Gain Real-World Experience And Targeted Skills In Business Development

International Leadership &

Business Internship Summit

Start a Real Business in the Developing World

Work With A Real Start-Up Business To Create A Logo, Marketing Strategy, And Business Plan

Collaborate With Leading Industry Experts

Work With Georgetown University Business Professors, CEOs, And Business Leaders

Work with College

Admissions Experts

One-On-One Application Assistance And Meetings With Top University Admissions Officers

Create a Business Plan and Professional Portfolio

Showcase Your Experience, Capability, And Potential For Employment Opportunities

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The International Leadership And

Business Internship Summit

Launching A Real Start-Up

The Leadership Initiatives Advanced Leadership & Business Internship is taking our first-of-its-kind accelerated internship to the next level. Students will choose a start-up business from the developing world to partner with. During this program, interns will learn how to skillfully build a business while simultaneously calculating risk – the essentials of constructing a successful enterprise.

Student participants will work closely with Georgetown University professors and business professionals in writing business plans, developing research skills, as well as learning teamwork, proper oral presentation techniques, and critical communication skills.

Along with guest speakers and interactive panels, interns have the unprecedented opportunity to interact with some of Washington’s top business leaders. These experts will lead a series of skill-development workshops to help students create a business plan for our own “Shark Tank” style presentation. Each

student-proposed solution will be implemented by the Nigerian start-up with a full grant from our sponsors.

Interns will work with others from around the world for this extraordinary opportunity to step into the role of a global entrepreneur. During this intensive program, students will learn from experts about business analytics, marketing planning, customer and market insights, as well as study the art of cross-cultural communication - all online.

This curriculum will ensure that all students are well on their way to their future career in international business.

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Rising Freshmen To Graduating Seniors

14 Days

June 20th, 2021 - July 3rd, 2021

12:00 to 5:00 pm EST

Online

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$2250

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THE ONLY ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM IN THE WORLD

WHERE STUDENTS...

Launch A Start-Up

In The Developing World

Work With CEOs And Georgetown's

Top Business Professors

One-On-One Meetings With Yale

And Brown Admissions Officers

Use Grant Money From Top

Sponsors To Create A Business

Students will intern online with the Leadership Initiatives Business Development Institute and work directly with one of four potential start-ups in their area of focus.

Focus areas include fighting hunger, technology and innovation, empowering women, and business expansion.

This internship takes you from ideation to launch, and challenges you to make the critical decisions that every successful entrepreneur faces.

Students will be partnered with leaders from Amazon, Microsoft, and Lockheed Martin to create revolutionary solutions to the problems their start-up is trying to solve.

Students will take online classes from the Georgetown University McDonough School of Business's top professors on how to create a business plan, develop a marketing strategy, and gain targeted skills in finance, operations, and policy.

Interns will allocate seed money for their business partner using a grant from our top sponsors.

Program participants with work with business owners to finalize the company's name, establish their brand, execute their marketing plan, and even decide the products they will sell.

Students' top solutions selected by the grant committee will receive additional funding over the course of one year to implement new services for their business partner.

Leadership Initiatives has partnered with top universities around the country to form our Online College and Business School Admissions Panels to provide students with a firsthand account of what universities look for in their accepted students.

Students virtually attend an exclusive one-on-one meeting with former admissions officers from Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown University to create the perfect college application.

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Program Highlights

Create a Business Plan, Logo, Website, and Marketing Initiative for a Start-up Business

Launch A Real Business

Determine How The Business Will Launch

Students will intern with the Leadership Initiatives Business Development Institute at Georgetown University and work directly with one of four start-ups.

Interns will work directly with CEOs, marketing experts, venture capitalists, web designers, and more to create a business plan to launch a real business in the developing world.

Each internship team will determine how their business partner spends seed money given to launch their new business. Working in teams, you will develop your business idea while creating unique solutions to market problems facing the community your business will launch in.

Guest speakers and Georgetown professors will guide you through key focus areas of the launch as you learn to interpret market feedback, test your assumptions, and overcome challenges.

Implement Business Solutions With Industry Experts

Expert Mentors

Work One-On-One With Industry Leaders

Career Consulting Sessions From Business Pioneers

Summit participants will attend career counseling sessions with Fortune 500 CEOs, allowing students to understand how to create a career plan for several industries.

2020 panels will include members of major organizations like Exxon, Booz Allen, PNC Bank, NBC studios, the Peace Corps and Georgetown University.

Intern teams will have small group discussions with leading CEOs and Georgetown's School Of Business professors working with students to create innovate plans for their business partners launch.

Students will have an unparalleled opportunity to collaborate with industry leaders to help their start-up business partner improve their business venture.

Students have a rare opportunity to work with leaders from Amazon, Microsoft, the State Department, and Exxon.

Elite Training and Experience

Specialized training from the World Bank, IMF, USAID, and the U.Sl Chamber of Commerce.

These events will allow students to learn how each corporation launches marketing plans, creates new products, and remains active within the community it resides.

Interns will train with leaders from Microsoft, Exxon, and Lockheed Martin to meet with executives to gain a deeper understanding of how multimillion-dollar decisions are made on a daily basis.

Students will create business plans, conduct customer research, developing market insights, and create a business launch plan with leading development experts.

The International Leadership

And Business Internship

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All-Inclusive Tuition Cost-$2250

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Work Directly With Leaders From The Following Institutions

US Department Of State
World Bank
The Pentagon
NBC
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Amazon
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Peace Corps
Georgetown
Exxon-Logo

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Collaborate With Business and International Development Experts

Sarah C. Stiles, PhD, JD

LI Georgetown Education Director/Georgetown University-Professor of Law & Sociology
Sarah C. Stiles, PhD, JD

LI Georgetown Education Director/Georgetown University-Professor of Law & Sociology

Sarah Stiles joined the Georgetown University sociology faculty in 2007. Prior to that she taught at American University for eight years where she was Director of the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs. She met Marshall Bailly at American and has been proud to work with him ever since.

Professor Stiles specializes in courses on law and social entrepreneurship. She regularly partners with both the law school and the business school. Professor Stiles has won numerous awards for her teaching and student engagement. She currently is working on an effort to promote well-being among students. She believes if we are truly serious about changing the world for the better, we must be at our best, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Professor Stiles holds a PhD in political science from Boston University, a JD from Northeastern University, an MA in Spanish literature from New York University, and a BA in Spanish from Southern Methodist University.

William Reese

CEO Emeritus at International Youth Foundation
William Reese

CEO Emeritus at International Youth Foundation

Bill Reese served as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Youth Foundation (IYF) from January 2005 until his retirement in December 2018. Having joined IYF in 1998 as Chief Operating Officer, Bill oversaw IYF’s operations and programs supporting positive youth development in more than 70 countries. Under Bill’s leadership, IYF invested in scaling and sustaining proven practice programs focused on workforce development and youth-led entrepreneurship, as well as leadership development for young founders and CEOs of social enterprises.

Before joining IYF, Bill spent 12 years as President & CEO of Partners of the Americas, the largest citizen-run, volunteer organization working to promote economic and social development in the western hemisphere. Bill served for 10 years with the Peace Corps, first as a volunteer in an urban community development project in Salvador, Brazil, and later as director of Brazil operations. He was deputy director of the Latin American and Caribbean Region, before heading a special task force that managed the international celebration of the Peace Corps’ 20th anniversary in 1981.

Bill served on the U.S. Government’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid from 1991 to 2009. He was appointed chair by the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and served nine years, the longest serving chair in the 70-year history of this federal advisory commission.

Bill serves on the board of Youth Business International, a UK-based non-profit promoting youth-led business start-ups and entrepreneurship globally. He was founding co-chair of the Alliance for International Youth Development. He also is a board member of Global Citizen Year that provides a bridge year of international service for U.S. high school graduates before they enter college. He serves as a founding board member of Solutions 4 Youth Employment, a multi stakeholder alliance co-created with the World Bank, international development agencies, multinational corporations and civil society leaders to tackle the global challenge of youth unemployment.

Bill has a strong interest in and experience of working with the business community, and in building powerful public-private partnerships. He serves on two mixed corporate-NGO boards that counsel supply chains. ICTI-CARE collaborates with international toy manufacturers, with special attention on Chinese operations. He is also a board member of WRAP, the Worldwide Responsible Assembly Production, which certifies apparel and footwear suppliers to global brands and major retailers. Bill was a member of the International Workforce Development Advisory Committee of the Management and Training Corporation, the largest Job Corps contractor in the U.S. In 2009, Bill was elected to the board of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, guiding its philanthropic and community investment programs around the world.

IYF and Bill are thought leaders on global youth issues. A member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Advisory Board, Bill helped forge an IYF-CSIS partnership to mainstream youth issues into research, public policy, and civic dialogues on international peace, prosperity and development. He has spoken at numerous World Economic Forum events, Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meetings and a host of symposia. Bill maintains a series of columns on the Huffington Post and is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Previously, Bill was treasurer, board chair, and chairman of the Standards and Membership Committees of InterAction, the trade association/coalition of 200 US-based non-profits working in international development and humanitarian assistance. He also was treasurer of Episcopal Relief and Development, and board secretary of Women Thrive Worldwide. Over the last three decades he has served on the boards of the Independent Sector, the Basic Education Coalition, Eureka Communities, Amigos de las Americas, the Brazilian American Cultural Institute, the Alliance for International Educational and Cultural Exchange, the Washington Office on Latin America, the International Development Conference, the Rondon-Roosevelt Center (in Rio de Janeiro), Fundación para la Educación Superior/USA, COLEAD (Coalition for American Leadership Abroad), Child Hope International, and the Friends of the Art Museum of the Americas (OAS). He was vice chair of the Debt for Development Coalition and Finance for Development, Inc.

A Dean’s List graduate of Stanford University in 1970, Bill majored in political science and Latin American relations. He did graduate work at the George Washington University’s School of International and Public Affairs and taught U.S. diplomatic history. He attended the Stanford Executive Program at the Graduate School of Business in 1995. He resides in Washington, D.C. Bill and his wife, Suzanne M. Frederick, have four adult children.

Stella Onuoha

Former Nigerian Ambassador To The United Nations
Stella Onuoha

Former Nigerian Ambassador To The United Nations

HE the Hon. Ambassador Dr. Stella U. Onuoha, COKS, is the President and Group Managing Director of Esterella Communications Group International (ECGI), LLC. ECGI is a Business Consulting and Facilitation company which caters to both private and government agencies. ECGI’s subsidiary, Esterella Visa Services (EVS) facilitates tourist and business visas to different countries and has over 25 years of travel documents experience under her cap. Stella is an entrepreneur, who sees problems as challenges which provide opportunities to change situations. She is a mother, an ordained Pastor, a licensed Chaplain, a Public Speaker, Trainer, a community Organizer & Leader, a professional MC and a natural born-comedian.

Previously, she worked for corporate America, international organizations and was in charge of Nigerian in Diaspora Organization (NIDO Americas) for 10 years with an office in the Nigerian Embassy In Washington DC. She was also the embassy’s Public Relations Assistant from 2010-2011. Dr. Stella is a Nigerian American and promotes international relations between her two countries.

She is a Board Member/Assistant Dean of Students at Global Oved Dei Seminary and University (GODSU). She also continues to collaborate with other NGOs in different capacities. She is an Ambassador-at-large and Special Envoy in the Field of Diplomacy through an NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC. She has won many awards.

She holds a BA, an MBA and PhD. She is a domestic violence survivor, who promotes women empowerment through education. She is a child evangelist because children that know God early in their lives save the world from future troubles (Prov.22:6). She is the founder of Divine Favor Intercessory Ministries, a Virtual Church she founded in 2004 with members all over the world. Her favorite bible verse is Eph 3:20, which in effect says we have been empowered by God to do extraordinarily great things. And YES YOU CAN!!

John Hecklinger

President and Chief Executive Officer of The Global Fund for Children
John Hecklinger

President and Chief Executive Officer of The Global Fund for Children

The Global Fund for Children (GFC) selected John Hecklinger to serve as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective November 6, 2017.

John comes to GFC after 12 years at GlobalGiving, where he was instrumental in developing what is now the world’s largest global crowdfunding community. As part of GlobalGiving’s leadership team, John guided the organization’s evolving strategy, which now links corporations, foundations, and individual donors to locally-led organizations through a system that fosters novel solutions to complex problems.“John’s belief in the importance of strong, local organizations working as engines of change was a key factor in his appointment as our next President and CEO, said GFC Board Co-Chair Gunjan Jain. “His commitment to GFC’s unique innovative model of finding, funding, and strengthening small, innovative grassroots organizations that serve children makes him the ideal candidate to expand upon that model and introduce new strategies for building and linking children’s organizations around the world.”

“I’m proud of what we accomplished during my tenure at GlobalGiving, and have considered it a privilege to be part of such a strong, entrepreneurial team,” John stated. “I’m looking forward to drawing on that experience and building on The Global Fund for Children’s 20 plus years of success in identifying emerging local organizations that improve children’s lives. I hope to contribute to greater success as GFC enters a new phase of discovery, innovation, and change.”

The Global Fund for Children currently supports 179 community-led organizations in 54 countries to provide programs and services to at risk-children and youth in four key focus areas: education, gender equity, youth empowerment, and freedom from violence and exploitation.

John previously served as Global Giving’s business development director where he led the group’s corporate partnership efforts. He received English degrees from the University of Virginia and the University of Florida and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bangui, Central African Republic.

Steven Pressman

Association for Social Economics-Vice President
Steven Pressman

Association for Social Economics-Vice President

Dr. Pressman is an Emeritus Professor of Economics and Finance at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. He also serves as co-editor of the Review of Political Economy, as Associate Editor and Book Review Editor of the Eastern Economic Journal, and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the journal Basic Income Studies.

He has served on the Board of Directors of the Association for Social Economics from 2000 to 2002, and has been on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Economic Association from 1994 to the present.

Since 1996 he has served as Treasurer of the Eastern Economic Association. In his ten years as Treasurer he has built up a reserve for the organization of around $200,000.

Dr. Pressman received his Ph.D. in 1983 from the New School for Social Research. He has published around 120 articles in refereed journals and as book chapters, and has authored, or edited 13 books, including Women in the Age of Economic Transformation (Routledge, 1994), Economics and Its Discontents (Edward Elgar, 1998), A New Guide to Post Keynesian Economics (Routledge, 2001), Alternative Theories of the State (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006), 50 Major Economists, 2nd ed. (Routledge, 2006), and Leading Contemporary Economists (Routledge, 2008).

His main areas of research are poverty and income distribution, and government tax and spending policies (including basic income plans, Social Security, education financing and spending, taxing e-commerce, health care policy, and anti-poverty policy).

Blushel Ocbina

LI Board Vice Chair; IT Communications and Change Management Director
Blushel Ocbina

LI Board Vice Chair; IT Communications and Change Management Director

Blushel has been involved with Leadership Initiatives since 2005 when she established and managed LI's programs in the Philippines. Following the conclusion of her contract in 2007, Blushel became an active volunteer and supporter of the organization, eventually joining the advisory board in 2009 and serving as its chair in 2012. Blushel joined the LI Board in 2013 and has been serving as its vice chair since. Blushel brings to Leadership Initiatives her passion for community service and development. Her involvement in numerous community service programs over the years has allowed her to better understand the important role of the individual in effecting change.

Blushel is an alumna of the University of Southern California. She has more than 12 years of professional experience serving the needs of public, private, and civic organizations in the areas of strategic communications, change management, marketing, branding, portfolio management, program management, project management, stakeholder management, proposal management, and business analysis/business process improvement.

Madhvi Patel

Global Sr HR Business Partner at DXC Technology
Madhvi Patel

Global Sr HR Business Partner at DXC Technology

Change management professional with over 15 years of experience in providing organizations with solutions to improve performance, advance strategic goals, and achieve cost savings. Trusted advisor and thought leader with a successful track record assisting executives with developing and executing change strategies for large-scale organizational transformations, process improvements, and systems deployments. Demonstrated quantitative analysis skills to support decisions to improve organizational and operational performance. Significant facilitation experience working with senior-level executives and committees to deliver results.

Sarah Groninger

Senior Business Partnerships Manager at GlobalGiving
Sarah Groninger

Senior Business Partnerships Manager at GlobalGiving

arah Groninger has a global MBA with 10+ years in the social impact sector looking to help companies with their strategic philanthropy and help nonprofits build capacity and strengthen their impact.

She also has experience developing strategy and engaging internal and external stakeholders through developing talent to maximize organizational performance and identifying strategic donor/corporate partnerships to increase funding, grow audience and awareness, and leverage expertise.

Sarah Groninger graduated from The University of George Washington, Business School.

Carla Brooks

Business Development and Proposal Management Professional at Heifer International
Carla Brooks

Business Development and Proposal Management Professional at Heifer International

Carla graduated from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in International Studies with a minor in Spanish. Driven by her passion for cultural immersion and helping those that are impoverished, Carla recently entered the international development sector with a focus on humanitarian and development assistance throughout Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

Carla served as a missionary volunteer in Peru and studied abroad for a semester in Seville, Spain, followed by an internship with Outward Bound Costa Rica focusing on experiential learning for youth. Carla has over six years of experience in non-profit business development, in particular proposal management for multi-million-dollar bids for multilateral and bilateral donors, as well as developing new business strategies and marketing and business tools.

Outside of her career passion, Carla also enjoys watching and playing sports such as basketball and tennis and spending time with family and friends.

Bryan Bernys

Leadership Institute-Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program
Bryan Bernys

Leadership Institute-Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program

Leigh Slaughter

Board Member Of The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc.
Leigh Slaughter

Board Member Of The Black Women’s Agenda, Inc.

Leigh Adams Slaughter is a REALTOR®, licensed in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

Ms. Slaughter served as a lawyer, lobbyist, community and health care liaison, and Congressional staffer. She transitioned to a career in real estate after holding several legal and senior management positions in the District of Columbia. Ms. Slaughter was the legal advisor and FOIA officer to the DC Auditor; deputy general counsel and senior attorney advisor to the DC Public Service Commission, and a special assistant and deputy at the Office of the Attorney General.

Prior to her District service, she worked in the federal government as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration for two terms at the Department of Energy. Prior to that, she was a Congressional staffer, serving as Chief of Staff and tax and trade attorney to two US Representatives.

Ms. Slaughter is experienced in international affairs and world traveler, having grown up overseas in the diplomatic corps. Ms. Slaughter received a BS from Mount Holyoke College and a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. She has a daughter who attends the University of Pennsylvania.

Her experience and attention to detail are only surpassed by her knowledge, competence, and confidence.

Ahmed Mohammed

Harvard Medical School-Director of Talent Acquisition
Ahmed Mohammed

Harvard Medical School-Director of Talent Acquisition

Ahmed has been in the human resources and management field for over 13 years. His professional experiences extend over for-profit and non-profit organizations within the United States. He has managed human resource activities in a Fortune 50 company with sales of up to $50 billion a year and has also successfully lead and transformed recruitment, management functions, and talent acquisition activities at two Ivy League institutions, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts and Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Ahmed’s academic accomplishments include a Diploma in Computer Studies from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University in Bauchi State Nigeria, an Associate Degree in Computer Applications Management from Bay State College, Boston Massachusetts, a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Northeastern University, Boston Massachusetts, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire. He is also an Administrative Fellows Program graduate at Harvard University in Boston, MA.

A native of Bauchi State in Nigeria, Ahmed has lived and visited various countries around the world including Europe, Asia, The Middle East, North and South America, and Africa, earning him the title, “global citizen” among his friends and colleagues. He now resides in Boston, MA and travels to Nigeria following his passion for social change in Africa and the world. Balancing everyday life is a process according to Ahmed. “One step leads to the next in an ever-changing cycle. There are no silver bullet solutions. The key is to always be analyzing your personal and professional situation, and making decisions that will have a cumulative effect towards your personal definition of success.”

Penny Daniels

Speechwriter, Executive Communications Strategist, Coach, and Developer at 3D Communications
Penny Daniels

Speechwriter, Executive Communications Strategist, Coach, and Developer at 3D Communications

Born as Elizabeth Penny Comm, Daniels is a native of Highland Park, Illinois. She earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan in 1977 and a Master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University in 1980.

Daniels began her career in 1980 at the CBS affiliate in Green Bay Wisconsin, then moved to Buffalo, New York to report and anchor newscasts at WKBW-TV, the ABC affiliate. From there she moved to Washington, D.C., where she was a reporter and fill-in anchor at WJLA-TV, the ABC station from 1985-1988. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Daniels was an anchor at WSVN-TV in Miami, where she was the first woman to solo anchor a nationally-syndicated, tabloid-style magazine program. Inside Story only ran from 1989-1990, but was hugely popular in Miami, beating the famous "A Current Affair" (then-anchored by Maury Povich) in local ratings. Shortly before leaving WSVN, Daniels was caught on the air telling a producer "You suck!" "I'm sorry I said it," Daniels later said, according to a report in the Chicago Sun-Times on March 22, 1993. "I don't usually lose my temper when I'm doing a newscast."

In April 1993, Daniels joined WBBM-TV in Chicago, Illinois as an anchor and reporter. In mid-1993, Daniels and Joan Lovett began anchoring the station's new noon newscast.

In September 1994, Daniels left WBBM to join A Current Affair as a New York-based weekday host. She hosted the show until September 1995, when she shifted to being a correspondent for the program's weekday editions and the anchor of the show's weekend edition. The show went off the air in 1996.

In 1998, Daniels joined KHQ-TV in Spokane, Washington. In October 2000, Daniels abruptly resigned from KHQ and left the TV news business to work as a communications consultant and trainer in Washington, D.C.

In 2003, Daniels and two partners created the communications consulting and coaching firm, 3D Communications, with offices located across the country.

Nicholas Benore

Operations Strategy & Analytics Leader at Wells Fargo
Nicholas Benore

Operations Strategy & Analytics Leader at Wells Fargo

Portfolio Manager PNC
October 2012 – Present (2 years)Cleveland/Akron, Ohio Area
-Develop, execute, and refine portfolio management strategies to optimize value of high-risk Non-Strategic and Consumer Retail assets in conjunction with functional partners.
-P&L ownership of broker-originated Home Equity portfolio.
PNCPricing Manager

Pricing Manager PNC
March 2011 – October 2012 (1 year 8 months)Greater Pittsburgh Area
-Develop, recommend, and execute pricing strategy for the Consumer Retail product portfolio (Home Equity Loans/Lines of Credit, Auto, Personal Loans/Lines of Credit, etc), including account acquisition and account management programs with joint accountability with key partners.
-Create optimized, risk-based pricing to exceed financial goals while maintaining a moderate risk profile
-Incorporate risk, behavioral, and price elasticity assumptions into price setting strategy in collaboration with functional partners
PNCSenior Pricing/Financial Analyst

Senior Pricing/Financial Analyst PNC
February 2010 – March 2011 (1 year 2 months)Greater Pittsburgh Area
-Design, deploy, and administer system to allow management of over 200000 price points across Consumer Lending products
-Create automated reporting processes to analyze and distribute competitive information, estimated monthly financial forecasts, application trends, and weekly rate exceptions
-Execute ad-hoc analysis using data from a variety of sources to support Pricing Managers

Rick Kuehn

Pilot, American Airlines & Lt Col, USAF Reserve
Rick Kuehn

Pilot, American Airlines & Lt Col, USAF Reserve

Previously, he managed an engineering consulting start-up in Manhattan, led a water supply project in Kipingi Kenya with Engineers Without Borders, responded to disasters with the American Red Cross in Greater New York, and commanded an Air Force rapid-response team that responds to humanitarian and other emergencies, setting up and operating airfields on short notice with minimal manpower and equipment. Rick has a BA in history and a BE in computer engineering from Stevens Tech, an MBA from the University of South Carolina, and a Masters in Military Studies from Marine Corps University. He has been on the board of Leadership Initiatives since 2014.

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Meet With Business School Admissions Experts

Annie Carnahan

Diversity Recruiting, MBA Admissions Senior Associate Director, Columbia Business School
Annie Carnahan

Diversity Recruiting, MBA Admissions Senior Associate Director, Columbia Business School

Annie Carnahan (she/her) is a former member of the Columbia Business School (CBS) MBA and Executive MBA Admissions Committee. As a senior leader on the CBS Admissions Committee, Annie led the diversity recruiting team and all diversity recruiting strategy for Black, Latinx, LGBTQIA, military, and women MBA candidates. After almost 8 years in MBA Admissions and traveling to 22 countries to represent CBS, Annie transitioned to leading diversity recruiting strategy and diversity talent operations at Thumbtack, a tech start-up that connects customers and local professionals all over the US. Currently, Annie provides expert Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consulting for companies across industries, including in tech and education.

Annie received a BA from Vassar College in Sociology and an MA from Teachers College Columbia University in Education Policy and Social Analysis.

Stephanie Williams

Executive Director of MBA Admissions and Student Recruitment, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School
Stephanie Williams

Executive Director of MBA Admissions and Student Recruitment, UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Stephanie Williams, a native of North Carolina, has over 12+ years recruiting talented individuals into graduate schools and helping them to achieve their professional goals. Her most recent role was the Executive Director of MBA Admissions and Student Recruitment at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  She has also served as the Assistant Dean of Admissions at NC Central University School of Law. Prior to stepping into the realm of enrollment management and recruitment, she earned her Juris Doctor for NC Central School of Law and became a licensed attorney for the State of North Carolina. She joined the family firm in Greensboro, NC where she focused her practice in family law. She earned her Masters in Business Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelors of Science degree from Hampton University in Virginia. Ms. Williams has also worked at National Educational Systems as the vice president of Sales and Marketing and Kaplan Companies and as Regional Sales Manager.

Jaden Felix

Senior MBA Recruiting and Admissions Officer, The University of Texas at Austin
Jaden Felix

Senior MBA Recruiting and Admissions Officer, The University of Texas at Austin

Jaden Felix is a Senior Recruiting and Admissions Officer for the Full-Time MBA program and uses the pronouns He/Him/His. In his current role, he focuses on demystifying MBA admissions and coaching people through the McCombs School of Business application process. With over 15 years of higher education experience, he supports initiatives focused on leadership development, inclusion and diversity, student success, wellness, and involvement.

He is originally from Fresno, CA, graduated with a Political Science degree from University of Michigan Ann Arbor, and received a Master of Science in Leadership and Change from St. Edwards University in Austin, TX. His interests in coalition building, social justice, identity, and education were solidified during a summer internship with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute. Since that time, he has supported a variety of initiatives from the National Council of La Raza, Smithsonian Latino Center, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, and Hispanic Scholarship Consortium.

Dr. Betty Vu

Assistant Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs at California State University Dominguez Hills
Dr. Betty Vu

Assistant Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs at California State University Dominguez Hills

Dr. Betty Vu currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs at California State University Dominguez Hills in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Vu oversees the MBA and MPA programs at CSUDH for the past eight years. Prior to CSUDH, she served as Director of Admissions at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Whittier College Law School and admission advisor at University of Southern California Marshall Business School and Loyola Marymount University Law School. During her off hours, she also researches in areas of organizational development and leadership.

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Meet With Undergraduate Admissions Experts

Zak Harris

Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University
Zak Harris

Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University

I am the former Director of Admission at Regis College in Weston, MA. I have also worked in the admission offices at Bowdoin College, Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University.

My passion for students has always fueled my work with students and their families. The college process is a journey and I enjoy providing guidance and insight for those who are going through it.

Outside of my work in higher education, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and my family, running, and watching sports.

Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)
Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)

Born and raised in northern California, I am an ABC (American-born Chinese) of Hakka heritage and speak Chinese and English. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, I am very familiar with high schools in the northern California and Washington DC regions.

I love working with students! As an admissions officer at Yale, I loved seeing students on campus that I had “met” (on paper) through the application process. Since then, I have continued to work alongside American and Chinese students who have interned in my workplaces, in the private sector, government, and NGOs, both in the U.S. and in China (I worked in Beijing for 3 years).

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Charlie, and our 2-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Zebedee. Some of my hobbies include triathlons, guitar, and eating out!

Daniel Zawacki

Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University
Daniel Zawacki

Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University

Dan is an Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he's overseen the Visit & Events team since 2017. Responsible for the on-campus and virtual engagement experience of over 70,000 visitors each year, he also manages a recruitment and application evaluation territory that covers Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.

An active member of both NACAC and its PCACAC regional affiliate, Dan began his career as an Admissions Counselor at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD. He then worked as a Senior Admission Counselor at the Catholic University of America, also in D.C., before coming to GW. He earned his Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration & Policy from the Pennsylvania State University, and his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Michelle Stinson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University
Michelle Stinson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University

Michelle Stinson graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC in 2013, double majoring in English and Government. Following graduation, she began working in Admissions at her alma mater.

In 2016, she worked in College and Career Readiness as a Dual Enrollment and Persistence Counselor at Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA.

As of January 2020, Michelle is currently an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University, and works with students in DC, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Dejah Greene

Admissions Officer at Howard University
Dejah Greene

Admissions Officer at Howard University

Dejah Greene is an Admissions Officer at Howard University who has a passion for assisting students and families in the admissions process.

Dejah is an experienced admissions officer and administrative assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and federal government. Strong in the arts and social sciences with a Master's degree focused in Forensic Psychology from Walden University.

At Howard, Dejah primarily reviews prospective student applications for first preliminary recommendation for admission and works to make decisions based on a holistic view.

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Can you describe your experience working with your business partner? I had an amazing experience working with our business partner. Ms. Abigail had a lot of great ideas that we decided to implement in her business and to be honest without her input we would not have been able to do as much as we did. Working with Ms. Abigail taught me that anything is possible if your dream big enough."

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My favorite experience of two weeks was meeting people around the world and giving our presentation. It was amazing to be able to experience how technology can bring people from everywhere together, even in the midst of a global pandemic. I also loved being able to present my team's ideas and solutions for our business partner. It was so rewarding to be able to change someone's business in a matter of two weeks."

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The Willows Academy, Class of 2022

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We created a carpentry business with Shamsu Hussaini. Our solution of electric tools, financial tracking, and setting aside savings came through group discussions in determining what would best help Mr. Hussaini get on his feet with a purpose in mind of ensuring that his business will be self-sustained in the future."

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Portola High School, Class 2023

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Jayden Y.

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My favorite part of working with my business executive partner was all of the new things that I was able to learn about the world and business. My business executive is from Nigeria so he was able to help us with the project to an incredible extent but he was also able to tell us about all of his experiences around the world. His business insight taught me many things I would not be able to learn at my high school and it was amazing to get to learn from him. My business executive has also worked with several top colleges in the US so he was able to give insight into the college admissions process which, as a rising senior, always helps."

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Dominion High Schoo, Class of 2021

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One thing that surprised me about the online format is how well it worked. Going into the internship, I didn't think having an internship over zoom would go very well. I was wrong. Everything was perfectly coordinated, there were no communication issues, and Marshall, Cristina, the LI staff, and team leaders allowed for everything to go along very smoothly."

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Poly Prep Country Day School, Class of 2022

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Logan K.

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