Ongoing Opportunities for Alumni

The Fellowship offers support to the Alumni Network for ongoing short-term and discretionary opportunities to enable Alumni participation in global events and strengthen professional connections aligned with their career interests. These ongoing opportunities vary and may include in-person, virtual, or hybrid format events; be open to Fellows across Sub-Saharan Africa or specific countries; and have varying levels of funding to support Alumni participation. Additionally, these opportunities are often developed in partnership and collaboration with members of the Alumni Network, allowing Alumni to give back to and strengthen the broader Fellowship Community.

Event advertisement, reading 2021 Women in Global Development Leadership Forum. Disability and Inclusion: Every Leader's Responsibility. Speaker: Samantha Sibanda, Founder, Signs of Hope Trust, Zimbabwe
2019 Fellowship Alumna Samantha Sibanda was a speaker at the 2021 WILD Forum through an Alumni Opportunity.

These opportunities continue to strengthen the Fellowship Network by:

  • Amplifying Alumni voices by helping raise their profiles, expertise, and platforms in ways that benefit their careers, the Fellowship Community, and diverse partner networks;
  • Exposing Alumni to their peers in diverse industries and sectors across the continent and around the world, connecting the broader Fellowship Community to high-level professional networks; and
  • Further developing Alumni’s technical expertise, which is shared across the Fellowship Network through knowledge-sharing activities.

As these opportunities become available, the Fellowship’s Alumni team will advertise opportunities to the broader Alumni Network and will reach out to Alumni whose profiles and interests are a good match for specific opportunities.  Alumni can log into the Fellowship Portal to learn more about opportunities that may be currently open.

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International Leadership Association Global Conference

In collaboration with the International Leadership Association (ILA), the Fellowship will offer a full year of membership to select alumni. ILA is the largest global community exclusively dedicated to advancing leadership knowledge and practice for a better world. This opportunity includes access to virtual resources and a wide network of leadership experts in the United States and around the world.

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WILD Forum

The Women Innovators & Leaders (WILD) Forum is the world’s first and largest forum designed to advance women’s leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Selected Fellowship Alumni will be sponsored to participate in the WILD Network’s 2023 Forum.

Learn more about past Alumni’s participation in the WILD Virtual Forum.

SEED SPOT Launch Camp

SEED SPOT Launch Camp is a two-day virtual business incubation program for early-stage social entrepreneurs. This opportunity features business-building workshops, mentorship, a peer cohort of impact-driven social entrepreneurs, a pitch event, and personalized support and resources to help start or pivot impact businesses.

Inclusive Africa Conference

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Keynote speaker Haben Girma addresses the audience at the Inclusive Africa Conference. Inclusive Africa Conference 2022

The Inclusive Africa Conference is an exclusive enrichment opportunity available to Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni. The conference brings together global and regional experts to focus on the best way forward for digital accessibility for persons with disabilities. The Fellowship will sponsor a limited number of Alumni to attend the 2023 conference.

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