Northwood University partners with IEEW

Northwood University, Texas Campus President Dr. Kevin Fegan speaking at the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® reception
City Councilman Steve Mason presenting Dr. Terry Neece with a proclamation declaring July 18th Peace Through Business® Day
Crossing Over at the Cedarwood Bridge on the Northwood Texas Campus

This year’s graduating class from the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) took part in a number of events on the Northwood University, Texas campus.

Selected students from Afghanistan and Rwanda participated in the Business Boot Camp portion of the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program which consists of dynamic, high-level business training, combined with leadership skills, for qualifying students. Boot Camp Northwood professors included, Dr. Tara Peters, Carla Allen, Sabine Adams, Dr. Steve Tidwell and Diane Feffer.

Other Northwood University events on campus included Experience Cedar Hill with the Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce, sponsored by the Cedar Hill Economic Development Corporation, which was held on Thursday, July 18th.   At the event the women were honored with a proclamation from Cedar Hill Mayor Rob Frankie, which was presented by City Councilman Steve Mason declaring July 18th Peace Through Business® Day.

Later that day the women took part in an exclusive Knights Crossing Over Ceremony only for participants of the 2013 Peace Trough Business Program®, which was held at the Cedarwood Bridge on the Northwood campus.

The Crossing Over ceremony symbolizes the "crossing over" of Northwood University graduates, students, colleagues and friends of the university from various backgrounds, and bonds them with one another by inducting them into knighthood.  Held annually on the first Saturday of October, the Texas Campus Crossing Over Ceremony is steeped in the lore of Knights, chivalry, honor, freedom and officially inducts participants into Northwood Knighthood.

“The Peace Trough Business Program® provides the foundation and dynamics of a global, free-enterprise society which indorses the mission statement of Northwood University. The students who participate in the leadership development classes are true visionaries and entrepreneurs,” explained Dr. Kevin Fegan, Northwood University, Texas President.


Established in 2006, the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women, based in Oklahoma City, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that encourages the empowerment of women economically, politically and socially by focusing on their education and mentorship. The IEEW strives to help women in the United States and abroad who want to gain entrepreneurial skills that will help them start and grow a business, which will in turn help them to become more active and effective public policy advocates. Working on the forefront of these efforts, the IEEW believes in the power of women as a driving force in the development and stability of businesses in emerging economies. Through its dedication, hard work and PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® program, the IEEW helps provide women with a voice in their fight to establish peace and free market economies. For more information, visit


Northwood University is committed to the most personal attention to prepare students for success in their careers and in their communities; it promotes critical thinking skills, personal effectiveness, and the importance of ethics, individual freedom and responsibility.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Northwood University specializes in managerial and entrepreneurial education at three full-service, residential campuses located in southern Florida, mid-Michigan and northern Texas. Adult Degree Programs are available in seven states with many course delivery options including online. The DeVos Graduate School offers accelerated, evening and weekend programming in Michigan, Texas and Florida. The Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise provides system-wide expertise in family enterprise, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and new business development. International education is offered through study abroad and in Program Centers in China (Changchun and Wuxi), Malaysia and Sri Lanka.