Leadership Initiatives is life changing for everybody involved. I have been a part of this organization for about a year and a half, and I plan to stay as long as I possibly can. The LI staff is always helping everyone in every way they can, from helping coordinate fundraisers across the country to writing recommendation letters in their free time. Through LI, I have had the opportunity to work with three different businesses in Nigeria and assist them with their problems. LI makes a point to help build a relationship between the students and business owners that goes beyond just the business. LI has also blessed me with the chance to visit embassies, talk with admission representatives of illustrious colleges, interview and befriend experts and CEOs of large corporations, and so much more. As I said in the beginning, I will stay a part of the LI family for as long as physically possible.
In the year that I have been working with Leadership Initiatives, I have seen so many lives dramatically changed, my own included. I have been given opportunities that I had never dreamed of, and have had the chance to work with the amazing staff of LI, which has become like a family. In my sophomore year of high school, I was given the unimaginable opportunity to work closely with an impoverished, orphaned student in Nigeria hoping to make enough money to support himself and his sister. During the Summer, I was able to work with a security business attempting to protect a Nigerian university from terrorist attacks from groups like the Boko-Haram. Leadership Initiatives offers students around the world the unique ability to lend aid to developing communities, gain real-world work experience, and connect with other cultures in a way that no other program can. For those in developing communities, it gives them a chance to grow their business, acquire important connections, and, perhaps most importantly, provide hope for the future. I can not put into words how thankful I am to Leadership Initiatives, and I know that hundreds of others would say the same.
I have worked with Leadership Initiatives for a little over a year now as the Fundraising Chair for my schools IBIP team. We're partnered with a small soap making business in a rural Nigerian town. One thing that makes Leadership Initiatives amazingly unique is the connection that they have with the business partners. Participants of IBIP are able to Skype with their business partner (and a translator) which gives them a personal relationship that many other programs don't have.
Along with participating in the IBIP program, I also went to Washington, D.C. and participated in their International Leadership Business Summit. Similarly to IBIP, students are paired with business, given a set of problems that the business is facing, and at the end of the week students gave presentations in front of a panel of judges. Students were scored on a rubric and if the students were given a certain score, their business was given a $500 grant. ILBS is such an amazing program that gives students experiences and advantages that no other organization or program can even think of. When in D.C. we visited embassy's, toured the Supreme Court and other D.C. hot spots, spoke to college admissions officers, met with a professional college guidance advisor, and were able to work with experts in a variety of fields.
Leadership Initiatives very clearly cares about their students and does everything they can to give them hands on business experience and prepare them for the future. Being involved with Leadership Initiatives has been a life changing experience that I wouldn't give up for the world.
Leadership Initiatives has changed so many lives including my own. By working with them, I have been connected to people throughout the world and have been able to truly see the difference they make in others lives. After meeting with several of the businesses and community members Leadership Initiatives works with, I felt so confident in their goals that I decided to further my commitment to Leadership Initiatives. The businesses that they commit to not only improve the lives of the workers, but the entire community. I am honored to be involved with such an amazing organization!
I've worked with Leadership Initiatives for over a year as the Team Lead for the Ridgefield High School International Business Internship Program. We work with a small salon business in Nigeria, creating a financial plan and marketing strategy to increase profits and expand employment. The direct connection with our business owner has made me more socially aware of issues women face in different parts of the world and I am so grateful that Leadership Initiatives gave me an opportunity to make a real impact on someone's life.
I also work to coordinate the Mentorship program. Leadership Initiatives gives back to the students they work with by connecting them with qualified mentors who can help students think about their career path. Not only does Leadership Initiatives improve lives in Nigeria, but they also work to support the students who make this change possible.
After working with LI for the past year, I can confidently say that there is not another non-profit that works as hard as Marshall Bailly and the LI team. Leadership Initiatives provides the most personal, helpful, and life-changing experience to everyone involved; whether a student, Business, donor, or otherwise, LI a will never fail to impress. From the phenomenally fun summer programs in Washington, DC to the programs like IBAP and student internships, LI is truly a 5 star non-profit.
I started working with Leadership Initiatives about two years ago and let me tell you, this organization is amazing. They empower growing businesses and really change lives!!! I’d give a 6/5 if I could!!!
I have worked with Leadership Initiatives for over a year now through the Business Alliance Program and through the Business Summit. I am so grateful for the opportunities that the head of the LI program, Marshall Bailly, has given to me and my team. Over the last year, my team and I have worked with multiple businesses in Nigeria to help solve their business problems. It was such an amazing experience to see how happy our business partner was when we proposed our solutions this summer in Washington, D.C. Being apart of the Leadership Initiatives team has allowed me to aid business owners in Nigeria and has made me feel as though I had a true impact on the world. The program has continued to make the world a better place and I look forward to my involvement in the program over the next couple months.
Ever since I’ve started working with Leadership Initiatives, I have discovered that I truly love helping others. I am very grateful to Marshall Bailly and Leadership Initiatives for giving me the opportunity to grow as individual and help different individuals from around the world improve their communities. Thank you so much for everything!
When I think of Leadership Initiatives, the first word that pops into my head is “Family”. The organization seeks to improve the lives of all the people that they come in contact with. The whole world seems to be their family and all they want is the best for all of them. I’ve been a direct witness to LI’s success in making the world a better place. Their reason for success, among many others, is that they treat everyone as if they were truly family. The staff of LI work to personally get to know everyone, which, in turn, allows for higher levels of productivity, since everyone is connected, so they achieve so many things. LI is very dedicated and motivated. They know what they want and they get things done. I can’t wait to see what else they have to offer to world.
Leadership Initiatives is nothing short of incredible. Over a year ago, I was fortunate enough to join three other students at my high school in the formation of an IBIP team. We collaborate weekly via Skype call; the primary focus of our efforts is to improve the hair salon business owned by our partner, Grace Adanu, from Bauchi State, Nigeria.
Through efficient collaboration and communication with both the American and Nigerian staffs of Leadership Initiatives, I've witnessed firsthand the blood, sweat, and tears that this nonprofit puts into every minute of every hour. My team's work has been occasionally disrupted by politically or religiously motivated extremism and emergencies in these Nigerian communities. The ability of Leadership Initiatives to effectively resolve these issues on a daily basis not only underscores the resilience of the whole program, but sets a problem-solving precedent for the IBIP teams themselves.
The week I spent last summer at the International Leadership and Business Summit at Georgetown University brought full circle all positive sentiments I'd acquired over the course of a year of online work with Leadership Initiatives. LI is unique: it strives to foster an unbreakable international bond that you can't just find anywhere. This initiative provides a platform for key Nigerian community figures to ensure the growth and development of their own businesses.
I am so honored to be part of an organization that succeeds in making the world a better place. I can't wait to see what Leadership Initiatives achieves in the future - they have the drive and dedication to do it all.
My name is Ricky Toh, and I am a volunteer that is part of Leadership Initiative's International Business Alliance Program, a program that helps high school students connect with Nigerian businesses to help solve business and technical solutions. Throughout my time with this program, Leadership Initiatives has really encouraged me to take a stand in fundraising and researching solutions for my business partners. In addition, Leadership Initiatives works hard to make sure our solutions and progress is consistent through online Skype calls with Leadership Initiatives and regular calls with our business partner in Nigeria. They are committed to their cause and working with others, especially since they had to set aside special times for my team, which is located in Indonesia, because of time differences. I really appreciate the work Leadership Initiatives is doing and know that it will change the lives of the Nigerian communities it partners with.
Leadership Initiatives (LI) is inspirational in its work empowering local leaders to start businesses in their communities to address a problem that they see. It has been a pleasure working for Leadership Initiatives and I am consistently impressed by the training that LI provides, but more importantly by its focus on "the local" to ensure that everything comes from within the community from ideas to leaders to funding. The more I learn about the leaders themselves and hear their stories, the more I am inspired by the work they are doing and the positive impact they are having on their communities.
Leadership Initiatives (LI) is an outstanding example of how we should guide and direct our foreign policy initiatives in regards to peace-building and international development. LI strives to create an atmosphere where the people of Nigeria have the largest say in how their needs are met, thus this does not create dependency and allows for more brighter days to come in Nigeria. After having had the opportunity to meet individuals who have been affected by LI's work, I am forever hopeful that LI will only grow to do greater things in the years to come. Leadership Initiatives has taken social entrepreneurship to a whole new level.
I have been involved with Leadership Initiatives for the past two years, and have been familiar with the organization for the past four years. I was first introduced to Leadership Initiatives when my older brother was involved with the organization, working to raise money for the “Water for Nigeria” project. His group raised enough money to build a water purification facility in Bauchi State, Northern Nigeria. After seeing how my brother was able to help a deprived community through Leadership Initiatives, I knew I wanted to somehow be involved. I was then fortunate enough to be asked by Marshall Bailly, the Executive Director, to be the group leader of the Fish for Freedom project. As the group leader, I am now able to be a part of some of the incredible projects that Leadership Initiatives is involved with.
While working with Leadership Initiatives, I have been privileged enough to work with those who need the help the most. Our group project is focused on providing affordable fish to the people of Birshi State in Nigeria, and we are currently in the midst of raising money to help expand the fish farming program into other areas of the state. In doing so, we are helping regions that have been severely depleted of crucial nutrients for years, specifically quality protein and Vitamin B.
My work with Leadership Initiatives has been occasionally interrupted by the actions of political and religious extremists throughout Nigeria. Leadership Initiatives’ ability to overcome the constant adversity faced each day by these extremists is truly remarkable. It is a well run organization and repeatedly completes projects that have a lasting impact on many less fortunate communities in Nigeria. I am proud to be a part of this respected organization, and I anticipate further growth of their humanitarian efforts.
Leadership Initiatives creates businesses, but there's more to it than that. In a time where relationships between countries have become very tense and unpredictable, LI takes everything back to the very basics, which is presenting oneself and seeing others as humans with emotions and desires and goals. By connecting leaders in the beneficiaries' communities with outstanding US high school students poised to become leaders for their own generation, we promote intercultural relationships with teamwork. This results in a continuing positive relationship. US students will take this positivity with them to college and beyond. Finding ways to improve cross-cultural relationships can be difficult, but often times the answer to the problem is the simplest solution.
I joined Leadership Initiatives this year, and am already impressed by the widespread effect this organization has on all aspects of the community. Leadership Initiatives promotes developing businesses, creating a safe environment for entrepreneurs in the Nigerian and Bauchi community. These developments are facilitated by the youth of the International Business Alliance Program which fosters the promotion of leadership skills among high school and college students, allowing the next generation to become active members in their community and the world. This organization not only strives for a wonderful cause but is also possesses the progressive and effective skills to make a difference.