Global Nexus

The Global Nexus Initiative at Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts


Background
The Global Nexus Initiative concept began with the highly successful Africa Atlanta 2014 Project, a citywide year-long series of events highlighting Atlanta as a nexus for reinventing the cultural and economic bonds among Africa, Europe, & the Americas organized by the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

The initiative is designed as an ecosystem for collaborative action, socio-cultural innovation, and sustainable local-global partnerships. It pays attention to the ways in which cultures originating from the global south converge in various ways in the Americas and specifically in Atlanta, a historic space within the trans-Atlantic triangle with an array of internationally translatable assets with regard to arts and culture, education, business and innovation, and global affairs. This alignment of site, context, peoples, and interests gains particular traction when coupled with the expertise in research, education, and community engagement that we have demonstrated at Georgia Tech and in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

Program
The Ivan Allen College Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative serves as an initial effort around which we will create an operational design by which the Ivan Allen College at Georgia Tech would serve in a substantive and impactful way as the logistical agent for a meta-network for women entrepreneurs and innovators, particularly from the global South as they connect with United States-based women who share with them a commonality of goals, needs, and aspirations.

Activities
Women’s Entrepreneurship Summit – March 5-7, 2015
A gathering of 40 national and international entrepreneurial thought leaders in the professional development of women entrepreneurs and innovators who helped to identify possibilities and opportunities for intervention in an evidence-based, experience-based way

Mandela Washington Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) June –July 2015
• Organized peer collaboration meetings and briefings among African and American young professionals, students, and organizations at Georgia Tech. Worked in collaboration with Mayor’s Office of International Affairs, World Affairs Council of Atlanta, Clark Atlanta University School of Business, and Georgia State University Andrew Young School of Public Policy
• Conducted surveys with Atlanta based and African women entrepreneurs
• Hosted social events Conversations & Cocktails, including Georgia Tech students, Atlanta business leaders, and African women entrepreneurs from YALI

Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative: The Institute – November 1-4, 2015
The entrepreneurship/business development pilot program will be geared towards high functioning women in need of mentorship, technical support and coaching to significantly improve their skills as an entrepreneur, excel in their industry, and establish significant international contacts and exposure. The program will leverage technology to facilitate business development and connectivity for participants via exposure to and implementation of products and platforms that will foster interactions and transactions within and across continents. It will create a platform for collaboration and innovation by fostering and highlighting the connectivity and developing the entrepreneurial and business skills of women in Atlanta and the Global South.