For six weeks this summer, Drexel’s Office of International Programs and LeBow College of Business’ Institute for Strategic Leadership hosted 25 young African leaders as a part of the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training and networking.
A total of 1,000 Young African Leaders studied at 38 universities across the United States this summer, with coursework focusing on business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management.
Drexel is the first Philadelphia university to be chosen as a host institute in the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The 25 young leaders, who range in age from 22 to 35 and represent 18 African nations, spent their six weeks at LeBow College of Business for a civic leadership training program. The training included decision-making development, social innovation, public policy and leadership. They also met with President John Fry, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, and Former Mayor Michael Nutter, and took part in a variety of cultural immersion tours. After the training was complete, the fellows set out to Washing D.C. to meet with other fellows hosted by universities across US, for an opportunity to network and exchange ideas.
The Office of International Programs and LeBow College of Business’ Institute for Strategic Leadership feel proud and honored to participate in the program. We look forward to seeing the continued success of our fellows as they return to their home countries!
The Drexel cohort of the Mandela Washington Fellowship was featured extensively in the media – read all of our coverage below!
Original announcement of grant
Drexel LeBow College of Business article on visit to NYC