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HANOVER, N.H. – June 9, 2016 – As one of the academic hosts to the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, the center of President Obama's Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Dartmouth will welcome 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging business leaders and entrepreneurs for a six-week academic and leadership institute in business and entrepreneurship, from June 19 to July 31. This is the third year Dartmouth will host a cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and support for activities after they return home. Fellows are between the ages of 25 and 35, and have a proven record of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions and communities. The cohort of Fellows hosted by Dartmouth is part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows to be hosted across the United States this summer. These exceptional leaders will also participate in a Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C., featuring a townhall with President Obama. Select Fellows will also obtain six-week professional development experience with U.S. non-government organizations, private companies and government agencies relating to their professional interests and goals.
Working closely with the Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, Dartmouth has designed academic programs to challenge, inspire and empower these young entrepreneurs, artists and innovators.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship at Dartmouth focuses on business and entrepreneurship ⎯ specifically, design-driven entrepreneurship, which combines social impact and ethical practices into a cohesive, innovative business plan and execution. Academic sessions led by Thayer School of Engineering Professor Peter Robbie and Dartmouth alumni entrepreneur, Richard Nadworny ’82. The Institute employs a creative and comprehensive combination of traditional lectures, workshops, group-based project assignments and community engagement. The Institute aims to foster personal connections for creative and socially responsible entrepreneurship, enhance personal leadership and communication skills, and expand the impact these young leaders can make in their home communities. Highlights from Dartmouth’s 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows cohort include:
As part of the program, Fellows will also experience the rich social and cultural life of the Upper Valley through community engagement events such as:
The YALI Business & Entrepreneurship Institute at Dartmouth is a collaboration of the following departments: The Dickey Center for International Understanding, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy and the Social Sciences, the Dartmouth Center for Service, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Outdoor Programs Office, and the Dartmouth Entrepreneurial Network (DEN).
Visit the Dickey Center's YALI page for more information on the program, or contact Alexander Lopez, Communications Program Assistant for Dartmouth's YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship Program . For an infographic on Dartmouth's Mandela Washington Fellows click here. This infographic now hangs in the Russo Gallery in the Haldeman Center along with the flags of the seventeen countries represented by our Fellows with short bios for each Fellow.
The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program that is supported in its implementation by IREX. For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit the State Department's YALI page and join the conversation with the hashtag #YALI2016.