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July 12th, 2013 – SEO Africa Class of 2013

Dear SEO Africa Supporters,

We would like to share with you the progress we’ve made since selecting our inaugural class of SEO Africa interns. From June 10th to 21st, we ran an intensive corporate skills training bootcamp for our interns. It was conducted every weekday from 8am to 8pm, with remedial sessions on weekends. As filling in the skills gap is a big component of what our partner firms are looking for, it was important for us to design and deliver a world-class training program.

We worked with Taiwo Ajayi (SEO ’04), a Harvard Business School graduate and former McKinsey consultant with a background in training and skills development. She helped us design and lead our 2-week training program. We were also fortunate to have Trish Amoah-Ntim (SEO ’07), a recent Harvard Business School graduate, volunteer her time to assist us with the training and coaching of the interns.

The program covered both soft and technical skills, including courses in the following areas:
SEO Principles & Values, Professional Attitude & Behavior, Personal Effectiveness, Written Communication, Oral Presentations, Business Research Practices, Financial Statement Analysis, Financial Modeling & Valuation, Excel and PowerPoint.

Additional highlights of the training program were:
– A speaker series where 6 top business leaders in Ghana came to speak to our interns to share their experiences
– A case study analysis where the interns worked through a corporate finance case study scenario to develop a recommendation and deliver a group presentation
– A fine dining etiquette course, combined with dinner with SEO alumni

Completing the training program and having our first class of interns begin their internships has been a very exciting milestone for SEO Africa. This would not have been possible without the support and guidance of Michael Osheowitz, the teams from SEO New York and SEO London, the SEO Africa Alumni Board, and various other alumni and friends who have donated their time and money to support this effort. As we begin our planning for next year and look to improve on what we have established, we will be updating you soon on how you can be involved in supporting the future growth of SEO Africa.

Sincerely,

The SEO Africa Team

seoafricdevuserJuly 12th, 2013 – SEO Africa Class of 2013