Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Interdisciplinary Studies

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Dr. Chelsie Dubay

Committee Members

Dr. Jill LeRoy-Frasier, Dr. Jane Broderick, Dr. Delanna Reed


This phenomenological study examines how biblical narratives and stories of strong female role models shape the entrepreneurial identity of Kenyan and Kenyan-American women. Ten female entrepreneurs were interviewed to understand these influences on their development. Themes emerged around mentorship, leadership, resilience, communication, networking, and legacy. Participants interpreted biblical tales through an entrepreneurial lens, resonating with the experiences and qualities of figures like Lydia, Deborah, Ruth, Esther, and the Proverbs 31 woman. Two key differences arose: those with closer African ties referenced the Bible more, and some cited male rather than female mentors. To address diverse perspectives, recommendations include balancing biblical women's narratives with current entrepreneurs' narratives. Ultimately this research suggests integrating a diverse and intentional set of learning modules into early childhood education to plant the seeds of entrepreneurial identity. A proposed framework highlights communication, resilience, networking and leadership via biblical characters to expose young African girls to these attributes.

Document Type

Thesis - embargo


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