last year and share the mission with so many others. 

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Julie Kennedy

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 Katawala

Outreach Advisor

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.

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.

Kathryn Manz
Grant Writer

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