Monthly Archives: December 2012


The U.S. Mission Nigeria is pleased to offer you the opportunity to nominate candidates for the FORTUNE/U.S. State Department Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership, a mentoring program for emerging women leaders from around the world, which will take place from April 22 through May 16, 2013 in the United States. You may nominate yourself.
FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women are comprised of well known CEOs and senior executives from some of America’s most prestigious companies and organizations. The program provides participants with unique opportunities to develop their management and business skills while gaining experience in the U.S. business and non-profit environment.
PROGRAM OUTLINE – The 2013 program includes a four-day orientation in Washington, DC, an approximately two-week mentorship assignment and a two-day communication training and debriefing in New York City. The DC program will include meetings with USG officials, academics and representatives of business associations. Following the DC orientation, the participants will travel individually to their company’s location, where a FORTUNE Most Powerful Woman and her team will mentor the participant. Each participant will have the opportunity to shadow a senior executive and engage in activities specifically designed by the company to meet the needs and interests of the participant. The final component will be a two-day debriefing in New York City, where participants will meet with business leaders, evaluate their mentorship experiences and develop follow-up activities.
PARTICIPANTS – Participants are limited to emerging leaders in the business and NGO sectors between the ages of 25 and 43. They must have a good command of English, including business-related terms, to successfully take part in the program. Participants should demonstrate a willingness to participate in exchange programs, should welcome opportunities for mentoring and new partnership development, and should exhibit confidence and maturity. They should also be self-motivated and destined for success in their profession, and committed to passing on lessons and helping others succeed in their home country. Participants could include women who run their own businesses, work in middle/middle-upper management for a non-U.S.-based corporation, or women who run business associations, foundations or non-government organizations. Many past participants had higher education degrees in business and management, although this is not mandatory. Compatibility of skills, background, and experience between selected participants and their potential mentors will also be a part of the selection criteria. Individuals who work for FORTUNE 500 companies abroad are not eligible. FORTUNE mentors and their companies commit substantial amounts of time, effort, and funding to host participants in their program. Accordingly, when candidates are selected, they are expected to make a firm commitment to the program.
Nomination forms must be received no later than 12noon on Friday, January 4, 2013, and should consist of the attached nomination form and a detailed CV for each nominee. It should be sent via email (no scanned copies) to
MENTORING COMPANIES – Companies that participated last year were:
— Accenture
— Affiliated Computer Services
— American Express Open
— Avon Products, Inc.
— Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
— Case Foundation
— Dow Chemical
— Dupont Performance Materials
— EcoSecurities, Ltd.
— Ernst and Young, LLP
— Exxon Mobil Corp.
— Fish & Richardson PC
— Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
— The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc.
— Herman Miller
— Kendle International, Inc.
— Merrill Lynch and Company, Inc.
— Microsoft Corporation
— New York Road Runners
— The Nielsen Company
— Sesame Workshop
— Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP
— Solera Capital, LLC
— Time Inc.
— Time Warner, Inc.
— Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
— Wells Fargo

To request for the nomination form, Send an e-mail to


Calls for Entries: One Beat Music Fellowship 2013

onebeatOneBeatSM is an international music exchange that brings together musicians from around the world to work with their American peers and participate in a residency and a tour that focuses on musical collaboration and social engagement through innovative people-to-people diplomacy. Fellows will work together in the composition and performance of new cross‐genre works, the creation of innovative recordings and videos, and the development of practices of music as civic engagement.

OneBeat will be a musical journey like no other. It is a chance for adventurous musicians from an incredible diversity of traditions to seek common ground, creating new musical combinations, pushing the boundaries of music technology, and finding ways to involve all members of society in the process of musical creativity. OneBeat endeavors to be the nexus of a new way of thinking about how music can connect people from across the world and round the block.

In the fall of 2012, 32 musicians (ages 19‐35) from 21 countries came together in the U.S. for four weeks to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop ways that music can make a positive impact on our local and global communities. We anticipate that the 2013 OneBeat Fellows will an equally amazing group of innovative and socially-engaged musicians.

We are currently recruiting for the 2013 Fellowship. We anticipate selecting approximately 25 Fellows for the 2013 program.

Application Opens:      December 17, 2012

Application Closes:      January 21, 2013

Fellows Notified:          April/May 2013

Program Dates:           September 9 – October 7, 2013

Source: US Embassy,Abuja

Vacancy Alert: The Bridge Leadership Foundation seeks Executive Director

Vacancy pixThe Bridge Leadership Foundation (TBLF) – a non-profit leadership and mentoring Foundation based in Calabar, Cross River State – seeks to hire an outstanding individual to serve as its first Executive Director.

The Foundation is a young foundation committed to building generations of young people educated to become compassionate, entrepreneurial and engaged citizens who are empowered to take responsibility for their own lives and make a difference in their communities. The Board of Trustees seeks a dynamic and creative leader with impeccable integrity to further strengthen the work the Foundation has done.
Candidates must be deeply committed to the Foundation’s purpose and values. They should bring demonstrated interests, and optimally, professional experience, in the foundation’s core areas, and have a record of accomplishment. They must be interested in working with and answering to an active board that has high standards and also values its participation in policymaking.
In executing these responsibilities, the Executive Director must be able to engage trustees effectively and provide them with concise and rigorous information to make sound decisions. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Trustees and work closely with the Board Chair. The Executive Director will:
1.      Assume leadership for the creation, vision and implementation of an operational plan, covering administration and program development, including the setting of both short and long-term goals and objectives;
2.      Develop requests for proposals, assess and evaluate programs and make recommendations to the board.
3.      Develop and lead the strategy of the Foundation within the broad context of the local and national landscape by using performance measurements to guide strategic and operational decision-making.
4.      Take a leadership role in driving a collaborative process with the Board of Trustees, staff and members that would result in the development of goals, objectives and operational plans for the organization.
5.      Oversees preparation of the annual budget and other necessary financial documents. Provide information and justifications for Board of Trustees in its budgetary review and approval process.
6.      Ensure the organization has diverse staff with skills appropriate to the needs of the position through people management activities including hiring, separation of employment, ongoing staff development, performance management, compensation and benefits.
7.      Manage all fund development activities, including grant writing, cultivation and stewardship of donors, event planning, and identifying new resources. Actively seek and maintain a diverse donor base of individual, businesses, foundations and government segments.
8.      Build long term relationships with key donor segments based on mission, cultivation and stewardship, program outcomes and sound fiscal management.
9.      Lead organization’s financial growth in order to maintain healthy cash flow, provide full services to our constituents and maintain adequate reserves to support board-approved investments and risk-taking.
10.  Develop a strategic marketing plan that provides a clear and concise message telling the Foundation’s story. Oversee the execution of marketing and media relations. Represent TBLF in all media relations by participating in interviews, developing press releases and all other media type engagements.
1.                  Undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is preferred.
2.                  A minimum of 5 years nonprofit work experience in comparable fields. At least 3 years of demonstrated success in staff leadership, fundraising, partnership development and financial management.
3.                  Demonstrated success of effectively leading change and organizational growth through strategic planning.
4.                  Demonstrated knowledge of working on youth related development programs and projects.
5.                  Demonstrated success in acquiring agency support through successful grant applications and general fund raising.
6.                  Strong fund development, marketing and public relations experience to successfully engage stakeholders, including funders, business partners, policy makers, media and communities.
7.                  Strong and effective oral and written communication skills.
8.                  Personal qualities that include integrity, commitment to TBLF’s mission, respect for diversity and the ability to inspire and motivate.

Competitive salary that is commensurate with experience. No relocation allowance or benefits will be given.
TO APPLY: Qualified candidates are invited to send a substantive cover letter describing interest in the position and qualifications, resume/cv, salary history, and one writing sample to: by January 12, 2012.