Tentative Agenda of Sep 21, 2019 workshop

8:30 – 9:00:   Registration and Networking

9:00 – 9:05:   Welcoming, Amha Woldemeskel, Coordinator

9:05-9:20: Opening remark, Daniel Koroma, Business Liaison Officer, Montgomery County Gov’t

9:209:30: Introduction and Background, Dr. Assegid Habtewold, Facilitator

  • Understanding the mission of PRO Leadership
  • Recognizing goals of the Initiative
  • Explaining the New Breed Leaders of Africa Program

9:30 –10:15:   Mind set, Facilitator

  • Understand the consequential impacts of mind set in leadership
  • Recognize the kind of mind set it takes to succeed in transforming a society
  • Learn the process of how mindset is formed and developed

   10:1510:30: Morning Coffee Break

10:3012:00: Skill set (Part 1), Facilitator

  • Acknowledge the essential leadership competencies necessary to lead successfully
  • Acquire the necessary insights, models, and tools to develop the key skill set
  • Practice & improve some of their leadership competencies for immediate impact

   12:001:00: Lunch Break

   1:002:30: Skill set (Part 2), Facilitator

2:302:45: Afternoon Coffee break

2:45-3:30: Character set (Part 1), Facilitator

  • Understand the crucial place of character in leadership
  • Learn how character is formed and nurtured
  • Discover and begin showing commitment for their core values

3:30 – 3:40: Small group discussion and signing the pledge

  • Awardees sharing one thing they learned and do differently in one minute
  • New Breed Leaders of Africa enter into a vow by signing the pledge

3:40 – 4:00: Graduation Ceremony and closing remark, Coordinator

  • Certification award and closing remark by Dr. Clemmie Solomon, Dean of Student Engagement, Montgomery College

4: 00: End

Parking info:

You will be fine to park in the East Garage in any unmarked student/visitor spaces. There will be no parking permits needed. Please do NOT park in spaces that are labeled for “Faculty/Staff Only”. Any student spaces, levels 3-5, in the garage are fine. Also, as a friendly reminder, any metered spaces around the campus are controlled by the county parking enforcement and not the college.

The 1st Cohort Monthly meeting in Addis

One of the features that make the Bridging the Leadership Gaps in Africa Initiative unique is its support system such as Training of Trainers (TOT) and Monthly cohort meetings.

The first graduates of the New Breed Leaders of Africa program met on Sep 15, 2019, to conduct their 1st monthly meeting. They covered different programs such as book review, presentations, training on goal setting, auditioning, feedback, and more.

Leadership competency cannot be developed overnight by one or a couple of days of training alone. It takes constant growth. In this regard, the first cohort in Addis (Cohort A1, A stands for Africa) conducted its first monthly cohort meeting to grow together, and also prepare to duplicate themselves by training their peers. That is how we could reach the 1 million New Breed Leaders of Africa mark in one generation. Graduates attend our TOT program and then go out to deliver the same program in their organizations and communities, and in turn raise more New Breed Leaders of Africa. A huge milestone…

Cohort Monthly meeting on Sep 15, 2019 in Addis Ababa

Leadership workshop at Montgomery College on September 21st, 2019

PRO Leadership in partnership with Montgomery Sister Cities arranged a one day interactive and dynamic certificate leadership workshop on Saturday, Sep 21, 2019, at Montgomery College Takoma Park campus Commons Building Room 211 as part of implementing Bridging the Leadership Gaps in Africa. The Initiative aims at raising 1 million New Breed Leaders of Africa who shoulder the responsibilities to transform Africa once and for all in one generation. The Initiative was launched here in the US on May 29 2019. Click here to read the report of the launching.

The Initiative was also launched on the soil of Africa. In partnership with Addis Ababa University (AAU), the Initiative was launched on July 17 2019 at AAU. Click here to read the report…

We have also begun implementing the Initiative both in the US among the African diaspora and in Africa starting from Ethiopia. Below are some links to learn more:

Graduates of the Montgomery College Workshop will be the second Cohort (D2). By the way, on top of this foundational program, we have designed other intermediary and advanced leadership programs designed to continue to empower those leaders who determined to commit themselves for their leadership growth. Here are some of the requirements to join this first program on September 21st, 2019. Someone who:

  1. Believes in the mission, vision, and values of PRO Leadership and the goals and objectives of the Initiative
  2. Commits for the successful implementation of the Initiative, which may take years, if not a couple of decades
  3. Abides by the principles and standards that govern the New Breed Leaders of Africa which will be taught adequately in the initial and subsequent programs
  4. Invests in his/her leadership growth on a consistent basis including but not limited to attending the future intermediary and advanced leadership programs
  5. Remains alumni and continue to fellowship with fellow New Breed Leaders of Africa
  6. Participates in raising other leaders and actively involved in the other support programs of the Initiative

Below are some of the benefits of joining the Initiative and attending its first program. You will:

  1. Learn lots of latest leadership insights, models, tools, and approaches that would empower you to succeed in your personal life, career, and business
  2. Meet and continue to work with like-minded leaders
  3. Earn a certification with the designation ‘New Breed Leader of Africa’
  4. Eligible to participate in the future programs of the Initiative
  5. Get a chance to be a trainer by participating in the Train the Trainers program so that you will be able to provide this program to your community, and in turn, keep raising other New Breed Leaders of Africa
  6. And many other benefits

If you agree with the above requirements, you may now register to be considered as a candidate to join other New Breed Leaders of Africa on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Please note that the nature of the program doesn’t allow us to take a large number of participants, 40 max. We have very limited spots. We accept candidates on first come first served basis. However, if you couldn’t make it this round, you will get priority to join the program in the next round.

If you may have any questions or suggestions, please contact us via email amhawoldemeskel@gmail.com or give us a call @703-465-9006

By the way, this first batch Leadership Program is going to be facilitated by Dr. Assegid Habtewold, who has over ten years experience facilitating interactive workshops by following the latest adult learning principles for some government agencies, major corporations, and community organizations. To learn more about his background and experience, click here…

To register and reserve your seat, go to Eventbrite: https://leadershipworkshopmcsistercities.eventbrite.com

Click here to see the tentative program…

Parking info:

You will be fine to park in the East Garage in any unmarked student/visitor spaces. There will be no parking permits needed. Please do NOT park in spaces that are labeled for “Faculty/Staff Only”. Any student spaces, levels 3-5, in the garage are fine. Also, as a friendly reminder, any metered spaces around the campus are controlled by the county parking enforcement and not the college.

The 1st New Breed Leaders of Africa program TOT

We are excited to report that PRO Leadership in partnership with the Center for African Leadership Development (CALD) organized the 1st Training Of Trainers (TOT) certification workshop on July 31st, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

We are going to take the first 15 graduates of the New Breed Leaders of Africa certificate program organized on July 20th, 2019 here in Addis.

In the one-day program, the TOT participants will be given the principles of facilitation, adult learning principles, and ample chances to understand the Initiative, its goal, and programs, and the New Breed Leaders of Africa leadership development program, which they are going to facilitate as we continue to raise 1 million New Breed Leaders of Africa.

On top of the full-day training, the candidate trainers will be given lots of afterward opportunities to master the content of the program, practice facilitation, and also to get mentoring from seasoned facilitators including the ones who are already scheduled to provide feedback toward the practice facilitation sessions by the candidates plus their experience on July 31st, 2019 (for more check the flyer below).

If you haven’t yet, join this historic movement that aims at bridging the leadership gaps by raising youth and women New Breed Leaders of Africa who are tasked to shoulder the responsibilities in serving their respective communities as leaders and, in return, transform the beloved continent in one generation.

How would you like to join us?

-As a strategic partner?

-Participant in our upcoming programs?

-As a volunteer?

-As a mentor of our graduates?

-To support our programs financially?

-We are looking forward to hearing from you soon…

Report: New Breed Leaders of Africa- Cohort A1 (pics)

The Bridging the Leadership Gaps in African was launched in the US on May 29th, 2019 in a very colorful way. Click here to read the report of the launching conference with some pics. We have also begun implementing the Initiative in the diaspora where we trained the first batch New Breed Leaders of Africa (Cohort D1, D represents Diaspora) on July 6th, 2019 in Maryland, US.

The Initiative was also launched on the soil of Africa in Addis Ababa- the seat of African Union, on July 17th, 2019 at Addis Ababa University. Click here to read the brief report of the launching conference in Addis (pics and video clip).

As part of implementing the Initiative in Africa starting from Ethiopia- the seat of the AU, the 1-day first New Breed Leaders of Africa leadership development workshop was conducted in Addis on July 20th, 2019.

Though we had overwhelming requests to join the New Breed Leaders of Africa Cohort A1 (A stands for Africa), we only accepted a limited number of candidates. The session was dynamic and interactive. There were story sharing, metaphors, pairing, small, large group discussions, and also role-plays and video clips. The main topics of the session were- Mind set, Skill set, and Charcater set.

In the end, the Founding Mothers and Fathers of the New Breed Leaders of Africa program signed vow pledging to meet certain standards and keep meeting as new breed leaders of Africa who decided to go out and play their fair share in raising 1 million New Breed Leaders of Africa like themselves to transform Africa in one generation.

The Managing Director of Center for African Leadership Development, Ahadu Gebereamalk awarded the certificates and concluded the workshop by giving a powerful and inspiration remark encouraging graduates to stretch themselves, to be uncomfortable about the status quo to continue grow first themselves before they go out to empower other New Breed Leaders of Africa one person at a time.

The next program is Train the Trainers (TOT) here in Addis. More details will soon be shared.

If you are passionate about empowering youth and women in Africa and in the diaspora; if you care about seeing Africa experience lasting transformation in one generation; if you would like to make history and be part of the movement that vowed to end what makes beautiful Africa and its wonderful people suffer, this is time to join the Initiative.

You can become a strategic partner and contribute your fair share as we implement the Initiative to raise 1 million New Leaders of Africa in one generation who have the right mind set, the necessary skill set, and solid character set mandatory to undertake this golden and once in a generation assignment in the area where you have competitive and comparative advantages. Reach out to us and let’s hear from you. You can join the Initiative as a volunteer, and by attending our programs starting from the mandatory and foundational program- New Breed Leaders of Africa.

We have follow-up intermediary and advanced Leadership Development certification programs for those who passed through the foundational program. We have also Supportive programs to support graduates such as Cohorts, Train the Trainers (TOT), Mentoring Programs, Media Prgrams, Representative Offices, regional PRO Clubs, and more. Where do you fit? Where could you add value? Where could you become a strategic partner? Where could you step up to make a difference? Let’s know…

Report: July 17th, 2019 Launching Conference in Addis Ababa (pics & video clip)

The Bridging the Leadership Gaps in African was launched in the US on May 29th, 2019 in a very colorful way. Click here to read the brief report with some beautiful pics. We have also begun implementing the Initiative in the diaspora where we trained the first batch New Breed Leaders of Africa (Cohort D1, D represents Diaspora) on July 6th, 2019 in Maryland, USA. You may check the brief report with pics of the event by Clicking here. Click Click here also to watch some short video clip testimonials from some of the participants.

The Initiative was also launched on the soil of Africa in Addis Ababa- the seat of the African Union, on July 17th, 2019 at Addis Ababa University (AAU) in the presence of dignitaries, guest of honors, business and community leaders, academicians, youth and women leaders. The conference was co-organized with AAU. Though the President of the University had a national emergency meeting to attend, he delegated the Director of External Relations, Partnerships, and Communications Dr. Demeke Acheso to officially open the conference.

The MC of the conference was the dynamic communicator Meti Shewaye Metaferia:

The Keynote Speaker was H.E. Dr.-Ing. Getahun Mekuria, Minister of Innovation and Technology.

The founder of PRO Leadeership Global Inc., Dr. Assegid Habtewold, gave a presentation explaining the Initiative and next steps.

Dr. Eyob Mamo, author, Speaker, and Entrepreneur, also spoke about the importance of Character in Leadership more specifically Trust in Leadership.

Below is the video footages Part I:

Part II:

Part III:

The launch conference attracted so many great participants who are active in their respective community and field. The participation of the audience during the panel discussion and brainstorming session was great.

Semhal Guesh, CEO of KABANA Leather, and Samuel Bekele, CEO of Spotlight shared their success stories that inspired the youth and women leaders.

The panel discussion was moderated by the coordinator of the Addis organizing team Kalkidan Tadesse. The panelists were:

  • Sewit Haileselassie, President of AWiB
  • Abiy Shimelis, Co-Founder of Addis Sustainable Life
  • Maceda Afework, Global Team Associate of CHAI

The panelists shared their insights about how to bridge the leadership gaps in Ethiopia and the rest of Africa.

The brainstorming session was facilitated by Dawit Tesfa, one of the Organizing Committee members and the lead of the dozens of volunteers who made the big day successfully concluded.

Program of July 17th Launching Conference at AAU

Conference on Bridging the Leadership Gaps in Africa

July 17th 2019 @ 2 – 6pm

Addis Ababa University, FBE Campus, Eshetu Chole Hall

1:00 – 2:00: Registration and Networking, Volunteers

2:00 – 2:05: Welcoming, Master of Ceremonies, Meti Shewaye

2:05  – 2:15: Opening Remark, Prof. Tassew Woldehanna, President of AAU

2:15 – 2:30: Recognizing guest of honors, Master of Ceremonies

  • Recognizing all of our guest of honors by mentioning their names
  • A few of our guest of honors making brief remarks

2:30 – 3:00: Keynote Speaker, H.E. Dr.-Eng. Getahun Mekuria

Theme: “The significance of raising competent leaders at all levels to transform Africa.”

3:00 – 3:05: Success Stories of Ethiopian leaders

  • Semhal Guesh, CEO of KABANA Leather

3:05 – 3:20: Presentation, Dr. Assegid Habtewold

Theme: Explaining the Bridging the Leadership Gaps in Africa Initiative

3:20 – 3:25: Success Stories of Ethiopian leaders

  • Samuel Bekele, CEO of Spotlight

3:25 – 3:40: Speech, Dr. Eyob Mamo

Theme: The Leadership Qualities Needed to Transform Africa in One Generation.”

3:40 – 4:25: Panel Discussion, Facilitator, Kalkidan Tadesse

  • Sewit Haileselassie, Bridging the Gender Leadership Gap
  • Abiy Shimelis, Bridging the Geographic Leadership Gap
  • Maceda Afework, Bridging the Generational Leadership Gap

4:25 – 5:25: Consultative Discussion, Facilitator, Dawit Tesfa

  • Theme: Next Steps and Brainstorming with strategic partners

5: 30: Closing Remark

1st Raising New Breed Leaders of Africa Workshop in Addis

PRO Leadership just launched an Initiative on May 29th , 2019 here in the diaspora that aims at bridging the leadership gaps in Africa. The Initiative was designed to raise competent leaders who can play their fair share in the true transformation of Africa. Toward this end, PRO Leadership designed some leadership and support programs to develop the organizational and leadership capacity of Africa’s youth and women back home in Africa and here in the diaspora in the next couple of decades until Africa experiences lasting transformation in one generation.

We are now in the implementation phase of the Initiative. Accordingly, while working hard to launch the Initiative on the soil of Africa on July 17th, 2019 at AAU, we have finished preparing to offer the first and foundational program that is required to be taken by all leaders who would like to join the Initiative. This program targets raising a minimum of 1 million New Breed Leaders of Africa, who have the right mindset, the necessary leadership skillsets, and character.

Don’t you want to join these new breed leaders who would be responsible to take lead and play their share in transforming first their own life, their respective family, community, organization, nation, and in turn Africa? You should! You have what it takes. We just assist you to discover your passion- the area where you would like to serve, help you configure your mindset, develop the necessary skill sets, personality, and character that enable you to fulfill your leadership responsibilities.

You have the obligation to say enough is enough and step up to the plate and take lead in the area of your passion to serve. We are here to create platforms for you, facilitate your growth, and cause you to succeed. You have this golden chance to join this movement and make history. Don’t allow this rare opportunity to pass you by. Take the first step and join the Initiative by participating in this first intensive, interactive, and dynamic program that equips the first batch New Breed Leaders of Africa.

On top of this mandatory and foundational first program, we have designed other intermediary and advanced leadership programs designed to continue to empower those leaders who determined to commit themselves for their leadership growth. Here are some of the requirements to join this program. Someone who:

  1. Believes in the mission, vision, and values of PRO Leadership and the goals and objectives of the Initiative
  2. Commits for the successful implementation of the Initiative, which may take years, if not a couple of decades
  3. Abides by the principles and standards that govern the New Breed Leaders of Africa which will be taught adequately in the initial and subsequent programs
  4. Invests in his/her leadership growth on a consistent basis including but not limited to attending the future intermediary and advanced leadership programs
  5. Remains alumni and continue to fellowship with fellow New Breed Leaders of Africa
  6. Participates in raising other leaders and actively involved in the other support programs of the Initiative

Below are some of the benefits of joining the Initiative and attending its first program. You will:

  1. Learn lots of latest leadership insights, models, tools, and approaches that would empower you to succeed in your personal life, career, and business
  2. Meet and continue to work with like-minded leaders
  3. Earn a certification with the designation ‘New Breed Leader of Africa’
  4. Eligible to participate in the future programs of the Initiative
  5. Get a chance to be a trainer by participating in the Train the Trainers program so that you will be able to provide this program to your community, and in turn, keep raising other New Breed Leaders of Africa
  6. And many other benefits

If you agree with the above requirements, you may now register to be considered as a candidate to join other New Breed Leaders of Africa on Saturday, July 20, 2019. Please note that the nature of the program doesn’t allow us to take a large number of participants, 30 max. We have very limited spots. We accept candidates on first come first served basis. However, if you couldn’t make it this round, you will get priority to join the program in the next round.

To register and reserve your seat (only 6 left), click here…

If you may have any questions or suggestions or if you would like to sponsor the workshop, please contact us via email d.tesfa39@gmail.com or give us a call @+251- 935336488

By the way, this first batch Leadership Program is going to be facilitated by Dr. Assegid Habtewold, who has over ten years experience facilitating interactive workshops by following the latest adult learning principles for some government agencies, major corporations, and community organizations. To learn more about his background and experience, click here…

The 1st New Breed Leaders of Africa workshop (videos)

Following the launching of Bridging the leadership gaps in Africa Initiative on May 29th, 2019 in the US, as part of implementing the Initiative, we arranged the first leadership development workshop entitled ‘New Breed Leaders of Africa’ on July 6th, 2019 in Maryland, USA. It was very successful. This workshop is the foundational program aims at raising 1 million New Breed Leaders of Africa in one generation who have the leadership competency to transform Africa.

We have a plan to conduct a similar workshop in Addis Ababa after the launching conference which will be held on July 17th 2019 at AAU.

Below are some of the participants and what they said about the program:

Note: You may check out some of the pics by clicking here…