The Bridge Leadership Foundation (TBLF) is pleased to announce the theme of the 3rd Edition of its Career & Founder’s Day scheduled to hold on Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at the Cultural Centre, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.

Following a successful 1st & 2nd editions; the theme for this year is “The Crisis of Leadership”.
The Career Day seeks to inspire and empower young people in choosing the right career paths and making informed decisions. The aim of the event is to provide a platform for young Nigerians and graduates who are; seeking to enter the job market, at the start of their career or aspiring to be entrepreneurs, to learn from accomplished entrepreneurs and professionals (home and abroad) that have made major achievements in different sectors in the society.
The Career day event will also offer a message of hope, while providing participants with practical examples to help them shape their leadership abilities, inspire their creativity to become thought leaders in their personal, educational and career lives.
Adopting the TED-talks format the event will be a charged exchange of ideas and knowledge that will focus on understanding the crises of leadership in all sectors of the economy and assisting young people re-learn practical leadership skills relevant to their Careers and businesses, and the essence of innovation and sustainability.
This year’s Career Day event is a unique; as it aims at bringing to young people firsthand experience of interaction with young Nigerians who have shown outstanding leadership examples in their careers and businesses in different sectors of the economy; spanning through Health, The Media, Management consulting, and Civil Society as well as the Public Sector.
Our speaker’s line up includes:
  • Ola Orekunrin, Founder/CEO, The Flying Doctors, Nigeria
  • Emilia Asim-Ita, Senior Consultant , Strategy and External Relations, ThistlePraxis Consulting Ltd, Lagos
  • Oluseun Onigbinde – Ashoka Fellow and Founder, BudgIT, Lagos
  • O’Seun Odewale- Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, USA & Personal Assistant/Adviser to the Executive Governor of Ekiti State
While the welcome address is to be delivered by The Ag. Director of TBLF/Lead Consultant, of ThistlePraxis Consulting, Mrs. Ini Onuk.
Speaking at the Media briefing, Ms. Esther Eshiet, the Programmes Officer at TBLF said “We are excited to be presenting the third edition of the Career Day event; we are gathering some of the best and brightest young minds in Nigeria to share their personal and professional experiences of leadership with their peers.
We are adopting a peer –to- peer approach to present to young people practical examples of leadership exhibited by their peers to enable them avoid the pitfalls of history”
The 2011 edition of the event was with the theme: “Leading the Change” it featured Fela Durotoye, C.E.O, Visible Impact, Kunle Soriyan, President, T.O.S Company, Peter Bamkole, Director, Enterprise Development Centre- Pan African University, Thelma Ekiyor, ED, TY Danjuma Foundation and Cobhams Asuquo, Award winning Producer/Musician.
“Talent, Leadership & Entrepreneurship” was the theme of the 2012 edition which brought to Calabar; Idris Bello, Program Director at Wennovation Hub, Nigeria and President Oxford University African Society, United Kingdom, Grace Nanyonga, Founder, Grana Fish Supplies Ltd, Uganda, Tobias & Titus Igwe, Founders, Speedmeals Mobile Kitchen, Nigeria, Esther Agbarakwe, Environmental Sustainability Advocate, Population Action International, USA, Nnaemeka Ikegwonu – Executive Director,The Smallholders Foundation, Nigeria and Steve Harris – CEO, Edge-E-cution, Nigeria, as well as Emmanuel Etim – Directorate of Science and Human Resources, Science and Technology, Africa Union Commission, Ethiopia
About The Bridge Leadership Foundation (TBLF)
The Bridge Leadership Foundation (TBLF) a non-profit leadership and capacity development Foundation committed to building a generation ofyoung people educated to become compassionate, entrepreneurial and engaged citizens who are empowered to take responsibility for their own lives and for making a difference in the world.
TBLF has concluded a hugely successful Career Day- attended by over 3000 young persons in 2011 and 2012, identified and trained 80 graduates on employability skills via its Graduate Employability Training (GET) for 80 graduates and started an Opportunity Facilitation for its GET Alumni, as well as organized a FIFA Franchised Football project for Youth leaders in Cross River State, enrolled her first and second batch of mentees as well as kick started an Emerging Entrepreneurs Dialogue for aspiring and existing business owners in Cross River State.
Participation in the Career day is strictly by registration; registration outlets are as follows:
1. TBLF Office, 2nd Floor, 15a M.M. Highway (FotoStudio Building)
2. Lush Signatures, 13 Adak Uko Street, Off Mbukpa Road
3. KuteCraft, City Clinic Plaza, Ndidem Usang Iso Road
4. MACBITE, Calabar Road
5. Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria, 89 Uwanse Street
6. Alaba Communications, UNICAL, Opp. Unical Secondary School
7. Softnet Technologies, Mary Slessor Avenue
8. American Corner, Women Development Centre, Parliamentary
For more information; please contact Esther on 08105738992 or Antigha on 08185582531. Email: [email protected],[email protected] or visit: www.thebridgeleadership.org
 
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