Strong female educators can hold the keys to academic success for girls, yet they and their programs often "get stuck" in the early stages, leaving the educators unheralded and their promise unfulfilled.


Our Solution


We forge pathways for women educators by providing them with fellowships and mentorship so they can ensure inclusive, equitable, and quality education for all.  By harnessing the innovation and creativity of rising women educators and the power of knowledge exchange, we are strengthening education where it’s needed most.

Supporting gender equity in educational leadership transforms possibilities for all.

Our Mission

To empower women with resources and support to become leaders and innovators of education.


About US

Empowered to Educate is a program of The Relational Diplomacy Institute, a subsidiary of United Planet, Inc. RDI's mission is founded on the theory of relational diplomacy which promotes the power of individuals as relational diplomats and change makers. Further, it recognizes the catalytic importance of women’s education and women educators in the global change process. RDI recognizes, inspires and mobilizes emerging female leaders who harness the power of education to build a more united planet.


Susan Adu-Aryee

With over 20 years of experience in international development, Susan has worked with World Education, Inc. in Ghana and the International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. She earned her MBA from the University of Leicester and currently directs the STAGE project in Ghana, with funding UKAID, targeting education for over 20,000 marginalized girls in the northern and southern regions of Ghana. 


Rana Dajani

Dr. Rana Dajani is a Jordanian professor of molecular biology who is ‘interested in raising the health, education and social status of women and children around the world.’ She is an accomplished researcher, teacher and role model, and one of the Top 100 Most Influential Arab Women. Based on the evidence that reading plays an essential role in instilling a love of learning and in creating a brighter future for children and their societies, she established We Love Reading, which is now in over 52 countries, with 7,503 volunteers, and nearly half a million readers.


Winthrop Carty

Through 30 years in international education and social innovation, Winthrop has helped underrepresented ethical leaders and social entrepreneurs secure seats at the world's decision making tables. He is the founder of All Together Strategies which supports collaborative leadership to solve global challenges. Previously he served as executive director of the Melton Foundation and was co-founder and former senior editor of Innovations journal (MIT Press).  


Constance Kane

Dedicated to the education and empowerment of women and girls, Constance has had an international career working with such global institutions as Oxfam America, World Education, and Pact, Inc. She is particularly interested in the impact of leadership development on women's career development. 

Executive Director

Tawiah Agyarko-Kwarteng

With 16 years of experience in the non-profit and private sector, Tawiah is dedicated to building the capacities of disadvantaged populations through innovation and partnership. She has led development programs for World Education, Inc., and The Hershey Company, in girls' and adult education, community development, and cocoa sustainability. She also manages a sustainable development consulting firm, Heritage Flow2 Company Ltd, in Ghana. Tawiah has an MPA in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School. As Country Advisor, she will lead programming on-site, maintain relationships with local partners, and manage the fellowship selection and training processes.  

Ghana Country Advisor

Ariel Derby 

A second year student at Tufts University in Boston MA, Ariel is committed to community service and social justice. She has previously worked as a Young Leadership Intern J Street and served as a Teaching Fellow for Kaleidoscope Education, which supports therapeutic solutions in special education.

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Annual Report

Check out our Annual Report to learn more about our takeaways from our first year of Fellowships!