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May 30, 2018

Suhaib Khan (Northwestern 2019) joined The Initiative at Leadership Academy 2018 as part of Northwestern University Alumni Association's NEXT Externship Program, a one- or more-day shadowing experience offering current students the opportunity to accompany alumni hosts like Executive Direc...

May 25, 2018

May 2018 marked the graduation of The Initiative’s 100th, 101st and 102nd graduates since its inception in 2003: the Class of 2018! We are so proud of the hard work, determination and dedication to The Initiative’s mission these accomplished young scholars have demonstrated over the past f...

May 20, 2018

The Initiative's annual weeklong Leadership Academy in Washington, DC is a capstone experience of workshops inspired by The Initiative’s mission and core values led by nationally and internationally recognized experts in their fields. Special emphasis is given to the areas of diversity and...

May 19, 2018

[Editor's Note: Hajar Hussaini (Russell Sage 2019) dedicated The Initiative To Educate Afghan Women's Annual Afghan Dinner and Awards on Thursday, May 17 at the Embassy of Afghanistan with the following prose offering:]

In my uncle's garden in Kabul, as the sun rises every morning trees beg...

May 18, 2018

Award gives special recognition for generous support of The Initiative’s mission and core values

WASHINGTON, DC - May 17, 2018 - Ellen B. Kagen was presented with The Initiative’s third annual Appreciation Award at this year’s Annual Afghan Dinner and Awards at the Embassy of Afghanistan ho...

May 18, 2018

Generous annual cash award honors the life and accomplishments of Kobra Ahmadi (Randolph College 2010)

WASHINGTON, DC - May 17, 2018 - graduating senior Fereshta Noori (Smith College 2018) was presented with the third annual Kobra Ahmadi Memorial Award for Academic and Leadership Excellence...

May 15, 2018

Wadia Samadi (University of Richmond 2011), founder of Wadsam Afghan Business News, reported last month on the graduation of 22 female entrepreneurs from Afghanistan’s first private business incubator, Startup Valley. The article, Female Entrepreneurs Changing the Narrative About Afghan Wo...

May 14, 2018

Fereshta Noori (Smith 2018), a member of the four woman Greenway Guardians team, was featured in the May 14, 2018 edition of Grécourt Gate, the leading news and events publication for the Smith College community.  

The article, entitled Real-World Riverbank Design, covering Fereshta and her...

May 4, 2018

Naheed Vadsaria will join Leadership Academy 2018 for our Wednesday, May 16, 2018 panel discussion on professional and service leadership opportunities in Afghanistan! 

Naheed Vadsaria is a fellow alum with Executive Director Christian Wistehuff of Northeastern University (she a 2002 gradua...

May 4, 2018

Ellen B. Kagen is a Senior Policy Associate of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (CCHD) where she directs the Georgetown Leadership Program. For the past five years Ellen has generously volunteered her time as well as her professional and personal experience...

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