Washington Executive Leadership Boot Camp

Creating a sustainable Africa through Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

By Invitation Only

It is our pleasure to welcome you to The George Washington University – Centre for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL).

The Entrepreneurship and Leadership Boot Camp is a cornerstone program empowering participants to acquire knowledge, build partnerships and engage in experiential learning.

A select group of highly qualified individuals has been selected to deliver the Entrepreneurship and Leadership Boot Camp.  It will be led by leading faculty, policy makers, and practitioners from various fields.   Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have.

Thank you for your consideration and we hope to see you in Washington DC soon.

Jim Robinson
Executive Director, Centre for Excellence in Public Leadership


Program Overview

Participants: Young and mid-career professionals from Nigeria who are ambitious innovators that aims to use business and leadership skills and concepts to drive economic growth in their communities.

Date: September 8th-13th, 2014

Location: The George Washington University School of Business, Duques Hall 2201 G Street, NW Washington DC 20052

Time Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6
Leadership: You and your team Multi-sector Approach in Problem-solving Creativity and Innovation Innovation and Problem-solving Funding, marketing and selling
8:30-9:00 Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments Coffee & Refreshments
9:00-12:00 You and Your Leadership Brand: Empowering you to take charge or your leadership role
Ina Gjikondi
Introduction to Multi-sector Leadership
Presenter: Al RobinsonU.S. Congress Field Visit
Congress 101
Presenter: Frank Shafroth
Innovation and Creativity
Presenter: Ayman El Tarabishy
You and Your Challenge: Design Thinking Workshop
Presenter(s): Rick Henry and Andres Marquez-Lara
Crowd sourcing and pitching your idea
Presenter: TBADesigning Successful Social Media Strategies
Presenter: Ina Gjikondi
 12:00-1:30 LunchGuest Speaker: Denise Robinson (Career Director at Trachtenberg School of Public Administration) LunchGuest Speaker: TBA LunchGuest Speaker: TBA LunchGuest Speaker: TBA LunchGuest Speaker: Arlington County Small Business Development
 1:30-5:00 Creating Strength-based Teams through the Use of Theatre Improve
Presenter: Andres Marquez-Lara
Public-Private Partnerships
Presenter: Ayman El Tarabishy
Social Entrepreneurship
Presenter: Ayman El Tarabishy
You and Your Challenge: Design Thinking Workshop
Presenter(s): Rick Henry and Andres Marquez-Lara
Building Your Network and Influencing Others
Presenter: Jing Tiang
 6:00-8:00 Welcome Reception and Networking Speed Coaching and Mentoring
Presenter: Ina Gjikondi and Kathleen Schafer
Networking with Various Organizations Speed Coaching and Mentoring
Presenter: Ina Gjikondi and Kathleen Schafer
Speed Coaching and Mentoring
Presenter: Ina Gjikondi and Kathleen Schafer
Closing Ceremony and Certificates

Application Process

Who Should Attend?

Business Executives, Political office holders, Religious leaders, Administrators, Technocrats, Academicians, Youth Ambassadors and everyone passionate and eager to make the little changes required in their immediate society to make vital changes happen.


  • Have worked or working on a business or community development project successfully
  • Leading a group of people to achieve a pre-set goal
  • Has good academic standing or qualification (minimum college degree)
  • Has a minimum five years’ service experience in people and economic related endeavour
  • Must possess a strong financial strength to pursue the learning experience to Washington D.C
  • Must be ready to return to home country with a poise to influence his team with the knowledge received.

Join the Delegation

Interested participants should pick up a registration form with a formal letter of intention. After which the selection process will take place. Submission of the form and application letter should be done with a scanned copy of international passport and 3 copies of 5cm by 5cm passport photograph. Contact ayodolapo@gmail.com to apply.

Selection process

Government agencies, non-governmental organisations and universities will have the opportunity to nominate individuals belonging to such organisations who have excel at their duties in entrepreneurship and leadership related endeavours to be part of the delegation to Washington D.C U.S.A. The nominees will then be screened to ascertain the quality of achievements and potentials possessed which could qualify them as an “emerging leader or entrepreneur”. After which proper registration and documentation will be done.


  • Keep vital link with people we lead
  • Certificate from CEPL GWU
  • Coaching experience with CEPL GWU
  • Developing your leadership brand for success.
  • Developing and managing a viable business from the scratch
  • Mastering the art of strategic positioning in business and leadership
  • Positioning you towards effective leadership and strategic thinking
  • Networking opportunities with leading minds and economic stakeholders
  • Improve the work efficiency & effectiveness in pursuit of a progressive organization in managing people & dealing with difficult issues
  • Lifetime opportunity to join a network of emerging entrepreneurs worldwide with headquarters in Washington DC (ICSB, LEAD network, Africa’s time)
  • Special field visits to the US Congress, Washington D.C State department, World Bank HQ, GWU MBA association, Ashoka Change-makers, SCORE & lots more



Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy
Associate Professor, Department of Management, The George Washington University School of Business
Executive Director, The International Council for Small Business

Dr. Ayman El Tarabishy is currently an Associate Teaching Professor of Management at the George Washington University’s School of Business, where he teaches entrepreneurship in the accelerated MBA program and the online GW Healthcare MBA program. Dr. El Tarabishy was awarded Most Outstanding Core and Elective faculty voted by students in 2012 and 2011. He developed the first Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Creativity courses offered to MBA students throughout the school of business.   Dr. El Tarabishy is also the Executive Director of the International Council for Small Business (ICSB), the oldest and largest non-profit organization across the globe devoted to advancing small business research and practices. ICSB is a coalition of more than a dozen national organizations across the globe and represented in over seventy countries.   Dr. El Tarabishy created and managed the Global Entrepreneurship Research and Policy Conference (ICSBGW) that is hosted at the George Washington University and that ICSB is a partner. The ICSBGW conference connects the latest and most cutting edge of entrepreneurship research to the most pressing and important national and international policy to promote entrepreneurship and SMEs. The intersection of these two important topics makes the conference vital for global development.  Dr. El Tarabishy worked at the World Bank in the Corporate Strategy Group. He helped develop and manage their technology strategy for the Development Marketplace Program. The program’s mission was to identify and support creative cutting-edge solutions to the most pressing world social and economic concerns. To date, the Global Development Marketplace competition has disbursed over US $65 million in awards to 400 winning proposals.

Dr. El Tarabishy currently published his new book titled – Information Technology for Small Business – Managing the Digital Enterprise by Springer. The book covers digital innovation and use of social media for small and medium businesses. He presented his work at national and international conferences around the world and published research articles in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship Education, Journal of Private Equity, and others. Dr. El Tarabishy consults and conducts executive training for several national and international organizations, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank and National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB).

Ina Gjikondi
Manager of the Leadership Development Programs at the George Washington University Centre for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL)

Ina Gjikondi is the Manager of the Leadership Development Programs at the George Washington University Centre for Excellence in Public Leadership.  INA GJIKONDI Her current work in managing the Program for Excellence in Municipal Management and the Regional Executive Development Program at the GWU Centre for Excellence in Public Leadership enriches her portfolio in program/career development; teaching/training facilitation; coaching and mentoring, one-on-one, in teams and online.  Ina’s focus is on the power of partnership to create change with groups and organizations in the political system and with the teams that comprise those organizations.   Ina is the founder of the United Nations Association of Albania and currently serves as Co-chair in both Education Committee of the UN Association of the National Capital Area and the WIN Non-profit Network based in Washington DC. Prior to that Ina has worked with local and international non-profits and community groups in brand/program development, strategic planning/partnerships, capacity/coalition building, issue advocacy and fundraising.  She is committed to match the talents with the organization and passion by effectively assessing and translating the need into a call for action; motivating and improving teams to achieve high levels of performance by implementing change, embracing diversity and managing inclusion. She is dedicated to civic/political education, democratization and human capital growth.  Ina holds a MPS in Political Management from the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and a BA in Law from University of Tirana, Albania. She is currently working towards her second master’s degree at GWU in Human Resource Development. She is fluent in Albanian, English and Italian and she working knowledge of French.

Alonford James (“A.J.”) Robinson, Jr., Ph.D.
President and CEO, Symphonic Strategies

Dr. Robinson is the Founder and CEO of Symphonic Strategies. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University and dual bachelor’s degrees in social psychology and political science from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he co-founded a successful student-led, non-profit organization that provided academic and economic enrichment for at-risk youth in the Bay Area. At Harvard, Dr. Robinson specialized in comparative political and economic development and was involved in numerous research projects at the Harvard Institute for International Development, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the Department of Afro-American Studies.  Dr. Robinson has been a consultant to the PBS show Frontline, served as a staff writer on the Encarta Africana Encyclopedia of the Black Diaspora, and was an adjunct professor in the Department of Organizational Sciences at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He was part of a delegation of scholars that toured South Africa immediately after the end of apartheid. Dr. Robinson spent a number of years working for a leading international business strategy firm. He has delivered keynote remarks and led organizational strategy seminars to C-level audiences (CEO, CMO, CTO, etc.) in more than 150 organizations in over a dozen countries throughout Europe and North America.   Rounding out his professional experience, Dr. Robinson then became the chief of strategic planning and organizational development at a prominent, national nonprofit organization. While in this position he designed and led a social marketing campaign that involved the use of innovative qualitative research and strategic communications tools. He focused on surveys, polls and focus groups that dealt with issues of race, poverty, and social justice. Dr. Robinson spent a considerable amount of time studying and understanding the needs, preferences and values of communities of colour. Dr. Robinson’s areas of specialty include business and marketing strategy, organizational development and numerous issues dealing with the development of human capital.

Frank Shafroth, J.D.
Director of Legislative Affairs & Intergovernmental Relations at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB)

Frank Shafroth, J.D., is the Director of Legislative Affairs & Intergovernmental Relations at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB). Prior to this he was the Chief of Staff for senior Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA). He advised Member Moran on economic, tax, housing and community development legislative issues in addition to guiding the Congressional Working Group on Sovereign Wealth Funds. From 1981 until 2007 Mr. Shafroth worked with and directed intergovernmental relations for the National League of Cities, National Governor’s Association and Arlington County government. His work with these organizations involved directing the policy, legal and advocacy processes. One legislative victory he helped secure at the National League of Cities was the enactment of the Municipal Bankruptcy Act. While with Arlington County, Mr. Shafroth coordinated federal, state, and regional representation and relationships with the Pentagon, Administration, Congress, Governor and Virginia State legislature.  Mr. Shafroth holds the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Stanford University and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown School of Law. He has published several articles on financial and tax related issues and for the past seven years has written “The Tax Doctor” column for Virginia’s State Tax Notes. Mr. Shafroth serves as an Adjunct Professor for both George Mason University and The George Washington University. He is currently a resident of Alexandria, Virginia.

Kathleen E. Schafer
Founding Principal at Leadership Connection

Nearly everyone aspires to be a leader—be it in business, politics, communities, schools, sports, philanthropy and even families.  Yet many people don’t feel as if they are harnessing their leadership potential and putting their passion to use in their lives.  Kathleen works with individuals to discover their strengths and to connect it to their ability to lead and create the changes they wish to see in their lives and the lives of the people around them.  Creating change requires confident, balanced individuals to use their talents and strengths to guide others.  Kathleen helps people connect their vision with a message and a communication style that increases their effectiveness in ensuring their leadership is accepted in every arena.  True leadership naturally emerges, as people are able to be open, clear and authentic in every setting.

Kathleen’s 20-plus years working in the public policy and political fields have provided her with unique insights from helping leaders bring about change within their communities and organizations.  During this time she has coached and trained thousands of political and business leaders in the United States, Central and South American and Europe, including leaders in local, state, national and international government. In addition, for the past 15 years she has created the curriculum and taught leadership at the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.

Her services are customized for each client to ensure the greatest benefits and include the following:

  • Identification of leadership strengths, talents and vision
  • Creation of leadership message
  • Development of skills to connect with target audiences
  • Development of action plans to achieve goals
  • Overcoming barriers to change
  • Organizational and political implementation of leadership goals
  • Presentation training
  • Development of life habits to support leadership goals

Andres Marquez-Lara
Founder and President of Promethean Community

Andres Marquez-Lara, founder and president of Promethean Community, has a graduate degree in Clinical Community Psychology from La Universidad Cátolica Andrés Bello, and an undergraduate degree from Duke University in Psychology with a Certificate in Human Development.  He is also certified in Six Sigma and has done training in Design Thinking.  Having spent seven years working in the mental health system of the District of Columbia, he is currently employed at Saint Elizabeths Hospital as Director of Consumer Affairs where he finds creative performance-based approaches to empower patients and staff, and strengthen that community.  Andres is also a playback theatre actor, and has training in psychodrama and social therapy.

Rick Henry
Manager of Executive Education Programs, Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (CEPL)

Rick Henry is the Manager of Executive Education Programs, responsible for the design and delivery of the Centre’s open-enrollment programs, including the Senior Leader Program, Emerging Leaders and Advanced Leadership Workshops and the Step Up to the Microphone course. He also manages and coordinates the Masters of Public Leadership program. He has more than 10 years’ experience managing, designing and administering leadership development programs for federal employees. His previous experience includes managing a year-long leadership development program for GS 13-15s from across the government. In this role, he was responsible for program management and curriculum design and served as a participant advisor and action learning coach. He has also designed courses and curriculum for a number of Federal agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Department of Labour and The Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to his work with federal employees, he has extensive experience working with college and university students. Prior to his work in leadership development, he was director of Academic Seminars at the Washington Centre for Internships and Academic Seminars, where he ran programs onsite at the 2000 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. More than 500 students participated in the programs.

Education: MAEd. – Adult Education, East Carolina University; B.A. – Communications, Virginia Tech



Please contact us today if you are interested in joining this program

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About ICSB

Founded in 1955, the International Council for Small Business (ICSB) is the first international membership organization to promote the growth and development of small businesses worldwide. ICSB is devoted to the advancement of management development practices for potential entrepreneurs and existing small business owners/managers through education, research, and the free exchange of ideas. Council members representing education, industry, financial institutions and government, provide a worldwide network of idea and experience exchange on management assistance for small business. ICSB currently has 14 country-based or regional affiliates and chapters with members from over 70 different countries.

About CEPL

The Center for Excellence in Public Leadership was founded in May of 1997 as the Center for Excellence in Municipal Management. The Center was housed in the Department of Public Administration within the School of Business. In response to the District of Columbia’s significant transition to self-governance from receivership, the School’s then-Dean, David Fowler, worked in collaboration with the City Administrator and partners such as the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Cafritz Foundation and the World Bank to develop a program to train and develop middle managers in the DC government. The resulting program, the Program for Excellence in Municipal Management (PEMM) was the first non-state accredited Certified Public Manager Program in the nation. In 2005, the Center changed its name to the Center for Excellence in Public Leadership, reflecting its expanding work with the federal, local and municipal governments. For more information, visit https://cepl.cps.gwu.edu/.

About Education Hub Africa (EHA)

Education Hub Africa, a private sector led non-profit organization established to empower African’s through global education and exchange programs, a unique organization with a passion for educational development of African minds through international education and active participation in social entrepreneurship, also helping growth of small and medium scale enterprises through strategic partnership and research.