Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,
Investing in others is a major objective in the LI campaign, and our International Business Alliance Program allows us to do just that. Through IBAP, Leadership Initiatives gives high-school students the opportunity to create life-changing ideas for our business partners in Nigeria. Our summer conferences also provide these young leaders the chance to acquire invaluable experience as they interact with business experts across a variety of professional fields to gain an abundance of knowledge.
A large number of professionals will speak to the program's participants to provide personal insight and wisdom they have obtained by working in their specific fields. A few of the organizations represented by our speakers include NASA, the United States Department of Agriculture, the Pentagon, Peace Corps, and AdoptUSKids. Though every organization was not able to be named, Leadership Initiatives is both thrilled and deeply appreciative to have such a range of guest speakers. Their expertise provides a critical advantage for our students, and the program's benefits are greatly strengthened by their individual guidance and counsel.
During the conferences, students become a part of a team that partners with a specific business in Nigeria; each business is allied with multiple groups. These competing teams will work with their fellow group members to learn about their business partners' fiscal and organizational goals as well as their available resources. With this information, teams develop ideas and practical solutions to facilitate the growth and stability of the business. As the program continues, teams establish a more personal relationship with their partners and begin to better understand the impact of their work.
After a week of collaboration, students present their ideas and plans to a panel of judges, including their business partner. The panel then picks a single team whose solutions best benefit their partners. The entire program gives students a week of immeasurable experience, helping young men and women to become a new generation of leaders. Doubly so, the business owners in Nigeria are helped by Leadership Initiatives to become not only genuine leaders within their business, but leaders in their community as well. By investing time, experience, and hard work into the futures of others, LI is able to take part in changing lives across the globe.