Chatham News

Christine Ward, founder of The Darfur Project, to talk about how women, girls, and entrepreneurship can change the world

By: Amanda Leff Ritchie, Senior Public Relations Specialist
April 18, 2012

PITTSBURGH (April 18, 2012) … The Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University (CWE) will host the founder of the Darfur Project Christine Ward as part of its Women Business Leaders Breakfast Series on Friday, May 11, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. in the James Laughlin Music Center on the University’s Shadyside Campus. Ward is a renowned social entrepreneur, known for being ambitious and persistent, tacking major social issues, and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.

Ward is the founder and CEO of Rockflower, an organization which seeks to connect large funders in developed nations with organizations investing in women and girls in underdeveloped nations to address some of the world’s economic and social challenges. In a presentation titled “Social Entrepreneurs: How women and girls can solve economic and social challenges,” Ward will discuss her path to creating Rockflower, which focuses on maternal and reproductive health, safety and security, education, economic empowerment, and access to water and food.

While at the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative (as the founder and CEO of The Darfur Project, which has provided $17 million in medical relief to the area to date), Ward became interested in the idea of long-term investment funds to allow capital to support the improvements in livelihoods. Subsequently, she spent three years consulting experts in the fields of social investment, disaster relief, government, education, and health as she discovered how she could help women and girls achieve lives of fulfillment and prosperity.

The $25 admission fee includes a continental breakfast and networking session, which precede the presentation. A question and answer session will follow Ward’s presentation. For more information and to register, visit or call 412-365-1253.

About the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship
The mission of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE) at Chatham University is to educate, create economic opportunities, and foster entrepreneurial thinking for women entrepreneurs, women in business, and students. The CWE provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs in both new development and growth stages of their businesses to start, develop and significantly grow their companies by utilizing Chatham resources, programs, faculty expertise, and student assistance. CWE also provides programming targeted to local and regional women in business designed to teach women in business how to think and act entrepreneurially by focusing on innovation and creativity within the context of an existing organizational environment. Current and initial funding for CWE provided by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. Initial funding for CWE was provided by the Lois Tack Thompson Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. For more information about programs offered by CWE, call 412-365-1253 or visit

About Chatham University
Chatham University prepares students from around the world to help develop solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Consistently ranked among the top master’s level institutions in the Northeast by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Chatham University is also ranked in the top five percent of graduate-intensive institutions nationally and experienced the fastest-growing enrollment in the Pittsburgh region over the past decade. Founded in 1869, Chatham University includes the Shadyside Campus, with the historic 39-acre Woodland Road arboretum and Chatham Eastside facility; and the 388-acre Eden Hall Campus north of Pittsburgh. For more information call 800-837-1290 or visit

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