The Leadership Initiatives Team
Marshall grew up in the small town of Paw Paw, Michigan and is the eldest of four, with one brother and two sisters. By the time he graduated high school, Marshall had come to strongly value independence and self-determination and knew he wanted to provide a good example to his siblings. He encouraged each sibling to seek out special interests and skills and to work to develop them. He urged them to set high goals and to work hard to meet those goals.
Marshall graduated with honors from American University in 2004 with Bachelor's Degrees in both International Relations and Political Science, as well as a specialized certification in Leadership. During his freshman year, he participated in American University's Freshman Service Experience. The next year, he headed the organization, which maintains more than 1,000 members and employees, and for which he coordinated over 15,000 hours of community service. He went on to earn a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus on Non-Profit Management from American University.
Marshall has extensive development experience working in the South African Parliament and has independently created several community development programs on the continent of Africa. After studying in the U.S., experiencing other cultures and communities studying abroad, and watching each of his siblings graduate high school and begin college, Marshall knew for sure that he wanted to continue to help people and communities on a wider scale; to encourage them to recognize and realize their potential, and to take it a step further.
Leadership Initiatives was created to empower men, women, and children around the world to determine their own futures, and to help break the cycles of poverty and dissatisfaction that plague so many communities worldwide. It also involves students in the United States by connecting our future leaders with those in other countries who have discovered, through Leadership Initiatives' programs, their ability to lead. Over the past decade, with Marshall as Executive Director, Leadership Initiatives has grown to help create and expand 54 independent businesses, raise over 1.5 million dollars for business creation in developing communities, and create hundreds of jobs-- thus affording parents the opportunity to send more children to school.
During this time Marshall has received distinction for his work with Leadership Initiatives from the Youth Action Network, the Starbucks Foundation, GlobalGiving, the International Youth Foundation, and Georgetown University, winning their distinguished Outstanding Partner for Social Justice award.
Under his tenure Leadership Initiatives has grown its fundraising base tenfold, been honored as GlobalGiving's Best All Around Nonprofit out of over 5000 organizations, and received endorsements and partnerships with the past two US Ambassadors to Nigeria, the Embassy of Nigeria in the United States, Omnilearn, IFast, Siemens, the US State Department and three members of Congress for their efforts to develop communities across the globe.
Youth Development Programs Director
Jessica Bailly is the Youth Development Program Director. She works directly with our experts and educators to create real-world educational experiences for our students.
Jessica believes that students of any age are capable of making a difference in the world. This belief is what lead Jessica to Leadership Initiatives. Her passion for empowering youth and encouraging the next generation of leaders is a great fit with Leadership Initiatives mission.
Jessica has held teaching positions around the world, including Baltimore, MD, Seoul, South Korea, Mcleod Ganj, India, and Nairobi, Kenya. She has also worked for several non-profit organization such as Creative Alliance, LHA Charitable Trust, Education Promise, and the Millennium Cities Initiative.
Jessica earned a master’s degree in Education from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in International Development from American University. In addition to her degrees, she holds a teaching certificate in Maryland and an International TEFL certificate.
Youth Development Programs-International Director
Umar Muhammad is a Cisco-certified Computer Hardware Engineer who serves as Program Director of Business Creation and Expansion for Leadership Initiatives’ (LI) Nigerian operations. Umar’s resume credits include employment with Maida Business Center (2002) and African Petroleum Business Center (2004). Umar also worked NITI Technology as a Coordinator/Instructor in 2005 and with the Indian Nigerian Institute of Information Technology (INIIT) as Director of Training/Instructor in 2007.
Umar joined Leadership Initiatives - Nigeria as Project Officer in 2009 and was promoted to Project Manager in 2014. In 2016, he became Program Director of Business Creation and Expansion, overseeing the full scope of LI’s Nigerian office and its daily operations.
Since Umar’s promotion to his current role with LI - Nigeria, the organization’s national branch has grown significantly, becoming a locally registered non-profit with recognition and repute both in the Bauchi State, where it is located and more widely in Nigeria. Umar has guided LI –Nigeria in countless projects benefitting and uplifting local communities. Umar anchors the structure of the LI - Nigeria office in its administration, finance operations, personnel management, and the day-to-day running of all programs and projects.
Assistant Programs Director
Lauren is the Assistant Programs Director and has the overall responsibility of ensuring Leadership Initiatives' Youth Development Programs are an enriching, fun, and educational experience for everyone involved. She has been involved in the development of numerous new programs including the Advanced Neuroscience Summit, the Advanced Law and Trial Summit Tier II, and the International Leadership and Business Summit Tier II. Lauren knows that these programs can truly change lives on both sides of the globe and tries her best to make that possible.
Lauren has worked with Leadership Initiatives for over three years and has continuously held a leadership role with running the internship program, being an IBIP facilitator, and working as the head of logistics at the summer programs. She brings a strong background which includes grant writing, stewardship activities, fundraising strategies, and donor relations.
Lauren is excited to continue planning Leadership Initiatives 2020 programs and looks forward to working with all the participants.
Sarah C. Stiles, PhD, JD
LI Georgetown Education Director/Georgetown University-Professor of Law & Sociology
Sarah Stiles joined the Georgetown University sociology faculty in 2007. Prior to that she taught at American University for eight years where she was Director of the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs. She met Marshall Bailly at American and has been proud to work with him ever since.
Professor Stiles specializes in courses on law and social entrepreneurship. She regularly partners with both the law school and the business school. Professor Stiles has won numerous awards for her teaching and student engagement. She currently is working on an effort to promote well-being among students. She believes if we are truly serious about changing the world for the better, we must be at our best, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Professor Stiles holds a PhD in political science from Boston University, a JD from Northeastern University, an MA in Spanish literature from New York University, and a BA in Spanish from Southern Methodist University.
Dr. James Giordano
LI Neuroscience Summit Education Director / Chief of Georgetown University's Neuroethics Studies Program
Dr. Rachel Wurzman
Director of Science at SeekHealing/Assistant Director of the Advanced Medical Neuroscience Summit
Rachel Wurzman PhD is a Fellow with the Center for Neuroscience and Society and Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neurology with the Laboratory for Cognition and Neural Stimulation at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA. Dr. Wurzman previously served as an Intern in the Science Division of the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, and an independent contractor for the World Technology Evaluation Center in support of the National Nanotechnology Coordinating Center. She was a contributing author in two white papers for the Joint Staff on applications of cognitive neuroscience for national defense and intelligence. Her current research investigates mechanisms of neuro-plasticity in brain networks, and addresses neuroethical issues arising from the use of neuroscience in national security, intelligence, and defense.
Dr. Aisha Garba
LI Medical Summit Education Director
For over 8 years, Dr. Aisha Garba has been a noteworthy medical Student in Zamfara. Dr. Aisha Garba has been honored with a certificate of honor for outstanding performance during her graduation. She holds a degree from the university of Szeged, Hungary, one of the most prominent higher education institutions in Central Europe and of one of Hungary’s most important universities and currently resides in Nigeria.
Dr. Aisha has so far led an impressive career as a medical doctor and in her 3rd year of being in the medical field. She is a doctor that has always received excellent feedback from her employers in Nigeria, Germany, and Hungary.
Serving as a medical officer at Defence headquarters, Dr. Aisha plays a major role as the lead doctor in diagnosing, treating and counseling patients. Through her commitment to this role, she has helped the Defence headquarters improve patient health, drug-adherence to those on long term medication or the depressed individuals and general well-being.
Prior to her current role at the Defence headquarters, Dr. Aisha worked as a doctor in National hospital Abuja, participating along with the surgical team with preparing patients for surgery, assisting surgeries, discharging and follow- up of patients. Before joining the National hospital team, she was a fresh medical doctor at Federal medical center from 2016-2017.
A self-described medical doctor, Dr. Aisha is a medical officer who is committed to touching lives in a positive way. She has spent the last two years creating awareness about different infectious and non-infectious diseases and is currently passionate about the work she’s doing to help the less privileged.
As a medical officer turned public health specialist, Dr. Aisha has developed a unique perspective when it comes to community health and health protection. Influenced by her parents and Dr. Mustapha Abubakar, she aspires to start working with an international Non-governmental organization in the next stage of her career.
She has contributed to a number of different medical outreach charity Programmes, included donation of medical equipment to primary healthcare centers in her state. She has a degree from the university of Szeged, Hungary and a master’s degree from the same university.
In her spare time, she cooks, dances, exercises and meets with friends. Dr. Aisha has been featured in Hungary and Nigeria and spoken at several medical events, including schools, hospitals, and religious gatherings.
She is a medical doctor and her impressive medical background allows her to utilize her skills and knowledge while touching the lives of people especially the less privileged all over the world. Ask her about how to make her patient’s happy. It is her secret talent.
David P. Weber, CFE
LI Law & Trial Summit Case Director / Goodwin Weber PLLC-Lead Attorney
In this role, David served as the SEC’s Chief Investigator and directed all criminal, civil, and administrative investigations into fraud, waste, or abuse concerning SEC programs on a nationwide basis. David’s notable cases included reporting misconduct in the Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford investigations. Mr. Weber now uses this skill set to assist and defend clients and to investigate wrongdoing in private practice.
As one recent example, in Winter and Summer 2018, David represented a key witness in the United States v. Paul Manafort criminal prosecution and grand jury investigations and successfully obtained full immunity for his client in exchange for his client’s cooperation and testimony against Mr. Manafort, the President’s former campaign chairman. Ultimately, David’s lawyering, in part, played a role in Manafort’s guilty plea in September 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Weber was a whistleblower who reported allegations about foreign espionage against the stock exchanges, and misconduct in the Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme investigations. He was terminated months later for supposedly unrelated reasons. He sued the SEC, claiming wrongful termination and retaliation against him for coming forward as a whistleblower. In June 2013, the SEC settled with Weber his whistleblower protection and U.S. District Court lawsuits by reinstating him and paying him $580,000, one of the largest federal whistleblower settlements in US history.
On July 30, 2015, Weber was recognized by six United States Senators and one member of the House of Representatives at the First Congressional Celebration of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. Weber is now in private practice of law and is a Lecturer and Academic Director of Fraud Management Programs at the University of Maryland, College Park.
In 2015-2016, Weber served as the banking expert who assisted journalists in reviewing information now known as the Panama Papers, pertaining to hundreds of current and former world leaders. In 2017-2018, Weber presented findings from the Paradise Papers, which has now implicated some of the largest accounting firms in the world.
In Spring 2017, Weber was nominated for the American Accounting Association, Forensic Accounting Section, Best Teaching Innovation Award, for training students how to prepare Reports of Investigation into subjects identified in the Panama Papers.
He is married to Julie Goodwin Weber, a tax, estates and trusts attorney, and has four children.
Jacob Arndt Ph.D.
Academic & Education Advisor
Jacob Arndt is the Chief Academic Advisor who works with staff, students and parents to design and implement a challenging curriculum for experiential summer programs. Jacob believes that one of life’s greatest teachers is overcoming challenges.
Jake is a tenured professor of communication studies at Kalamazoo Valley Community College in Kalamazoo Michigan where he teaches courses on public speaking, interpersonal relationships, and organizational/intercultural communication. He actively consults with institutions of higher education, and private/public entities on leadership, employee training and development, and conflict resolution.
Jake has lead Leadership Initiatives business creation programs in the Philippines in addition to creating and designing programs and mentoring business owners across the globe. He had a hand in creating the International Business Alliance Program and wrote curriculum for Leadership Initiatives’ IBIP and ILBS programs.
Jake enjoys working with the students and business owners of Leadership Initiatives in any capacity that he can. He truly believes that the time spent working with Leadership Initiatives has proven to be one of the most rewarding experiences of his career.
Sarah Agar, MSW, LMSW
Assistant Director, International Business Internship Program
Registration and Accounts Manager
Glory Nuhu Dadi
International Business Partnerships Coordinator
I am a graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (BSc Geology), Diploma in Business management and entrepreneurship, Thinking School Africa fellow, Young African Leadership Initiative Fellow, leadership mentor and a coach. I am passionate about people and strongly believes in giving back to my community. Over the last decade, I have inspired both businesses and individuals most especially Youth. An award-winning Entrepreneur and Business Strategist with a passion for startups Development and Growth in Nigeria. I previously worked for the Nigerian Youth Chamber of Commerce as a State Coordinator and have mentored several Young Entrepreneurs. In 2015, I
was the Human Resources Manager for Mckish Network.
WHY I JOINED LEADERSHIP INITIATIVES
My passion is to not just make a living but to make a difference. I join Leadership Initiatives because I know with what they are doing, we can change the world one community at a time. For me, it’s all about Legacy.
Mohammed Auwal Yakubu
International Translation Team Lead
Auwal graduated from the University of Maiduguri where he studied Agriculture-Education (Double Hons.), he also has a master degree in International Affairs & Strategic Studies and a Diploma in Human Resources (HR). Auwal had worked with a multinational telecommunication industry for seven (7) years as a customer service professional before joining Leadership Initiatives (LI), he is a member of the "Association of Business Practitioners” (ABP), “Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) and Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI).
Auwal have attended several trainings/courses with various institutions/organizations such as; UNICEF, USAID, Global Health, SDG - Academy and "Young African Leaders Initiatives (YALI) on; leadership, management strategy for people and resources, the Science and Practice of Resilience Thinking, Environmental Security & Sustaining Peace, Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability, fundamentals of humanitarians services, water sanitation & hygiene (WASH), etc.
He is currently the Program Manager – Nigeria for leadership Initiatives (LI)
Rashida Abba Kasim
Student Relations Manager
Rashida graduated from University of Maiduguri with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biochemistry; she served in Government Girls College Bauchi, Bauchi State - Nigeria under the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Program in 2011. She worked with United Bank For Africa (UBA) as an assistant to Customer Service Officer in 2015 under Graduate Internship Scheme (Sure-P GIS).
Rashida's passion towards community development, rendering social services and empowering the less privilleged led her to join LI Team as Assistant Program Director- Nigeria
Tamar Davou Dinju
Student Development Coordinator
My name is Tamar Davou Dinju, I am a graduate of Business Education, where I majored in Management from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (A.T.B.U) Bauchi Nigeria. My passion for humanitarian development stemmed from my experience at Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP), an NGO in Abuja where I served as a finance/administrative assistant in the year 2011-2013. I was involved in the forefront of project activities at various levels which include financial, secretarial, logistical and administrative work. During my national youth service corps (NYSC) in 2013/2014.
I served with Government Junior Secondary School Yelwa Makaranta Bauchi where I taught business studies as a subject according to academic curriculum and approved teaching plan. I started working with Leadership Initiatives as a volunteer because of the change and impact L.I is making in the lives of the people of the local communities, L.I is changing something in the world through its business creation and expansion programs and the orphan care program which is my particular area of interest. Currently, I am working with Leadership Initiatives as the Student Development Coordinator– Nigeria. I am excited about the opportunity to impact the lives of orphans in my care.