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Dr. Sakena Yacoobi to Speak at Global Heroes Lecture Series: 11/15 University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

November 9, 2010 by

The Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Global Heroes Lecture Series will host a brunch discussion with Skoll Awardee Dr. Sakena Yacoobi on November 15.

The Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship was established in the School of International Studies at the University of the Pacific in 2006. It positions Pacific and SIS at the forefront of the newly emerging field of social entrepreneurship in both the academic and applied learning environments.

The event is 10:00 – 11:30 AM at the Bechtel International Center, University of the Pacific, and is free of charge and open to the community, click here to RSVP.

More on Dr. Yacoobi:
Dr. Yacoobi is on a mission. Her goal is to bring education to Afghanistan, a country
that has a 70 percent illiteracy rate. Her main focus is girls and women and she believes that only with education can the war torn country rebuild itself. Thus, she founded the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL.)

AIL is entirely managed by women and has served over 6.7 million Afghans throughout a network of 30 schools. Dr. Yacoobi is featured in Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl DuWunn’s book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunities for Women Worldwide and is a Senior Ashoka Fellow and a recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship among many other accolades.

Dr. Yacoobi is the second Skoll Awardee honored in these series, Dr. Taddy Blecher Founder & CEO of the Maharishi Institute spoke there October 13.

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