The Leadership Initiatives Team
Marshall grew up in the small town of Paw Paw, Michigan and is the eldest of four, with one brother and two sisters. By the time he graduated high school, Marshall had come to strongly value independence and self-determination, and knew he wanted to provide a good example to his siblings. He encouraged each sibling to seek out special interests and skills, and to work to develop them. He urged them to set high goals, and to work hard to meet those goals.
Marshall graduated with honors from American University in 2004 with Bachelor's Degrees in both International Relations and Political Science, as well as a specialized certification in Leadership. During his freshman year he participated in American University's Freshman Service Experience. The next year, he headed the organization, which maintains more than 1,000 members and employees, and for which he coordinated over 15,000 hours of community service. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Management from American University.
Marshall has extensive development experience working in the South African Parliament and has independently created several community development programs on the continent of Africa. After studying in the U.S., experiencing other cultures and communities studying abroad, and watching each of his siblings graduate high school and begin college, Marshall knew for sure that he wanted to continue to help people and communities on a wider scale; to encourage them to recognize and realize their potential, and to take it a step further.
Leadership Initiatives was created to empower men, women and children around the world to determine their own futures. and help break the cycles of poverty and dissatisfaction that plague so many communities worldwide. It also involve students in the United States by connecting our future leaders with those in other countries who have discovered, through Leadership Initiatives' programs, their ability to lead. Over the past decade, with Marshall as Executive Director, Leadership Initiatives has grown to help create and expand 54 independent businesses, raise over 1.5 million dollars for business creation in developing communities, and create hundreds of jobs-- thus affording parents the opportunity to send more children to school.
During this time Marshall has received distinction for his work with Leadership Initiatives from the Youth Action Network, the Starbucks Foundation, GlobalGiving, the International Youth Foundation, and Georgetown University, winning their distinguished Outstanding Partner for Social Justice award.
Under his tenure Leadership Initiatives has grown its fundraising base tenfold, been honored as GlobalGiving's Best All Around Nonprofit out of over 5000 organizations, and received endorsements and partnerships with the past two US Ambassadors to Nigeria, the Embassy of Nigeria in the United States, Omnilearn, IFast, Siemans, the US State Department and three members of Congress for their efforts to develop communities across the globe.
Director of Student Leader EngagementKWodjan@lichange.org
Kristen Wojdan is passionate about empowering and developing student leaders to unleash their potential and aspire higher as human beings. Kristen brings a unique perspective to her work through her vast experiences with public, private and non-profit stakeholders in education. Named “Rookie Teacher of the Year” during her first year as a HS history teacher in Baltimore County, Maryland, Kristen has completely committed her 20 years as a professional educator to students, learning and teaching.
She has influenced educators and students across the country and around the world as a facilitator, consultant, trainer, program developer, coach, mentor and leader, serving in a myriad of roles that demonstrate her commitment to connect students with relevant, meaningful experiences. Her ultimate goal is to inspire leaders and learners of all ages to strive for a life of significance, not just success.
Kristen holds a Master’s in Educational Administration & Supervision from McDaniel College. She resides in Maryland where she and her husband thrive on being active in the lives of their two children.
Assistant Director of Student Leader Engagementdjones@lichange.org
Dallas Jones is a student preparing to attend Nebraska Wesleyan for his freshman year.
After taking numerous leadership roles in clubs and organizations at school, Dallas knows what truly drives student engagement in events, managing multiple moving parts, and detailed work—and it’s not simply trying the same tried and true methods. It’s trying creative methods of problem-solving and having the courage to set ambitious goals.
While in high school, Dallas worked with state and national organizations, in addition with school administration, to start and expand new clubs. He started a chapter of Young Americans for Freedom which quickly become the second-largest club and has helped Student Council as their treasurer by creating their first budget, website, social media accounts, and updating their bylaws. His impact at school also landed him the opportunity to be a commencement speaker.
Dallas is EverFi certified and has been awarded academic, business, and music honors.
Program Director (Business Creation and Expansion) - Nigeriaumuhammad@lichange.org
Umar Muhammad is a Cisco-certified Computer Hardware Engineer who serves as Program Director of Business Creation and Expansion for Leadership Initiatives’ (LI) Nigerian operations. Umar’s resume credits include employment with Maida Business Center (2002) and African Petroleum Business Center (2004). Umar also worked NITI Technology as a Coordinator/Instructor in 2005 and with the Indian Nigerian Institute of Information Technology (INIIT) as Director of Training/Instructor in 2007.
Umar joined Leadership Initiatives - Nigeria as Project Officer in 2009 and was promoted to Project Manager in 2014. In 2016, he became Program Director of Business Creation and Expansion, overseeing the full scope of LI’s Nigerian office and its daily operations.
Since Umar’s promotion to his current role with LI - Nigeria, the organization’s national branch has grown significantly, becoming a locally registered non-profit with recognition and repute both in the Bauchi State, where it is located, and more widely in Nigeria. Umar has guided LI –Nigeria in countless projects benefitting and uplifting local communities. Umar anchors the structure of the LI - Nigeria office in its administration, finance operations, personnel management, and the day-to- day running of all programs and projects.
International Business Alliance Program & Special Projects Director- Nigeriatolotu@lichange.org
Temitope Wealth-Ekanem, fondly called TEMI graduated from the University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. In April 2010 she received training in Project Management in one of the Project Management Institutions in Nigeria. She participated in the National Youth productivity and leadership Summit, in October of the same year and also received a Certification of recognition and successful implementation of the Millennium Development Goals Advocacy program during her National Youth Service (NYSC) in Edo state, Nigeria.
Temi started working with LI as an intern in November 2010 shortly after National Youth Service. Her passion for change and her desire to make lasting impact got her interested in Leadership Initiatives and its programs. She saw the grassroots impact it was designed to make and the lives transformed daily by LI through its business creation and expansion programs.
Her responsibilities grew from being the International Business Alliance Program and Administrative Coordinator – Nigeria to being the International Business Alliance Program & Special Projects Director. Temi guarantees the smooth running of the International Business Alliance Program (IBAP), and arrange meetings between the business leaders and U.S students where necessary. Also, she takes care of the general administration of LI, Nigeria; the office accounting and sees to it that all assignments are done in due time and the necessary information needed are provided as at when due.
ILBS Program ManagerMMellinger@lichange.org
Molly was born in the San Francisco Bay Area, grew up in coastal Connecticut, and has since lived in many places in between. She comes to the Leadership Initiatives team as Program Manager of the International Leadership and Business Summit held in Washington, D.C.
Molly holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in English from Ottawa University. She has held many jobs where strong communicative, administrative and supportive skills are necessary, including developing and implementing the high school/undergraduate scholarship program run by the Fairfield County Community Foundation, serving as paralegal in several law firm settings, and working for many years with the youth population as a respite care and child care provider. Molly is also a nationally recognized and published poet, having received awards including the Academy of American Poets Tamara Verga Poetry Prize, the E. Gerald Corrigan Scholarship, and the Connecticut Poetry Circuit Prize, the last of which arranged readings of her work at Yale University and other area colleges.
Molly is passionate about animal welfare and was rescued by Luke, an eight year old chihuahua with very strong opinions, and Kiernan, a “senior” Yorkshire Terrier mix with no teeth, one club foot, and the biggest heart around.
ILBS Assistant Program Managerkderber@lichange.org
Kendall Derber was raised in Park City, Utah. She is currently a biochemistry major and physics minor at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is planning to pursue a masters in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Kendall is a research assistant at Bryn Mawr and plays D3 lacrosse. When not at school, Kendall can be found hiking with her German Shepherd, skiing, or volunteering domestically and internationally.
Kendall holds positions on multiple boards at Bryn Mawr including Public Relations Officer for the Student Athletic Association Committee. She is also a member of various clubs such as the engineering, pre-health, and skateboarding club. Kendall is excited to be part of Leadership Initiatives and looks forward to working with all those involved.
Martin Wealth Ekanem
Administrative Officer – NigeriaMekanem@lichange.org
Martin Wealth Ekanem, graduated from Federal Polytechnic Bauchi in 2009, where he studied Electrical electronics engineering. Martin’s passion for education and training and his natural aptitude for teaching has led him to work as a high school teacher of mathematics since 2012. In 2014 he received a Certificate in Computer Hardware maintenance.
Over the years, he has acquired skills in teaching, public speaking, office management, human and public relations from where he has gained working knowledge and experience in management, administration and logistics. Being a High school teacher since 2012 gave him particular interest in the International Business Alliance Program and it’s mentorship of students and the opportunities it provides for them to transform lives all the way around world. Currently, He is the Assistant Special Projects Director of Leadership Initiatives, Nigeria.
Rashida Abba Kasim
Project Coordinator - Nigeriarabba@lichange.org
Rashida graduated from University of Maiduguri with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry; she served in Government Girls College Bauchi, Bauchi State - Nigeria under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Program in 2011. She worked with United Bank For Africa (UBA) as an assistant to Customer Service Officer in 2015 under Graduate Internship Scheme (Sure-P GIS).
Rashida's passion towards community development, rendering social services and empowering the less privilleged led her to join LI Team as Assistant Program Director- Nigeria
Chris has been with Leadership Initiatives from its inception. He got to know Marshall while they were both attending American University, where Chris was working towards a bachelor’s degree in International Relations, as well as one in Economics, with a History minor.
After graduation, Chris went to work for the Safety and Health Department of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. He works on a federal training grant, managing the database tracking student information and assisting in writing reports for the various grants, totaling nearly $4,000,000. He is also a freelance database developer.
Chris has worked for Leadership Initiatives in event management, fundraising, and as an IT consultant in varying capacities. In the summer of 2010, Chris was brought on to assist with accounting and bookkeeping. He has since worked with Marshall to develop a comprehensive plan for LI's future. A passionate supporter of LI's core principals, he is excited about the opportunity to apply his knowledge and skills to growing Leadership Initiatives.
Mohammed Auwal Yakubu
Project Coordinator- NigeriaMYakubu@lichange.org
Auwal graduated with honors in 2004 with Bachelor's Degrees in both Education and Agricultural Science. He obtained a Master Degree in International Affairs & Strategic Studies.
To continue his education Auwal attended courses from The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Conflict Analysis, Interfaith Conflict Resolution, and Negotiation & Conflict Management. Auwal also obtained a Diploma in Human Relations.
Auwal began working with Leadership Initiatives to transform the communities he grew up within and help his fellow Nigerians unlock the potential within themselves and their communities. He is dedicated to making a better world for all.
Sarah Agar Bailly
IBAP Team Leadsagar@lichange.org
Sarah Agar currently works as a Utilization Review Manager for Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic. She holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Gettysburg College and a Master's in Social Work (specializing in mental health) from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, and is licensed as a Graduate Social Worker. She has worked in every area of the health care spectrum and specializes in the creation of highly individualized treatment plans designed to identify goals and to develop clear, realistic and effective strategies to meet them. Her passion for helping others develop, recognize and reach their own goals drew her to Leadership Initiatives and its International Business Alliance Program. She firmly believes that one key to success is truly recognizing our own strengths and weaknesses and understanding the role they play in reaching our personal aspirations. Sarah places emphasis on communicating with IBAP on a one-to-one, personalized basis and looks forward to developing and enhancing her role in LI.
Jacob Arndt Ph.D.
IBAP Team Leadjarndt@lichange.org
Jake has lead Leadership Initiatives business creation programs in the Philippines in addition to creating and designing curriculum and mentoring business owners across the globe. He had a hand in creating the International Business Alliance Program and finding new ways to foster leadership, and opportunities for education in all walks of life. Jake helped facilitate new ways of creating leadership programs that engage the diverse perspectives of those participating while working towards a common goal.
Volunteer Recruitment DirectorCKlepadlo@lichange.org
Christopher Klepadlo earned his Masters degree in International Relations with concentrations in Human Rights and Democracy & Governance from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. He also received BA degrees in Italian and Spanish from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. He has lived and studied abroad in both Italy and Spain. In Italy at Università degli Studi Gabriele D’Annunzio, he researched European and Italian National Politics. In Valencia, Spain he studied European History and Mediterranean Culture.
He previously worked for the Bank of New York as a Senior International Account Administrator. He has raised thousands of dollars for numerous human rights organizations such as the Red Cross and UNHCR, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to help provide for the needs of the estimated 59.6 million refugees currently in camps around the globe. In 2012, he was Galbraith Public Policy Fellow at Americans for Democratic Action, an organization started by Eleanor Roosevelt. Last summer he worked with different groups of students at some of the most prestigious universities in the country identifying and implementing solutions for international business partners. During the school year Christopher teaches Italian at a public high school in a suburb of Washington, D.C., where he serves as the World Language Department Chair and Coordinator for the Academy of Global Studies.
IBAP Team LeadJbailly@lichange.org
Jessica graduated from American University with a degree from the School of International Service. She has lived and worked around the globe for the past decade. She has designed new education curriculums and lead development efforts for several organizations including: Leadership Initiatives, the Millennium Cities Initiative, and the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education.
Jessica has an enormous passion for helping provide change to those lacking opportunity. Some of her past positions have included educating Tibetan refugees in India, caring for orphans in Kenya, and fundraising for coral reef conservation in Indonesia.
She is currently working as a teacher in the Baltimore City Public School System and getting her masters in Education from Johns Hopkins University.
Jo Ann Marie
Marie has been a unique enthusiast of Leadership Initiatives since its beginning. She has earned degrees in Art Education from Eastern and Western Michigan University. Her professional history spotlights a dedication as a visual arts teacher in the South Haven Schools in Michigan, where she has served the community for 37 years. She believes art reaches the great diversity of human beings through works that express and speak to the important qualities that give our lives meaning - family,nature, education, diversity, and creativity. In addition, Jo Ann also enjoys working as a free lance artist and consultant.
Jeremey has been an integral part of Leadership Initiatives since its inception. During this time he has worked in almost every aspect of the organization leading to his current role as Webmaster. Jeremey brings with him media skills developed while working in promotions for Independence Air, as website designer of HOBY's Washington DC chapter and through ongoing work as a professional photographer. Having grown up with LI founder Marshall Bailly, Jeremey is passionate about LI's commitment to transforming today's youth into the leaders of tomorrow.
Assistant Projects Directormalfayoumi@lichange.org
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and raised in Brownsville, Texas, Mahmood is the oldest of two. He is currently studying as a junior at The Science Academy of South Texas, a highly ranked school in his state based around engineering and math. He hopes to pursue a career in medicine in the future, preferably as a doctor.
Throughout Mahmood’s childhood, he had terrible experiences that involved his personal and social life. Therefore, a huge interest in charity and development arose. Mahmood’s experience with Leadership Initiatives began at a GYII session at Harvard, where he got accepted into the International Business Alliance Program for his excellence at the week long course. He is currently the Project Leader at his local IBAP group, and has raised over $7000 for a Nigerian air-condition repair business and several other start-up businesses. After solving multiple issues in the Nigerian community, Mahmood realized that his term as an IBAP leader was coming to an end and sought to undertake the position as Assistant Projects Director. In this position, he works as Lead Editor for GYII sessions and works on communications. Recently, he has been involved with expanding the IBAP program towards helping India as well.
In addition to the works Mahmood has done for LI and IBAP, he has also been involved in multiple school activities, such as UIL Piano, Technology Students Association, National Honors Society, and Robotics. Recently, Mahmood has competed in piano across the state and was awarded a Gold Medal for a Division 1 ranking and the Outstanding Soloist Award, which are both the highest awards that could be earned in UIL. He hopes to expand his competition nationally as UIL is only in the state. Mahmood also volunteers at his local hospital, and is an officer in both Robotics and PALS, a tutoring club.
In the next months, Mahmood will be acting as the Assistant Projects Director, and hopes to help his community in every way that he can. He believes that no matter where people are, helping those in need are important. He hopes to use this opportunity to show the world the power one human being can have.
Assistant to the Executive Directorjcortez@lichange.org
Jessica Cortez grew up in East Brunswick, NJ and is currently a senior in high school. This upcoming fall, she will be attending and playing soccer for Drew University. Jessica is active in many things and is passionate about everything she does. Aside from soccer, Jessica dedicates her time to playing golf on her school team and on her own, helps raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, is the Vice President of her high school and is a part of Sources of Strength which helps promotes anti-bullying, suicide prevention and anti-substance abuse, as well as provides peers with positive activities to do during and after school and a listening ear. She also greatly enjoys working for Leadership Initiatives. Ever since she attended the GYII conference a few summers ago, Jessica knew that she wanted to take part and make a difference. Jessica is firm believer of standing up for what you believe in and if you want change, then you have to be willing to put in time and effort into making change.
“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of preaching.”- Gandhi
Jessica is very excited to be working with such a great program as Leadership Initiatives and is looking forward to making relationships, learning new things and making a difference in people’s lives. She will primarily be working on collecting data about the different businesses, help update the website and collect information for donors and sponsors.
Assistant Expansion Directorjbrothers@lichange.org
A resident of San Antonio, Texas, Jacob Brothers is enrolled as a sophomore in Texas Tech University’s accredited and acclaimed high school program. He was born in Longview, Texas, and over the past six years, he and his family have relocated several times. This has enabled him to further develop the ability to meet new people and develop lasting relationships. Jacob, along with three other team members, recently partnered with an auto repair shop located in Nigeria to enhance their operations and increase profits. As an IBAP participant, Jacob looks forward to building strong relationships while collaborating with others to better both the lives and businesses of those he works with.
Assistant Administrative DirectorMbazan@lichange.org
Macarena Bazan, a sixteen-year-old student at Archbishop McCarthy High School was born in Lima, Peru. At the young age of five, she moved to Chile along with her younger sister Isabella and her parents. After living in Chile for 6 years, Macarena moved to Florida where she is completing her last years of high school. Living in three different countries gave her the opportunity to experience different cultures and expand her vision of the world.
Ever since Macarena was young, she aspired to be part of an organization that helped people in underdeveloped nations. She was able to fulfill her aspiration when she started to work with Leadership Initiatives as the Special Projects Chair for her local IBAP team and a few months later as the Assistant Administrative Director. She is now working alongside board members and the Nigeria Team in key projects. Macarena aspires to earn a major in political science after she graduates in 2018. Besides her internship, Macarena is very fond of community work and extracurricular activities. She spends most of her time volunteering at her local church as a catechist to prepare younger kids for their first communion, and also makes food for the homeless every month. A few years back, Macarena along with some friends created a project which they named the “Believe Project”. During long months of hard work, Macarena and her teammates raised thousands of dollars to donate to cancer patients in low-income families.
In school, Macarena is part of various honor societies; she is the president of her school’s Model United Nations Club; she is also Vice President of her school’s Water Poverty Club, and is part of the Excelsior Program-a very selective group of students that stands out as the top 10% of the school. She is very committed and resourceful, always making sure that she works to the best of her abilities and delivers beyond expectations. Throughout her internship, she hopes to contribute with the various projects she is assigned while developing her leadership and communication skills.
New Business Programs CoordinatorMkarle@lichange.org
Meredith Karle is a Ridgefield High School student graduating in the class of 2018. As the New Business Programs Coordinator Meredith will be working to integrate new businesses into the Leadership Initiatives framework, help shape the International Business and Leadership Summit and ensure regular connection with Leadership Initiatives’ board members and contacts. Meredith is the Team Leader and Nigeria Communications Chair for the Ridgefield International Business Alliance Program. She works closely with the Nigeria Team to find creative solutions to challenges facing her business partner. She helps maintain the communication between her team and other Leadership Initiatives’ members.
Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Meredith is the Co-Founder of Turning Pages, an organization dedicated to promoting education and wellness. Turning Pages has created five libraries for underprivileged afterschool programs, camps, community centers, and classrooms and has redistributed over 20,000 books. Turning Pages sponsors the education and wellbeing of three children in developing countries. Meredith has also earned the Congressional Gold Medal Award for her commitment to community service, personal development, physical fitness and exploration. In addition, Meredith serves as The Production and Promotion Officer for The Company, a club dedicated to promoting and developing student’s artistic talents and has performed in a number of high school productions.
Meredith looks forward to combining her love of helping people with her interest in business at Leadership Initiatives.
Secondary Program CoordinatorCcelli@lichange.org
Christopher Celli was born and raised in New York but now lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. Chris is the third of four siblings and is a junior at Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg. During the summer of 2016, Chris became involved with Leadership Initiatives after attending the Leadership Initiatives GYII conference at Harvard University. He has always had a passion for business and wants to pursue a career in that field. He is a member of the Boys Varsity Soccer Team as well as other sports and he is also the treasurer of his school's Key Club and is a member of his school's Model United Nations club.
Assistant Director of Developmentpgaddamadugu@lichange.org
Born Boston, Massachusetts and raised in San Ramon, California, Pranav is the oldest of two children in his family. He will be graduating from Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon this year and will be attending the University of California: Berkeley next fall, studying Computer Science and Business.
Pranav's experience with Leadership Initiatives began in the International Business Alliance program, in which he served as the fundraising chair for his local IBAP team, raising over three thousand dollars for a computer business center in Bauchi, Nigeria. After a year in the IBAP Program, Pranav sought to expand his responsibilities at Leadership Initiatives and found a position as an intern in the spring of 2015; as an intern, he worked on various assignments ranging from managing press communications for IBAP teams to working on non-profit development and expansion. His most recent tasks have involved working closely with LI's Nigeria team on starting new businesses and with various board members on Leadership Initiatives' Mentorship Program.
Aside from his work at Leadership Initiatives, Pranav also heavily invests his time in other passions and hobbies, including Boy Scouts and Archery. Pranav has recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, a high honor within the Boy Scouts of America. He also competes in archery tournaments across the nation, earning himself a spot on the selection for the Junior Olympic Team.
In the coming months, Pranav will be taking on a role as the Assistant Director of Development for Leadership Initiatives. He hopes to use this opportunity to further Leadership Initiatives' mission and leave his mark on the developing world.
Assistant Programs Coordinatorchaak@lichange.org
Born and raised in Dayton, Ohio, among the middle child aside his younger brother and older sister, Carter has attended The Miami Valley School in Dayton since E.C., and will continue studying there until his high school graduation in 2017.
Throughout his youth, Carter has been given the opportunity to travel, exposing him to different cultures and customs, thus kindling his potent interest in international relations, development and business. Likewise, Carter's heavy investments in club and high school soccer, in addition to other activities, such as Model United Nations and The Miami Valley School Investment Society, has generated a natural sense of competition and curiosity, yielding elements of self-determination, passion for service, independence, leadership and love of challenges.
Because of these facets, Carter has served as the President of both the Miami Valley School's Model United Nations Team: where he leads a team of students at nation-wide international relations simulation competitions; and Investment Society: where he leads and mentors a team of students who manage a portfolio of donated money from distinguished alums and invest on behalf of the school using the online trader, Etrade. Carter is also a recent graduate of Junior Leadership Dayton (JLD) 2016, where he was also the Project Leader for his team's year long service project at The Geln at St. Joseph in Dayton.
Since April 2015, Carter has been the Project Leader for The Miami Valley School IBAP Team (MVSIBAP), where he manages a team of students, works to devise and implement business solutions, stages massive fundraising campaigns and strives to empower and enrich the lives of his Nigerian business partners and friends in Yelwa, Nigeria.
Carter's heavy involvement with Leadership Initiatives and deep passion for international business as the Project Leader has recently lead him to become the Assistant Programs Coordinator for Leadership Initiatives, where he will work with the advisory board, executive staff, Nigerian team staff and future IBAP teams, in order to employ his computer animation, web-mastering, fundraising, communication and leadership skills to showcase future IBAP team's fundraising efforts and business solutions.
Assistant Director of Special ProjectsAkunde@lichange.org
Born in Washington D.C. and raised in McLean, Virginia, Austin is the youngest of two children. He graduated from Bishop O’connell High School in June of 2016, and will be attending American University this upcoming fall.
Throughout his childhood, business has been a major interest. At the age of 13, Austin began trading in the New York Stock Market Exchange through the online trader, Etrade. This sprouting interest led him to join and lead the Young Men’s Executive Club at Bishop O’connell High School. While giving back to the community, the Young Men’s executive club aided in developing fundraising, leadership, and teamwork skills.
One of Austin’s great passions has been baseball. He was a three year high school varsity letter winner and captain senior year. While pursuing his passion, Austin received scholarships offers to play Division I baseball.
Community Service has also big an essential part of his growth. Throughout Austin’s high school years, he has worked over one-hundred cumulative hours at Habitat for Humanity, So Others Might Eat, and Therapeutic Recreational Services, where he has directly helped those in need.
Austin’s desire to help others coupled with his leadership abilities has led him to serve as (role) at Leadership Initiatives.
Assistant Director For Business Partner IntegrationIpoloner@lichange.org
My name is Isabelle Poloner. I was born and raised in New York City.
I currently attend PCS the Professional Children's School. I changed schools last year in order to pursue my passion for acting while still remaining committed to academic excellence. My current acting project is called Witness Theater. It is a year-long theatrical commitment consisting of thirteen actors and ten Holocaust survivors. We re-enact the survivors stories and I am able to combine my interest in history, acting and social awareness.
I am currently a member of the PCS student government. We have weekly meetings with the Head of School to discuss various improvements to student life and various initiatives for both students and faculty. Volunteering is a very big part of my life and through an organization called the Friendship Circle I have been working with autistic twins. What began as a one-year commitment has turned into a four-year friendship and I visit weekly not because I’m obligated to, rather my time with the twins is a pleasure that I look forward to every week.
When not doing schoolwork, pursuing acting, studying for SATs or volunteering like many children my age spend time on social media. I have taken my interests in that area and turned a hobby into a job. I currently work for two clothing retailers providing age specific marketing insight while promoting their brands
Georgetown Development Team LeadLquinn@lichange.org
Lauren Quinn was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She is currently a sophomore at Georgetown University, located in Washington D.C.. At Georgetown, Lauren hopes to major in Government and minor in business administration. In her free time, Lauren serves on the board of the Georgetown Admissions Ambassador Program and works on the production staff for the Georgetown theater troupe.
Lauren became interested in Leadership Initiatives because of her interest in the relationship and intersection between business and service. She is hoping to use her position as an intern and her organizational, leadership and logistical skills to promote the mission of Leadership Initiatives.
Director of Special Projects and Board Integration of Leadership InitiativesGrovito@lichange.org
Born in Radnor, Pennsylvania, Gabrielle, or Gabby as many call her, is one of four children, the second oldest in a set of triplets. She also has an older brother. Gabby is currently a senior at Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and will graduate in 2017.
Gabby is currently in her second year as Drum Major for the 160 member OJR Marching band She has also played competitive, scholastic and travel basketball as a center since 2006. Over the past 5 years, she has been a participant at the state and national levels of numerous leadership conferences. She is also a member of the National Honors Society, The National Society of High School Scholars, and the National French Honors Society, Through her experience and leadership training, she has discovered her passion for leading and helping others on an international scale.
In the summer of 2015, Gabby attended a Leadership Initiatives GYII conference at Harvard University. She was immediately struck by the magnitude of work being done by Leadership Initiatives. As part of the experience, she was given the opportunity to create a business solution for one of LI’s business partners. As team leader, She used her creativity, competitive spirit, and leadership skills to help her team work together to create a viable business solution for her business partner. Though her team did not win, Gabby loved her experience with the trial International Business Alliance Program and was asked to apply and did so with enthusiasm. That fall, she was accepted.
Gabby is currently the Project Leader of the Owen J. Roberts team in the IBAP program. In this position, she manages her school’s team of four other students, helping to fundraise for and to create and implement business solutions with her business partners in Bauchi State, Nigeria. She is passionate about how the International Business Alliance Program gives her the opportunity to help people across the globe by using her creativity and leadership skills.
Gabby’s enthusiasm for international development and her dedication as a Project Leader in the IBAP program has recently allowed her to accept the role of as Assistant Director of Special Projects and Board Integration for Leadership Initiatives. She will be working with LI Board members, business partners, team members on the ground in Nigeria and new IBAP teams to help insure and maintain regular connections between all parts of the organization.
Assistant Director of Special Projects and Board IntegrationShaynes@lichange.org
My name is Sarah H. I am a sophomore at Arcola Jr./Sr. High School in Arcola, Illinois. I am active in both band and cheerleading. I play six instruments: flute, violin, piano, tenor saxophone, guitar, and piccolo. I am also a member of the Scholastic Bowl team for our school.
I am an intern with Leadership Initiatives currently serving as the Assistant Director of Special Projects and Board Integration. I am honored and incredibly excited to be working with Leadership Initiatives to help students across the country, and the globe and to help innovate the world around them.
I aspire to attend the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign to peruse a degree in psychology and then, to continue on with my education to obtain a master’s degree focusing with a specialty in Oncology Psychology. My goal is to work within a hospital, spending my time working with cancer patients and their families. I have always had a passion for helping others and serving those with needs related to cancer.
For the past several years, I have taken on various community service projects. Some examples, including, but not limited to, are: mission trips, working with and providing care for nursing home patients, and baking goodies and making crafts for cancer patients. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to be working with LI so that I may continue helping others, particularly on a global level.
Georgetown Development Team LeadMtibbals@lichange.org
Born and raised in Rye, NY, Meredith is currently a junior at Georgetown University where she is majoring in history and minoring in sociology. Meredith has a true passion for community service, and has participated in a variety of service projects ranging from building houses in Costa Rica to playing with pediatric patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She loves meeting new people along with advancing the common good. In addition to community service, Meredith is also very interested in business. She has marketing experience and was a participant of Stanford University’s Summer Institute for General Management, a four-week program that provided international participants with a foundation in business fundamentals.
Meredith is looking forward to pursuing her interests in community service and business through Leadership Initiatives. She is excited to assist the organization in changing lives.
Meet the Board creating Leadership Initiatives vision for the future.
LI’s Advisory board is leading Leadership Initiatives to transform business creation meet their members.
See who is partnering with Leadership Initiatives to perfect our business creation programs
Learn which companies dedicated to international development are helping create a better world.
Meet the dedicated mentors who are working to teach the next generation of leaders!
The LI family members who have forever changed the organization.