International Leadership and Business Summit

Business Partners

Food Security and Fighting Hunger

Food availability in Nigeria is largely based on the area, climate and access to farmable land. While the Southern regions of Nigeria benefit more than their northern counterparts, all areas struggle to maintain access to readily available and diverse food supplies.

Businesses that fall into the food category spend the majority of their time not only trying to better their families, but also the families of fellow community members.

Within this arena, there are businesses that work on the following: the production and sale of pastries, the use of irrigation techniques to help grow fruits and vegetables to be sold at local markets, the raising and selling fish, the ownership and maintenance of a restaurant and the production and distribution of yogurt.

Nearly all food production addresses systemic vitamin deficiencies and issues related to nutrition.

Food Security/Fighting Hunger Business Partners Students Will Help Their Business Partners Accomplish The Following Goals:
Fish Farming New ways to breed fish, transport fish to market, increase fish size, feeding methods, and water purity –Learn More Here
Irrigation Farming Improve soil fertility, new stem grafting methods for fruit trees and better water management practices-Learn More Here
Local Restaurants Learn more foreign recipes to add to menus, create new advertising plans and food delivery methods-Learn More Here
Program participants will work directly with experts from the United States Department of Agriculture and Chemonics International

Counter Insurgency and Business Relations


Students within this program will be partnered with businesses in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, Nigeria where the terrorist group Boko Haram originated. Boko Haram continues to perpetuate violence and displacement of citizens in the area. Leadership Initiatives helps regions overcome the obstacles and instability brought about by surrounding terrorism and destruction that may otherwise seem insurmountable. LI trains small business owners within these areas to become strong, knowledgeable businessmen and women.

Students can partner with local security companies entrusted with protecting local citizenry and businesses, secondary education schools designed to create an educated workforce and electrical repair shops that are essential to improving living and economic conditions for the community.

Our young leaders build relationships with these business owners to learn about not just their business, but their culture and lives, fostering positive cross-cultural relations between today’s and tomorrow’s leaders.

Counter Insurgency and Business Relations Partners Students Will Help Their Business Partners Accomplish The Following Goals:
Local Security Companies Help create new community watch programs, counter-intelligence databases, and community outreach/protection plans
Secondary Education School Assist with the creation of new computer education classes, skills training courses and resume services
Electrical Repair Shops Create security alarm installation marketing plan, new copper wiring insulation methods, how-to manuals for solar panel installation
Program participants will work directly with experts from the Pentagon and US Military.

Empowering Women (Business Expansion and Community Development)

Women’s rights and empowerment are and will continue to be an important discourse in developing communities.  Access to education and involvement in economic development give women the opportunity to gain further independence and contribute to the economy outside of the household.

Leadership Initiatives partners with women who own or wish to start their own small businesses by providing them with the information and expertise necessary to successfully run their organizations. By investing in these capable women, LI seeks to further empower them, close gender gaps and provide access to opportunities that help dedicated business owners create thriving businesses that are able to help their communities and beyond.

Empowering Women (Business Expansion and Community Development) Students Will Help Their Business Partners Accomplish The Following Goals:
Catering Create new pastry dishes, online ordering applications and delivery service-Learn More Here
Salon Teach new hair styles, nail designs, hair treatment techniques and financial management plans-Learn More Here
Wedding Make Up Teach new makeup methods, designs and cosmetics. design a new advertising plan, wedding photo sharing system and Facebook page with an ordering system-Learn More Here
Program participants will work directly with experts from Amnesty International, Child Advocacy and Women’s Rights International and the Peace Corps.

Technology and Innovation in Business Development


Technology and innovation are essential in the operation of Leadership Initiatives in order to establish strong connections with those with whom we communicate. LI provides opportunities for our students to learn and engage in technological innovation while providing small business owners with inventive ideas to harness their talents, increase capacity building and further improve their businesses in an increasingly digital economy.

Technology and Innovation in Business Development Students Will Help Their Business Partners Accomplish The Following Goals:
Computer Repair Learn how to recover lost hard drive data, replace Apple and laptop hard drives and better ways to repair/replace broken screens, keys and chargers-Learn More Here
Generator Repair Create a website with service reminders and payment system, how-to manual for fixing block heaters and new methods for repairing oil, fuel and coolant leaks-Learn More Here
Mobile Phone Repair Teach new cell phone repair methods, new financial management & phone repair system and how to restore corrupted operating systems for Android phonesLearn More Here
Program participants will work directly with experts from NASA, The Army Core of Engineers and The State Department

Orphan Care (Independence and Skills Training)

The Orphan Care Independence and Skills Training Program was originally developed in response to requests from LI Business Owners. Once their own businesses were off their ground, some business owners wanted to give back to their communities by helping children who had been orphaned, to give them hope for a better life.

Generally, these are youth previously known by the business owners, and in whom they have taken a special interest.
In order to ensure that all of the orphans taken in were cared for and working towards the mastery of a skill, LI initiated the Orphan Independence and Skills Training Program to establish a set of best practices for its participants.

Leadership Initiatives has established an evolving skills curriculum for youths through which they must progress during the course of their apprenticeships. Further, the staff set apprentice wages that allow for the orphans to earn an income while learning a skill. In this area, students will be creating new educational methods and care-taking standards for the Independence and Skills Training Program.

Orphan Care (Independence and Skills Training) Students Will Help Their Business Partners Accomplish The Following Goals:
Leadership Initiatives Orphan Independence and Skills Program Creating new ways to teach English to young orphans-Learn More Here
Leadership Initiatives Orphan Independence and Skills Program Explain and teach basic math skills to young orphans-Learn More Here
 Leadership Initiatives Orphan Independence and Skills Program Creating a basic teaching manual for the guardians of orphans within the program-Learn More Here
Program participants will work directly with experts from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and AdoptUSKids

Business Expansion and Community Development

Transportation infrastructure, especially in rural areas depending primarily on agriculture, is often in poor shape with inadequate investment allocated for road construction and repair. While national efforts are underway to research options for safer road transportation, the current conditions result in regular damage to vehicles, and transportation repair is often needed. Leadership Initiatives beneficiaries own transportation businesses specializing in automotive body shop repair, automotive mechanical repair, automotive electrical repair and motorcycle repair. Expansion of these businesses is necessary due to high demand.

In addition, beneficiaries are interested in expanding other high-demand businesses including welding, an indispensable trade that is consequently in high demand, and tailoring. Clothing is always a basic necessity and job creator, making tailoring a valuable vocation in the past, present and future. As communities grow and demand increases for everyday and ceremonial clothing, our beneficiaries’ tailoring and textile businesses are ripe for expansion.

Business Expansion and Community Development Students Will Help Their Business Partners Accomplish The Following Goals:
Welding Learn how to weld outward opening windows for homes and businesses, create a new sales booklet, learn how to weld metal beds and sofasLearn More Here
Auto Repair Learn new ways to repair car dents, how to replace a driving shaft and new financial management & employee training system –Learn More Here
Tailoring How to combine different Nigerian cultural dress styles with modern clothing, how to manage inventories for two dress shops and create a branding planLearn More Here
Program participants will work directly with experts from The World Bank, Booz Allen Hamilton, and International Youth Foundation