Global Links Student Presentations

May 27th, American Center, Kolkata, India

by Michelle Hernandez, Graduate Assistant for the Global Links Program

In March 2016, Global Links entered a new stage.

Out of the 47 students that participated in the program, 14 were selected to work directly with female entrepreneurs in the Kolkata community. Since then, the students have been working closely with their assigned female entrepreneur to support her in her business operations.


Global Links Team with Dr. Conway and Michelle

The progress has been AMAZING! In two months, the students have identified areas of improvement for their assigned business, and made remarkable progress with developing expansion plans, performing cost analysis, developing accounting procedures and spreadsheets, and created new, innovative designs.

On May 27th, the students had the opportunity to present their progress to the officials of the US Consulate in India at the American Center in Kolkata, India, important scholars from the area, Bandhan Bank officials, as well as their own clients and families, and their peers. In addition, Global Links Faculty Mentor, Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on, and Global Links Graduate Assistant, Michelle Hernandez, from Rollins College were present for the event, as they spent the month of May in Kolkata, supporting the Global Links team.


Greg Pardo, Assistant Public Affairs Officer from US Consulate in Kolkata awarding certificates to students

The event consisted of two sections: student presentations and a poster exhibition. To kick off the day, Greg Pardo, the Assistant Public Affairs Officer from the U.S. Consulate General in Kolkata, welcomed all students, clients, scholars, entrepreneurs, families, U.S. Consulate and Bandhan Bank officials to the event. Below is the program schedule:

10.00 Welcome remarks by APAO, Greg Pardo
10.05-10.20 Remarks by Consul General Craig Hall:

Topic: U.S. India Educational Partnerships

  Introducing the project: Dr. Mary Conway Dato-on, Faculty, Rollins College, USA. Distribution of certificates.

Brief Remark by VC or Pro VC of Calcutta University

10.20-12.45 Presentations by students and discussions (schedule below)
12.45-1.45 Lunch
1.45-2.00 Vote of thanks and recognitions and awards
2.00-3.00 Networking and poster sessions by students and clients

All 14 students held a 5 minute presentation each. These presentations included the following:

  1. Client introduction
  2. Business Introduction
  3. Description of the areas of improvement, and of how the student plans to help his or her client’s business in the areas of:
    1. Business development
    2. Advocacy for social and environmental issues
    3. Women empowerment
  4. The student’s action plan to accomplish his or her goals for the business

The presentations were innovative and detailed, and the audience provided great advice and support to the students on how to reach their goals. Overall, the day was an absolute success. Not only did the student’s do a great job, but their client’s got a chance to showcase their business and have their voices heard.


Global Links students, Shreedipta and Swayan, preparing for their presentations

This event was the half-way mark of Global Links Phase II. The students have 5 more months to work with their clients, and there is now doubt that they will accomplish great things under the leadership of Dr. Sharmistha Banerjee and her team. There are no limits for what these hard working students can accomplish.



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