Last 08 July 2017, I passed my thesis for the Master of Entrepreneurship (ME) from the Ateneo de Manila University – Graduate School of Business. The program started in September 2015 and concluded this month, July 2017.
The ME program, according to the Graduate School of Business Handbook, “is geared towards honing the entrepreneurial personality.” It fits well with my busy schedule because it is designed as “a course in creative leadership,” integrating my peace and reconciliation fieldwork as the laboratory of my training as an entrepreneurial development leader. This holistic approach to a master’s program assisted me in developing Coffee For Peace, Inc. “to optimum levels of productivity, profitability and professionalism.”
The week-long classroom sessions were held every month for 18 months. Those classroom discussions with fellow entrepreneurs had been a series of sometimes-painful, sometimes-comforting learning and growing processes. Those were precious time and space for me to reflect on all my experiences — both the failures and triumphs — as co-founder and now the chief executive officer of Coffee For Peace, Inc.
The most grueling part of the program is the process of writing-rewriting-correcting-rewriting-critiquing-rewriting-defending-rewriting-passing of my business plan. This journey allowed me to expose myself to a critical process of learning with my peers and to sharpen my perspectives through the knowledge and wisdom of my mentors. Now, I have a business plan that I believe is a systematized, clear, efficient, and viable set of proposals to bring Coffee For Peace, Inc. to a new level of growth and effectiveness.
I have been blessed to receive this C$7,500 worth of academic training through a full scholarship program based on my role and performance as CEO of Coffee For Peace, Inc.
COFFEE FOR PEACE, INC.
Coffee for Peace Communities practicing relational harmony; enjoying quality life by being engaged in a sustainable coffee value chain.
To engage Coffee for Peace communities in a sustainable, ecological way of producing coffee, towards a productive enterprise.
- To establish Coffee for Peace Community in coffee growing areas.
- To uplift the socio-economic situation of coffee farmers
- To make CFP enterprise sustainable in promoting coffee with peace.