A Foot in Both Worlds

With the unique opportunity to coordinate two conferences as part of follow-on for the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative–and hours to clock at airports and en route to Dakar, Senegal–I eagerly settled in with the search function at Amazon.com. For a while now, as part of my travel, I love nothing more than to dive into books—generally fiction—set in the place where I’m heading.

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In their Own Words: A Portrait of Dakar

Trying to plan a conference in another city—especially one thousands of miles from Washington, DC—is a challenge, and that’s without the added chore of trying to navigate airport pick-ups and unfamiliar crowded streets. That’s where our Dakar team — Blue Team Event s— comes to the rescue. Continue  

Africa – Here We Come! Meridian’s YALI Team Heads to Dakar & Johannesburg

More than 100 of Africa’s top emerging leaders are scheduled to meet in Dakar, Senegal and Johannesburg, South Africa for the U.S. President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Alumni Reunion Seminars. The 2-day seminars (Dakar – September 18th to 19th and Johannesburg – September 25th to 26th) will deepen and expand the networks which the young leaders have built over the last 3 years, and provide a platform on which they can chart a path forward for optimizing the development of their businesses and organizations, as well as their communities and countries. These seminars will also provide opportunities for increased dialogue and engagement between the United States and African Youth.

Hosted by the U.S. Department of State in collaboration with Meridian International Center, these regional events will build on the themes of the President’s Policy Directive on Africa, and will include training, mentoring, action planning, and executive leadership.

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