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Effects of a Women's Entreprenuership Internship: Views of an Alumna

Rebecca Bartley

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When I applied to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program in Malaysia, I made sure to include in my application all my WEC experience helping Scranton-area entrepreneurs start and build their businesses. Our class of WEC members was the first group and we learned to write business plans, marketing plans, and evaluated over 10 businesses in one summer.

During my in-country orientation program, one of the representatives from the Malaysian school system’s daughter reached out to me to ask for advice on her clothing line which she was launching. She had read my application and was very excited to speak to me about her plan for her new fashion business: Brew&Skittles. Mutiara, Malaysian for “pearl,” had already established relationships with local Batik makers. She planned to use this traditional fabric in her modern collection which featured shapes and silhouettes that were very on-trend. I helped her by laying out a template that she could use to plan her costs for her projects and to help her calculate the price points for her clothes. I also sent her literature on fashion startups.

Mutiara’s line, Brew&Skittles has sold out every season on her online store and has been featured in many local fashion shows. Utilizing the skills I learned in the WEC in Malaysia was very rewarding and I love watching Mutiara’s business grow.

To see more of Mutiara’s work: brewandskittles.com

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Rebecca Bartley
Class of 2011