Freeman Extends Texas Hospitality to IEEW Students

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Jay and Valerie Freeman Welcome the PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Students Into Their Home

Jay and Valerie Freeman

Jay and Valerie Freeman graciously welcomed the students from the graduating class from the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEEW) to their home Wednesday evening.  Valerie Freeman is the founder of the Imprimis Group, Inc.  Known for her many entrepreneurial endeavors including the establishment of two Dallas-based banks, a computer training center, and a women’s angel fund, Freeman, along with three other colleagues, also founded Texas Women Ventures (TWV), an investment firm concentrating on women-owned companies.

The Freeman’s welcomed the ladies to a beautiful catered dinner to discuss women in business and the importance of women working together.  Mrs. Freeman expressed to the students how it is very important that women should work together and form support groups to stay in touch with one another.  After dinner a student representative from Afghanistan and Rwanda extended their gratitude to the Freeman’s by giving them a gift from their hometown.

Convinced that education in entrepreneurship and leadership can change the world, Mrs. Freeman is actively involved with the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women’s (IEEW) PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS® Program, a training system designed to provide long-term business education to women entrepreneurs in Afghanistan and Rwanda.

Highly involved in community service, Freeman is a past chairperson of the Board of the Dallas County Community College District Foundation, the Chairman of the Board of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, a board member of the Dallas Foundation, and a Distinguished Alumna from the University of Houston where she holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education.  She has won numerous awards, and in January, 2011, was inducted into the Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) Hall of Fame.  She was also honored as an Outstanding Business Leader in 2012 by Northwood University.