The Freemans Open Their Home to the IEEW Students

Valerie Freeman, Northwood University 2012 Outstanding Business Leader
Dr. Kevin Fegan, Northwood University, Texas Campus President with the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Students
Dr. Terry Neese, IEEW Founder & CEO and Northwood University Board of Trustee centered next to Valerie Freeman, Northwood University 2012 Outstanding Business Leader with the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® students and guests

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 and CEO of Imprimis Group, Inc.  Now one of the largest independently owned staffing enterprises in Texas, Imprimis Group serves as testimony to Freeman’s belief in the value of higher education, the opportunities of entrepreneurship, and their role in the promotion of women in leadership.

Valerie Feeman, convinced that education in entrepreneurship and leadership can change the world, is actively involved with the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s (IEEW) Peace Through Business Program®, a training program designed to provide long-term business education to women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.

The Freemans’ welcomed the ladies to a catered dinner by Blue Mesa to discuss women in business and the importance of women working together. This year the Freemans’ also had a photo booth for the ladies as well as shaved ice after dinner.

Mrs. Freeman expressed to the students how it is important that women should work together and stay in touch with one another and to utilize their connections.  She also expressed that Northwood University has a wonderful entrepreneur program and encouraged the students to learn more about it. After dinner a student representative from Afghanistan extended their gratitude to the Freemans’ by giving them a gift from their hometown. 

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.


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.