International Youth Leadership and Business Summit

Experts, Guest Speakers, Mentors and Career Assistance

Program Overview

The International Leadership and Business Summit offers a unique, real-world experience. Student teams work in collaboration with Leadership Initiatives , a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that helps leaders in developing communities obtain local funding to open new businesses and provides management and skills training as well as continued support to ensure that the businesses are self-sustaining.

Rather than sit in large groups listening to keynote speakers, students form small teams and interact directly with Leadership Initiatives staff and beneficiaries to learn about different obstacles faced by the businesses in Africa. Student teams will partner with a specific business to research and formulate ideas to solve real problems facing that business today.

LI staff and translators also connect student groups with business owners via Skype to foster genuine relationships and give students the ability to see and hear beneficiaries as they discuss solutions. This gives students the opportunity to ask business owners specific questions and to build upon those questions in real-time. In addition, students and business owners learn more about each others’ personalities and enjoy collaborating as a team.

Students will also select from an assortment of guest and expert speakers, including leaders in development, diplomacy, business, counter-insurgency, politics, technology and more. They will learn about the guest and his or her career, experiences and thoughts about leadership. Smaller groups provide a personalized experience and an opportunity to ask questions.

Work Directly With Development Experts

Students will work with LI-U.S. development experts every day. In addition, at least one LI field staff member will be on-site from Nigeria to provide expertise.  Leadership Initiatives will also bring in additional experts during the course of the week in each of six business development categories. Students will choose from the following categories:

Empowering Women Through Business Ownership– Experts include leaders from Amnesty International, Child Advocacy and Women’s Rights International and The Peace Corps
Orphan Care (Independence and Skills Training)- Experts include leaders from  The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and AdoptUSKids
Technology and Innovation in Business Development– Experts include leaders from NASA, U.S. Army Core of Engineers and The U.S. Department of State
Counter Insurgency and Business Creation– Experts include leaders from The U.S. Department of Defense, Pentagon and from The U.S. Armed Services
Business Expansion and Community Development- Experts include leaders from The World Bank, Booz Allen Hamilton and International Youth Foundation
Fighting Hunger– Experts include leaders from The Department of Agriculture and Chemonics International

Explore Career Opportunities

Leadership Initiatives will be hosting a career fair for ILBS Students on the final night of the conference. Students will have the opportunity to speak with leaders in multiple fields of study to help inspire students to learn more about what direction they would like to take in their lives.

Currently, Leadership Initiatives has lined up experts from: Capital Hill, State Department, Secret Service, U.S. Military, NASA, World Bank, Peace Corps, PNC Bank, Leadership Institute, Georgetown University, Dartmouth, Nigerian Embassy, FBI, Exxon, National Institute of Health, GlobalGiving and many more.

Students are encouraged to meet with guests whose careers and/or fields of expertise best match their own interests. For example, students who have an interest in national security may elect to meet with officials from the U.S. Pentagon or students interested in Microbiology may choose to meet with officials from the National Institute of Health.

Meet Directly With Embassy Officials

In addition to a tour and meet-and-greet at the Nigerian Embassy, students will select from a list of available embassies on a “Choose Your Own Adventure” day! Students will meet with officials who will provide a private tour of the embassy, introduce the country and provide information about its relationship with the U.S. These exclusive embassy tours with small groups of students will provide an opportunity for students to ask in-depth questions and make personal connections.

Choices include:

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China

Embassy of Israel

Embassy of Austria

Embassy of Britain

Embassy of Egypt

Embassy of Italy

Work With Top Experts From Around The Globe

You and your peers will work with Leadership Initiatives’ Executive Board, Advisory Board, mentoring team members and supporters in-person and work together to create solutions for your Nigerian business partner’s business challenges and for you to receive career advice. You may hear from expert mentors such as:

  • Chip Kunde, Vice President of Government Relations for Sysco
  • Wike Kaiser, Senior Vice President at Citigroup
  • Britt Lake, Chief Program Officer (acting) at GlobalGiving
  • Catherine Robinson, International Government Affairs at Pfizer
  • Bill Stefan, DoD Deputy for Enterprise Management
  • Penny Daniels, Strategist, Executive Communications Coach, Messaging, Speechwriting, Presentations for 3D Communications
  • Ahmed S. Mohammed, Director of Talent Acquisition, Dartmouth College – Hanover, NH
  • Steve Pressman, American Institute for Economic Research
  • Brian N Wenny, SR. Scientist at NASA
  • Nicolas Benore, Portfolio Manager, Senior Vice President at PNC Bank

  • Elizabeth Ghandakly, Senior Corporate Counsel at Oracle
  • Rick Kuehn, Commander at 452 Airlift Control Flight, USAFR
  • Katherine Kinzer, Director of Network Management at the International Youth Foundation
  • Lynsie Hall, President & CEO, OmniLearn, LLC
  • Sarah C. Stiles, Teaching Professor, Department of Sociology, Georgetown University
  • Antoine Eloi, Manager, Janssen, Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson
  • Simon Limage, Former-Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nonproliferation Programs at State Department
  • Whitney E. Derber, Kahn Zack Ehrlich Lithwick LLP
  • Carmine C. Carullo, Planning & Performance Analysis Manager, ExxonMobil Medicine & Occupational Health (Retired)
  • Bryan Bernys, Leadership Institute Vice President of Campus Programs