Last week I had the honor of participating in the first graduation ceremony for the newly launched Certificate Program in Management and Innovation for Agribusiness Entrepreneurs at USIU in Nairobi, Kenya.
GBSN partnered with USIU on the development of locally relevant materials for the program and in January twelve new case studies were finalized, ready for use in the new program. Since so much of our work is focused on the inputs of new programs, I rarely have the pleasure of seeing the outputs. It was by chance that I was in Nairobi for the ceremony, and was so grateful when I found out I would have the chance to meet some of the participants. The graduates were bubbling with enthusiasm and excitement about the new possibilities their business now held. The benefits of new knowledge were clearly mixed with the power of inspiration to provide the graduates with a feeling of empowerment, ready to go out and take on new challenges and achieve new success.
Alongside the graduation for the agribusiness certificate program, USIU held graduation ceremonies for the fourth class of participants from Goldman Sachs' 10,000 Women initiative as well as the certificate in enterprise management. The participants from the three programs mingled among each other, encouraging and congratulating one another and creating a new network of small, but growing business owners. The same business owners who will create jobs in their communities, provide role models for youth, and play an integral role in Kenya's successful. development. It was exciting to be present for the graduation, and I continue to be inspired by the stories I heard and the people I met. Congratulations to USIU on providing three fantastic programs and congratulations to all of the graduates!
Nora Brown is the COO of the Global Business School Network.