Economic Empowerment Fellowship – Professional and Leadership Development Efforts – Rudio – Phnom Penh

On Saturday, April 25th, I had the pleasure of visiting two organizations committed to the pursuit and advancement of the Cambodian community. My first stop was the Impact Hub Phnom Penh, members are all independent entrepreneurs seeking social change. From the moment you walk in the door you get a sense of innovation, mentorship, and youthful energy. The message is strong, "Where Change Goes to Work," and the enthusiasm of those utilizing the common workspace to jumpstart their individual businesses is inspiring. Organizations such as Young Startups, SHE Support Her Enterprise, and Anakot Asia serve the larger community in unique yet common ways. For example, NOEM Chhuny, an EEP alumni, newly launched Anakot Asia with the mission to empower individuals and their teams to achieve unlimited potential by sharing the message of compassionate leadership and helping them discover their inner entrepreneurial spirit through goal setting and improved self-confidence. Utilizing his education, service as a Buddhist monk and years training leadership to those of all ages, Chhuny believes empathic leaders are necessary to Cambodia’s future. Since the business is only two months old, we spent time mapping an overall business strategy, discussed curriculum design, budgetary considerations, and sales and marketing strategies, etc. We learned many things from each other and then assisted setting up for his afternoon training session on "Mindful Leadership".

The afternoon proved to be equally enjoyable! Christopher Lee, the founder of HEDC International in Phnom Penh, was gracious enough to spend several hours sharing stories and lessons from his 45+ years of leadership expertise. Training thousands of professional, government, student, and nonprofit participants annually, this small yet highly impactful team is of the firmest conviction that global poverty, environmental degradation, conflict and social breakdown can be avoided if we as individuals take full responsibility for becoming the solution in our homes, schools, works, and communities. We discussed commonalities in our training programs, challenges facing leaders in both Montana and Cambodia, and the value of his book Operacy across all disciplines.

Participating in Co-Operacy training at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center.

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