Tag: Ateneo Graduate School of Business

Oct 08 2017

GRATEFUL TO GOD AND COMMUNITY FOR MY MASTER’S DEGREE GRADUATION

I am grateful to the Great Creator for this privilege of going through, and completing, the Master of Entrepreneurship (ME) program from the Ateneo de Manila University – Graduate School of Business. The program started in September 2015 and concluded in July 2017.

This afternoon, I finally marched along the aisle, went up on stage, and officially received my degree along with my classmates.

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.”

As I continue following my passion, God opens up opportunities to equip me. One of them was my studies at Graduate School for Business, Ateneo de Manila University.

Thank you Lakan Sumulong, for your loving support. Thank you for reminding me to be always grounded. Thank you for taking on the responsibilities at our haven of Peace in Davao, during my one week per month absence for 18 months.

Thank you LéLé Pantoja Chan, L’nielle Cajigas, and Byron Pantoja for believing and cheering for me. You are one of the sources of my passion.

Thank you Noel and Maria Theresa Bautista Alparas and family for taking care of me while in Manila.

Thank you Ate Edna Pantoja and Mary Selorio for caring for me with your delicious meals every time I go back home.

Thank you, partner coffee farmers from Davao, Sarangani, Bukidnon, and Kalinga. You serve as my inspiration in believing that it is possible to achieve quality coffee and relational harmony, when you put your heart and hard work together.

Thank you my partner field Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) ambassadors: Twinkle Alngag Bautista, Sihaya Ansibod, Clay Rojo, June Rojo, Aiza Wanay, Malou Alngag. This is the hearbeat of why we do what we do.

Thank you Coffee For Peace Shop, Coffee For Peace Bistro, Kapeyapaan. Your space and presence educates coffee lovers on our advocacy on being part of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in promoting peace, environment, and farmers.

 

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Jul 10 2017

GRATEFUL FOR THE COMPLETION AND PASSING OF MY ‘MASTER OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP’ THESIS

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.

 

VISION

Coffee for Peace Communities practicing relational harmony; enjoying quality life by being engaged in a sustainable coffee value chain.

MISSION

To engage Coffee for Peace communities in a sustainable, ecological way of producing coffee, towards a productive enterprise.

 

OBJECTIVES:

  • 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.

 

 

 

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Dec 03 2015

JOJI IS ENROLLED IN A MASTER’S DEGREE PROGRAM IN ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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Joji is enrolled at the Ateneo Graduate School of Business at the Rockwell Campus in Makati City, Philippines. She actually started at the beginning of Fall 2015 but made an arrangement with the university to miss her initial classes due to our Canadian commitments and speaking engagements.

 

I enjoy listening to her. Here are some stuff I’m learning from her materials so far.

 

What is Inclusive Development?

 

It is a process that leads towards the goal of an Inclusive Global community.

 

It is based on understanding of 2 concepts:

:: inclusion

:: development

Inclusion is a process and a goal.

 

Diversity is a fact of life. Difference is normal. Some people are excluded from society because of difference. Difference can be due to a range of factors, some universal, some cultural and context specific.

 

Inclusion is about society changing to accommodate difference, and to combat discrimination. It sees society as the problem, not the person.

 

To achieve inclusion, a twin track approach is needed:

:: Focus on the society to remove the barriers that exclude — i.e. mainstreaming.

:: Focus on the group of persons who are excluded, to build their capacity and support them to lobby for their inclusion.

Because inclusion involves everyone in society at all levels, collaboration and networking are core strategies to achieve inclusion.

 

Development needs to be carefully defined.

 

The Millenium Development Goals provide a basic framework :

 

:: Develop a Global partnership for development

:: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

:: Achieve Universal primary education

:: Promote gender equality and empower women

:: Reduce child mortality

:: Improve maternal health

:: Ensure environmental sustainability

 

Key ingredients of development are:

:: poverty alleviation,

:: human rights

:: civil society participation.

 

Inclusive Development therefore is the process of ensuring that all marginalized/ excluded groups are included in the development process.

 

 

Through Inclusive Development, Joji is also very committed to support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

 

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Inclusive Development upholds the Sustainable Development Goals:

 

People. We are determined to end poverty and hunger, in all their forms and dimensions, and to ensure that all human beings can fulfil their potential in dignity and equality and in a healthy environment.

 

Peace. We are determined to foster peaceful, just and inclusive societies which are free from fear and violence. There can be no sustainable development without peace and no peace without sustainable development.

 

Prosperity. We are determined to ensure that all human beings can enjoy prosperous and fulfilling lives and that economic, social and technological progress occurs in harmony with nature.

 

Partnership. We are determined to mobilize the means required to implement this Agenda through a revitalised Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focussed in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable and with the participation of all countries, all stakeholders and all people.

 

Planet. We are determined to protect the planet from degradation, including through sustainable consumption and production, sustainably managing its natural resources and taking urgent action on climate change, so that it can support the needs of the present and future generations.

 

 

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