The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), launched in 2010 by former President Obama, is a signature effort to invest in young African leaders to spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Africa.

YALI’s flagship program is the Mandela Washington Fellowship, launched in the summer of 2013 by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. During this fellowship, talented young leaders from across Sub-Saharan Africa travel to the United States for six weeks of intensive academic and leadership training in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management at U.S. universities and colleges. The program culminates with a Summit in Washington D.C.

Workshop Session: Powerful Persuasive Communications

Nathan’s Lis Meyers will facilitate the Powerful Persuasive Communications workshop.  Here is the description of the session: Across the world, women require strong communication skills – particularly in public speaking and presentation design and delivery – to advance and thrive in business and employment. Women often lack these critical communication skills, which, compounded with lack of self-confidence, often prevents them from reaching their potential. Nathan will be leading a  skills-building workshop on Powerful Persuasive Communications that will equip women YALI fellows with critical communication skills to advocate for their businesses, increase participation in meetings and decision-making forums, engage in strategic negotiations, and better advocate for themselves.  Through interactive lectures, discussion, and participatory activities, participants will gain information and skills on central principles of communication, visual and verbal presentation skills, establishing credibility, maximizing impact, and many other aspects central to effective communication.

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July 29, 2018, 9:00 am - August 2, 2018, 5:00 pm


Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington D.C.

Organized by

U.S. Department of State, USAID, United States Africa Development Foundation, IREX


Lisabeth Meyers

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