Mandela Washington Fellowship at Purdue University Young African Leaders Initiative

Public Events

Registration is encouraged

Welcome Reception & Networking Event

Friday, June 23, 6-8 PM at MatchBOX Co-Working Studio

Young professionals, business owners, and entrepreneurs, and Purdue students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to attend. Keynote speakers will include Mayor Roswarski and Mayor Dennis.

Eventbrite - Mandela Washington Fellowship Welcome Reception

Networking Coffee Hour

Tuesday, June 27, 9:30-10:30 AM at Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Cafe

Networking with Tippy Connect Young Professionals

Wednesday, July 12, 5-8 PM at Digby's Pub & Patio

Plant Science Social

Friday, July 21, 5-8 PM at HopKnoXious Farms

HopKnoXious Farms will host the monthly Plant Science Social with member of Purdue's Africa Interest Group and other attending.

Institute Agenda PDF

Unless otherwise noted, the following sessions are only open to Fellows and Institute staff. This schedule remains under development and is subject to adjustments and additions.

WEEK 1 | Orientation & Creating Shared Expectations | Agriculture and Economy

Objectives

(1)    Provide Fellows with a brief overview of U.S higher education, campus and community resources

(2)    Develop a shared understanding of the group’s strengths, weaknesses, and create a strong esprit de corps;

(3)    Review basic business principles;

(4)    Examine the importance of agriculture in Indiana’s economy and learn how it is important to each of the Fellow’s home country economy

(5)    Introduce the entrepreneurship project (LaunchBox)

MONDAY, JUNE 19

Fellows should take breakfast on their own, and be ready to leave the Third Street Suites lobby by 8:20 AM. A volunteer/staff will lead the group from Third Street Suites to Krach Student Leadership Center.

8:30-9:00am       Welcoming remarks, KRCH 270

Gebisa Ejeta, Director, Center for Global Food Security, Discovery Park

9:00-10:00am    Staff & fellow introductions

Prepare one slide (no animations or videos) that represents yourself and your personality. The slide should include, but is not limited to the following: your name, photo of yourself, map showing your hometown, why you’re here, what you’re most interested in learning during the MWF, and interests/activities/hobbies. Slides (preferably saved as a PDF or JPEG) should be submitted by email to mwf@purdue.edu by Friday, June 9. Fellows will have one minute to introduce themselves. Staff will have completed the same assignment.

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10:00-11:30am    Institute Overview and Expectations and Week 1 Overview

A discussion about the Institute philosophy, the staff’s philosophy on teaching and learning, and expected outcomes. Financial information, emergency procedures, access to medical care, international calling, and other lifestyle and operational issues will be covered. The Institute staff and Fellows are asked to jointly acknowledge and respect diversity in all its form (e.g. religious, sexual orientation and gender, ethnic, socio-economic, political).

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Transition to Dining Courts

11:30-1:00pm      Lunch with John Sautter, Purdue Alumni Association

Fellows will gain a better understanding of the facilities available on and around campus, and the access they have to those assets. Some of the university’s history and tradition will also be shared.

1:00-2:00pm        Practical Session - Health and Safety

Jefferson Howells, Assistant Director for Campus Emergency Preparedness and Planning

Review of emergency procedures and medical services in the community. Discussion about personal safety and severe weather on Purdue’s campus facilitated by the Purdue University Police Department and Purdue University Fire Department. Advice regarding severe weather threats in Indiana.

2:00-2:15pm        Residence Hall Orientation, Third Street Suites Room 159

2:15-4:15pm        Campus tour and Distribution of Student IDs

A tour of the university grounds with breaks and stops at sites of particular relevance: Purdue Memorial Union, Amazon Store, International Center, and libraries.

Break

TUESDAY JUNE 20

8:30-9:30am        Introduction to Morning Review, KRCH 270

Alex Moseson, Managing Director for Global Engineering Programs

Morning Review will be an opportunity to participate in continuous feedback, peer-to-peer communication and problem solving, networking, personal and professional development, and cultural appreciation.

9:30-10:45am      Practical Session - Cultural Adaptation

Carrie Anne Thomas, Intercultural Programs Specialist

A discussion about cultural diversity and culture shock both in theory and as it has been experienced by the Fellows in their initial days of the Institute.

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Handout

Break

11:00-12:30am    LaunchBox Session

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What’s your idea?

12:30-1:30pm      Lunch

1:30-3:30pm        Academic Session - Strategic Doing

Scott Hutcheson, Senior Associate, Purdue Center for Regional Development

Strategic Doing is a signature program of Purdue’s Center for Regional Development which teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way. Fellows will find this session relevant to the development of their USADF applications as they consider assets to leverage in setting up a business.

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3:30-6:30pm        Leadership & Teambuilding Activity

Boiler Ropes Challenge

Dinner on your own

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21

8:30-9:30am        Breakfast and Morning Review

9:30-10:45am      Welcoming Remarks and Discovery Park Tour

Welcoming remarks provided by Dr. Tommy Sors

Discovery Park is a 40-acre (160,000 m2) interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research park located on Purdue University's campus. Discovery Park and its major centers lead Purdue's large-scale interdisciplinary research efforts: allowing multidisciplinary groups to come together and respond to grand challenges and opportunities.

Break

11:00-12:30pm     Meet up with faith and community resources

Community leaders and Black Cultural Center Staff

Renee A. Thomas, Director

Baraka Corley, Program and Facility Manager, Black Cultural Center

Fellows will have the opportunity to meet and connect with spiritual and faith community leaders, as well as the resources available through the Black Cultural Center.

12:30-1:30pm       Lunch

1:30-4:00pm         LaunchBox: Articulating Ideas

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4:00-5:00pm         Academic Session - Engaging Underprivileged Youth

Jennifer DeBoer, Assistant Professor, Engineering Education

Dhinesh Radhakrishnan, Graduate Student, Engineering Education

Professor DeBoer’s work addresses the complex social, cultural, and economic background factors that facilitate diverse students' paths through the engineering education system around the world. She will facilitate a discussion about the opportunities for non-traditional engineering education and seek feedback on a curriculum delivery platform she is co-developing with partners in Kenya.  

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Break

7:00-9:00pm         Group dinner at La Scala, 312 Main St, Lafayette

Local growers and suppliers will join the Fellows for dinner. Dinner will be at no cost to the Fellows.

Fellows will return via CityBus

THURSDAY, JUNE 22

8:30-9:30am           Breakfast and Morning Review

9:30-10:30am         Leadership Session - Preparing and Delivering an Effective Presentation

Joel Ebarb, Professor of Visual and Performing Arts

Fellows and facilitators will share tips for creating effective presentation using PowerPoint, Prezi, and other visual tools, and discuss strategies for engaging the audience through effective public speaking.

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10:30-11:30am       Academic Session - Agricultural Policy and Economics 

Otto Doering III, Professor of Agricultural Economics

Dr. Doering will lead a discussion based on his experience in public policy issues impacting agriculture, natural resources, the environment, and energy.

11:30-1:00pm         Lunch at Purdue Campus Farmer’s Market (weather permitting)

1:00-3:00pm           LaunchBox: Step-by-Step

3:00-3:30pm           Practical Session - Elevator pitch practice & networking

Alex Moseson, Managing Director, Global Engineering Programs

Link to Research Gate Article

3:30-5:00pm           Preparation for Summit

Fellows will practice their pitches and networking

5:00pm                    CityBus Orientation & Grocery Shopping (optional)

Dinner on your own

FRIDAY, JUNE 23

Breakfast on your own

8:30-10:00am         Networking at Foundry Grounds

10:00-12:00pm       Grant writing workshop

George Okantey, Community and Talent Development, Marion County

Discussion of tips for preparing a quality proposal and general grantsmanship.

Link to Purdue Extension website.

12:00-2:00pm         Lunch and Practical Session - Consensus building & soliciting feedback

Stacey Connaughton, Associate Professor and the Associate Head of School at the Brian Lamb School of Communication, Director of the Purdue Peace Program

Fellows will be empowered to form an “evaluation committee” to facilitate weekly feedback sessions among themselves and report out on strengths, areas for improvement, and how the Institute can better meet the needs of the Fellows.

2:00-3:00pm            Academic Session - Market building and supply chain development

Dieudonné Baributsa, Research Associate Professor, Entomology

Dr. Baributsa will share his experience in commercializing the Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bags across Sub-Saharan Africa, and seek feedback from the Fellows on his model.

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3:00-5:00pm            Practical Session - Leadership styles, Black Cultural Center

Guy Harris, Master Trainer and Coach, Workplace Conflict Resolution Expert

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Baraka Corley, Program and Facility Manager, Black Cultural Center

A facilitated discussion about various styles of leadership, how they are perceived and valued, and a team building exercise to observe various leadership styles in action.

Break

6:00-9:00pm            Welcome reception, MatchBox Co-Working Studio

Dress: Business or traditional

Welcoming remarks provided by special guests: Tony Roswarski, Mayor of Lafayette and John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette. Others in attendance will include local business owners and entrepreneurs, Purdue faculty and staff, and individuals who applied to serve as peer collaborators. Fellows will be provided with a list of peer collaborators to meet, and potential peer collaborators will also be provided with a list of Fellows having shared interests.

Return to 3rd Street via CityBus 

SATURDAY, JUNE 24

All meals on your own

10:00-12:00pm       USADF Application Preparation Workshop (optional)

Lunch on your own

2:30-5:30pm           Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering

The Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering is a three-day acoustic music festival featuring the best in old-time, bluegrass, swing jazz fiddle, string band, Celtic and ethnic music on one stage. A schedule for transportation will be provided.

5:30-7:00pm           Travel time to Indianapolis

7:00pm                    Indiana Fever Basketball Game, Bankers Life Fieldhouse

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 25

All meals on your own

(time TBA)              Eid Al-Fitr Celebration, Islamic Society of Greater Lafayette (optional)

Optional sightseeing trip to Chicago 

WEEK 2 | Ideation & Goal Setting | Post-Harvest Technologies

 

GOALS:

(1)   Explore post-harvest challenges and business opportunities

(2)   Review basic business principles

(3)   Review basic entrepreneurship principles

(4)   Practice leadership

 

MONDAY, JUNE 26

 

8:30-9:30              Breakfast and Review Preview, MRGN 121

9:30-10:00           Week 2 Overview

10:00-12:00        USADF Application Preparation (optional), MRGN Cafe

12:00-1:30           Lunch Reception with Indrajeet Chaubey, Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture

Sagamore Room, PMU

Dr. Chaubey's research background addresses ecohydrologic processes affecting the fate and transport of sediment, nutrients, and pesticides. He will become the newest director of International Programs in Agriculture and will discuss his vision for the future of these programs at Purdue.

1:30-2:30              Academic Session - Technology Adoption

Jess Lowenberg-Deboer, Professor of Excellence in International Entrepreneurship

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Dr. Lowenberg-Deboer has 30 years of worldwide experience in agricultural research, teaching, outreach and administration. His research focuses on the economics of agricultural technology. He will facilitate a discussion about the constraints entrepreneurs must consider when bringing a new technology to the market.

2:30-3:30              Academic Session - Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Michael Wilcox, Senior Associate at the Purdue Center for Regional Development

Dr. Wilcox's extension and research work integrates the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainability into entrepreneurship, workforce development, bioenergy, population dynamics and land use. He has been involved in tropical tree crops marketing in western Africa and conservation agriculture in southern Africa. He also served in the US Peace Corps in Cameroon.

3:30-4:30              Academic Session - Marketing

Scott Downey, Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics

Dr. Downey is also an Associate Director of the Center for Food and Agricultural Business. He is a frequent speaker and consultant for agribusiness industry sales teams on professional development topics like precision selling, sales management and competitive sales strategies and will discuss these topics with Fellows.

Dinner on your own

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 27

 

8:30-9:30              Breakfast and Review Preview

9:30-10:30           Networking coffee hour with peer collaborators, MRGN Cafe

10:30-12:00        USADF Application Preparation (optional), MRGN Cafe

12:00-1:00           Lunch on your own

1:00-2:00              Academic Session - Global Energy Trends

Pankaj Sharma, Associate Director of Operations and International Affairs, Discovery Park

Dr. Sharma will discuss global trends, renewable energy, and opportunities for innovation.

2:00-4:30              LaunchBox: Where does your idea fit?

Dinner on your own

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28

 

Breakfast on your own

9:00-9:30              Practical Session - Learning through Service, 3rd St Suites Lobby

Lindsey Payne, Service Learning Coordinator for the Center for Instructional Excellence

Amy Wood, Director of Volunteer Engagement, United Way of Greater Lafayette

Dr. Payne and Ms. Wood will provide the Fellows with an understanding of the variety of services volunteers and community-based organizations provide to American society and greater Lafayette in specific.

9:30-3:00              Community service with NICHES Land Trust Granville Sand Barrens

Fellows should wear long pants, closed-toed shoes and bring a long sleeve layer. Bring water. Insect repellent will be provided. Please note there are no bathroom facilities on site.

9:30                          Depart 3rd Street Suites

10:00                       Arrive and unload at Granville Sands Barrens

10:15-10:45        Hike with NICHES Overview / Contextualization

10:45-2:00           Trail work with break for lunch - provided

2:30-3:00              Depart for Tami Sells’ Home

3:00-4:00              Reflection on service activities at Tami’s (hosted by Marcia/Maria)

Upon returning from the day’s community service assignment, Fellows will be asked to reflect on their experience with the organization they served, the activity they engaged in, and the individuals they interacted with.

4:00-7:30              Cookout at Tami Sells’ Home

                                    Barbecue and tractor pull provided.

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 29

 

8:30-9:30              Breakfast and Review Preview

9:30-12:00           LaunchBox Session

Who is your customer?

12:00-1:00            Pivot Training (optional)

Kristyn Jewell, Operations Coordinator, Internal Reserach Support

Ms. Jewell will offer a training on the use of Pivot, a subscription-based service for finding additional grant opportunities.

1:00-2:30              Lunch on your own

2:30-3:30              Academic Session - Global Food Trade: Food Crisis, Price Shocks, and Developing Country Impacts

Phil Abbott, Professor of Agricultural Economics

Dr. Abbott will lead a facilitated discussion on the economy-wide impacts of global trade and environmental policies.

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3:30-5:00              Preparation for Summit Presentations

Arnold Chen, Managing Director of Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship

Dr. Chen will lead a discussion of best practices for business pitches and how to create a successful pitch.

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5:00 onward       USADF Application Submission Assistance

Volunteers and interns will assist Fellows applying for the USADF grant to meet all grant deadlines and submit their applications before Friday, June 30th

Dinner on your own

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 30

 

--- USADF Grants Due ----

 

7:30 am                  Depart for field trip to Indianapolis

9:00-9:45              State House Tour

This guided tour allows guests to enter available offices and chambers with a guide. It is comprehensive and discusses all three branches of government, the history and architecture of the building.

10:00-11:00        Meeting with Ted McKinney, Director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture,        1 N Capitol Ave, First Floor Conference Room

With more than 25 years of agriculture leadership experience, Director McKinney brings extensive knowledge and an understanding of Indiana and global agriculture to ISDA.  Prior to joining ISDA, he was Director of Global Corporate Affairs for Elanco Animal Health, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company.

11:45-2:00           Tuttle Orchards

Fellows will have lunch on the farm, featuring local produce and a hayride tour of the orchards.  Tuttle Orchards is an example of agro-tourism and horticulture - featuring top quality award winning apples, plants, pumpkins, and local food.

2:30-7:00              Tyner Pond Farms

Tyner Pond Farms raises grass-fed beef, pastured pork, turkey, and lamb while collaborating with local like-minded farmers to supply the larger market in Indianapolis.  Fellows will tour the farm(s), learn about their supply chain management, and have dinner at their restaurant.

7:00-8:30              Travel time back to West Lafayette             

Return transportation from Indianapolis to Purdue will be provided on Friday evening following dinner; however, Fellows will have the option to stay in Indianapolis over the weekend at their own expense (including return transportation and accommodation). Options for transportation, lodging, and suggested activities will be shared. Fellows must be back on campus by the end of the day on Sunday, July 2.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 1

 

Free day - all meals on your own

2:00-4:00              Canning and Food Preservation Workshop, International Center, 523 N Russell St (optional)

                                    Abby Abbot-Rider, Thistle Byre Farms

                                    Kirsten Serrano, Peer Collaborator and restaurant owner

Ms. Abbot-Rider and Ms. Serrano will lead interested Fellows in a workshop on food preservation and canning at the International Center kitchens.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 2

 

All meals on your own

Opportunity for Fellows to complete their Self-Evaluations and reflect on their Leadership Development Plans

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3| Understanding the Market | Food Processing & Product Design

 

GOALS:

(1)   Explore business opportunities in food processing

(2)   Build an awareness of how to understand and identify markets and potential customers

(3)   Practice organizational leadership

 

MONDAY, JULY 3

 

8:00-9:00              Breakfast on your own

9:00-10:30           Community Service Assignment, Daniel Turf Center, 1340 Cherry Lane

                                    Steve Hallett, Professor of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture

Fellows will engage in a guided community service activity with the Student Farm.

10:30-2:00           Farm Tour and Lunch, Purdue Student Farm, 1491 Cherry Lane

2:00-3:00              Week 3 Overview and Community Service Reflection, NLSN 1215

(facilitated by Marcia/Maria)

Fellows will sign up for their future community service sites at this time.

3:00-4:00              Post-harvest Innovations, NLSN 1215

Betty Bugusu, Managing Director, International Food Technology Center; Professor of Food Sciences

Moustapha Moussa, PhD Student, Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research

Dr. Bugusu and Mr. Moussa will lead a discussion about the impact of new technologies and need for innovation to prevent post-harvest loss and promote global food security.

4:00-5:00              Tour of Food Science Pilot Laboratory (Nelson Hall)

Erik Kurdelak, Manager, Pilot Laboratory

Operating as a model manufacturing area, the Pilot Laboratory allows manufacturers to see how a process works before committing to full production. Wet chemistry, microbiology, and food product development laboratories are also available to solve related challenges.

Break

6:30-8:00              American Cooking Demonstration, Fresh City Market

Fresh City Market’s Head Chef will put together a menu of American favorites and demonstrate cooking techniques.  Fellows will get a chance to sample the whole menu and take hope recipes to try on their own.

 

TUESDAY, JULY 4

 

Breakfast and lunch on your own

4:00-10:00           Barbeque and 4th of July celebration

                                    Home of Gary & Andrea Burniske

                                    Dress: Casual

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5

 

8:30-9:30              Breakfast and Review Preview, Special Guests: Lindsey Payne and Amy Wood

Lindsey Payne, Service Learning Coordinator for the Center for Instructional Excellence

Amy Wood, Director of Volunteer Engagement, United Way of Greater Lafayette

Dr. Payne and Ms. Wood will give a description of community service sites and Fellows will sign up for their upcoming community service days.

9:30-11:30           LaunchBox, Special host: David Fields of VICI Labs, MRGN 121

VICI Labs, a division of the Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business T3 TigerTech in the Washington, DC metropolitan area will, in collaboration with LaunchBox, travel to Purdue to provide each Fellow with a detailed business concept analysis using their proprietary VICI Labs Ideation Algorithm.

11:30-12:30        Lunch Reception with Mung Chiang, Dean of the College of Engineering, MRGN Cafe

                                    Introduction by Arvind Raman, Associate Dean, Global Engineering Programs

12:30-1:30           Academic Session - Processing, packaging, and storage of local food, MANN 101

                                    Jodee Ellett, Local Foods Coordinator for Purdue Extension

As Purdue’s first local foods coordinator, Ellett identifies people and communities that are already building connections between farmers and consumers and work with them to make the statewide system stronger.

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1:30-2:30              Academic Session - Local Food Systems, MANN 101

                                    Andrea Burniske, Program Manager, I2D Lab, Global Engineering Programs

A discussion about trends in local food production and processing that can lead to the revival of rural communities and a rebirth of the culture of growing food.

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2:30-4:30              Academic Session - Technology-based tools for entrepreneurs, MANN 101

Alok Chaturvedi, Professor in the Krannert School of Management

Dr. Chaturvedi will share some tech-based tools for running a business and encourage Fellows to share the importance and challenges associated with running a business via an ICT platform.

4:30-5:30              Academic Session - Biofortified maize in Africa, and soon in the US, MANN 101

Torbert Rocheford, Patterson Endowed Chair in Translational Genomics and Crop Improvement

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Dinner on your own

 

THURSDAY, JULY 6

 

8:30-9:30              Review Preview & Breakfast

9:30-11:30           LaunchBox Session, Special host: David Fields

11:30-12:30        Developing A Successful Business Model and Financing Strategy

                                    Amanda Thompson, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Burton D. Morgan Center

Dr. Thompson will discuss successful business models, drawing on her extensive experience in international finance and venture capital.

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12:30-1:30           Lunch and Discussion of Graduate School Application and Admission Process, MRGN 121

                                    Lee Gordon, Director of Graduate Admissions

Mr. Gordon will discuss opportunities in higher education along with a panel of current graduate students.

1:30-3:30              LaunchBox Session: Human-Centered Design & Development, Special host: David Fields

3:30-5:00              Preparation for Summit - Public Speaking for Business

Alex Moseson, Managing Director for Global Engineering Programs

A discussion about public speaking in business contexts in general and specific guidelines for the Ignite Talks that will take place at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit.

Dinner on your own

 

FRIDAY, JULY 7

 

8:30-10:00           Breakfast & Foundry Grounds (optional)

10:00-11:00        Academic Session - Building Another’s Dream: The Human Dimensions of Social Enterprise Success

Andrea Trice, Senior Fellow, Sagamore Institute

Dr. Trice will discuss her upcoming book for practitioners that contrasts how Westerners and Southerners approach social enterprise.

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11:00-12:00        Self-evaluation and feedback on Week 3

12:00-1:00           Lunch Reception with Suresh Garimella, Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships, MRGN Cafe

1:00-1:30              Academic Session - Entrepreneurship in Food Science

                                    Brian Farkas, Department Head, Food Science

Dr. Farkas will discuss several examples of entrepreneurship in food science and current trends in this industry.

2:30-5:00              Tour of People’s Brewing Company

                                    Chris Johnson, Head Brewer

People’s provides high quality hand-crafted beer and education of the craft beer industry to the people of Lafayette and the state of Indiana while providing community leadership with environmentally friendly business practices.

Dinner on your own

 

SATURDAY, JULY 8

 

Breakfast and Lunch on your own

 

Hospitality Dinners

 

SUNDAY, JULY 9

 

Breakfast and Dinner on your own

12:00-3:00           Picnic with the Greater Lafayette Immigrants’ Alliance, Happy Hollow Park, Shelter #4

 

Self-evaluation and Reflection on LDP (optional)

WEEK 4 | IDENTIFYING AND ADDING VALUE | LABOR SAVING TECHNOLOGIES AND ENERGY

 

GOALS:

(1)   Explore business opportunities in agricultural mechanization and bioenergy

(2)   Examine how entrepreneurs across sectors identity opportunity space

(3)   Refine presentation development skills

 

MONDAY, JULY 10

 

8:30-9:30              Breakfast and Review Preview

9:30-10:00           Week 4 Overview

10:00-11:15        Academic Session - Purdue Utility Platform

John Lumkes, Associate Professor, Agricultural & Biological Engineering

                                    David Wilson, Co-founder, Mobile Agricultural Power Solutions

Dr. Lumkes and Mr. Wilson will lead a facilitated discussion about rural transportation challenges, transportation systems and freight and logistics planning, linkages between transportation, energy, and environment.

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11:15-12:15        Academic Session - Running an Effective Business Meeting

Brian Chupp, Organizational Behavior and Human Resources, Krannert School of Management

Dr. Chupp will discuss strategies for ensuring that business meetings meet their objective(s), run efficiently, and engage their participants.

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12:15-1:15           Lunch with Tomas Diaz de la Rubia, Executive Director, Discovery Park, MRGN Cafe

1:15-2:45              Academic Session - Energy and Biofuels Economics and Policy

Wallace Tyner, Professor, Agricultural Economics

Professor Tyner’s research interests are in the area of energy, agricultural, and natural resource policy analysis and structural and sectoral adjustment in developing economies. His work in energy economics has encompassed oil, natural gas, coal, oil shale, biomass, ethanol from agricultural sources, and solar energy. Much of his recent work has focused on economic and policy analysis for biofuels and the interplay between biofuels policies and other energy policies.

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3:00-5:00              Unscheduled Time for Networking with Peer Collaborators (optional)

Dinner on your own

 

TUESDAY, JULY 11

 

8:30 - 9:30 Breakfast and Review Preview

9:30-10:30           Academic Session - Human-Centered Design

                                    Ted Lu, Industrial Design

                                    Dr. Lu will lead a discussion on the principles and applications of Human-Centered Design.

10:30-11:30        Summit Preparation

11:30-12:30        Lunch

12:30-1:30           Academic Session - Post-harvest drying and storage

Klein Ileleji, Associate Professor Agricultural & Biological Engineering

A discussion of post-harvest technologies and gaps/opportunities in agricultural technologies.

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1:30-2:30              Academic Session - Biomedical Engineering

                                    Jacqueline Linnes, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Linnes will lead a facilitated discussion about the opportunities, trends, and future of biomedical technologies, including diagnostics, 3D printing, wearables, and more.

2:30-4:00              Leadership Session - Developing Self-Awareness in Leadership

                                    Ben Dunford, Associate Professor of Management

Dr. Dunford will lead an interactive activity designed to help Fellows assess their own leadership styles and techniques.

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4:00 - 5:00            A Purdue Technology Hub for Advancing International Agricultural Development

                            Discussion facilitated by Ron Ellis

Dinner on your own

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 12

 

                  Breakfast on your own

9:00-3:00              Community service assignment

Depending on duration and timing of community service assignment, this time can also be used to arrange meeting with local community members, peer collaborators, and business mentors

4:00-5:00              Reflection on service activities, MRGN 121

                                    Lindsey Payne, Service Learning Coordinator for the Center for Instructional Excellence

Upon returning from the day’s community service assignment, Fellows will be asked to reflect on their experience with the organization they served, the activity they engaged in, and the individuals they interacted with.

5:00-8:00              Networking Event with Tippy Connect, Digby’s Pub & Patio, 133 N 4th St, Lafayette, IN

Tippy Connect is an organization for young professionals in the Tippecanoe County area.  This organization was created with the goals of joining for the opportunity to grow as professionals, share ideas, take leadership roles and give back to the community where they live, work and raise families.

Fellows will return via CityBus

                                   

THURSDAY, JULY 13

 

Prepare to depart by 9:00

8:00                          Depart 3rd St Suites

9:00-10:30           Tour BioTown®

BioTown®, USA, is the country’s first effort toward creating communities, where all energy needs are met through biorenewable resources. BioTown®, USA is a public-private showcase community, and the hope is that more communities take advantage of the model presented in Reynolds.

11:30-12:30        Tour The Plant

The Plant’s mission is to develop circular economies of food production, energy conservation and material reuse, while empowering people of all backgrounds to make their cities healthier and more efficient.

1:30-3:00              Meet Fellows from Notre Dame and Northwestern (320 N Morgan St #600)

                                    Lunch

3:00-6:00              Meeting with PriceWaterhouseCoopers

Special Guest: Greg Deason, Senior Vice President and Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Purdue Research Foundation

6:00 onwards     Optional Reception with Minorities in Technology Entrepreneurship Conference

8:00                          Check into the Congress Plaza Hotel, 520 S Michigan Ave

Dinner on your own

 

FRIDAY, JULY 14

 

7:30                          Check out of hotel and store luggage

8:00                          Leave for Fellows’ Choice Meetings

8:30-10:30           Fellows’ Choice Meetings

Fellows will be provided with a list of site options the week before and will visit different sites, accompanied by staff and in smaller groups.

10:30-12:30        Meeting with VestedWorld, 222 W Merchandise Mart Plaza, #1212

VestedWorld is, in many ways, a traditional venture capital fund, but it is 100% focused on emerging markets.  VestedWorld leverages many resources—a streamlined online investment platform, their deep knowledge and experience in these markets, and their own capital—to create new opportunities for U.S. investors to diversify their portfolios and earn competitive returns while making a transformative impact in developing countries.  Purdue professor, Dr. Gebisa Ejeta, serves on their advisory board.

12:30-6:30           Free time to explore Chicago

                                    Further details to follow.

6:30                          Meet at Congress Plaza Hotel

7:00                          Depart Chicago via bus

Return to Lafayette, IN via bus

Return transportation from Chicago to Purdue will be provided on Friday evening; however, Fellows will have the option to stay in Chicago over the weekend at their own expense (including return transportation and accommodation). Options for transportation, lodging, and suggested activities will be shared. Fellows must be back on campus by the end of the day on Sunday, July 16.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 15

 

All meals on your own

 

Fellows have the option to stay in Chicago or return to Purdue

 

SUNDAY, JULY 16

 

All meals on your own

 

Tour of local farms, including Silverthorn Farm (time TBD, optional)

 

Self-evaluation and Reflection on LDP (optional)                 

 

 

 

WEEK 5 | Preparing & Planning | Engineering Innovation & Sustainability

GOALS:

(1)   Explore the business opportunities in manufacturing and other engineering sectors

(2)   Explore the trends in infrastructure, energy, and information and communication technologies

(3)   Develop an understanding of the interconnectedness of business, engineering, and environmental and social sustainability

(4)   Refine presentation delivery skills

 

MONDAY, JULY 17

 

8:30-9:30              Breakfast and Review Preview

9:30-10:00           Week 5 Overview

10:00-11:00        Leadership Development - Innovation for Sustainable Development

                                    Arvind Raman, Associate Dean, Global Engineering Programs

Dr. Raman will lead a discussion on the impacts of innovation in engineering and other fields on sustainable development, with a focus on the Innovation for International Development (I2D) Lab.

11:00-12:00        Academic Session - Water treatment in low resource settings

                                    Chad Jafvert, Professor, Civil Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering

John Howarter, Assistant Professor, Materials Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering

Dr. Jafvert and Dr. Howarter will lead a discussion of the challenges associated with water treatment and the technologies employed to treat water.

12:00-1:30           Networking Lunch with Women in Management, Krannert School of Management (women only)

Candi Lange, Director, Jane Brock-Wilson Women in Management Center

1:30-3:00              LaunchBox

3:00-4:00              Academic Session - Sustainable livestock management practices (focus on cattle)

                                    Gary Burniske, Managing Director for the Center for Global Food Security

                                    Gary Burniske will discuss livestock nutrition, housing, and management, with a focus on cattle.

4:00-5:00              Academic Session - Sustainable livestock management practices (focus on poultry, swine, and others)

                                    Kola Ajuwon, Associate Professor of Animal Sciences

Dr. Ajuwon will discuss livestock nutrition, housing, and management, with a focus on poultry, swine, and other types of livestock.

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Dinner on your own

 

TUESDAY, JULY 18 (NELSON MANDELA DAY)

 

8:30-9:30              Breakfast and Review Preview

9:30-11:30           LaunchBox Session

11:30-12:30        Lunch with Minority Engineering Programs MITE Academic Boot Camp, Ford Dining Court

12:30-3:00           Community Service Activity, Armstrong Atrium

                                    Minority Engineering Programs MITE Academic Boot Camp

                                    Facilitated by Alex Moseson, Managing Director for Global Engineering Programs

Minority Engineering Programs hosts two summer camps with rising 11th graders and incoming Purdue freshmen. Fellows will be asked to share their stories, discuss global engineering challenges, and work hand-in-hand with students to solve an engineering design challenge for emerging markets.

3:30-6:00              Mandela Fellows Global Innovation Challenge, MRGN 121

Faculty, students, and staff from Purdue can submit a short summary (1-2 paragraphs) of their work and then make a 10 min presentation to the Mandela Fellows. The main objective is to connect Mandela Washington Fellows with Purdue social innovations and technologies to provide feedback and future assistance with deploying the technology.  

Dinner on your own

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19

 

7:30am              Depart Purdue to Dow AgroSciences

9:00am              Tour Dow AgroSciences

12:00pm            Depart Dow, eat lunch

1:00pm              Tour ClearObject

2:00pm              Arrive at LaunchFishers

2:00-3:30pm      Panel discussion with entrepreneurs

3:30-4:30/5pm   Networking reception at LaunchFishers

5:30pm              Depart LaunchFishers to Purdue

THURSDAY, JULY 20        

 

8:00-9:00              Breakfast and Review Preview

9:00-11:00           LaunchBox Session - Delivering an Effective Presentation

11:00-12:00        Academic Session - African American Studies Program

                                    Marlo David, Associate Professor, Department of English

Dr. David will discuss the African American Studies Program at Purdue University, including study abroad programs, partnerships with international universities, and potential future connections.

12:00-1:00           Lunch

1:00-2:00             Academic Session - John Hanak

                            John Hanak, Managing Director of Purdue Ventures

                            Mr. Hanak will challenge the Fellows to think as investors and consider the factors that might come into play when making investment decisions in startup companies.

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2:00-3:00              Meeting with International Visitor Leadership Program Participants (cancelled)

                             Dr. Asmamaw Abtew, University of Gondar

                             Mr. Edo Beressa Bedasso, Ambo University

                             Mr. Adugna Eneyew Bekele, Jimma University

                             Dr. Kidane Giday Gebremedhin, Mekelle University

                             Dr. Dessalegn Molla Ketema, Bahir Dar University

                             Dr. Tarekegn Yoseph Samago, Hawassa University

                             Dr. Dilu Shaleka Teshome, University of Addis Ababa

                             Dr. Kibebew Kibret Tsehai, Haramaya University

2:00-3:30              Summit Preparation

3:30-5:30              Unscheduled Time for Networking

Dinner on your own

 

FRIDAY, JULY 21

 

8:30-10:00           Networking at Foundry Grounds (optional)

10:00-11:00        Travel time to Site Visit

11:00-1:00           Site Visit - Subaru Factory Tour

Subaru is the world's 22nd largest automaker and employs over 3,000 people in the Lafayette area.  The 3 million square foot (279,000 m2) facility in Lafayette builds Subaru Outback, Impreza, and Legacy models. More information: http://subaru-sia.wixsite.com/indiana.  Lunch will be provided

1:00-3:00              LaunchBox Session

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3:00-4:00              Self-evaluation & feedback on Week 5

4:00-8:00              Farm Tour and Plant Science Social Networking Opportunity

                                    Facilitated by Torbert Rocheford, Patterson Endowed Chair, Professor of Agronomy

HopKnoXious Farms will host the monthly Plant Science Social with members of Purdue’s Africa Interest Group and others attending.

 

SATURDAY, JULY 22

 

All meals on your own

1:00-5:00              Prophetstown State Park (optional)

A 1920’s farmstead highlighting sustainable agriculture, homesteading, heirloom gardening, and farm to table cooking. The state park also features hiking trails, camping, swimming, hiking, biking, birding, wildlife observation, and more.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 23

 

All meals on your own

1:00-4:00              Recording radio commercials, K105 WASK Radio Station

Fellows will have the opportunity to tour a local radio station, and develop and record their own commercials.

                                   

 

 

 

WEEK 6 | PITCHES & PRESENTATIONS | BUSINESS OPERATIONS

 

GOALS:

(1)   Explore agribusiness in Indiana as an example of U.S. agribusiness operations

(2)   Synthesize information, skills, and techniques learned throughout the whole program

(3)   Refine and demonstrate presentation delivery skills

(4)   Reflect on Institute experience and plan how to keep momentum going

 

MONDAY, JULY 24

 

8:30-9:30              Breakfast and Review Preview

9:30-10:00           Week 6 Overview

10:00-11:30         Visit to Purdue Horticulture Greenhouses

                           Michael Russell, Greenhouse Manager

12:00-3:00           Site Visit - Animal Science Research and Education Center

12:00-12:35        Dairy Unit

12:45-1:20           Beef Unit

1:30-2:05              Aquaculture Unit

2:15-2:50              Poultry Unit

The Animal Sciences Research and Education Center (ASREC) features units dedicated to aquaculture, dairy, beef, poultry, sheep, swine, farm operations, and a feed mill.  The mission of ASREC is to provide animals, facilities, technical assistance and labor to conduct research, provide instruction, and assist in extension educational activities.  More information: https://ag.purdue.edu/ansc/ASREC/Pages/default.aspx. Lunch will be provided.

3:00-5:00              Site Visit - Agronomy Center for Research Education

Purdue's Agronomy Center for Research Education (ACRE) is the 1134 acre research farm that was established in 1949 as the campus-based agronomy field research station.  ACRE features high-throughput field phenotyping and unmanned aircraft for field applications. More information: https://ag.purdue.edu/agry/acre/Pages/default.aspx.

Dinner on your own

 

TUESDAY, JULY 25

 

8:30-9:30              Breakfast and Review Preview

9:30-10:30           Academic Session - Agricultural Extension Models Around the World

                                    Paul Ebner, Professor, Animal Science

Dr. Ebner will lead a discussion based on his international experience in agricultural extension.

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Break

11:00-12:00        Academic Session - The Economics of Technical Change in Agriculture

                                    John Sanders, Professor of Agricultural Economics

Dr. Sanders will lead a discussion of technological change based on his extensive international experience in Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.

12:00-1:00           Lunch

1:00-4:00              Scheduled time for Fellow Video Pitches, MRGN 129

Fellows will be assigned a time in this window to create a short 60-second video pitch describing themselves, the problem they are trying to address, the solution their business offers, and their next steps moving forward. 

4:00-5:00              Conversation with Gebisa Ejeta

5:30 onward       Dinner and Farm Tour, Home of Jim and Kathy Moseley CANCELLED

Jim Moseley is a Purdue alumnus and former Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture.  His farm in Clarks Hill, IN features diverse crops and livestock and is being managed by multiple generations of Moseleys.

 

WEDNESDAY, JULY 26

 

                  Breakfast on your own

9:00-3:00              Community service assignment

Depending on duration and timing of community service assignment, this time can also be used to arrange meeting with local community members, peer collaborators, and business mentors

4:00-5:00              Reflection on service activities, Third Street Suites Conference Room 159

                                    Lindsey Payne, Service Learning Coordinator for the Center for Instructional Excellence

Upon returning from the day’s community service assignment, Fellows will be asked to reflect on their experience with the organization they served, the activity they engaged in, and the individuals they interacted with.

Dinner on your own

 

THURSDAY, JULY 27

 

8:30-9:30              Breakfast and Review Preview

9:00-12:00           Final Pitches

12:00-1:30           Networking Lunch with Peer Collaborators, MRGN Cafe

1:30-5:00              Final Pitches

Dinner on your own

 

FRIDAY, JULY 28

 

8:30-10:00           Networking at Foundry Grounds (optional)

10:00-11:00        Remaining Engaged with Purdue

Ralph Amos, President, Purdue Alumni Association

Institute Staff and Purdue Alumni Association Representative

A discussion of communication platforms for remaining connected with Purdue and opportunities for continued engagement

11:00-12:00        Institute Wrap-up and Discussion of Summit Logistics

12:00-1:00           Lunch

1:00-2:00              Self-evaluation and feedback on Week 6

2:00-4:00              Preparation for Summit Presentations

Break

5:00-8:00              Reception and closing celebration, Lawson Commons

                                    Remarks by Dan Hirleman, Chief Corporate and Global Partnerships Officer

 

SATURDAY, JULY 29

 

Free day for wrap-up, packing, and final goodbyes

 

SUNDAY, JULY 30

 

TBA                            Depart for Washington, DC

                                    Logistics will be announced 

 

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