First Impressions of Professional Fellows Program by Nighina Azizov

October, 19 2016

"I would like to mention prior that my host family is fantastic.

We did a lot of things together on weekends, like visiting the Washington Zoo, Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, Bethesda Art Fair etc.
We also had very good discussions about Moldova and USA's political, social and educational systems. I think that PFP's idea to place the fellows in host families is brilliant, so we could learn American culture, traditions, way of life from the grassroots.

I also met my supervisor, Honorable Judith Vaughan-Prather, Executive Director of Maryland Commission for Women. We had a very good introductory discussion about my internship, about my schedule, about my activities and also duties. I will have a very busy agenda, so I am ready and eager to learn new things related to women's issues in Maryland.

Yesterday, I took part in in a very big event organized to honor women's entrepreneurs in Maryland. The important fact is that the First Lady Yumi Hogan attended the Governor's Office of Minority Affairs Womens' Small Business Outreach Event at the Maryland Aviation Administration.

There were nearly 100 women small business owners in attendance to network with state agencies and private sector companies.
In honor of National Women's Small Business Month, the First Lady provided words of encouragement to those in attendance."


More details are coming soon.

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From March, 30 to April 5, 2017, Nigina Azizov, PFP Alumna (Fall 2016 Cohort) implemented her outbound project entitled "Dare to Share!" She received the support of the supervisors she had worked with during her internship in the US: Mrs. Judith Vaughan-Prather, Maryland Commission for Women Executive Director, and Mrs. Yun Jung Yang, Esq., Co-Chair Voices of Maryland Women Listening Tour; in turning all her plans to action.
Fellows from Moldova arrived in Washington D.C. for a three day pre-orientation session.