Interned with Leadership Initiatives to improve a business in the developing world.
Consulted with CEOs and marketing experts to develop viable solutions for a business in Bauchi State, Nigeria.
Received a grant reviewed by leaders from Exxon, The United Nations, and the Nigerian Embassy to implement solutions for my business partner.
Bishop Moore Catholic High School
Class of 2025
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Brian really wants to take part in the International Leadership & Business Internship because of the experience of learning real life techniques successful adults use every day to further their goals. He will help beginner entrepreneurs to effectively put together a successful plan.
For his first year in high school Brian decided to take as many Honors and AP courses as were available to him. For sophomore year, he will continue this but with two AP courses instead of one. He loves to play grand strategy games and plotting intricate maneuvers that win him the game. He is also a member of the United States Naval Sea Cadet Corps, an organization based on the US Navy that seeks to prepare youths for adulthood and offer them an easier path into the Armed Forces if they chose to pursue a career there.
As a rising sophomore, he intends to be more active in his school's community by joining a sport or club along with the increased academic participation. During his junior and senior years, he will continue and expand upon what he does in his sophomore year.
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Collaborated With A Business In The Developing World
Earned a Development Grant to Enact Solutions
Collaborated With Business Development Experts
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Our team reviewed the economic, social, political, and environmental factors that impact our partner business to design a launch plan and identify how to bridge the gap between our business partner’s current and desired conditions.
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In order to fund the proposed business, our team composed a detailed plan and pitched our proposal to request seed funding from the Leadership Initiatives Grant Committee.
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After researching the socio-economic conditions facing our business partners, our team worked with the Nigerian development staff to create effective solutions to the challenges our business partner was facing.
My Business Consultant Training
Family & Home
Zakari Yau Goje
Business Partner Age: 37 years old
Business Partners Current Living Place: Inkil Community, Bauchi State
Marital Status: Married
Spouse Name: Aminatu Muhammad
Children: Muhammad Zakari Yau, 8 years; Ismail Zakari Yau, 6 years; Usman Zakiri Yau, 3 years
Type of Business: Car Washing Business
Years Working: 11 years
Top Problems: 1) Lack of capital to start the business, and 2) Lack of space to run the business
Zakari attended Primary and Secondary school but was not further interested in education. Instead of continuing with his studies, he got a job at a computer center.
While working there, he visited his friend's car washing shop often and developed an interest in that type of work. He became an apprentice for his friend and learned enough that he was able to start his own car washing business. He loves being able to meet new people and satisfy them with his services.
He defines success as: "Being self-reliant and able to pursue education is a well defined success to me."
Zakari would like to reach a point where he is able to employ ten young men from his community so that they can afford an education and escape the cycle of poverty. Long term, he wants to open up an additional car washing shop at a different location so that a larger part of his community has access to quality car washing services.
Zakari is 37-year-old gentleman who lives in his brother's house in Inkil community in Bauchi State. He is married and has three children. His boys are ages three, six, and eight, and all attend school.
Every morning, Zakari wakes up early to pray and recite the glorious Qur'an with his children. He then eats breakfast, makes sure his kids leave for school, and then goes to work.
Zakari is responsible for feeding and supporting his family as well as covering any medical bills. When business is slow, his family struggles to find food to eat.
Family & Home
Zakari says that "with his partnership with Leadership Initiatives I hope to own my own business and employ some young boys that do not have anything to do to help them just like I was helped by my friend.
Zakari wants to help the men in his community so that they can support their families. He wants to give job opportunities to them to give them a source of income and the ability to feed those that they are responsible for. He loves providing people with his services and wants to give that joy to others as well.
The purpose of this project is to help open a car wash in Nigeria. Ourbusiness partner Zakari, is a member of his community who is trying to empower the local youth that live near him. This project will also change the lives of his family by allowing him to provide and care for them.
While speaking to Zakari in calls, we learned that he was not tracking any financial data from his company, and was disorganized. To solve this problem, we created a financial tracking system in order to allow Zakari to keep track of his revenue, expenses, and profit. We also created a budget sheet which had the different equipment that he would need for his business, and the prices associated with it.
Zakari's new business is a car washing company, which also cleans rugs, carpets, and chairs. He wants to open a new car washing business so that he can provide for his family. Additionally, he wants to hire multiple young people from his community by hiring them as apprentices.
My Grant Proposal
Leadership Initiatives is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to creating future leaders across the globe through experiential learning.
In the International Business & Development Internship, I worked directly with some of the world’s leading business and development experts to learn about international business and development.
View my grant presentation here.
My Grant Proposal Presentation
At the conclusion of the internship, I presented my grant proposal to a panel of distinguished judges.
Our team began the business development process by having a one-on-one Zoom call directly with our business partner, Zakari Yau Goje, and Nigerian project coordinator to ensure productive collaboration.
We learned more about his life, family, and desires for the proposed business venture, as well as the challenges he was facing.
By discussing first-hand the challenges our partner faced, our team successfully and efficiently began to brainstorm solutions to launch her business.
Each morning we held constructive discussions about our ideas, the advice we received the day before, and the timeline necessary to begin implementing our ideas in real-time.
I had the unique opportunity to visit the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, DC, where I learned about Sweden and its diplomatic relationship with the United States.
The current ambassador of the Swedish Embassy is Ambassador Karin Olofsdotter, who is Sweden’s first female ambassador to the United States.
While we toured the embassy, we also learned about a wide range of policy issues including climate and sustainability, trade, security and democracy, gender equality, freedom of speech and culture.
Our team met with leading experts in the field of business and economic development from the State Department, Exxon, Harvard University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, and top US companies and nonprofits.
With their guidance, we streamlined our initial ideas to further our efforts in launching the venture our business partner envisioned.
Our team advanced our communication, teamwork, and problem-solving skills through hands-on project management and development.
These leaders included Dr. Sarah Stiles, Professor and Provost at Georgetown University, and Carla Brooks, a marketing leader and advertising expert at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication
Our team pitched the final proposal to a panel of expert judges from Harvard University, the Leadership Initiatives Nigerian Development Team, and the Leadership Initiatives Grant Committee.
This formal pitch allowed our team to practice our skills and utilize our entrepreneurial toolkit, all while showcasing our efforts to transform the business we partnered with.
At the end of the pitch, we were able to receive feedback on our proposal for our business partner.
Over the next year, our business partner’s venture will be made into reality and monitored for sustained success and growth.