Valerie Freeman and members of her staff with the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESSÂ® students
Jay and Valerie Freeman
July 13, 2012
CEDAR HILL, Texas – Jay and Valerie Freeman graciously welcomed the students from the graduating class from the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) to their home Wednesday evening. Valerie Freeman is the founder of the Imprimis Group, Inc. Known for her many entrepreneurial endeavors including the establishment of two Dallas-based banks, a computer training center, and a women’s angel fund, Freeman, along with three other colleagues, also founded Texas Women Ventures (TWV), an investment firm concentrating on women-owned companies.
The Freeman’s welcomed the ladies to a beautiful catered dinner to discuss women in business and the importance of women working together. Mrs. Freeman expressed to the students how it is very important that women should work together and form support groups to stay in touch with one another. After dinner a student representative from Afghanistan and Rwanda extended their gratitude to the Freeman’s by giving them a gift from their hometown.
Convinced that education in entrepreneurship and leadership can change the world, Mrs. Freeman is actively involved with the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s (IEEW) PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Program, a training system designed to provide long-term business education to women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.
Highly involved in community service, Freeman is a past chairperson of the Board of the Dallas County Community College District Foundation, the Chairman of the Board of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, a board member of the Dallas Foundation, and a Distinguished Alumna from the University of Houston where she holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education. She has won numerous awards, and in January, 2011, was inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Hall of Fame. She was also honored as an Outstanding Business Leader in 2012 by Northwood University.
The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW), started in 2006, is an Oklahoma City-based 501(c)3 with a mission to empower women to grow their businesses, pursue greater entrepreneurial ventures and become more active public policy advocates. The Institute accomplishes this mission by focusing on education, mentorship and coaching women in the United States and abroad who are seeking to acquire entrepreneurial skills to help start and grow a business. IEEW works with a network of mentors, corporate sponsors, and private donors across the United States to accomplish its work.
Private sector funding provided in part by these National Presidential Level sponsors: The T. Boone Pickens Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Northwood University, and The Hill newspaper.
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