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About YALI

Drake University’s Pathways to Partnerships Institute is a business and entrepreneurship institute of the Mandela Washington Fellowship program, part of the State Department’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). The leadership training program will be offered in collaboration with corporate and community partners in both urban and rural settings and will explore the intersection between public and private domains. 

The goal for the Institute is to deliver a program that will further develop the entrepreneurial mindset and enhance the business and leadership skills for each of the Mandela Fellows. Each week will highlight a different sub-theme related to business and entrepreneurship:

  • Leadership
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Intersection of business with civil society and government
  • Role of finance and marketing in creating business success
  • The business relationship between urban and rural economies

Fellows will enjoy mentoring, networking, and collaboration with a number business and organizations in Greater Des Moines.

Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration will be the home base for the Institute, with expert faculty and experience in executive-style education leading the charge on the academic components. Guest speakers, including Ambassador Johnnie Carson, former U.S. Secretary of State for African Affairs, will contribute to the exciting programming.

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