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Qiyadat Global-Georgetown Celebrates More Than 200 Female Graduates

The Qiyadat Global-Georgetown Women’s Leadership Program celebrated the graduation of over 200 female leaders across six cohorts in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. 

Offered through the McDonough School of Business’s Office of Custom Executive Education, the Qiyadat Global-Georgetown program is designed to equip emerging female leaders with the strategic leadership skills necessary to succeed in a global business environment. 

The certificate program is designed for females in mid-to senior level positions in the Middle East or G20 member countries who have shown high potential in a current leadership position for a business, government, or not-for-profit organization. More than 200 women from over 20 countries took part in the global program this year. 

The theme of this year’s program was “Empower to Impact.” Drawing from the expertise of global educators, participants engage in lessons surrounding organizational change management, emotional intelligence, effective decision making, leadership styles, and other critical management subjects. 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) was also a key goal throughout the program, according to the founder and executive director of Qiyadat Global, Nouf Abdullah Al-Rakan (IBP’18). 

“The program not only gives women the tools to be powerful and successful leaders, it also connects them to a global group of business women and leaders that can share their unique and diverse insights and experiences,” said Al-Rakan.

Ingrid Naranjo, a graduate of the program and an investment banker in Dubai, explained how she implemented lessons from her program to protect women. 

“Through the program, I learned about common mistakes I was making as a leader,” said Naranjo. “I have always cared about women’s empowerment and inclusion. The program empowered me to find my voice and fight for a change in women’s rights and protection from abuse through the foundation I started in Ecuador.”

In addition to recognizing its latest class of graduates, the Qiyadat Global-Georgetown Women’s Leadership Program also announced its extension for 2022. To learn more about the leadership program and apply for the next cohort, visit

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