Welcoming Our 2016 Fellows To The Global Good Fund Alumni Network



Posted by globalgoodfund on May 31, 2017

The Global Good Fund is delighted to announce the graduation of our 2016 Fellowship Class.  Our amazing group of 12 Fellows come from Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, India, Kenya, Singapore and the United States, where they are making a positive social impact.  From programs empowering women in India to the use of technology to support vulnerable students in college, the 2017 GGF Fellows are leveraging the leadership skills and business support they received during the fellowship to make a difference in their communities.

Below are testimonials about how The Global Good Fund Fellowship Program transformed their leadership abilities and, ultimately, their lives.

Marquette Burton | Founder of Fletch | 2016 Alumni

Q: What [3] words would you use to describe your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

strengthening, motivating, supportive 

Q: What is the most important thing you have learned about yourself through your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

The Global Good Fund gave me higher standards to reach for.  When I became a fellow I was outpacing many of my peers while still exhibiting a level of complacency. My fellowship pushed me to move faster and take greater risks that would push me as an individual and a leader.  The fellows showed me that all of the resources of the world were accessible for any purpose I defined. The GGF mentors asked me to think in grander terms and to follow those thoughts with action. 

Q: What key business insight did you receive from your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

The Global Good Fund gave me access to the individuals who could provide me with a highly competent distributed workforce that would allow my business to reach greater efficiency at lower cost. Further, it also provided me the connections that I used to expand into foreign markets. It was insight plus was practical connections. 

Leah Fuller | Founding Member of Lava Mae | 2016 Alumni

Q: What [3] words would you use to describe your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

Auspicious, Momentum, Community

Q: What is the most important thing you have learned about yourself through your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

My leadership is defined not by my own vision and moxie but in the success of my team. Their growth, tenacity and achievements. I learned this from my coach Sharon, and her defiant approach to leadership in days when she was the only woman in the boardroom.

Q: What key business insight did you receive from your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

The most powerful metric that social enterprises have to separate from the pack is simply the human stories of the people we touch. This human impact can't be quantified, but when harnessed will fuel marketing, business growth, and team performance.

Nelson Reiyia | Founder of Oldarpoi Mara Camp | 2016 Alumni

Q: What [3] words would you use to describe your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

Incredible networking opportunity.

Q: What is the most important thing you have learned about yourself through your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

I learned that as a leader, continued self improvement and meeting other 'like minded' people and sharing experiences is key in growth towards Global leadership.

Q: What key business insight did you receive from your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

Be bold and fierce in doing what is right turning business into an opportunity that benefits a greater number of people in the fight against poverty.

Summaiya Afreen | Co-Founder and Director of Lakshya Jeevan Jagriti | 2016 Alumni

Q: What [3] words would you use to describe your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

Impactful, Transformative and Engaging

Q: What is the most important thing you have learned about yourself through your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

I have learned that I am not utilizing my full potential as a leader and during my journey of fellowship I have created an amazing team structure where everyone is clear on their role and responsibilities 

Q: What key business insight did you receive from your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

My whole perspective of leading the organization has changed. I have started delegating instead of taking on every task myself. I am working on building the future of the organization, which was missing before GGF.

Zhihan Lee | Co-founder and CEO of BagoSphere | 2016 Alumni

Q: What [3] words would you use to describe your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

Purposeful, caring, rousing

Q: What is the most important thing you have learned about yourself through your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

I became less of a sprinter, and more of a "marathon runner". I have learnt to be more patient with myself and that has influenced the way I lead the people. In the early years of starting the company, I can be quite demanding and exacting on my personal and company growth, but I saw the toll it was taking on myself and the sustainability of the mission.  I saw a dramatic shift in how I approached stressful situations at work and becoming more intentional about communicating the mission and values of the company to gel the team in the most difficult of times.

Q: What key business insight did you receive from your Global Good Fund Fellowship?

Not all battles are equal. Fight the right battles and win the war. Having mentors from GGF helped me prioritize and decide what strategy and tactics to use in building talent and continuity. On strategy, the courses that I took at HBX especially Clayton Christensen's Disruptive Innovation course gave me a great set of lens to look at the future, and positioning ourselves to take advantage of the disruption in higher education.