The 2020 Internship Team

Shane Alexander

Medical Program Development Intern || University of Florida, Class of 2023
Shane Alexander

Medical Program Development Intern || University of Florida, Class of 2023

Shane Alexander, from Tampa, Florida, is a sophomore at The University of Florida. Shane has the privilege to work as an intern for Leadership Initiatives. Shane started with Leadership Initiatives attending the Medical and Public Health Summit. Excelling in the program; Shane knew he wanted to continue his journey with Leadership Initiatives.

Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Shane serves as the Florida HOSA- Future Health Professionals State Parliamentarian, where he serves over 16,000 members of Florida HOSA. He also loves to play soccer, spend time with his family, and hang out with his friends. Shane also works with Orthopaedic Surgeons in Tampa to help guide him on his own journey of becoming an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon. Shane loves to practice and study the field of Sports Medicine and has placed top 10 internationally at the Sports Medicine competition in HOSA, competing against thousands of students from around the world.

Shane is ecstatic to be serving Leadership Initiatives. He is focused on changing the lives of others and is ready to create the new leaders of tomorrow!

Jaida Anekwe

Medical Program Development Intern || Marriotts Ridge High School, Class of 2021
Jaida Anekwe

Medical Program Development Intern || Marriotts Ridge High School, Class of 2021

Jaida Anekwe is a rising senior at Marriotts Ridge High School. Jaida Anekwe is an honor roll student enrolled in Advanced Placement and Honors courses.

Jaida finds enjoyment in playing the teaching kids how to read, playing the viola, and dancing. She is a curriculum content developer at the American Youth Literacy Foundation and before moving to Maryland in the Summer of 2019, she was a violist in the Southern Californian Ambassadors of Music and founded her school’s first AfroDance Club. In her free time, Jaida expands on her skills and knowledge in the area of coding and computer science.

Jaida is excited to be participating in the Advanced Medical and Public Health summit this summer. As an aspiring physician, she would love to use this opportunity to better understand how their practice is performed. Jaida wants to use the experience and information she gains from this program to equip her for a future in the medical field.

Shane Better

Business Program Development Intern || The University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2024
Shane Better

Business Program Development Intern || The University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2024

Shane is a new intern at Leadership Initiatives who is excited to use his knowledge and experience to improve the organization. Shane believes that the work he is doing is a crucial step in equalizing opportunity across the world.

Shane has already developed and helped create three businesses with LI: an Orphan Care and Independence Program, an Auto-Electric Repair Shop, and a Barbershop. In his work, he has done everything from securing grants, writing business plans, and drafting curricula.

Shane’s leadership and drive manifests outside of LI as well. In highschool, he started a non-profit, student-run coffeehouse to improve opportunities for those in his immediate community. He was also heavily involved in the Global Programs where he helped international students assimilate to the American educational system and culture. He even served as a leader on his club and varsity ice hockey teams which consistently qualified for the playoffs and won championships.

Shane is passionate about Leadership Initiatives’ mission and is excited to improve the organization and maximize its potential for success.

Emily Blair

Law Program Development Intern || East Islip High School, Class of 2022
Emily Blair

Law Program Development Intern || East Islip High School, Class of 2022

Emily Blair is a new intern at the law program for Leadership Initiatives and is elated to be returning this summer. Last summer, Emily attended the Advanced Law and Trial Summit Tier 1 and is participating in the Advanced Law and Trial Summit Tier 2 this summer. On top of that, Emily is currently Team Lead and Media Chair of her IBIP team which started in the fall of 2019.

Emily attends East Islip High School and is president of her sophomore class. She also takes part in various after school activities such as student directing the middle school musical and is a member of her schools Tri-M Music Honors Society.

On day, Emily wishes to pursue a career in law and knows that her experience at Leadership Initiatives will help her do so.

Cindy Borjas

Business Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022
Cindy Borjas

Business Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022

Cindy Borjas, a new intern at Leadership initiatives, passionately looks to encourage a work environment that allows for learning, growth, encouragement, and commitment. Cindy believes that everyone benefits from working with other passion driven students. Learning from and with others, builds self growth which benefits the group overall. Cindy believes that accountability is essential for successful and productive work, while working with others.

Cindy during the summer of 2019, has participated in both Leadership Initiatives Business Summit’s Tier I and Tier II. Motivated by the gratitude she still currently has after the opportunity she received to participate in both summits, she decided to participate in the Leadership Initiatives Business Program Internship. Working with her team during the fall of 2019 and spring of 2020, as both the Team Lead and Special Projects Chair, she takes on the responsibility of time management with everyone’s schedule, good communication as a team, and the constant motivation for her team members. An important value of Leadership Initiatives that shows great leadership the value of prioritizing other’s necessities for the betterment of the team.

Cindy, as a current sophomore at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, has focused on exploring with her interests through her involvement in school extracurriculars, making time management essential. She has been involved with athletics, the arts, and the STEM fields. In her academics, she finds herself interested in science, literature and math.

Haley Bowland

Medical Program Development Intern || North Mecklenburg High School, Class of 2021
Haley Bowland

Medical Program Development Intern || North Mecklenburg High School, Class of 2021

Haley Bowland is an intern who works with Leadership Initiatives to help create and run their medical summits for high school students. Haley truly believes that when teenagers are emerged in opportunities pertaining to their interests in the real world, they hold great potential to make a difference on the world around them.

Haley is an active HOSA member at her school, representing North Mecklenburg High School as their chapter president. Over the years she has competed in both Health Career Photography and Health Career Poster, advancing to Internationals in her freshman year and placing 7th overall in Health Career Photography.

As well as her interning at Leadership Initiatives, Haley works at Chick-fil-A as well as her local barn where she owns her horse. She has been working at Chick-fil-A for over a year and now trains new employees. She loves working with guests and has learned a tremendous amount about customer service and how to address problems that come up. Haley also works at Lenux Stables and Riding Academy, the barn where she has been invested in since she was five! She loves spending time with all of the horses, especially her own, U.C.

Haley is a current junior at North Mecklenburg High School. She hopes to pursue a degree in the medical field and continue to change the lives of the people around her!

Rex Broussard

Business Program Development Intern || Mullen High School, Class of 2021
Rex Broussard

Business Program Development Intern || Mullen High School, Class of 2021

Rex is a rising senior at Mullen High School. Rex is in the National Honors Society and thrives in History and English classes.

Rex plays tennis at his high school and works on the yearbook team. Rex enjoys spending time with his family and friends and writing.

Rex is excited to be attending the Leadership Initiatives Business Summit this summer. Rex enjoys problem-solving and helping others. Rex knows that his work for Leadership Initiatives will help him in the future, where he plans to enter the marketing field.

Nicole Campos-Vazquez

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021
Nicole Campos-Vazquez

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021

Nicole Campos-Vasquez is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, ecstatic for the amazing opportunity given to her. Nicole believes she can help Leadership Initiative become even better than what it already is. Nicole has participated in two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs, the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in 2018 and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit in 2019. Nicole has also been the Team Lead and College Assistance Chair for her IBIP team, starting in the fall of 2018. She’s is currently in the process of creating her three business solutions to help her welding business partner face the constant economic change in Nigeria.

Nicole has worked hard to manage different organizations and events, such as musicals and plays for younger children. She enjoys tutoring young students whose first language isn’t English, or whose parents don’t speak English at home. Nicole wants everyone to know that they have the power to make a huge impact in the world, regardless of age, gender, or ethnicity.

Nicole is currently a junior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. She is currently the head light designer for her school's musical and the president of the International Thespian Society. She hopes to one day get a degree in Biophysics or Bimolecular and Chemical engineering.

Kaitlin Coll

Law Program Development Intern || The Mary Louis Academy, Class of 2021
Kaitlin Coll

Law Program Development Intern || The Mary Louis Academy, Class of 2021

Kaitlin Coll is a first-year intern who is looking forward to being a positive contributor to Leadership Initiatives. Kaitlin spent her past summer at the Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit Tier 1 and is ecstatic to participate in Tier 2 of the program in 2020. Kaitlin also serves as a Team Lead for her IBIP team. Her team is currently crafting solutions regarding financial planning for their business partner and writing grant proposals.

Outside of her work with Leadership Initiatives, Kaitlin is also active in her school and community. She serves as the head of lighting for her schools’ theatre productions and is an active member of the student council, along with the Adopt-A-Grandparent club and yearbook. She also enjoys spending her time tutoring other students in her school, coaching youth soccer, and working as a youth day camp counselor during the summer. Kaitlin is passionate about making positive contributions to the world, whether on a small scale in her school community or through her work with Leadership Initiatives.

Kaitlin is currently a junior at The Mary Louis Academy in Jamaica Estates, New York. She is hoping to pursue a degree in legal studies, with the hope of one day becoming an attorney.

Sofia Daubert

Law Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021
Sofia Daubert

Law Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021

Sofia Daubert is a new intern at Leadership Initiatives. She is grateful for the new opportunity given to her, and she is excited to begin working. Through Leadership Initiatives, she believes she can further improve her leadership skills and work with the program participants to help ensure everything is organized and prepared for. Sofia participated in the Law and Trial Summit Tier 1 last summer, and loved it. Because of her amazing experience at the summer program, she decided to start her own IBIP team, and has enjoyed her time as a team lead.

Sofia loves to travel and is passionate about hiking and the environment. She spends a month in the summer visiting her family in Panama where she also volunteers helping out children in need.

Sofia is currently a junior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School. She loves math and science and hopes to pursue a degree in astrophysics or aerospace engineering.

Ula Ekmecic

Business Program Development Intern || Roosevelt High School, Class of 2022
Ula Ekmecic

Business Program Development Intern || Roosevelt High School, Class of 2022

Ula is an International Development Intern, new to Leadership Initiatives this year. She works to improve the experience of students within the International Business Internship Program, working closely with her facilitator and fellow intern to rethink and approach new ways of fostering successful student-led grassroots development in Nigeria. Ula believes that the key to creating change is through empowering youth. She feels that by refining IBIP from a student-perspective and participant, she can help expand the program to better accommodate a wider variety of thinkers, learners, and creative minds.

Starting in 2019, Ula has worked as the Special Projects Chair within her IBIP team, where she has formed close bonds with her teammates, business manager, and business partner. Ula also loves to push herself by participating in Public Forum debate, her school’s cross country team, and is currently in the process of starting the Seattle chapter of the Tomorrow Project with other International Development Intern, Rona Eslamy.

At present, Ula is a sophomore at Roosevelt High School, in Seattle, Washington. She grew up living in China, and subsequently, Bangkok, Thailand, and is often inspired by the differences in people and culture that she has been lucky enough to have been a part of. She is excited to see where life takes her, and hopes to make change along the way!

Rona Eslamy

Business Program Development Intern || Roosevelt High School, Class of 2022
Rona Eslamy

Business Program Development Intern || Roosevelt High School, Class of 2022

Rona Eslamy is an International Development intern for Leadership Initiatives. She loves getting involved with the curriculum components of LI andcurating lessons for IBIP students across the country.

In addition to interning, Rona participated in LI’s Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit during the summer of 2019. This program inspired her to start her own IBIP team the following school year. As an intern, she is excited to take her work to the next level by interacting with different cultures and people through the medium of education.

Rona believes that everyone has a responsibility to reach out and make a difference in the lives of others and that these differences can start with small actions that grow into an impactful reality. This is why she considers the work of Leadership Initiatives to be so meaningful.

Rona participates in a form of Debate called Public Forum, where she either defends or opposes a monthly resolution that is often centered around controversial political themes. In teams of two against two, Rona defends her position to a non-specialist judge. In addition, Rona’s passions include playing the piano, cooking, and caring for succulents.

As of the 2019-2020 school year, Rona is a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Washington.

Jacqueline Farrington

Medical Program Development Intern || Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Class of 2021
Jacqueline Farrington

Medical Program Development Intern || Acton-Boxborough Regional High School, Class of 2021

Jacqueline Marie Farrington is a rising senior at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School in Massachusetts. She is a determined student who has enrolled in multiple honors courses and Advanced Placement classes during previous years and who is enrolled in these courses for the following year.

Jacqueline enjoys reading, cooking and painting. At her school, she is one of the Presidents of her local HOSA (Future Health Professionals of America) Chapter, she is the Team Leader of team 948 of the International Business Program for Leadership Iniciatives, and has been awarded for her research on Alzheimer's disease.

Jacqueline is excited to participate in the Virtual Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit this summer. She wants to major in Neuroscience and then go on to get an MD-PhD to do research in Neuroscience and to be a licensed doctor. Jacqueline wants to use the skills she learns to help save and improve lives

Olivia Gertz

Law Program Development Intern || Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2021
Olivia Gertz

Law Program Development Intern || Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2021

Olivia Gertz is a rising Senior from Seal Beach, California. She attends Los Alamitos High School where she excels at the sciences, history and literature courses.

Aside from her academic pursuits, Olivia is an enthusiastic participant in the Model United Nations program at her high school. She has just been elected to be the Under Secretary for Communications for LAHS Model UN team. In addition, Olivia surfs on the competition team for Los Alamitos High School’s championship surfing team. This summer, Olivia will be sharing her passion for surfing by teaching and coaching children that are brand new to surfing. In her spare time, Olivia loves to read and paint.

Olivia will be attending two Leadership Initiatives programs at Georgetown this summer. After her successful completion of the Advanced Law & Trial Summit Tier I last summer, Olivia is excited to take part in the Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier II this summer. In addition, Olivia has a strong passion for the medical field. As a result, she will also participate in the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit this summer. She looks forward to comparing and contrasting these two possible careers to better determine which field she will ultimately pursue.

Nyla Holley

Medical Program Development Intern || Garrison Forest High School, Class of 2021
Nyla Holley

Medical Program Development Intern || Garrison Forest High School, Class of 2021

Nyla Holley is a Medical Program Development Intern. She works with experts and educators to give back to the community. She wants everyone to be able to make great memories and have the great learning experience that she did. At Leadership Initiatives she is given the opportunity to do so. She attended two Leadership Initiative Summits. She attended The Advanced Neuroscience Summit, and also the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit. She hopes to one day pursue a career in emergency medicine. Because of these interests she was drawn to Leadership Initiatives and fell in love with the program.

She is a Junior at Garrison Forest School in Owings Mills, Maryland. She is very passionate about math and science. Nyla participates in many extra-curricular activities inside and outside of school. An example of one of those activities is the Rhoer CLub. It’s mission is to teach and help young women develop public speaking and leadership skills, while also doing a lot of community service. She is a student leader for the Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference and participates in many different clubs at school. She was selected for the All-Conference Volleyball team and has played on varsity all three years of her high school career. She also enjoys playing basketball, lacrosse, and tennis

Rashiya Howell

Medical Program Development Intern || Garrison Forest School, Class of 2021
Rashiya Howell

Medical Program Development Intern || Garrison Forest School, Class of 2021

Rashiya Howell is a Medical Program Development Intern. She works with our experts, educators, and leadership initiatives team to teach and mentor students and further develop the medical program. She has participated in both the Advanced Public Health Summit and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit. She has also been a team lead and the Special Projects Chair. Through Leadership Initiatives, she has had an endless amount of life-changing experiences.

Rashiya believes that providing young kids with real-life experiences allows them to recognize their passions and awaken their minds. At Leadership Initiatives, she does just that. When working with students to expand their minds, she feels as though she is helping to change the world for the better.

At Garrison Forest, Rashiya is an athlete, participating in both varsity volleyball and varsity basketball. Outside of school, she plays AAU basketball. Rashiya is also an active volunteer at My Sisters Place, a shelter for homeless women and their children in the Baltimore area. She is also a member of the Delta Gems which is a youth community service program.

Rashiya is currently a junior at Garrison Forest School, an all-girls college preparatory school.

Miles Hunt

Medical Program Development Intern || Auburn High School, Class of 2021
Miles Hunt

Medical Program Development Intern || Auburn High School, Class of 2021

Miles Hunt is an upcoming senior at Auburn High School. Miles excels in academics, as well as athletics. He loves to take on new challenges; He has enrolled in dual enrollment, advance placement, and internship courses. These courses have rewarded him with a 4.1 gpa, and have granted him entry to multiple honor societies.

Miles loves athletics. He has played sports all his life, and lifts weights during his free time. Miles has played varsity football for two years, and varsity basketball for three. He is gaining interest from universities to play basketball for their programs. In school, Miles is the Vice president for HOSA, and has recently placed top 3 in HOSA State Competitions for the EMT competition. He is also a member of National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Lee County Young Leaders, and ACE. Miles is also active in his church and in the community.

Miles is excited to participate in the Advanced Medical and Public Health summit this summer. He is sad that he will not be able to attend on campus, but he believes that it will still be a great experience. Miles loves to learn about medicine, and hopes to become a sports medicine physician in the future. Miles hopes to take the skills and experience he learns from this summit, and apply it to future opportunities in the medical field.

Rhea Kurana

Law Program Development Intern || American University, Class of 2024
Rhea Kurana

Law Program Development Intern || American University, Class of 2024

Rhea Khurana is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, working with participants to ensure all their needs are met and that activities are set up and prepared for. Her experience from being a participant herself and doing the IBIP program has enabled her to see the kind of opportunities that LI provides and the lives that they positively impact.

Rhea is a senior at Chantilly High School in VA, and has worked as a member of IBIP for the past two years in order to make the world a better place. She has also participated in two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs, the Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit Tier 1 in 2018 and Tier 2 in 2019. She also was an LI intern and TA for the International Leadership and Business Summit in 2019.

Additionally, Rhea is avidly involved in her high schools DECA club, focusing on teaching students leadership and business skills, and MUN, stimulating procedures in the UN while introducing students to current global issues. She is also passionate about her Indian classical dance community and practicing the art form.

Rhea hopes to one day earn a degree in International Relations in order to be able to change lives on a global level, just as LI is doing today.

Amelia Kitlinski

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021
Amelia Kitlinski

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021

Amelia is an intern at Leadership Initiatives who is eager to change lives. Amelia focuses on helping the planning of the 2020 Medical Summer Programs and wishes to impact students just as Leadership Initiatives impacted her when she attended the programs. Leadership Initiatives has inspired Amelia’s passion for medicine.

Amelia is a junior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in DC. She has attended both the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit as well as the Advanced Neuroscience Summit. She also has helped transform small Nigerian businesses through the International Business Internship Program. Through these programs, Amelia has aquired business skills, leadership opportunities, as well as experiences within the medical world. As an intern, Amelia has been able to speak as a representative for Leadership Intitiatives at conferences across the United States.

Through Amelia’s participation in Leadership Initiatives, school clubs, such as the Golf Club, as well as intensive dance training, Amelia has learned time management and social skills. Amelia hopes to one day become a neurosurgeon. Her goal in life is to help as many people in need as possible.

Catherine Leonard

Business Program Development Intern || T.C. Williams High School, Class of 2022
Catherine Leonard

Business Program Development Intern || T.C. Williams High School, Class of 2022

Catherine is a new intern who works with Leadership Initiatives to help participants of the International Business Internship Program complete all tasks and meet all required objectives for success. She is excited to bring her qualities to Leadership Initiatives that she knows will help create an even bigger impact in communities around the world. Catherine is currently the Team Lead for her IBIP team and will be attending the first ever Youth Development Program National Security Summit in the summer of 2020.

Being currently enrolled in the program, Catherine knows her experiences as Team Lead will be beneficial to new teams who are working on their first grant proposals and business solutions. Outside of Leadership Initiatives, Catherine is very involved in her community (in and outside of school). Catherine's work with her school has awarded her the CTE Medallion Award, a prestigious honor given to students who exhibit significant leadership qualities, along with additional academic honors. Catherine hopes to use these honors to inspire kids to fight for change around the world, no matter their age.

Catherine is currently a sophomore at T.C Williams High School and a Conservatory Division dancer with Arlington's Balletnova Center for Dance. Catherine plans to use opportunities available in the future to one day earn a degree in Diplomatic Relations and International Affairs.

Grace Markey

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021
Grace Markey

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021

Grace Markey is a rising senior at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School located in Washington, DC. She is a driven student who is enrolled in both honors and AP classes. She is an aspiring nurse who dedicates the majority of her time to working with children or volunteering at a local medical clinic.

During the school year, Grace works with Leadership Initiatives by leading her own International Business Internship Program Team and working as a medical intern. This year she led her International Business Internship Program Team to raise over $1,000 in two weeks to benefit an orphanage in Nigeria. Grace also has spent many months planning our Medical Tier 1 camp as an intern and is attending our Neuroscience program to enhance her medical interest.

Grace plans to take the skills she learns this summer into nursing school to become a NICU nurse. Grace intends to provide hope, love, and support to families in the NICU, as she spent weeks there as a newborn.

Lady Mason

Law Program Development Intern || Lake Orion High School, Class of 2021
Lady Mason

Law Program Development Intern || Lake Orion High School, Class of 2021

Lady is a Senior at Lake Orion High School in Lake Orion, Michigan. Lady is a Law Program Development Intern, who works tirelessly with our experts, educators, and leadership initiatives team to create real-world educational experiences with our students. In her free time, she enjoys classic cinema and spending time with the people she loves. Lady is currently enrolled in many Honors and Advanced Placement courses at her school.

Academics aside, Lady is heavily involved in her school and community. She has a passion for performing arts—music, theatre, dance, etc—and she has been acting for 9 years and dancing since she was able to crawl. Lady is an inducted member of the International Thespian Society, a State Thespian Officer, Treasurer of her thespian troupe, Troupe 2898, and a board member of the Michigan Educational Theatre Association. She has also been doing Forensics, competitive public speaking, for the past 5 years. She usually competes in the category of poetry, to which she was titled 3rd in the state of Michigan, as a Freshman in high school. In addition to her extracurriculars, she has participated in many community service projects and activities through school and her church. She attends Southside Church of God in Pontiac, Michigan, where her grandparents have served as Pastor and Assistant Pastor for the past 30 years. For the past 8 years she has served on the Youth Choir and as a Youth Usher, the ladder of which, she has received statewide recognition. In the following year she has made plans to organize and run a clothes pantry out of her church. As she gets older, she plans to stay involved in her community, which may prove difficult as she aspires to go into a field dealing in foreign affairs that allows her to travel, but Lady is up for the challenge.

She first joined Leadership Initiatives in 2017 at the International Leadership and Business Summit and has been hooked ever since. As a person interested in pursuing a career in international relations, this is a phenomenal program that will allow her to get a better idea of her career path and better understand the world we are living in. As a Sophomore, she joined the International Business Internship Program because of the amazing things Leadership Initiatives is capable of and how great of an impact she could help make on someone’s life. As Team Lead, Lady’s job is to supervise the completion of other team member’s assignments and ensure that the team is working together to aid their business partner to the best of their ability. 

Pilar Melendez

Law Program Development Intern || Glenwoods Spring High School, Class of 2021
Pilar Melendez

Law Program Development Intern || Glenwoods Spring High School, Class of 2021

Pilar Melendez is an intern for Leadership Initiatives, working with the program’s various participants, taking on different roles to ensure needs and activities are prepared for.

In fact, Pilar is also a participant of the Leadership Initiatives Business Program, as she experiences both sides of the story and works to help her business partner along with her team.

Having experienced the fantastic opportunities Leadership Initiatives offers (for almost two years now), Pilar has continued to grow as a leader striving to change lives for the betterment of society with the help of LI!

Pilar is a junior in high school, and continues her work as an active member of her community during her free time. A lot of her experience involves community outreach program and fundraising for local organizations. Through her work, Pilar has developed values such as leadership, work ethic, and a passion for striving to help others. Not to mention, Pilar has taken the initiative to direct a local youth board that focuses on spreading awareness for children abuse and fundraising fro this cause. To this point, not only has she expanded this board but has also achieved the translation of a Children’s book on this topic form English to Spanish. Pilar’s focuses and values are held high as they hold true for LI as well. With the opportunities LI has to offer, Pilar knows that she has the power to change lives for the better, and that through LI, she can find the support in doing so.

Nesochi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021
Nesochi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2021

Neso Mere is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, she has attended two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs, the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in the summer of 2018 and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit in the summer of 2019. She is the Media Chair for her IBIP team, working with her team to create strategies to help expand a business in the developing world.

Neso serves as an example to her peers by showing little acts of kindness around her community. She knows that a small impact in her community makes a great impact on the world, and that these small acts shape the society we are continuing to better everyday.

Neso is currently a sophomore at Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington DC. She plays for her school’s volleyball team and plays active club volleyball. She has a keen interest in physical and sports medicine, plans to major in Neuroscience and continue on to Pediatric Neurology.

Sobichi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022
Sobichi Mere

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022

Sobi Mere is a rising Junior at Georgetown Visitation Prep school in Washington DC. Sobi continues to strive for and achieve excellence in her studies and all her endeavors.

Sobi is an ardent volleyball player with a strong passion for dance and theatre. Sobi loves art, designing and sewing, she is very creative and wildly imaginative. Her art creations are one of a kind.

Sobi enjoyed and gained so much knowledge and experience from the Medical and Public Health Summit last year and looking forward to the Advanced Neuroscience Summit this year. She is excited to discover what the world of Neuroscience is about and how she can become a productive part of that world.

Simone Minor

Law Program Development Intern || The Tatnall School, Class of 2022
Simone Minor

Law Program Development Intern || The Tatnall School, Class of 2022

Simone Minor is a new intern at Leadership Initiatives who works with others to better understand each other and themselves, and eventually strive for better as a unit. Simone believes that good leadership along with willing and able team members makes up a huge part of success. She plans to bring her enthusiastic, hardworking, and open-minded personality to Leadership Initiatives to better both herself and the team. Simone has participated in one Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs: the Advanced Law & Trial Summit in the summer of 2019. In addition, she also acts as both the Special Projects Chair and Fundraising Chair for her IBIP team, starting this past fall. She is currently in the process of completing her team’s solution plan with her team members for their business partner.

Simone has worked to manage many school events through her positions as a student government member and a leader in her school’s Diversity Equity & Inclusion program. She has not only planned dances and class bonding activities, but she has participated in diversity conferences and applies her lessons at her school. In fact, currently she is planning a charity week there to raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. This young lady uses her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to work with underprivileged students on a weekly basis. Simone wants everyone to feel like they have a place at the table.

Simone is currently a sophomore at the Tatnall School. Aside from the activities and programs previously mentioned, she is the assistant editor and chief of her school’s yearbook and a devoted member of her track team. She hopes to one day be able to apply her passions in the real world and make it a better place through the pairing of business and medicine.

Sophia Ogot

Medical Program Development Intern || The University of Florida, Class of 2024
Sophia Ogot

Medical Program Development Intern || The University of Florida, Class of 2024

Sophia Ogot is a rising Freshman at The University of Florida. Sophia is a hard-working student with an affinity for science and the language arts. Sophia has been a part of Better Education for Women in Science and Engineering (BE WiSE) since seventh grade, through which she has attended STEM workshops at places such as Salk Institute and UCSD. 

Some of her other extracurricular activities include running her school’s HOSA Future Health Professionals Club as President, interning at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, and horseback riding. She has also volunteered at Partners Therapeutic Horsemanship, a program working with mentally and physically disabled individuals to teach patience, focus and other positive traits through developing a relationship with their horse. Sophia has been part of Leadership Initiatives since 2019, loves working with them, and is so grateful for all the opportunities the company has provided her with. 

Sophia first got involved in Leadership Initiatives when she attended their Medical Neuroscience and Public Health summits, and gladly took the company up on their offer to intern with them. Sophia has been working on the 2020 Neuroscience summit’s infrastructure as well as helping the company with outreach. During her time with Leadership Initiatives, Sophia has developed good work habits, time management skills and learned how to better work with a team. She would also like to thank Leadership Initiatives for all their help in the college application process. She realizes interning with this company has given her experience most of her peers do not have yet, and looks forward to applying what she has learned in future jobs, and perhaps to a medical career. 

Oladimeji Olatunbosun

Law Program Development Intern || King's College London, Class of 2024
Oladimeji Olatunbosun

Law Program Development Intern || King's College London, Class of 2024

Oladimeji is a new Law Program Development Intern. After participating in the Tier II Advanced Law and Trial Summit in 2019, she knew she had to stay connected with Leadership Initiatives in any way possible. She is grateful to come back as an intern and is looking forward to ensuring all participants have the same incredible experience that she did.
Oladimeji is current the Head Prefect of Brentwood College School, where she has the opportunity to give students, teachers, and parents a voice.
Striving to create global change, Oladimeji currently volunteers with children of Syrian refugees in her community, teaching them to read. Driven by her love for people, Oladimeji will be attending King’s College London to pursue a degree in law this fall.

Devan Opper

National Security Program Development Intern || Washington-Liberty High School, Class of 2023
Devan Opper

National Security Program Development Intern || Washington-Liberty High School, Class of 2023

Devan Opper is a rising 10th grader at Washington-Liberty High School in Arlington, Virginia. He is enrolled in the International-Baccalaureate program and takes Advanced Placement courses.

Devan has a strong interest in geography and history. He enjoys participating in academic clubs and has represented his school in math, geography, and quiz bowl competitions. Devan was the school champion for the National Geographic Geography Bee on three occasions and competed in the Virginia Geography Bee each of those years. His non-academic interests include chess, tennis, and piano. Devan also works as a volunteer for the U.S. Geological Survey as a map editor for The National Map Corps.

Devan is excited to explore opportunities that combine his interests in geography, economics, and business. The International Leadership and Business Summit offers him an exciting opportunity to gain real-world business experience and expand his knowledge by applying his interests in practical situations.

Sophia Papademetriou

Business Program Development Intern || St. Andrews Episcopal, Class of 2022
Sophia Papademetriou

Business Program Development Intern || St. Andrews Episcopal, Class of 2022

Sophia Papademetriou is a rising junior attending St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland. Sophia is a driven and diligent high honor student who has specific interests in Biology and History. As well as her interests in Biology and History, she aspires to contribute to her community through community service and fundraising. As a freshman and sophomore, she was the recipient of high honor roll and high effort honor roll. She also played an active role in assisting the admissions team in recruiting new students. Sophia strives to be a confident, determined and thoughtful leader to all of her classmates as well as on her schools lacrosse team and on her dive team.

Sophia enjoys academics, outdoor activities, extracurricular activities and helping in her community. Sophia plays lacrosse on her high school’s varsity team as well as a local club team. She also plays basketball, is an avid skier, and a competitive diver. In addition, Sophia loves to travel, read, serve her community and spend time with her friends and family. At school, she participates in Debate Club, Model UN, Student Ambassadors Club and Ski Club. Last summer, Sophia attended the Advanced Law and Trial Tier 1 program and enjoyed it thoroughly. Sophia is interested in bettering her community and has volunteered with Food and Friends, Samaritan Ministry, The Humane Society, Manna, and Capital Area Food Bank.

Sophia is excited to attend the International Leadership and Business Summit Internship Tier II online this summer. She is looking forward to learning more about business, growing her leadership skills, and expanding her knowledge.  Finally, she is delighted to have the opportunity to participate in this program and explore business opportunities and the realm of business as a future career path.

Arielle Peralte

Medical Program Development Intern || West Broward High School, Class of 2021
Arielle Peralte

Medical Program Development Intern || West Broward High School, Class of 2021

Arielle Peralte is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, working towards developing exciting summer programs for future leaders. Arielle believes she can makes a valuable contribution to Leadership Initiatives because, she has seen the doors the programs open for an individual first hand and wants more participants to reap the benefits.

Arielle has participated in two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs, the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in 2018 and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit in 2019. Arielle has also been the Team Lead and Special Projects Chair for her IBIP team, starting in the fall of 2018.

Arielle is currently a junior at West Broward High School. She is a class senator, in National Honor Society and DECA.

Arielle hopes to further her relationship with Leadership Initiatives in the future and have the ability to change lives along the way.

Linnaea Petterson

Law Program Development Intern || American University, Class of 2024
Linnaea Petterson

Law Program Development Intern || American University, Class of 2024

Linnaea is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, working to advance the Advance Law and Trial Internship Summit as a law program development intern. Linnaea was once a participant himself for both tiers of the law program and has experienced firsthand the amazing opportunities that the Advanced Law and Trial Internship holds.

Linnaea is a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, and has worked as the fundraising chair of an IBIP team for the past two years in order to contribute to making the world a better place. She has also dived into the world of politics and law beyond Leadership Initiatives through her internships for her district attorney and Senator Bob Rankin as well as being a member of her school’s top Mock Trial team. Through her many experiences, she has found a passion for helping and advocating for others. After highschool, she plans on attending college in hopes of going into politics.

Having experienced the fantastic opportunities LI has to offer, Linnaea has found purpose through discovering the importance of civil engagement in her community.

Hannah Pierce

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022
Hannah Pierce

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022

Hannah Pierce is a sophomore currently attending Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School in Washington D.C. Hannah is an astute student who has excelled academically, especially in the arts and sciences. She is a new intern at Leadership Initiatives and works within their medical programs. She has attended the Leadership Initiatives Advanced Medical & Public Health Summit and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit as a student. Hannah is also the Team Lead and Fundraising Chair for her IBIP team which was created fall of 2019.

Hannah is a talented musician who has a passion for playing the harp. Hannah is an active member of the Georgetown Visitation Orchestra and MCYO harp ensemble.

Hannah is dedicated to helping others and has volunteered to serve in a number of community events. She has always had a zeal for the medical sciences and her goal is to become a neuro-radiologist.

Jenna Poma

Law Program Development Intern || Scholars' Academy, Class of 2021
Jenna Poma

Law Program Development Intern || Scholars' Academy, Class of 2021

Jenna Poma is a rising senior attending the Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway Park, New York. She is a dedicated student- a member of the National Honor Society and recipient of Principal’s List Honors. Throughout her high school career, Jenna has also challenged herself by taking many Advanced Placement and Dual-Enrollment courses in a variety of difficult subjects.

Aside from her continued work with Leadership Initiatives through the International Business Internship Program and role as a Law Program Development Intern, Jenna is an active member of her school and local communities. She is the Founder and President of her school’s Business Administration Club as well as Journalism Club, where she acts as Managing Editor for her school's newspaper. Additionally, Jenna serves as the Secretary of Events in Student Government, a delegate in Model UN, a representative of her school as a Student Ambassador, a Peer Tutor in the PBIS Mentorship Program, and a flyer on the Cheerleading and Stunt teams. She also works as a gymnastics instructor and volunteers her time over the summer as a camp counselor for adults with special needs.

Jenna is thrilled to be working with the Leadership Initiatives team at the Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit Tier 2 this summer. She is ecstatic to continue learning about the legal field and to work alongside individuals that will help her achieve her goals.

Clayton Reid

Medical Program Development Intern || Boston College, Class of 2024
Clayton Reid

Medical Program Development Intern || Boston College, Class of 2024

Clayton Reid is a rising College freshman at Boston College, who recently graduated from the Urban School of San Francisco following Junior and Senior years rife with AP and Honors classes.

Clayton is a nationally and internationally ranked fencer who is continuing his athletics in college as a member of varsity fencing. He has also interned with multiple orthopedic offices and physical therapists as a means of furthering his medical experiences.

Clayton attended the 2019 Public Health Summit at Georgetown and thoroughly enjoyed the exploration of the ideas within the program, and wishes to continue this journey through the Neuroscience summit.

Giovanni Ruffolo

Business Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2021
Giovanni Ruffolo

Business Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2021

My name is Giovanni Ruffolo and I am currently a Rising Senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I am taking multiple AP, and honors classes at my school.

I am involved in many clubs and extracurricular activities, including Marine Biology Club, Recycling Club, Spanish Club, and Model UN Club. I also am a member of the National Honor Society, and I am the class director for my grade in the student council. During my free time, I enjoy watching sports, and playing hockey for my school. I also work at my local supermarket, Publix, on the weekends. I also participate in various community service projects, including volunteering at homeless shelters, and my local humane society.  Altogether, I have accumulated over 500 service hours in my community.

I am very excited to be a part of the International Business Internship Program as the fundraising chair this year. I know we are going to change many lives with our business partners in Nigeria, and through this program. Our team will work very hard to ensure the success of our business

Julia Ruggieri

Medical Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2021
Julia Ruggieri

Medical Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2021

My name is Julia Ruggieri, I am a Senior at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. I was born in Florida and still currently live there. I enjoy dancing, playing softball, and going to school. When I’m older I plan on attending medical school and becoming a doctor.

I’m involved in many clubs at school like the Italian Club, Future Health Care Professionals, Aquinas Kindness, Newspaper, and Dance Company. I also play softball in the fall. I take two extra classes before school, Pre-Med, and Leadership. I like to be involved in school and focus on my grades, I currently have a 4.3 GPA. In my free time, I like to paint and read books.

I am excited to attend the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit because I feel like it’s going to be a great opportunity. I find it amazing that I get to work with others and learn more about the Neuroscience side of the medical field. I am excited to be working with this program and being able to broaden my mind on information I'm happy to learn about.

Anna Saal

Law Program Development Intern || Barrington High School, Class of 2023
Anna Saal

Law Program Development Intern || Barrington High School, Class of 2023

Anna Saal is a rising sophomore at Barrington High School. She is an honor roll student currently completing a Political Science and Spanish Language Graduation Pathway.

Anna is a nationally competitive fencer. In addition, Anna is the founder and chapter lead of Rhode Island Team ENOUGH, a youth-led gun violence prevention group. She is also a member of High School Democrats of Rhode Island's Legislative Advocacy Team. She is an intern for Congressional candidate Tom Wells.  Anna is also the Content Manager for Space to Speak, a non-profit that advocates for awareness and prevention of sexual assaults.

Anna is excited to be participating in the Law and Trial Summit this summer. She aspires to be a lawyer and politician who advocates for the underserved and believes this will be a fantastic opportunity to learn from experts.

Zoe Sommerville

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022
Zoe Sommerville

Medical Program Development Intern || Georgetown Visitation, Class of 2022

Zoe Somerville is a rising junior at Georgetown Visitation. She is a hard-working and enthusiastic honors student enrolled in Advanced Placement classes.

Zoe enjoys playing volleyball and rugby. At school, she is the co-captain of the jv volleyball team and a cheerleader on her school’s spirit team. Outside of school, Zoe enjoys baking and dancing.

Zoe is thrilled to be a part of the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit this summer. She has always had a passion for medicine and dreams of one day becoming a surgeon. Zoe hopes to one day utilize the skills she has learned and make wonderful advancements in the medical field.

Bryson Soviero

Business Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2023
Bryson Soviero

Business Program Development Intern || St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Class of 2023

Bryson Soviero is a rising sophomore at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.  Bryson is very determined and is in a mixture of honors and Ap courses.

Bryson loves playing golf for his high schools team and also plays the trumpet in his schools jazz band.  He enjoys school and especially math and science and is part of an IBIP team and went to a program last summer.

Bryson is vary excited to join the program because he had a lot of fun last summer in business tier one and wants to meet new people, use the skills he used last year, and learn new business strategies.

Justine Torres

Medical Program Development Intern || Bishop Moore Catholic High School, Class of 2021
Justine Torres

Medical Program Development Intern || Bishop Moore Catholic High School, Class of 2021

Justine Torres is a Medical Program Development Intern. As an incoming senior at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida, she firmly believes that immersive learning and character development can only be achieved through personal experience. This conviction has led her to become a member of the Leadership Initiatives program, where she has worked with experts, educators, and staff since the fall of 2018, utilizing her time and effort to help others in need.

Initially the Nigerian Partnership Chair of her IIP team, Justine developed a procurement package and presentation for the staff at Shifa Royal Hospital in Bauchi State, Nigeria, which were implemented and thus increased the efficiency of the hospital’s procurement and storage departments. The following year, she became her team’s Team Lead, and she and her members devised a filtration system for Shehu Gagare, a catfish farmer based in Bauchi State who previously suffered from increased mortality rates.

After attending the Advanced Medical and Neuroscience Summit the summer of 2019, Justine presented a neurological proposal on free will and archetypes in front of the nation’s leading neuroscientists. That same summer, she returned as an intern for the Advanced Medicine and Public Health Summit, where she became certified by the Red Cross in AED, CPR, and First Aid, and she successfully diagnosed a patient at Shifa Royal Hospital with malaria, typhoid fever, and nutritional anemia and recommended treatments and future preventative measures.

Throughout the 2019-2020 school year, Justine has worked as a Medical Program Development Intern, where she develops plans to improve the future Advanced Medicine Summits. Some of her most notable works include research for public health campaigns targeted in Bauchi State, and the curation of graphics for use during the summits, including visuals and instructions for the most common types of sutures, visuals for the HALO device and Backyards Brains kits, and a sample Neuroscientific proposal.

As a staff member for the 2020 online summits, Justine facilitated the development of a neuroscientific proposal on brain fog in Type 2 diabetes after COVID-19 recovery, prepared interns for diagnosing their patients at the Nagari Medical Clinic and Maternity Ward in Bauchi State with top four diseases in the developing world, and facilitated the creation of a public health campaign battling typhoid fever.

Justine is beyond proud to be a part of Leadership Initiatives, and has wholeheartedly enjoyed using her talents to reach beyond her local community. Beyond her work with Leadership Initiatives, Justine is also the Sergeant Major of her high school marching band, where she teaches marching fundamentals and stationary commands and acts as second-in-command to the Drum Major. Additionally, Justine spends her time as a writer for Dear Asian Youth, a youth-led 501(c)(3) organization whose purpose is to amplify young Asian voices all over the globe. She has also previously been nominated for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Students of the Year Campaign, where she raised $1,000 dollars through bake sale fundraisers for the development of new blood cancer research. Justine hopes to study medicine in the future.

Aarifah Ullah

Medical Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2021
Aarifah Ullah

Medical Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2021

Aarifah Ullah is a Medical Program Development Intern. She works with Leadership Initiatives and doctors and scientists to enhance the students’ experience in the summer programs.

Aarifah became involved with Leadership Initiatives this summer after she attended the Neuroscience Summit. She loved the mission that LI is accomplishing: to create change on a global scale. She wants other students to learn about LI and become a part of the mission too.

Aarifah enjoys community service. She tutors elementary and high school students inside and outside of school. She goes to Interfaith, the local women’s shelter, and makes hot meals for the homeless in D.C. through Hunger Van.

Lucy Whitney

Medical Program Development Intern || American Heritage School, Class of 2022
Lucy Whitney

Medical Program Development Intern || American Heritage School, Class of 2022

Lucy Whitney is a Medical Program Development Intern who enjoys working with the other interns and medical professionals supporting our Leadership Initiatives programs. She strives to provide all program participants with the resources they need to obtain the most out of their summer experience. Lucy has participated in two Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs; the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit in 2018 and the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit in 2019. She also has a semester’s long experience with the International Business Internship Program.

As a sophomore at American Heritage School in Plantation, Florida, Lucy maintains a schedule of rigorous coursework with a focus in pre-med. She also has a passion for visual arts and enjoys studying photography and drawing. With health and fitness a priority as well, Lucy participates in club and school volleyball, tennis, and crossfit. Through her volunteer work with the BD Foundation, she has helped to raise monetary and in-kind donations for areas devastated by natural disasters around the world. Her volunteer commitments also include working with the local children’s museum, senior citizen rehabilitation center and food bank.

She is currently helping us to plan for the next wave of student leaders who will be with us this summer to positively change the lives of others!

Tyshea Woods

National Security Program Development Intern || Garrison Forest High School, Class of 2022
Tyshea Woods

National Security Program Development Intern || Garrison Forest High School, Class of 2022

Tyshea Woods is a rising junior at Garrison Forest School. Tyshea is a driven and hard-working person in and outside of the classroom as she balances Advanced Placement courses, honors courses, varsity basketball, dance and the work she does to build an inclusive community at her school.

Tyshea plays basketball and dances with her school. She also enjoys painting, drawing, and styling hair in her free time. Tyshea leads her International Business Internship Program team and is a part of her school’s orientation team. She is also a part of her school's Student Diversity Leadership Council and Black Student Alliance. She is now working to create a program for her school that allows for conversation around current events and controversial topics in america.

Tyshea is elated to participate in the National Security and Intelligence Summit this summer. She has always been fascinated by National security and how different organizations work together to protect communities from threats like terrorism. Tyshea hopes to take the skills and lessons she has learned and create changes in her community that help others and result in a safe environment for everyone.

Haichuan (Scott) Xu

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023
Haichuan (Scott) Xu

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023

Scott Xu is a Law Program Development Intern. He works with our experts, educators, and leadership initiatives team to create real-world educational experiences with our students. 

Scott believes leading students to think independently is a very important part of development. This belief is what leads Scott to Leadership Initiatives. His interest in leading students to think independently and to innovate is a great fit for the Leadership Initiatives mission. 

Scott has been committed to service around world, including places like Washington D.C, China, and Nigeria. He has also attended some community service from his school, and he is so excited to work with Leadership Initiatives this year. 

Scott is currently a freshman attending Bullis School, and doesn’t have an idea with where he is going for college.

Zechang (Charlie) Yang

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023
Zechang (Charlie) Yang

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023

Zechang “Charlie” Yang a student of class 2023 in The Bullis School, Potomac, MD. He came to the United States from Beijing, China (RDFZ, the High School Affiliated to Remin University) last year as an 8th grader. Charlie is a dedicated honor student who is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

Charlie also enjoys community service. Service, in his opinion, is a process of giving to others voluntarily; as giving somethings out, you are gaining something back. Therefore, he is really glad to help others who were in trouble. When he was in his previous middle school in China, some of his friends and he hatched a public benefit activity. They visited a village monthly with the purpose of helping the children whose parents are in prisons. Therefore, he attended two summer programs in the summer of 2019, which are Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit and International Leadership & Business Internship Summit. Through these experiences, he helped other people around the world and broadened his horizons.

Meihe (Jessica) Yang

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023
Meihe (Jessica) Yang

Law Program Development Intern || Bullis School, Class of 2023

Meihe Yang is an 8th grader from Bullis School now, She is one of the National Junior Honor Society members. She will be in 9th grade in September 2019.

Meihe Yang can speak two languages, English and Chinese. During her free time, she always plays the piano, drums, and guitar. She also likes tennis.

Meihe Yang is very excited to be interning at the International Leadership & Business Summit, she likes to help others when they need help and she is interested in this topic and she wants to learn more about it. She hopes to help the world be better.

Marc Zavarro

Business Program Development Intern || Western High School, Class of 2022
Marc Zavarro

Business Program Development Intern || Western High School, Class of 2022

Marc Zavarro is an intern at Leadership Initiatives, working to improve the experience of all summer program students, as well as aid in the development of the programs. Marc has participated in two summer programs with LI and knows first-hand the benefits that they can bring to a student. After witnessing these incredible benefits, Marc hopes he can bring these benefits toward every single student attendng the summer program to help change lives around the world.

Marc is a Sophomore in high school, and has participated in the IBIP program for two years, serving as the Team Lead both years. Along with this, Marc has gained experiences in leadership through his leadership role in the charity Children Helping Other Children. His years in this role have allowed Marc to see the impact that students can have on kids, families, businesses, and the world; all while knowing that LI shares the same goals.

After viewing the great benefits that Leadership Initiatives has to offer, Marc is confident that he can help LI share the benefits to every student attending the program, all while aiming for the goal of helping to change the world.