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Idaho Falls Businesswoman Supports the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women Through $15,000 Sponsorship


The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women has announced the addition of Sylvia Medina, president and founder of North Wind, Inc., to its ambassador sponsorship level with a donation of $15,000.

“Sylvia’s one of the most dynamic businesswomen I’ve ever met,” said Terry Neese, founder and CEO of the Institute. “She has managed to build a multi-million dollar company from the ground up, while successfully balancing her family life.”

The Institute, a 501c3 organization, created the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program, which provides long-term business training to female entrepreneurs from Afghanistan and Rwanda. Education is provided in both countries, as well as in the United States. Since the program’s inception in 2006, 150 women have been directly trained and educated.

Medina has been involved with the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program as an enterprising member of the 2010 Leadership Development Committee. The committee formulates curriculum for Leadership Development. She will teach a marketing workshop at this year’s conference.

“I am proud to be involved with the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS program – anything that helps empower women in business,” Medina said. “The concept of marketing is not always something Afghan and Rwandan women are familiar with, but these skills are essential to running a successful business.”

North Wind, Inc. consults businesses in the environmental, engineering and construction services industries on sustainability and cost-saving business practices.

Before Leadership Development, PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS students participate in In-Country Education, an intensive eight-week business course taught to 30 women in each country that culminates in the development of a business plan. Fifteen women are then selected to travel to the United States for Leadership Development for higher-level business and leadership training, as well as a weeklong mentorship with an American woman business owner and an International Women’s Economic Summit, a two-day conference focusing on the strength and contribution of women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda, the obstacles they face, and the free economy solutions to peace. Each student is then committed to Pay it Forward, where students pass on for one full year the blessings and knowledge they have received through the program to their fellow countrymen and women.

For more information about the Institute and sponsorship opportunities, please visit

About The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women:

The Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women is a 501(c)3 non-profit empowering women to grow their businesses, pursue greater entrepreneurial ventures and become more active public policy advocates. The Institute accomplishes this mission by focusing on education, mentorship and coaching women in the United States and abroad who are seeking to acquire entrepreneurial skills to help start and grow a business.

Dr. Terry Neese, Founder / CEO
2709 W. I-44 Service Road, Oklahoma City, OK 73112

About North Wind, Inc.

North Wind, Inc. is an environmental consulting firm founded by Medina in 1997. They are a leader in the environmental, engineering and construction service industries, serving from 20 offices nationwide, with the headquarters in Idaho Falls, ID.


Date: March 16, 2010

Contact: Becca Colbaugh
Office: 405-943-4474