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Connect young innovators with business in need!

by Leadership Initiatives
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!
Connect young innovators with business in need!

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives Donors,

 

We are more than halfway through 2019, and our reach keeps expanding rapidly all thanks to all of our supporters. Due to this tremendous support, we have more IBIP teams and business partners than every before. We could have not done it without your kindness.

 

I would like to share a student's story of her experience with her business partner and how your contributions made this interaction (and interactions just like these) possible:

 

"My journey at Leadership Initiatives began two years ago when I attended the Global Young Innovators, Envision summer program at Emory University. There we were presented with a business from Nigeria which we would help during the entire week and at the end give a presentation of our solutions. Because of my great work here, I was able to start an IBIP team of my own. For the past year and a half, my team has been working with Ms. Deborah and Unity Restaurant, helping her improve the problems presented to us. Some of our solutions that we have been able to give to Ms. Deborah are a new logo, new business cards, new flyers, and re-designed menus. Currently, we are working on improving her delivery system."

 

From this student helping Deborah and her restaurant, she has been able to expand, and therefore have the resources to help others in her community. All of our business leaders that we partner with are dedicated community leaders who - if helped - will offer jobs and support to other people in their community. This creates a cycle of change that continues to help generations ahead. As long as we give these people the help that they need, they will make sure to use that gift to encourage significant change in their communities. 

 

We thank you again to our donors and supporters because you truly make a big difference in our reach. By supporting us, you are supporting communities in sub-Saharan Africa who are grateful for your contribution. Your generosity has helped us create more job opportunities for both adult business owners and orphans. Change can happen anywhere at anytime - and by helping us, you are affecting lives halfway across the world. Thank you again for all that you do!

 

Thanks,

 

The Leadership Initiatives Team

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives Donors,

 

It is halfway through 2019, and our reach keeps expanding rapidly all thanks to those who support us. Due to this tremendous support, we have more IBIP teams and business partners than every before. We could have not done it without your kindness.

 

Therefore I would like to share a student's story of her experience with her business partner and how your contributions made this interaction (and interactions just like these) possible:

 

"My journey at Leadership Initiatives began two years ago when I attended the Global Young Innovators, Envision summer program at Emory University. There we were presented with a business from Nigeria which we would help during the entire week and at the end give a presentation of our solutions. Because of my great work here, I was able to start an IBIP team of my own. For the past year and a half, my team has been working with Ms. Deborah and Unity Restaurant, helping her improve the problems presented to us. Some of our solutions that we have been able to give to Ms. Deborah are a new logo, new business cards, new flyers, and re-designed menus. Currently, we are working on improving her delivery system."

 

From this student helping Deborah and her restaurant, she has been able to expand, and therefore have the resources to help others in her community. All of our business leaders that we partner with are dedicated community leaders who - if helped - will offer jobs and support to other people in their community. This creates a cycle of change that continues to help generations ahead. As long as we give these people the help that they need, they will make sure to use that gift to cause change themselves.

 

We thank you again to our donors and supporters because you truly make a big difference in our reach. By supporting us, you are supporting the people of sub-Saharan Africa who are grateful for your contribution. Your generosity has helped us create more job opportunities for both community adults with businesses and orphans. Change can happen anywhere at anytime - and by helping us, you are affecting lives halfway across the world. Thank you again for all that you do.

 

Thanks,

 

The Leadership Initiatives Team

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 

Falilat
Falilat's Logo + Business Name

Dear Tremendous Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Through simple (yet tremendously effective) business solutions, high schoolers across the nation have had lasting impacts on their associates in Nigeria. Although there are new IBIP students every year as a result of the International Leadership and Business Summit at Georgetown University, now ongoing for the third year in a row, some solutions have been followed for years, becoming more elaborate due to steadfast commitment.

When I joined the IBIP program in my freshman year of high school, I was first partnered with Falilat, a Nigerian soap maker who was looking to finance the education of her children and her single staffer through her start-up business. She was looking to make herself stand out in the soap-making industry, one that was highly competitive in Bauchi State, the province of Nigeria in which she conducts the majority of her business. Through working with Falilat and learning more about these struggles, my group helped her develop a business name (DMB Soap, named after the initials of her children), logo (in the form of soap bubbles), and a new form of packaging. Although I extremely enjoyed working with Falilat, her success due to these solutions meant that I was partnered with a new business, only able to sporadically follow her progress.

However, due to my internship at Leadership Initiatives, I was able to choose my business partner for my senior year, the last year in which I would be able to participate in IBIP. Looking through the list, one name stood out: Falilat. During our first Skype call, Falilat instantly recognized me, excitedly telling me all about her newfound business due to the business name and logo. She informed my group that she was still part of IBIP because she was ready to expand; Falilat wanted to differentiate herself even more by creating scented soaps, finding yet another type of packaging for professional clients, and more. I was thrilled to learn about her progress and cannot wait to see where her business success will take her.

This is why Leadership Initiatives exists — these bonds between American students and Nigerian business partners empower growth and prosperity for both parties, allowing for the spread of ideas and cultures beyond national borders. Your support of our efforts greatly aids the creation of these connections. You, just like the dozens of high schoolers who work with Nigerian businesses, are playing a direct role in changing the lives of people around the globe. Thank you for this belief in the power of communication and collaboration, and thank you for the enormous difference that you make for this program!

If you would like to learn more about stories like Falilat’s, please visit liempower.org.

Thank you,

Leadership Initiatives

Grace
Grace's Hair Salon

Dear Tremendous Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors, 

After a busy summer filled with business, law, and medical summits at Georgetown University, Leadership Initiatives is ready to get back to work on its main project: the International Business Internship Program (IBIP). Due to the hard work and monumental success of these summer programs, Leadership Initiatives has been able to recruit more students than ever to become a part of IBIP and help change the lives of business partners across the globe. 

This week marks the first official week of the 2018-2019 IBIP year; new teams have been meeting with their mentors and business partners for the first time, making introductions and preparing for their exciting year. Moreover, successful IBIP groups from previous years have come back together with even more ideas and solutions for their business partners, cementing and furthering those relationships with their associates and translators that were already so strong before the summer. Leadership Initiatives is thrilled to be working with so many talented students this year, and we wish great prosperity to all of the new teams!

These first meetings have gone extremely well. As mentioned above, new teams have officially begun calling their business partners and discussing what problems they would like to tackle together. Callie’s team from Ridgefield High School is just one example of the bonds that can form between these young innovators and businesses on the other side of the planet. In a letter to Leadership Initiatives about their first call with Grace, a salon owner in Nigeria, Calli writes, “The first time we met Grace with our translator Tamar, the entire Skype call was full of smiles and laughs that warmed our hearts and managed to bring us closer in just 30 minutes!” Relationships likes these are forming across the nation, allowing both the students and the businesses to trust one another and create a strong foundation for the rest of the year. Callie’s team and Grace have decided to begin collaborating on designs for Grace’s renovation of her salon, showing the impact that these students can have on many aspects of a business and its success.

Teams like the one above are why Leadership Initiatives was created: to help people around the world with their most pressing issues, offering ideas and insights from disparate perspectives for the purpose of finding those monumental solutions. Leadership Initiatives was created for this spreading of ideas and knowledge, something that has helped transform businesses year after year. 

I would like to personally thank you again for your donations to Leadership Initiatives. Without the aid of our phenomenal donors, it wouldn’t have been possible for students like Callie to meet Grace. Through your donations, you make it possible for the solutions of students to be turned into realities for our business partners. Leadership Initiatives relies on the benevolence of donors like you, and we thank you for your involvement and participation in our work to better lives! You, along with the students in our IBIP teams, help make a difference in the lives of businesses like Grace’s and many more!

If you would like more information about any IBIP team’s work, including that of Callie’s, please visit liempower.org.

Thank you again, 

Leadership Initiatives

 

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Leadership Initiatives

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Marshall Bailly
Washington, DC United States
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