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3 Key Takeaways from The McCain Institute for International Leadership

Written by Ahva Sadeghi on April 20, 2018
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This week, we presented Symba to the global leaders of The McCain Institute’s Next Generation Professionals (NGP) program. Here are our top 3 takeaways from the experience.

On Wednesday, we had the incredible opportunity to present Symba to The McCain Institute for International Leadership and participants of their Next Generation Professionals (NGP) program. The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University is dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity. Their Next Generation Professionals (NGP) program is a two-week training session with modules on values, ethics, and leadership. The NGP program draws in leaders from around the world. This year’s participants included Maryam Faghihimani, founder and president of the Center for Cultural Diplomacy and Development, Nathalie Mondésir, an activist from Haiti, and Talitha Goldmann-Kefalas, a project manager for refugee labor market integration in Berlin.


Two other SEED SPOT social entrepreneurs also presented their social enterprises to the audience. Aziza Ismail, founder of LiteraSeed, is promoting healthcare literacy for people around the world. Dr. Stephanie Schull, co-founder of Kegelbell, is addressing women’s health in safe and affordable methods. These founders truly exemplify how social entrepreneurship can generate a positive global impact, and we were excited to have shared the stage with them.

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Here are our top 3 key takeaways from the event:

1. Make sure to examine the global impact your startup can have.

2. Take time to consider international perspectives regarding your startup.

3. Continue to build a strong network of social entrepreneurs that motivate and encourage you!

We are grateful for the opportunity to connect with fellow social entrepreneurs and immerse ourselves in the growing Phoenix startup community!

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Ahva Sadeghi

Ahva is the CEO and Co-Founder of Symba. She is a passionate social entrepreneur, and was recently named Forbes 30 Under 30 and a Global Entrepreneur Scholar by the US Department of State. Ahva completed her graduate studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she served as President of the Human Rights Students Committee and received the John Lewis Fellow with Humanity in Action.

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