With the support of U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global
Women’s Issues and co-founder Rollins College, Tupperware Brands
launches third successful program year
ORLANDO, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#entrepreneurship—Tupperware
Brands Corporation (NYSE:TUP) announced the Orlando arrival of Dr.
Rumpa Chakraborty, the third scholar selected to participate in Global
Links, a cross-cultural exchange program. Developed with the support
of U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues and
co-founders Rollins College and Tupperware Brands, Global Links expands
women’s entrepreneurship opportunities in developing and post-conflict
countries. Dr. Rumpa Chakraborty, a professor of finance and accounting
at Shri Shikshayatan College in Kolkata, is the second Global Links
scholar from India.
Global Links espouses the values of women’s economic empowerment and
social change held by Tupperware Brands. From January through May, Dr.
Chakraborty will spend five months in the United States. She will
receive ongoing academic and social-entrepreneurship training and
participate in business classes at the Rollins College Social
Entrepreneurship and Business Department and Crummer Graduate School of
Business, in addition to a hands-on externship focused on business
fundamentals at Tupperware Brands global headquarters in Orlando. After
this immersion experience, Dr. Chakraborty will return to Kolkata to
introduce social entrepreneurship concepts to her students. She will
also develop a community service project for students that includes
mentoring women in the local community on various business skills needed
to maintain successful enterprises.
Dr. Chakraborty has been teaching at Shri Shikshayatan College, a
liberal arts women’s college, since 1999. She is the faculty coordinator
of the college’s entrepreneurship program, and mentors students
interested in pursuing entrepreneurship as a career. In addition, Dr.
Chakraborty teaches finance, business management and accounting and
offers career development workshops and seminars. She completed her
undergraduate, graduate and doctoral studies at the University of
“I am thrilled to have been selected to participate in Global Links,”
said Dr. Chakraborty. “I am grateful for the opportunity to enrich my
knowledge of entrepreneurship and women’s economic empowerment. Most of
all, through Global Links, I look forward to helping my students work
with real-life entrepreneurs in India, especially those from
underprivileged communities and rural areas.”
In 2015, Dr. Sharmistha Banerjee, a professor of Business Management at
the University of Calcutta, was selected as the first Global Links
scholar from India. Since her return to Kolkata, Dr. Banerjee has held
nine workshops where more than 400 students and 50 faculty members have
been engaged in social entrepreneurship seminars. Global Links not only
teaches these students business fundamentals, it inspires them to work
on business projects that give back to their community. Dr.
Chakraborty’s appointment as the third Global Links scholar, through the
“learn and return” model, will help further entrepreneurial
opportunities for women in India.
After a successful 2012 pilot in Iraq, the program expanded to India – a
country with only 35% female participation in the job market, despite it
being the 10th largest economy with respect to GDP. Women in India
continue to face many cultural, societal and educational barriers to
labor force entry and economic empowerment.
“Tupperware Brands has long believed in the business value of empowering
women,” said Rick Goings, Tupperware Brands Corporation Chairman and
CEO. “For more than 70 years, we have provided women with opportunities
to grow as entrepreneurs and business leaders. Global Links takes this
effort a step further, connecting scholars across cultures to
disseminate best practices in entrepreneurship to communities in
Grant Cornwell, Rollins College President, says: “Each year, the Global
Links scholar brings a unique perspective to our classrooms,
strengthening our understanding of entrepreneurship around the world
today. Our faculty, staff and students look forward to partnering with
Dr. Chakraborty this semester, and we are grateful for our partnership
with Tupperware Brands on the Global Links program as it reinforces our
commitment to higher education and life-long learning.”
About Tupperware Brands Corporation
Through an independent sales force of 3.1 million, Tupperware Brands
Corporation is the leading global marketer of innovative, premium
products across multiple brands utilizing social selling. Product brands
and categories include design-centric preparation, storage and serving
solutions for the kitchen and home through the Tupperware brand and
beauty and personal care products through the Avroy Shlain,
BeautiControl, Fuller, NaturCare, Nutrimetics, and Nuvo brands.
About Rollins College
Located in Orlando in the community of Winter Park, Rollins
College is Florida’s oldest recognized college. For more than 20
years, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Rollins among the
top two regional universities in the South. As part of its mission to
educate students for global citizenship and responsible leadership,
Rollins offers full-time undergraduate programs, undergraduate and
graduate degree programs through its evening program at the Hamilton
Holt School and graduate business degree programs through its Crummer
Graduate School of Business, which has been ranked a top MBA program
by Forbes and Bloomberg BusinessWeek. Rollins serves approximately 3,300
degree-seeking students annually. For more information, visit www.rollins.edu.
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Elinor Steele, 407-826-8448