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Temidola Ikomi, a 2017 graduate of the D'Amore-McKim School of Business and co-founder of an African-inspired fashion brand in Nigeria, won a 2022 Innovator Award, presented by Northeastern's Women Who Empower.

“We are looking for a self-starter, innovative thinker who will challenge the status quo.” This phrase is often seen sprawled across almost every job posting you may encounter nowadays. When employers write it, who do you think they have in mind? Who are our most innovative employees? The answer: refugees.

Co-led by professors Amir Grinstein and Daniele Mathras of the D'Amore-McKim School of Business as part of a partnership with tech accelerator 50:50 Startups, Bridging Conflicts pairs Northeastern students with startups that are co-founded by Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs.

Natasha Shazana, DMSB'13, quit her private equity job in New York City to build a new empowering bra brand in Malaysia.

Twenty-two is the lucky number for recipients of the 2022 Innovator Awards, given out by the Northeastern's Women Who Empower platform. A panel of judges selected 22 female honorees, who will receive a total of $220,000 in cash prizes, with first-place winners taking home $22,000 each in the award program's second year.

Northeastern is hosting 45 students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities, who will be gaining hands-on experience at Boston asset management and life sciences companies through new United Negro College Fund programs.

Leveraging its broad network of industry partners, Northeastern will host more than 50 students on its Boston campus this summer, where they'll have access to experiential learning opportunities including paid internships at a number of area organizations.

By marrying financial services with cutting-edge technology, fintech is meant to inspire the development of new companies by people and communities that have been shut out of the traditional financial system. But the industry is falling woefully short in creating opportunities for women, according to a global survey managed by Susanne Hannestad, a Northeastern graduate. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University

CEO and Founder of Mango and Marigold Press Sailaja N. Joshi, who got her international business degree at Northeastern in 2006, reads her book Finding Om. Joshi's business ensures more Black and brown protagonists are in children's books. Photo by Alyssa Stone/Northeastern University