The Education & Business Conference 2012 Liberia “Issues in Tertiary Education, The Global Bridge Connecting Education, Business and Community” was launched in support of the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL), an initiative developed by Cynthia Blandford Nash, The Liberian Honorary Consul General in Atlanta, Georgia. UCL was established with the mission to “lift Liberia by coordinating diverse academic efforts for increased impact.” The UCL initiative was launched in June 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA in collaboration with the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C. with a particular focus on the University of Liberia and other tertiary institutions in the country.
Read the Impact Report Executive Summary_Web version here.
In furtherance of this effort, the Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, in March 2012, co-hosted the Liberian Business Summit in Atlanta, Georgia, in collaboration with the Liberian Consulate and Global Strategies for Good at Clark Atlanta University (CAU, where more than 300 business attended and where there was a Call for Action from the Vice President that “Liberia is Open for Business.” On July 2, 2012, the President of the University of Liberia and the President of the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU), Dr. Emmet Dennis, co-hosted the UCL meeting with the Liberian Consulate and Dr. Carlton Brown, CAU President, identifying key needs of tertiary education in Liberia. These needs included How to Manage Resources at the University Level; Challenges of Tertiary Education; Entrepreneurship in the Liberian Context; Leadership Development and Ethics; Models of STEM Education; How to Transition into Four Year Colleges/Universities and Real Work Experiences; Student and Faculty Exchanges and Study Abroad and Workforce Development in the New Liberia. In addition to CAU, other UCL member institutions participating at this meeting included Emory University, the University of Georgia, the Carter Center, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta Technical School and others.
Together we agreed that a conference would be held in Monrovia October 1-3, 2012, to help address the challenges of tertiary education in Liberia in collaboration with the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU). Dr. Carlton Brown, incoming chair for UCL, took the challenge to bring his key faculty to Liberia to include the Dean of the School of Business Administration, Professor of Engineering, Professor of Chemistry and the Director of Faculty and Student Exchange to help provide leadership, support and solutions. The Liberian Consulate, CAU, Global Strategies for Good, LLC, CAU and the ALU began the planning process for the Republic of Liberia’s first Education and Business Conference.
The 2-day Education and Business conference impacted more than 300 students, faculty, staff, government, civic and community who attended the conference held at Monrovia City Hall and where more than 40 speakers participated. Thousand of dollars were generated in the local Liberian economy to support hotels, transportation, and facilities providing income for consultants, caterers, drivers & student interns. A few educational scholarships were also provided to students.
The U.S. Delegation totaled twenty-one of which four were Liberians from the Diaspora who provided conference leadership and support. Five in the delegation opened up small business entities in the country including Security, Mining, IT Solutions, Travel and Tourism and E-Commerce. The sheer intellectual capital provided by 8 College and University Presidents and more than 20 Deans and faculty was immeasurable. Three Liberian student interns from UL and A.M.E. University provided hands-on support to the U.S. delegation. The Liberian business and industry participation totaled 7 including Firestone, Sami Darby, Delta Air Lines, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, the National Oil Company, the Liberian Petroleum Refining Company and the Liberian Telecommunications Company. An outcome of the conference will be a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CAU and UL to further outline the way forward in terms of faculty and student exchange, joint research and fundraising efforts, on-line courses, book donations, to name a few.
Note, that in addition to the conference, site-visits and private discussions took place between CAU, the U.S. Delegation and the faculty and staff at the UL and Fendel Campuses to conduct a general needs assessment and to build relationships. Reports and recommendations are also included in the detailed Impact Report, that will only be made available to key stakeholders for review and further consideration.
For further information, please contact Cynthia Blandford Nash at 404-590-1855
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Cynthia Blandford Nash
Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia
President/CEO, Global Strategies for Good , LLC|
As Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia and President and CEO of Global Strategies for Good, LLC, it gives me great pleasure to provide you with the “Issues in Tertiary Education in Liberia” 2012, The Global Bridge Connecting Education, Business and Community Conference, Impact Report Executive Summary for your review and consideration.
We have attempted to provide you with a high-level review of the impact of the 2012 conference and a summary of the major discussion points of the panelists. We also shared highlights of the various meetings and site-visits held at the University of Liberia and Fendel Campuses and provided some recommendations and suggestions for next steps, including fundraising strategies, the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding between UL and CAU, and the launching of a 1-2 week student exchange program between the UL and CAU student government associations next year, to name a few.
We recognize that there is much work left to be done. However, we are committed to moving this work forward with Clark Atlanta University, the Association of Liberian Universities (ALU) , business stakeholders and the community to help further the discussions on improving tertiary education in Liberia. We are particularly interested in furthering our discussions with the business community to better understand the skills needed to help put people to work and to help improve the quality of life for Liberians.
A special thanks and appreciation to His Excellency Joseph N. Boakai, Vice President of the Republic of Liberia, and his staff, Chief of Staff, Steve Stevquoah, George Saah, Public Relations; Dr. Carlton Brown, President, Clark Atlanta University (incoming University Consortium for Liberia Chair); Dr. Emmet Dennis, President, the Association of Liberian Universities and the University of Liberia; Dr. Walter Wiles, UL’s Vice President Institutional Advancement and Dr. Siaam Naami, ALU’s Secretary General; Dr. Albert Coleman, Ministry of Education, and UL’s Michelle Stubblefield, for their vision and support of this important work. To Henry Taylor, CAU’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement and University Relations and Katrina Strickland, Executive Director, Global Leadership Academy for their tireless efforts and in coordinating CAU’s faculty involvement and to the outstanding contributions of the CAU faculty including Dr. Charles Moses, Dean, School of Business Administration, Dr. Olu Olatidoye, Professor, Engineering and Computer Science, Dr. Eric Mintz, Professor of Chemistry and Dr. Paul Brown, Director of Global Education, Study Abroad and Student Exchange.
Finally, to my Chief of Staff, Maryalice O. Moses and Ardella Y. Blandford, Special Assistant for their commitment and excellent work and to our speakers, volunteers and interns for taking the time and effort to make their contributions to this important conversation. A special thanks to Wilfred T. Harris, Advance Team Lead, Wellington VanPelt, Moderator, U.K. Jones, Photography/Videography, Darren Wilkins, IT Support and Press Coordinator Joseph Reeves, Chairman of the Liberian Association of Metropolitan Atlanta (LAMA) for their leadership and support. Appreciation to our student Interns Saki Golafale, UL Class of 2011 Chemistry, Melvinia Jallah, A.M.E. University Business Major and Brezhnev Passewe, UL Sociology for providing excellent service and assistance to our U.S. Delegation.
Of course this work could not be done without our sponsors including GSG, the Liberian Consulate, the Liberian Government, Delta Air Lines, CAU, UL, ALU, the Mayor of Monrovia, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter, Link2Link and J.Lane Media.
I look forward to the future and in working with you!
Honorary Consul General
Republic of Liberia
Consulate | Atlanta, Georgia
Below are images from the 2012 Liberia Education and Business Mission Trip. The trip which was organized by the Liberian Consulate – State of Georgia, brought together leaders in government, education and business from around the world to meet in Monrovia, Liberia to discuss success strategies for Liberia’s growing Education and Business sectors.
The Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia, Cynthia Blandford Nash and the President of Clark Atlanta University, Dr. Carlton Brown, are pleased to invite you to participate in the 2012 Education and Business Mission trip to Liberia September 29—October 8, 2012.
This exciting and outcome driven trip will enable educators, politicians, civic leaders, and business men and women to provide technical assistance, leadership and support to the Liberian educational system through roundtable discussions, teaching and lecturing, and mentoring. In collaboration with the University of Liberia, Cuttington, Tubman and A.M.E. Universities and the Liberian Ministry of Education, there will be opportunities to participate in workshops and seminars, provide hands-on learning models and to network and interact with Liberian government officials and civic institutions to help build capacity and bridges for the future.
Come and experience the beautiful beaches, tasty cuisine and the friendly people of Liberia. We look forward to seeing you on this exciting Mission trip that we know will be life changing. Please see details regarding the Mission trip, including the travel itinerary, visa, inoculation requirements and other pertinent information. Hotel accommodations will be at the 4-Star RLJ Kendeja Resort & Villas located on the beautiful beaches of Monrovia.
To reserve your spot please make payments using the link below.
Download the Liberia Education and Business Mission Trip 2012 Brochure
To Register & Make Payments
The cost of the trip is $4,200/person including registration; hotel (breakfast included); round-trip airfare on Delta Air Lines; receptions and meetings; tours and ground transportation. Payments should be made payable to Global Strategies for Good. We will be departing from Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, however, travelers not originating from this location are individually responsible for travel arrangements made to reach our departure location. Please note that all payments will be considered final and no refunds will be made.
Deposits and Payment Plan. Late fees may apply.
July 25, 2012 Deposit of $500 due
August 20, 2012 $1,850 Due
September 20, 2012 $1,850 Due
Registration Payment / 1st Installment: $500
Trip Payment / 2nd Installment: $1,850
Final Payment / 3rd Installment: $1,850
Pay in Full/ Single Installment: $4,200
Thank you again for your interest. Please contact us at (404) 590-1655, e-mail us at email@example.com.
On Friday, March 30, 2012, The Liberian Consulate (Georgia) hosted the Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 Welcome Reception at the Capital City Club co-hosted by Alex Cummings, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and the Honorary Consul General Cynthia Blandford Nash. in attendance were members of the Liberian Delegation including including H. E. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Vice President, Republic of Liberia, Hon. William V. S. Bull, Liberian Ambassador to the U. S., Hon. Cynthia Blandford Nash, Honorary Consul General, Republic of Liberia (Georgia), Hon. Miata Beysolow, Minister of Commerce & Industry, the Hon. Ciata Bishop, Executive Director, National Investment Commission, Hon. T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director, Liberian Petroleum Refinery Company, the Hon. Mary Broh, Acting Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Hon. Cherif Abdallah or the Liberia Chamber of Commerce and as well as other key officials.
Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 Welcome Reception
Liberian Consulate Hosts Successful Vice Presidential Visit to Atlanta Culminating in a Business Summit
Atlanta, Georgia: Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 – Liberia: A Rising Star in the Emerging Markets was held in Atlanta, Georgia attracted nearly 300 participants interested in establishing, building and sustaining business ties with the Republic of Liberia.
The Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012, convened by the Consul General of the Republic of Liberia-(Georgia), Cynthia Blandford Nash in collaboration with the U.S. Ambassador of the Republic of Liberia, H.E. William V.S. Bull, was held on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the historic Clark Atlanta University.
It was one of several important meetings held during the visit of the Vice President of Republic of Liberia, H.E. Joseph Nyma Boakai along with several high ranking officials from the country.
In addition to the summit, special meetings were attended by the delegation including:
On March 27, 2012, the Acting Mayor of The Monrovia City Corporation, Honorable Mary T. Broh, and the Honorary Consul General of The Republic of Liberia, Honorable Cynthia Blandford Nash, received a resolution from Honorable Michael Julian Bond, Councilman – City of Atlanta, in honor of The Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012.
On March 28, 2012, The Liberian Delegation attended a ceremony at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center that involved a wreath-laying ceremony to honor the civil rights leader. In attendance was Reverend Bernice King, Liberian Vice President H.E. Joseph N. Boakai, H.E. William V.S. Bull, Liberian Ambassador to the U.S., and the Honorary Consul General, Cynthia Blandford Nash as well as other distinguished guests. Rev. King was extended an official invitation to visit Liberia to discuss The King Philosophy of non-violent social change. In addition, the delegation met with Reverend Raphel Warnock of Ebenezer Baptist Church. >> View Photo Gallery
On March 28, 2012, The Liberian Delegation met with key members of The Carter Center to discuss ongoing special projects being undertaken by The Carter Center in collaboration with the Liberian government to address capacity-building in the areas of mental health and democracy. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter greeted the delegation during their private tour of The Carter Presidential Library. >> View Photo Gallery
On March 29, 2012, the law firm of Troutman Sanders and former Speaker of the House, Terry Coleman hosted a business lunch session for the delegation to network and discuss a potential Sister City program between Savannah, Georgia and Monrovia, Liberia and to discuss potential business and investment opportunities.
The Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 was held on March 30, attracted nearly 300 participants representing investors, small to medium sized businesses, academia and faith-based leaders. Clark Atlanta University’s President, Dr. Carlton Brown and Provost Joseph Silver pledged their support to the Vice President and delegation members in fostering an educational exchange and trade support for the country. An official invitation was extended to the President to visit Liberia by the Vice President.
Panel presentations at the business summit focused on the following topics: import/export opportunities and how to do business in Liberia; investment and contracting; Chevron’ Social Investment Program; petroleum and refinery opportunities; and municipal services. High ranking members of the Liberian government served as panel members, including: Miata Beysolow, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Ciata Bishop, Executive Director of the National Investment Commission, Chevron’s Social Performance Team Leader, Nadeem Anwar; T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director of Liberian Petroleum Refinery Company, Mary Broh, Acting Mayor of the City of Monrovia and key members of the Liberian Chamber of Commerce.
Former Governor Sonny Perdue provided brief remarks at the summit and met with key officials from the country to express his interest in trade and investment in the country.
A special commemorative box of essential medicines was presented by MAP International and the Honorary Consul General to the Vice President in recognition of MAP’s $4 Billion historic milestone in distributing medicines to help suffering people throughout the world. MAP’s donation to Liberia was given at the summit which presented a $2 million commitment in medical supplies to the country to more than 39 medical clinics.
Senator Donzella James provided a resolution to the Vice President in honor of the Liberia and U.S. Business Summit and pledged support to Liberia. The event ended with a reception at the Capital City Club co-hosted by The Coca-Cola Company Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Alex B. Cummings and the office of the Consul General of Republic of Liberia (Georgia), Hon. Cynthia Blandford Nash.
Sponsors included: The Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Chevron, MAP International, Clark Atlanta University, the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company, The Monrovia City Corporation, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Metro Atlanta Chapter, the Georgia Ports Authority, the World Trade Center Atlanta, Barnes and Thornburg, Link2Link, J.Lane Media and others.
Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012 Photo Gallery
On March 28, 2012, During Vice President Boakai’s visit to the United States for the Liberia and U.S. Business Summit 2012, the delegation including H. E. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Vice President, Republic of Liberia, Hon. William V. S. Bull, Liberian Ambassador to the U. S., Hon. Cynthia Blandford Nash, Honorary Consul General, Republic of Liberia (Georgia), Hon. Miata Beysolow, Minister of Commerce & Industry, the Hon. Ciata Bishop, Executive Director, National Investment Commission, Hon. T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director, Liberian Petroleum Refinery Company, the Hon. Mary Broh, Acting Mayor of the City of Monrovia, Hon. Cherif Abdallah or the Liberia Chamber of Commerce and as well as other key officials, visited the King Center and laid a wreath on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s tomb accompanied by his daughter Reverend Bernice King.
Following the visit to the King Center the Liberian Delegation had the pleasure of visiting the Carter Center. The delegation met with key members of the Carter Center to discuss ongoing special projects being undertaken by the Center in collaboration with the Liberian government to address capacity-building in the areas of mental health and democracy. Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter greeted the delegation before they were given a private tour of the Carter Presidential Library.
SAVE THE DATE
On behalf of the Honorary Consul General Republic of Liberia,
The Honorable Cynthia Blandford Nash
and in collaboration with the Liberian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
You are cordially invited to attend the
Liberia: Open For Business 2012 Summit
March 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia
Liberian Government officials in attendance will include: H. E. Joseph Nyuma Boakai, Vice President, Republic of Liberia, Hon. William V. S. Bull, Liberian Ambassador to the U. S., Hon. Cynthia Blandford Nash, Honorary Consul General, Republic of Liberia (Georgia), Hon. Miata Beysolow, Minister of Commerce & Industry, the Hon. Natty B. Davis, Chairman, National Investment Commission, Hon. T. Nelson Williams, Managing Director, Liberian Petroleum Refinery Company, the Hon. Mary Broh, Acting Mayor of the City of Monrovia & the Liberian Chamber of Commerce as well as other key officials.
Summit Program and Forms:
* Early Bird Registration for those registering before March 1, 2012.
Regular Registration Fee: $75.00**
**General Registration is for those registering between March 2 & March 23, 2012.
Late Registration Fee: $100.00***
***Late Registration is for those registering on or after March 24, 2012 or At the Door.
Summit Conference – Showcasing: “Liberia: An Investor’s Paradise”
8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Conference Networking Mixer
12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M.
(Light refreshments will be served)
Business to Business Networking
1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M.
Ministers of Government one-on-one meetings
For more information please call the Liberian Consulate at (404) 590-1655 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LAMA’s 27th Inaugural Ball and Community Cultural Center Fund Raising
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