Fellowship promotes partnership across borders!

Author: Grace Munene

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2016 YALI@ND alum, Rania Ibrahim from Ethiopia, shares how she is using her experience and lessons learned during the Mandela Washington Fellowship, to promote access to better health care in her home country. Read more here

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YALI team awarded Presidential Team Irish Award!

Author: Grace Munene

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The Notre Dame YALI team was honored to receive this year’s Presidential Team Irish Award! The award was presented to the YALI administrative and faculty team during the Notre Dame and Stanford game on October 15, 2016 at Notre Dame Stadium. John Affleck-Graves, executive vice president of the University of Notre Dame presented the award to Michael Sweikar, managing director of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development. The Presidential Team Irish Award program publicly recognizes core staff members that exemplify the University’s core values on behalf of their department and the University. Go Irish!…

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2016 YALI cohort arrives June 17

Author: Grace Munene

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This year's YALI cohort at the University of Notre Dame arrives on June 17, 2016. The 25 Fellows are coming from 20 African countries and have interests in various fields such as health, community development, media, technology, law, education, film, agriculture, children, women, policy advocacy, and environment. Stay tuned for more updates during their stay at Notre Dame.…

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YALI @ ND documentary premiere!

Author: Grace Munene

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Through the generous support of BISK Education, we are excited to share a documentary film The Business of Good: Young Africa Rising that showcases the Mandela Washington Fellows’ experience while at the University of Notre Dame. This film premiered on March 2, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. Read more about the film here

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2014 ND YALI alums give TED talks

Author: Grace Munene

 

2014 YALI alums – Ntuthuko Shezi from South Africa and Mildred Apenyo from Uganda- have in the recent past given TED talks in South Africa and Uganda respectively. Watch their amazing stories above.

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Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs meets with ND Fellow

Author: Grace Munene

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During a recent visit to Comoros, Madagascar and Mauritius, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield met with 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow Ilrshaad (Ish) Goolamally from Mauritius. Ish is one of the five 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows from the University of Notre Dame that received $25,000 each from the United States African Development Foundation

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State Department features ND Fellows in article

Author: Grace Munene

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One of the goals of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at the University of Notre Dame is to promote the development of Fellows’ leadership skills. This is achieved through various ways such as engaging in community service projects. Read more here

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President Obama meets Fellows, says plans are underway to expand program

Author: Grace Munene

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500 Mandela Washington Fellows met with President Barack Obama on Monday August 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Fellows had just completed attending academic and leadership institutes in 20 Universities across the country. The institutes focus on three thematic areas: Business & Entrepreneurship, Public Management, and Civic Leadership. In his address to the Fellows, Obama observed how timely their visit was given his recently concluded visit to Sub-Saharan Africa where he officially kicked off the Global Entrepreneurship Summit

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Five ND Fellows win USADF grants!

Author: Grace Munene

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This year, five of our Fellows were among forty winners that were awarded grants by the United States African Development Foundation (USADF). Lebohang Selloane from South Africa, Mohammad Goolamally from Mauritius, Helen Duo from Liberia, Sam Musariri from Zambia and Farai Chizengeni from Zimbabwe, were each awarded $25,000 to expand and launch their businesses in their home countries. In addition to receiving grants, the winners will also receive technical support from USADF to support them in creating new economic opportunities in Africa. USADF runs a business plan competition that is open to Mandela Washington Fellows in the Business and Entrepreneurship track. Read the press release here

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Fellows reflect on their Notre Dame experience

Author: Grace Munene

July 30, 2015 marked the end of the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at the University of Notre Dame. 25 Fellows from 19 countries were honored for their achievement during a graduation ceremony that was graced by the dean of Mendoza College of Business, Roger Huang. Also in attendance was Andrew Reynolds from the State Department, various university leaders, faculty members and staff.…

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Coca Cola's special delivery for Fellows

Author: Grace Munene

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For a second year in a row, the Coca Cola Company has continued to support the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at the University of Notre Dame. With a focus on women as entrepreneurs, Coca Cola’s support for this program derives from their 5by20

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‘Shark Tank’ at Notre Dame

Author: Grace Munene

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For those who have had a chance of watching the ABC reality show ‘Shark Tank’, you have seen the extent to which contestants will go in a bid to convince a shark(s) to invest in their business. It is a moment where decisions are made in a split second. The scene was not any different at Notre Dame (except that it was not broadcast on television) when Fellows participated in a business plan competition. Each Fellow had five minutes to present their business plan before a panel of judges that consisted of individuals from different corporations that included: IBM, Coca Cola, BISK Education, Lenovo, Accenture, Capsim, GE, Verizon, and HP. At the end of the competition, three fellows won ‘deals’ in the form of cash that will support the implementation of their business plans in their home countries. …

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Veronica shares her fellowship experience

Author: Grace Munene

Veronica Affuah Da-Silva, a 2015 Fellow from Ghana, shares her experience at the University of Notre Dame.

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So far, the University of Notre Dame is a perfect blend of unique academic sessions, professional networking, community services and cultural activities and looking back I cannot imagine how transformative, insightful and priceless my journey has been so far. A new chapter of my life opens up as I enter the world of business and entrepreneurship”. Sunday marked exactly three weeks and three days since my Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders experience at the University of Notre Dame began.

Sunday started with an incredible lecture on Leadership through Sharing Fire by one of the world’s renowned speakers, Dr Marc Hardy –Director of Non-profit Executive Education at the University of Notre Dame. The classroom session gave me the opportunity to identity my personal leadership potential. I also discovered that I possessed a bottom-liner personality trait. The breakout session also made me learn more about a fellow I have had the least interactions with. After a healthy brainstorming session, Dr Marc together with his lovely Wife Marcia treated all fellows to a hot sizzling Chinese delicacy at a nearby restaurant. The dinning session created another platform for fellows to bond and exchange ideas on individual projects.

Monday’s session on NGO Leadership and Group Dynamics was extremely engaging and practical. The fellows were privileged to be given a lecture by the Author of Non-profit Governance; Thomas J. Harvey on the Challenges faced by Non-profit Start-ups.The final session of the day which covered the CAPSIM business simulations was very engaging, instructive and hands-on. My highlight of the day was the Capstone Courier headlines which featured me as the most outstanding CFO for the week’s Industry’s performance-in a simulation environment...

 

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Fellows meet the Dean of Mendoza College of Business

Author: Grace Munene

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During this past week, Mandela Washington Fellows at the University of Notre Dame met with the Dean of Mendoza College of Business. Roger Huang visited with the fellows on Tuesday July 7, 2015.

In his talk with the Fellows, he discussed and emphasized the importance of using business as a vehicle to do good. The Fellows appreciated his support for the program which has given them an opportunity to learn from the distinguished faculty at Mendoza College of Business

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The Fellows visit the Motor City

Author: Grace Munene

 

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The 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program at Notre Dame is currently in its second week. During the first week (in addition to course work) the Fellows had an opportunity to go on site visits to businesses in South Bend, Indiana and in Detroit, Michigan. While at Detroit, the Fellows visited GM Corporation, M-1 Rail, Kresge Foundation, Quicken Loans, Detroit Mayor’s office and the Motown Museum. While at Quicken Loans, the fellows were taken on a tour of the many properties Quicken Loans owns in the downtown Detroit area. The weather was sunny and cool – perfect for a great walking experience. Below is an excerpt and photos from a Facebook post that Seydou shared with his network about his experience.

‘Yesterday, with my colleagues, we spent an exciting day in the city of Detroit, the capital of the automobile, and the headquarters of General Motors. We had a fabulous guide who took us through the economic history of Detroit’.

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