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Thunderbird School of Global Management - Arizona State University

Project DreamCatcher is a free business development program for Native American women entrepreneurs at Thunderbird School of Global Management’s newly opened Global Headquarters on Arizona State University’s Downtown Phoenix campus. The program is a one-week business training program that offers MBA-level business classes taught in-person by Thunderbird faculty.

On October 14, 21 women graduated from the latest cohort, armed with the professional skills they need to pursue their business goals. “Project DreamCatcher provides a supportive community where Native American women can not only gain strategic business skills, but also nurture professional relationships that can help them as they start or grow their businesses,” said Dinora Gonzalez, project manager for Project DreamCatcher.

The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation created Project DreamCatcher in partnership with Thunderbird, who designed the program’s curriculum and provides instruction through Thunderbird’s world-class faculty. Throughout the program, cohort participants have access to graduate-level classes, coaching and advising sessions with business professionals, and networking activities designed to develop new skills and the confidence to start or grow a business. Before this cohort, the program graduated 67 women and fostered the creation and success of 30 different businesses. 

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“This is a place for Native American women to share their culture, dreams and goals with other like-minded entrepreneurs,” said Dinora Gonzalez. “Our goal is to empower these women to pursue their dreams by helping them develop the skills critical to their success.” 

The next Project DreamCatcher cohort will run from November 13 to 18, 2022, at Thunderbird School of Global Management’s Global Headquarters. Priority is given to enrolled members of the Hualapai, San Carlos Apache, White Mountain Apache tribes and Tohono O’odham or Navajo Nation. Enrolled members of nine additional tribal nations are also eligible. For more information on the program, please visit our website.

About Project DreamCatcher

Project DreamCatcher is a free business development program for Native American women entrepreneurs from the Hualapai, Tohono O'odham, San Carlos Apache, White Mountain Apache, and Navajo tribes. The Freeport-McMoRan Foundation created Project DreamCatcher in partnership with Thunderbird for Good to build the capacity of women business owners from these five Arizona tribes.

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