Faculty Notes from USAID's African Leadership Centers

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In July 2014, President Obama announced the creation of YALI Regional Leadership Centers in Africa. Opened in the summer of 2015, these centers build on existing institutional capacity in Africa to provide high quality training, mentoring, and networking support to a greater number of young leaders than can be reached through the Mandela Washington Fellowship. The Centers will reach exceptional young leaders between the ages 18 and 35 from a wide range of backgrounds and diverse experiences.

Dr. Marc Hardy and Dr. Angela R. Logan, both professors in the Mendoza College of Business, were a part of the very first cohort at the RLC East Africa, led by Deloitte in Nairobi, Kenya. Dr. Hardy went on to teach at the RLC West Africa, located in Accra, Ghana.

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"Teaching almost 200 Young African Leaders in both Kenya and Ghana was the most satisfying teaching experience of my life," says Dr. Hardy. "These accomplished individuals are hungry to learn, driven to make positive change, ready to apply new knowledge and dedicated to creating better societies in their own countries. It was is honor to be a part of their journey to help Africa take its next steps as a quickly evolving powerful economic, political and social force in the world."

Dr. Hardy and Dr. Logan work in Nonprofit Professional Development in the Mendoza College of Business, and led the 2014 and 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship programs at Notre Dame.