Regina Martinez

Lamar Acedmy

Class Of 2020

Assisted In Launching A Start-Up Business In The Developing World With International Development Experts

Directed The Funding Of A Grant To Enact A Business Plan And Training Program With The Business Owner

Designed A Logo, Website, Advertising Plan And More With Nigerian Embassy Development Experts

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Grant To Enact Solutions

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Consulted With A Business

In The Developing World


Huzaifa used to own a tailoring business and specialized in sewing adult clothing, baby playmats, and children’s sweaters. Huzaifa’s business was his family’s only source of income.

After losing his business, he started working in a friend’s shop to make a living for his family. Before Huzaifa lost his store, he had four staff members and six apprentices who were working to support their own families.

Huzaifa has spent the last eight years saving to open up his own tailoring business within his community once again.

Huzaifa has recently received funding and additional business management training from Leadership Initiatives to open up a low-cost tailing shop within Birshi.

Huzaifa hopes to use this new chance at owning a tailoring shop to create jobs using new technology and brings new styles of clothing to his community.

Story Of The Business

Huzaifa is a 39-year-old married man who lives in Bauchi State Nigeria. He has six children; five boys and a girl, aged five months through 14 years.

Every day, Huzaifa wakes up early in the morning to buy bread for his kids’ breakfast and go to work. For quite a long time, Huzaifa’s family was barely able to eat, as Huzaifa sold everything he owned, including his business, in order to save the life of his daughter.

To provide for his family, Huzaifa has taken several tailoring jobs at different shops throughout his community. His average workweek is seventy + hours so he can provide for his family over the past seven years and save to open up his own shop once again.

Unfortunately, his daughter died at the age of six. Huzaifa is now trying to recover from his loss.

Huzaifa has also created a separate bank account for medical expenses so saving the life of someone he loves will never again put his other family members in jeopardy.

About The Business Owner

Huzaifa has taken in five apprentices, two from our Orphan Care and Independence program, to provide his community with new job opportunities.

Huzaifa has also begun introducing his community to Western dress styles and tailoring methods. This includes placing hidden pockets in dresses to protect women at festivals from pick-pockets.

Huzaifa hopes to introduce new online service methods so his customers can track the progress of their suits and dresses in 2020.

Huzaifa would be the first in his region to introduce this technology to his business, and it could be used in several other local shops if it proves successful.

In addition, Huzaifa hopes to begin creating combine dresses of traditional and western styles for upcoming festivals to promote his business and community.

Community Impact

1. Tailoring Progress Tracking

The number one complaint about tailoring shops in Huzaifa's region is delayed dresses and suits.

It is our hope to solve this with a two-pronged approach. The first is to keep the appropriate amount of cloth and materials on hand at all times, to ensure no delays occur because of supplies. The second is to create an app that will update the customer on the dress's progress.

2. Branding

Tailoring shops are dependent on their brand to create word of mouth customers.

Most tailoring shops lack a webpage, a colored logo, a social media page, and a Facebook page for community members to leave reviews.

Our goal is to launch Huzaifa's business with the above items in place to showcase his business in the community.

Problems Facing The Business


Meeting Our Business Partner

Our team began the solution-development process by having a one-on-one Skype calls directly with our business partner.

We learned more about his life, family, and business—as well as the issues he was having.

By discussing first-hand the problems our partner faced, our team successfully and efficiently began to brainstorm solutions to improve his business.

The on-staff translators and business development experts helped facilitate the process and ensured our team asked the right questions.

Each morning we held frank discussions about our solutions, the advice we had received during the day before, and the timeline to begin implementing our ideas in real-time.

Meeting Our Business Partner

Expert Assistance Workshop

Nigerian Embassy Business Consultation

Partnership With Top Executives and CEOs

Solution Review By Top Development Experts

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Expert Assistance Workshop

Our team then met with leading experts in the field of business and community development, from top US companies, the State Department, the Pentagon and leading Georgetown Professors.

These leaders included Professor Sarah Stiles of Georgetown University, who has received Georgetown's highest faculty honor, the Edward B. Bunn award, in 2014 and 2019, making her the only woman in Georgetown History to receive the award twice.

We streamlined our initial solutions and used their guidance to further our efforts in solving the issues our business partner was facing.

Our team advanced our communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through hands-on project management and development.

By the end of the week, we had synthesized the advice of leading experts from across the globe for our grant proposal to transform the life of our business partner.

Nigerian Embassy Business Consultation

The Nigerian Embassy invited our team for an exclusive tour, a presentation on Nigerian economic development, and a banquet with top diplomats.

We ate authentic Nigerian cuisine, immersed ourselves in the culture, and discussed problems facing our business partner, the community he worked in and the country as a whole.

At the end of the trip to the Nigerian Embassy, our team was able to work directly with Nigerian development experts, including a former ambassador to the United Nations.

Each expert gave new insights to our proposed solution and was able to provide us specific details to help shape our grant proposal to ensure the grant transforms lives.

Partnership With Top Executives and CEOs

Throughout the course of the program, our team met with top CEO's from across the nation. They reviewed our solutions, offered advice on our grant proposal, and briefed us on the upcoming presentation.

This consultation gave our team the confidence and acumen to develop practical solutions and present them to the grant panel for our business partner.

John Hecklinger was one of the mentors we had the opportunity to work with. As the Executive Director of the Global Fund For Children, John had a unique insight into the grant proposal process.

John taught us how to present ideas to leaders from major companies and organizations and was able to give us advice we would use to refine our proposal.

Solution Review By Top Development Experts

Our team presented the final solutions a panel of expert judges from Dartmouth, the UN, the State Department, the Pentagon, and the Nigerian Embassy.

This formal presentation allowed our team to practice our skills and measure the effectiveness of our communication, all while showcasing our efforts to transform the business we had partnered with.

At the end of the presentation, we were able to receive feedback on our grant proposal for our business partner.

Over the next four weeks, our proposal would be reviewed three more times by development experts and Leadership Initiatives sponsors before being approved and put into action in the Fall of 2019!


Step-By-Step Solutions For Our Business Partner

How I Transformed A Business

Quicken Product Production

In order to stay above his competition, it is key that Huzaifa is able to produce quality products in a short amount of time.

In order to this, we've proposed a few different options. Most notably, Huzaifa and his employees will keep an extremely detailed calendar where they will track all their orders, allowing them to service customers at a quickened pace.

Marketing & Advertisment

Advertisement is an integral part of the success of any business in Bauchi State, Nigeria. To ensure the success of his business, we worked with Huzaifa to design a logo, business cards, flyers, and a website to attract new customers.

In addition, we've created a referral discount for customers. This will create word-of-mouth advertisements for Huzaifa.

My Solutions

My Business Plan

My Presentation

My Business Plan

How I Transformed A Business

How I Transformed A Business

How I Transformed A Business

My Solutions

My Business Plan

My Presentation

My Presentation

How I Transformed A Business

My Solutions

My Business Plan

My Presentation

Our Presentation

Our team presented the final solutions to a panel of expert judges from Harvard, the United Nations, the State Department, the Pentagon, and the Nigerian Embassy. Our presentation received high marks and the grant for our business partner received full funding.

This formal presentation allowed our team to practice our skills and measure the effectiveness of our communication, all while showcasing our efforts to transform the business of whom we were partnered with.

My Team

Guy Gabriel

Class of 2020
Guy Gabriel

Class of 2020

Guy Gabriel is a rising senior attending Thomas Stone High School in Waldorf, Maryland. Guy is a hard work honor student who excels in engineering.

Guy enjoys playing basketball and swimming. In his free time, he also enjoys exercising, cooking, and biking.

Guy is ecstatic about attending the international leadership and business internship summit. Guy has always shown interest in becoming a business entrepreneur. Guy is a strong leader who works well with others and hopes to one day own a thriving business so he can give back to his community.

Niya Marie Humphries

Class of 2022
Niya Marie Humphries

Class of 2022

Niya Marie Humphries is a rising sophomore at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington, DC.   Niya, a native Washingtonian, enjoys her challenging math classes and is very interested in identifying global patterns among other things. 

When not immersed in her studies, Niya enjoys listening to music - especially Indie and alternative music.  These two genres are among her favorites. Niya has also challenged herself to learn to play an instrument this summer – which she will no doubt master.  Niya is also an athlete and sports enthusiast – who enjoys playing soccer. This fall, she will compete for a position on the soccer team that represents her school.  Niya also has an affinity for basketball – which led her to manage the freshman basketball team. Niya plans to serve as team manager next year as well. Niya is well rounded and deeply involved with many school activities.  She also enjoys theater and the performing arts. Her creative resume includes her participation in Georgetown Visitation’s production of “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” and “The Ghost of Rhodes Manor.” Ever eager to learn Niya worked with the productions’ Technical Crew and assisted with makeup and costume selection for the participants.  

Niya is a very outgoing person, who loves to try new things and help others in the process. Service to others is of utmost importance to Niya – thus her summer plans also include 40 hours of Salesian service at the McKenna Center in Washington, DC.  Niya looks forward to sharing the volunteer service experience with her classmates.  

Niya has a strong intellectual curiosity for matters of business, both on the national and international stages.  She recognizes that learning how to solve world problems and increase business opportunities will benefit all of humanity.  Niya has innate leadership qualities and will quickly make valuable contributions and demonstrate a keen awareness and understanding of all things that she is introduced to and involved with.  For that reason, Niya is especially is looking forward to attending the International Leadership & Business Summit Tier II. While participating, Niya will expand her knowledge and refine her already evident skills and attributes.  The Tier II program will help Niya to focus on her future and become more engaged with all of the important facets in the world of business. She is looking forward to it!

Jade Sosa

Class of 2021
Jade Sosa

Class of 2021

Jade Sosa is a leading up junior from Lamar Academy High School in the International Baccalaureate Program. She is aspires to gain the best education possible, to grow as a leader to serve others reach their God given potential.

Jade partakes in many programs in her school and rigorous jobs in her community. This includes varsity soccer, culture club, IB podcast, a member in the National Honor Society, media chair of the International Business Internship Program, the chief executive officer and founder of a teen mentorship program- Project 2.0 “Do Something”, and holds a summer job as a lifeguard in Hidalgo, Tx. Yearly, she volunteers at her church in the vacation bible school as a co-leader and at the Boys & Girls Club summer program as a gymnasium Jr. Staff. Jade is actively being discipled by her church family to further her knowledge and spiritual faith.

Jade is eager to attend in the International Leadership and Business summit, for the reason being, she is always ready to learn and be challenged. Jade believes that, in the long run, all sacrifice will lead others to strive high and persevere to reach their purpose.

Regina Martinez

Class of 2020
Regina Martinez

Class of 2020

I am Regina Martinez, Lamar Academy at McAllen, Texas. Despite my young age, I have a lot of goals, some of which I have decided to already tackle. The Walt Disney company is a treasure that is very close to my heart. For as long as I can remember it has been my escape from everything: cancer, school, and the stress of life. The Disney parks became so close to me that for long time I dreamed about starting my own Disney inspired blog. I started my instagram blog, Made In WDW, freshman year where I met and communicated with people all over the world, and am now proud to say I have reached a base of about 3,000 people.  From “Made In WDW,” grew much bigger projects such as helping other people plan their trip to Walt Disney World, and thus “Plan It Ear” and “Plan It Ear, Plan Your Trip,” was born. “Plan It Ear,” is a Youtube channel dedicated to helping families learn the basics of planning their trip, “Plan It Ear, Plan Your Trip,” is helping people plan their trip one on one by customizing their trips for these families. Since I am known for these three things, I have merged all of them together into one location: reginadaniella.com. I am also the founder of a pop up coming to my hometown this June, showcasing different local shops and raising money to donate items to immigrants that cross the border every day.

Academic wise, I always try to find ways to involve myself around the campus. I am a proud member of Master Minds, Student Council, National Honor Society, and National Society of High School Scholars. These extracurriculars are a blast to participate in, and I have also worked with Harvard Student Agencies, and managed to plan and bring their program “Weekend Business Academy,” to my school for a immersive and fun weekend. Currently, I am working with them, for them to come back in Fall, 2019. My school offers the International Baccalaureate program, of which, all my team from the International Business Internship Program are proud members of. Through the demanding and heavy workload, I have learned to balance everything I have going on in my life, which is also paving a way to a bright future.

I decided to join this amazing and impactful program because I want to pursue a field of business and decided that this program is the perfect element to kick start my journey. Dealing with international real world problems and solutions, I will be learning how to effectively collaborate with other in order to make an impact in the world. Furthermore, I am so excited to meet business leaders who will inspire my future. 

Alenna Zweiback

Class of 2020
Alenna Zweiback

Class of 2020

Alenna Zweiback is a rising Senior attending Georgetown Visitation Preparatory High School in Washington, DC. Alenna is a dedicated leader who is fascinated my Computer Science and starting her own business.  

Alenna is the Team Manager for her school's rowing team and is also a rower. She is looking forward to taking over the role as President (Secretary General) of the Model United Nations club after being the Vice President for the last year. Alenna is incredibly involved with her school and is starting her own entrepreneurial club, LaunchX, at her school next year. In her free time, Alenna runs her own podcast and business for young girls to educate themselves on different career paths.  She also loves baking new recipes, traveling the world, and learning new ways to code on her computer. Growing up with a Cuban mother, Alenna is extremely accustomed to speaking Spanish casually and understanding it. Although she is not fluent, she is able to read and write. When Alenna is not at school, she is either babysitting or interning at the United States Senate (took place during the fall). She is involved in numerous school clubs like Kaleidoscope, Our Troops, and Paws. She can also be found baking every week for the patients at the Children's Inn. 

Alenna is extremely excited to participate in the International Leadership and Business Summit Tier II to learn how she can make a bigger difference in the world. Alenna is a determined, fearless leader who wants to change the world. She has also known she has wanted to have her own business one day and she cannot wait to learn this summer. 

Krystalynn Oliver-Mays

Class of 2020
Krystalynn Oliver-Mays

Class of 2020

Krystalynn Oliver-Mays is a rising senior attending the Community School of Davidson in Davidson, NC. 

Krystalynn developed an early interest for international relations after being exposed to many different cultures at a young age through school and camp. This sparked an interest in world cultures and behaviors, she later decided to join the Model United Nations Club  at her school. Participation in the club allowed her to further spark the interest that was within her. A passion for leadership, communication, understanding and peace amongst people continues to be her motivation and an area that she desires to explore.  

Krystalynn currently participates in many leadership roles at school and the Lake Norman surrounding area, including National Honor Society, Student Ambassadors, Junior Leadership Lake Norman, Leadership Team, Director of Communication for Student Government Association and the Student Advocates.

She is a varsity cheerleader who enjoys spending her free time reading, volunteering, playing with her miniature poodle, traveling, and attending as many marches that fit into her schedule. 

Krystalynn is ecstatic for the opportunity to be participating in the International Leadership and Business Summit. Recently, Krystalynn has developed a desire to help people who are marginalized as well as those who are striving to fulfill their goals to become business owners. She is a spirited young woman and an influencer in her community, with aspirations  hopes to serve others on a global scale.