Connect young innovators with business in need!

by Leadership Initiatives
Ridgefield International Business Alliance Team
Ridgefield International Business Alliance Team

Dear Valued Leadership Initiatives donor,

I would like the take a moment to introduce myself and my International Business Alliance Team.  My name is Meredith and I am the Team Lead for the Ridgefield High School chapter.  Along with my teammates, John, Caroline and Kasey, Leadership Initiatives has given me the chance to help change the world.

Our business partner Maria is the owner of the Unique Beauty Salon in Bauchi Nigeria.  She opened her Salon in 2004, but quickly realized that while she knew how to style and braid hair, she lacked the technical skills necessary to run a business.  She applied to Leadership Initiatives’ Business Creation Program where she took classes that gave her the skills to strengthen and expand the salon.  In 2016 Maria began working with our team to help continue growing her business.  Prior to our involvement Maria’s advertising was solely based on word of mouth.  We are currently working on creating a comprehensive marketing strategy to draw more people to Maria’s salon.

Our team reached out to the business department at Ridgefield High School.  We partnered with an upper level Marketing class and presented information about Maria’s business.  Leveraging their suggestions, we worked to create a new logo, facebook page, flyers, and business cards for the Unique Beauty Salon.  Soon to be implemented, the new marketing strategy will help increase her clientele.

One of the most fulfilling aspects about working with Leadership Initiatives is being able to see the tangible impact I am making on someone’s life.  Maria’s salon helps send her children, and the children of her employees to school.  It helps them buy food, clothes, and other necessities.  I am confident that starting with the improvement of Maria’s salon in Bauchi Nigeria, her community, country, and continent will feel the positive impact her own gains will bring. The entire world can be changed by the ripple effect of progress.

This progress and partnership has been made possible by your donation and much of our success is owed to your support.  Thank you for your generosity! 

Best regards,

Meredith Karle

Ridgefield Team Lead and New Business Programs Coordinator

Maria
Maria's New Logo

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donation, students in Leadership Initiative's International Business Alliance Program (IBAP) are able to work with Nigerian Business Leaders to help solve real world problems. While furthering these student’s knowledge of business, the International Business Alliance Program helps to solve local developmental problems that Nigerian Business leaders encounter.

Oftentimes, Leadership Initiatives business leaders run into problems that they are unsure of how to deal with while trying to grow and develop their businesses. Very often, they lack the knowledge to come up with an innovative solution to solve the problem. This is where our IBAP students come into play. They decipher an innovative solution for the business leader, while attaining skills they could not obtain elsewhere. 

IBAP students will come away with problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as setting themselves apart during the college application process. While gaining these tools, they also help Nigerian business leaders to surpass their problems and continue to grow their businesses. 

Students are selected to become a part of the IBAP through the envision summer program, Global Young Innovators Initiative. In this program, up to twenty teams participate and the top five are offered the opportunity to become IBAP students. If they choose to accept, they enter into a two-year partnership with Leadership Initiatives, changing the world by continuing to assist Nigerian business leaders with real world problems that they encounter.

Currently, IBAP teams have been assisting businesses in making catalogs, logos, and business cards to advertise their product. In order to do so, IBAP students have refined their skills in Photoshop to produce aesthetically pleasing images for these companies. Previously, business owners in Nigeria did not have the ability to create advertisement tools. Our goal is to innovate business in developing worlds so that our businesses have a leg up on their competition.  

Along with a chance to change the world, they will also have access to the Leadership Initiatives mentorship program, SAT/ACT training from our partners at TestRocker, and letters of recommendation from their business partners and our dedicated board and staff members.

This beneficial relationship is only possible because of your generosity. It allows Leadership Initiatives to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities.

Director of Operations, Marshall Bailly states,

"Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into these projects as the month's progress through Global Giving’s reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of "IBAP", Leadership Initiatives would love to have you involved if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we attempt to create a better world. 

Thank you once again from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. If you would ever like to speak to our staff on the ground, a project leader, one of our Business Alliance student participants, we would love to set up a Skype chat for you, so you can personally see the change you are creating."

Wishing you the best!

Sincerely,

Austin Kunde

Assistant Director of Special Projects 

Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives and Respective Donors,

Because of your generous donation, students in Leadership Initiative's International Business Alliance Program (IBAP) are able to work with Nigerian Business Leaders to help solve real world problems. While furthering these students knowledge of business, the International Business Alliance Program helps to solve local developmental problems that Nigerian Business leaders encounter.

Oftentimes, Leadership Initiatives business leaders run into problems that they are unsure of how to deal with while trying to grow and develop their businesses. Very often, they lack the knowledge to come up with an innovative solution to solve the problem. This is where our IBAP students come into play. They decipher an innovative solution for the business leader, while attaining skills they could not obtain elsewhere. 

IBAP students will come away with problem-solving and critical thinking skills, as well as setting themselves apart during the college application process. While gaining these tools, they also help nigerian business leaders to surpass their problems and continue to grow their businesses. 

Students are selected to become a part of the IBAP through the envison summer program, Global Young Innovators Initiative. In this program, up to twenty teams participate and the top five are offered the opportunity to become IBAP students. If they choose to accept, they enter into a two year partnership with Leadership Initiatives, changing the world by continuing to assist Nigerian business leaders with real world problems that they encounter.

Specifically, in the Chicago Global Young Innovators Initiative program of 2016, a team helped a nigerian business leader named Failat turn her business around. She is in the business of soap making and was struggling to find a way to package her soap efficeintly and advertise her business. Using a culmination of thorough research and in-depth discussion to formulate solutions to address her problems, they will found ways for Failat’s business to become more popular in her area through facilitated promotion of the product and reusable packaging systems.

Along with a chance to chage the world, they will also have access to the Leadership Initiatives mentorship program, SAT/ACT training from our partners at TestRocker, and letters of recommendation from their business partners and our dedicated board and staff members.

This beneficial relationship is only possible because of your generousity. It allows Leadership Initiatives to continue our efforts and develop independent profit-generating businesses that serve as models for growth in surrounding communities.

Director of Operations, Marshall Bailly states,

"Project beneficiaries fill voids in the local economy while improving their families' health, education and financial stability. Previous leaders have sent their brothers, sisters and children to school, helped invest in new businesses within the community, offered new services to community members such as the disabled, establishing infrastructure for the future growth of Nigeria.

Leadership Initiatives will be regularly providing updates and insight into these projects as the month's progress through GlobalGiving's reporting program. Of course, at any time you can request a project update to learn up to date info on how this project is progressing.

As a supporter of "IBAP",Leadership Initiatives would love to have you involved if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@leadershipinitiatives.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we attempt to create a better world.


Thank you once again from the bottom of everyone's heart here at Leadership Initiatives. If you would ever like to speak to our staff on the ground, a project leader, one of our Business Alliance student participants, we would love to set up a Skype chat for you, so you can personally see the change you are creating."

Wishing you the best!

Sincerely,

Austin 

Assistant Director of Operations

Dear Cherished Donors,

 

Your support over the last few years has fostered phenomenal growth among countless young innovators, working to foster economic growth in third world countries. Moreover, your invaluable contributions have also helped many young leaders enrich their learning with valuable experiences that you have helped make possible. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our summer program this year.

In the coming weeks, Leadership Initiatives will be hosting a series of session at universities across the country. The conference - Global Youth Innovators Initiative - is result of a combined effort between Leadership Initiatives and Envision, an organization that seeks to enrich high school students with real-world experiences of different career pathways.

Throughout the Global Youth Innovators Initiative, students will work with a team of other high-achieving students to address a challenge facing a business in Nigeria. Teams will communicate with their Nigerian counterpart via Skype as they consider the problem, research possible answers, help develop and sustainable solution and assist in the project implementation.

In the past, students have found ways to make water purification systems more sustainable, designed innovative fundraising campaigns to help start and support a small business in Africa, and developed a plan to combat computer illiteracy through educational opportunities.

At the conclusion of the conference, teams will present their challenge and solution to their peers, faculty and a panel of experts from Leadership Initiatives. A select number of students from each team will be given the opportunity to join Leadership Initiatives’ International Business Alliance Program to continue working with their Nigerian colleagues. Hundreds of students apply for this program each year, and only three to five percent of all applicants are accepted into the program annually. Those select students who join the International Business Alliance Program, will continue with their work and leave a lasting impact in developing communities across the world.

Sincerely,

Marshall and the entire Leadership Initiatives Family

___________________________

Marshall Bailly II

Executive Director

Leadership Initiatives

4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236

Washington, DC  20016

(p) 202-465-4796  (f) 202-280-1221

www.LIchange.org



Dear Amazing Leadership Initiatives Supporter,

I would like to take a moment to introduce one of our international business alliance program teams from Texas who is transforming Sani's fish farm in a phenomenal way. The TMI Episcopal School of Texas has been hard at work with Texas A&M to create new shading gear to cover entire fish farm pools to cool the water the fish live in. 

The idea behind this solution is that by creating shading gear using local resources, Sani can lower temperatures in the pools by 2 to 3 degrees. This will create the most opportune temperature for fish to breed and for them to grow to their ideal weights. 
Over the coming months I am excited to share this solution with you as it moves forward so you can see how your support is transforming lives across the globe.
Below is the The TMI Episcopal School of Texas mission statement and why they are fighting so hard to change lives. 
The TMI Episcopal School of Texas
Mission Statement

Our mission is to make a more unified, successful world through economic growth and international friendships. As a group, we are going to work with our business partners and mentors to efficiently create solutions that will raise revenue for an upcoming business in a third world country. We are going to work as a team in all aspects, which include and are not limited to fundraising, communications with our business associates, brainstorming on special projects, contacting local media to ensure our project is known throughout the community and assisting each other in our college endeavors. We plan to collaborate with each other to ensure that our work and its results are for the sole benefit of our partners and that due to our work ethic and stamina, our business partners will thrive in their growing communities. 
This partnership has been made possible through you and owe much of their success to your support. 
 
Once again Leadership Initiatives and everyone within our family and community would like to thank you for your support and would love have you involved with Leadership Initiatives if you ever want to help grow our programs, learn of ways you can participate or have new ideas on how to develop our programs please contact me at mbailly@lichange.org. Your hard work and intelligence is the greatest gift we could receive as we try and create a better world. 
 
Wishing you a wonderful Spring,
 
Marshall and the entire Leadership Initiatives Family
 
_____________________________
Marshall Bailly II
Executive Director
Leadership Initiatives
4410 Massachusetts Ave., NW #236
Washington, DC  20016
(p) 202-465-4796  (f) 202-280-1221
www.LIchange.org

 

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.leadershipinitiatives.org
Project Leader:
Marshall Bailly
Washington, DC United States
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