Rollins Welcomes New Global Links Scholar

As part of its partnership with Tupperware Brands to foster social entrepreneurship and sustainable business, Rollins welcomes to campus Global Links scholar, Denise Delboni.

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Denise Delboni, a professor of labor law, compliance, and labor and employment relations at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Sao Paulo, Brazil, has been selected as the fourth scholar from the Global Links program founded in 2011 by Rollins in partnership with Tupperware Brands.

With the support of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, the cross-cultural exchange program was built on the pillars of women’s economic empowerment and social change important to the core missions of both Rollins and Tupperware. Global Links provides in-depth business training in social entrepreneurship and practical business skills to high-achieving female scholars in developing and post-conflict countries.

“I’m honored to be selected by the Global Links program and to be given the opportunity to expose the next generation of leaders to learnings from a leading academic institution and a global corporation,” says Delboni. “I’m looking forward to learning from the academic and business minds I’ll interact with in phase one of this program, then taking that back to Brazil and watching my students act on spreading social entrepreneurship to benefit our country.”

As the first phase of the Global Links program, Delboni will join Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School of Business to participate in rigorous training and coursework focused on entrepreneurship and sustainable business practices before completing a hands-on externship on business fundamentals at Tupperware Brands’ global headquarters in Orlando. She will then return to Brazil for the second phase of the program where she will work with her students to partner with local nonprofits or social enterprises to implement economic empowerment projects with women who are small business owners on the ground. The third and final phase involves Delboni selecting a group of students to return to the United States and provide insight to the program’s stakeholders about their experience, the measurable impact of the program, and its multiplier effect.

The 2019 program follows three successful programs with participants from Iraq and India, addressing societal and educational barriers to labor-force entry and economic empowerment. Delboni’s appointment as the fourth Global Links scholar through the “learn and return” model will help advance entrepreneurial opportunities for women in Brazil.

“Each year, the Global Links scholar brings a unique perspective to our classrooms, strengthening our understanding of entrepreneurship around the world today,” says President Grant Cornwell. “Our faculty, staff, and students look forward to partnering with Dr. Delboni 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 lifelong learning.”