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Mar 11, 2019

Highlighting Women's Empowerment

Dear wonderful donor, 

We would like to start off by wishing you a happy International Women's Day. We thought it would only be appropriate to highlight the wonderful work that our female business partners have accomplished. Through our programs, women in Nigeria have been able to use their skills and use them to their full potential with the help of our resources. None of this would have been possible without your tremendous support. 

We would like to share the story of a student IBIP team and their connection with powerful Nigerian women.  

The team of Roosevelt students started off working with Falilat who runs a small soap making business in Bauchi State, Nigeria. The girls helped Falilat with various business problems such as marketing techniques and developing new scents for her products. Halfway through the team’s first year of hard work Leadership Initiatives’ Executive Director, Marshall Bailly told them about yet another amazing program during that upcoming summer. Leadership Initiatives was hosting the International Business Leadership Summit, which would be similar to that which Maya attended the previous summer.

This program, however, would take place at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Two members of the Roosevelt group, Maya and Lauren, attended the summer program and develop even more skills to use in the IBIP. The girls ended up being paired with Rabi to help her work on her catering business during their week at the program. Little did they know that the charming young woman they were working with would ultimately become their official business partner. This program not only allowed the girls to form a more personal connection with Sani but also taught them leadership skills, public speaking skills and hands-on experience in entrepreneurship.   

When Lauren and Maya returned from the summer program they were bursting with stories and skills that they were eager to share with the other members of their group, and so was their business partner, Rabi. She announced the wonderful news to the group that she was pregnant! It was a very exciting turn of events but meant that she was going to be taking a break from working with the Roosevelt IBIP team.

Wonderful stories like these wouldn't be able to happen without your continuous and unwavering support.

Thank you from your friends at Leadership Initiatives 

Jan 15, 2019

Happy New Year from Leadership Initiatives!

Dear Respective Leadership Initiatives Donors and Staff,

Happy New Year! Here at Leadership Initiatives, we are hitting the ground running in 2019. The summer programs are quickly approaching, and our interns are hard at work to ensure that all will run smoothly. Due to the sessions that were added (as compared to last year), our team has been collaborating continuously with Georgetown University to make sure that all students will have a wonderful, educational experience.

Speaking of interns, one intern is particularly essential in the organization and planning of all summer programs: Zac. A student who began as an IBIP team coordinator, attended a myriad of summer session shimself, growing increasingly acclimated to the vivacity of Leadership Initiatves while also changing lives through correspondence with his Nigerian business partner. Over time, Zac found himself promoted to the position of ILBS Assistant Manager, in charge of all business summits under LI direction. Today, Zac continues to work tirelessly on both internship and team leader roles, helping LI and business partners around the world with his devoted energy.

Zac describes his introduction to LI as “life-changing”, saying that it has enabled him to meet the most “crucial people of his life”. Similarly, your donations to our foundation are transformative for Leadership Initiatves. Your belief in our mission, in our effort to bring literacy training to businesses in Nigeria, is what allows us to continue improving lives and communities around the globe. Without your donations, our goals would be impossible to attain, but your magnanimity and generosity fuels our operations, inspiring us to continue our work. For this, we here at Leadership Initiatives cannot thank you enough — your support truly makes a difference!

 

Best,

Leadership Initiatives Staff

Jan 4, 2019

Zainab's Yogurt Business

Dear Wonderful Donor,

Your friends at LI are wishing you a happy new year! We are looking forward to your continued support throughout this year. Thanks to your past support, Leadership Initiatives was able to continue it's International Business Internship Program and continue to make a positive impact around the world. Because of your support, Zainab, a yogurt business owner, was able to expand her business, employee others and move onto higher education. This tremendously benefitted her community.

An IBIP team based in Minnesota was one of the teams working with Zainab. When they first began helping Zainab, she only had a general idea of the recipe, so the students were able to meet up at one of their houses, and test out various recipes to make sure they had the perfect one, and write it down with exact measurements so that the yogurt would be uniform in flavor and texture. This consistency is hard to come by in Nigeria, where you can order the same meal at the same restaurant just a couple days apart and get something different each time. This became a real selling point as the team came up with a name, ‘The Golden Spoon’ and a slogan, “same great taste every time.” They were then able to come up with a logo and business card that Zainab would be able to use to further expand her business.

Due to your continuous support, LI is able to give high school students the opportunity to problem solve and consider cultures beyond their own while also positively impacting the lives of those abroad. 

We are looking forward to what the rest of the year has in store!

Best wishes,

Your friends at LI 

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