Calvin Williams

Roosevelt High School

Class Of 2020

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

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

My Business Consultant Training

Grant To Enact Solutions

Earned A Development

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Partnered With Top

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Worked With Embassy

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Consulted With A Business

In The Developing World


Umar received a grant from Leadership Initiatives in 2019 to fully fund his cattle farm business. He specializes in fattening cattle and rearing rams.

Umar's business helps ensure that members of his community, especially children, have access to healthy and nutritious meat to supplement their diets.

With the profits from his business, Umar supports his wife, his four children, and his sick mother who lives with him.

He also provides a crucial service to his region, as meat is an essential part of a balanced diet in most developing communities.

His student partners in the Leadership Initiatives' International Business Internship Program are also helping him develop better farming tactics to provide for even more members of his community with sustainable meals.

Story Of The Business

Umar is a 26-year-old man who lives in a small mud hut in Anguwan Zango, Bauchi Nigeria. Umar is married and has four children, two boys and two girls, aged seven weeks to seven years.

Every morning he wakes up early to check on his cattle and eat breakfast with his family before tending to the cattle for the day.

Umar's family has been going through some challenges since his father died and his mother moved in with him.

In addition to Umar’s business, his wife began trading to support their family.

In 2019, he joined the Leadership Initiatives Business Creation Program, and he saw his dream of creating a cattle farm to support both his family and his community come true.

About The Business Owner

To meet market demand and to provide nutrients that can help improve the overall health of people in the Firo community and Bauchi State at large Umar has worked around the clock to launch and grow his cattle farm.

After being advised about the widespread health risk and problems associated with Vitamin B deficiencies, Umar worked to lower his cattle prices.

Umar has done this so that his farm could become an affordable source for a nutritious meal to improve the health of members of his community.

Each month Umar looks to donate some of his leftover food to families in the Orphan Care and Independence Program to assist them in their goal of caring for all members of their community.

Umar hopes to continue this practice with additional impoverished groups within his community to continue creating brighter futures for its members.

Community Impact

1. Branding

Cattle are in high demand and cattle farming is a very competitive market in Bauchi State, Nigeria.

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

Our goal is to build up each one of these categories to showcase his business in the community.

2. Purchase Land For Growth

Currently, Umar has hit the limit of where he can grow his cattle business because he needs more land for his cows to eat grass.

By purchasing land for his cattle to graze, Umar will be able to expand his business, employ more community members, and continue to assist in solving his village's nutritional issues.

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 facing.

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 created invaluable timelines 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

Internship Program Highlights

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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 Nigerian Development experts.

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

Marketing & Advertisement

To ensure the success of his business, we worked with Umar to design a logo, business cards, flyers, social media, and a website to attract new customers.

Umar plans on posting his flyers and business cards in highly populated areas of his community such as local mosques, schools, and marketplaces to maximize his customer base.

New Land Purchase

In order to continue growing his business, Umar needs to purchase new land which will allow him to increase the amount of livestock he can purchase and sell.

We proposed utilizing the grant money from Leadership Initiatives to cover the expense of new land in a prime location for cattle farming.

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 Nigerian Development experts. 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

Aryan Reddy

Class of 2022
Aryan Reddy

Class of 2022

Aryan Reddy is a rising sophomore attending River Hill High school in Clarksville MD. Aryan is a straight A student whose favorite subject is math. Aryan plays Soccer for River Hill High school team and also does the track and field for River Hill High school. In addition, Aryanparticipates in clubs such as DECA and the Red Cross. 

As extracurricular he do the travel soccer for a club and participates in other sports with friends. During the school year Aryan took part in TiE D.C. business camp and won 3rd place. Furthermore, in the summer Aryanalso participated in CTY John Hopkins for 2 years.

Aryan is excited about participating in the International Leadership & Business Summit Tier II because he always wanted to learn on how to be an effective leader. He wants to make great strides in Leadership and Business topics.

Mallory Kussman

Class of 2021
Mallory Kussman

Class of 2021

Mallory Kussman is a rising junior at North Kansas City High School. Mallory is an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program candidate. Mallory is biliterate, literate in both French and English. Mallory is a Metal of Honor Lifesaving Award recipient.

Mallory is a first team all conference golf player, a and debater. Mallory marches the alto saxophone and plays soprano saxophone and bassoon during the concert season. 

Mallory is passionate about the field of international relations and global development and is excited to take part in the International Leadership and Business summit as it will give her a chance to make a difference in this area.

Calvin Williams

Class of 2020
Calvin Williams

Class of 2020

My name is Calvin Williams, I’m rising Senior from Seattle, Washington. I’m here at Leadership Initiatives to learn, grow and offer any help that I can. I come from two families, at my dad’s house it’s just my dad and I most of the time, and our cat Juno. At my mom’s house, it’s a bit of a different story, my sister Maya spends my mom, Paige, my step dad, Steve, and our dog Oliver. And on the weekends my step brother and stepsister, Jensen and Avery come over to visit. 

As for me I’ve always considered myself to be athletic, when I was four until I was fourteen I played soccer, ran track, and played basketball for a few years. Once I got to high school I continued with track and cross country during my freshman and sophomore year, and this past summer I joined a rowing team. Overall I’m not always the “smartest guy in the room” but I feel my passion and determination to make a change makes up for it. In the future I want to study International relations and French so I can help countries overcome their differences.

Through Leadership Initiatives I’ve been able to hone in on these abilities and channel it into something that is truly changing lives and making the world a better place. And as an extra benefit I’ve made new friends, that carry the same strength and determination that I have, and have met amazing people such as Marshall Bailly, Jessica Bailly, and Umar Muhammad. I am grateful for these amazing opportunities and plan to keep on working with Leadership Initiatives for as long as I can!

Njari Mbaekwe

Class of 2020
Njari Mbaekwe

Class of 2020

Njari Mbaekwe is a rising senior at the Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts. She is an ambitious student who plans to double major in finance and international business in college. She is an eager advocate for global human rights and an ardent community servant. She is also a member of Jack and Jill of America Inc. Central New Jersey Chapter. 

Njari is the founder and president of her school's very own UNICEF Club where she works with other students to fundraise and advocate for global issues. She organizes walks, holds forums, and builds teams to help those around her. Njari has found passion in womens' issues and regularly attends conferences for womens' empowerment and leadership. She participated as a panelist in the coveted Becoming Conference where she discussed the importance of women supporting each other. In her first entrepreneurial venture, furthermore, Njari has started a babysitting company and union on her campus that works to protect student workers and their wages. 

The speaker of two languages- English and Spanish- Njariand is also currently learning her native tongue Igbo. She loves to travel and learn about new cultures. In the summer of 2018, Njari traveled to Thailand and lived there for a month in order to immerse herself in the culture and serve various communities. And this past spring, she traveled to Puerto Rico to serve the victims of hurricane Maria and better her understandings of various Spanish dialects.

Njari has played many sports while in attendance at Middlesex. They include: soccer, basketball, track & field, and lacrosse. She, however, enjoys working in the athletic training office as a student aid the most. 

Njari is absolutely thrilled to be apart of the Internation Leadership & Business Summit. She can't wait to learn how she will further impact the world around her through this internship.

Elise Carlisle

Class of 2021
Elise Carlisle

Class of 2021

Elise Carlisle is a rising junior attending Heritage Christian School in Indianapolis, Indiana. Elise is a dedicated student-athlete who especially enjoys Music Theory and Ethnic Studies.

Elise participates on the Heritage Christian High School Track team and is involved in several school clubs such as Mock Trial and Gospel Choir.  She is also active in the Center for Leadership Development program focused on building future business leaders and strengthening the community. During her free time, Elise volunteers at Zion Hope Church food bank to distribute food to hungry Indianapolis residents and participates in community service projects for elderly people.  

Elise is excited to be interning at the International Leadership and Business summit because she is passionate about helping people in need and committed to making her community a better place to live.

 

Noah Shafton

Class of 2020
Noah Shafton

Class of 2020

Noah Shafton is an incoming senior at Los Alamitos High School. He is a dedicated football player who makes sure to balance his athletics with AP classes. In addition, he is actively involved in extra curricular activities such as Model United Nations, Spanish Honor Society, and more. 

Noah’s interest in business paired with his ability to interact with others are a few of the many reasons why he looks forward to attending the International Leadership and Business Summit. Noah’s even-keel nature and his enthusiasm will be on full display as he continues on his mission for excellence.