WHO: Akilah Institute, Rwanda’s only university for women, has gathered some of the world’s foremost education experts and radical innovators to examine and explore disruption in global education models and industries beyond. Akilah’s founder, Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes, was raised in Tampa. The Summit is part of a two-day celebration marking the school’s decennial event.
WHAT: Ten years ago, the doors to the Akilah Institute opened and the lives of young women, many of whom were genocide survivors, began a complete transformation – indivuidally and in their culture. Today, the team has launched Davis College, a global network of universities. The Davis College community celebrates innovation in education, making affordable and accessible education a reality for millions of students around the world. Summit speakers include:
• Elizabeth Dearborn Hughes, Co-Founder & CEO, Davis College
• Dr. Thomas B. Cavanagh, Vice Provost for Digital Learning, University of Central Florida
• Carlton Ward, Jr., Photographer, National Geographic Society
• Dr. Carmen Nibigira, Former Director of Tourism, Burundi
• Dan LeClair, President, Global Business School Network
• Pam Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Davis College
• Lorna Taylor, Co-Founder & CEO, Premier Eye Care
• Dr. Robbie Melton, Tennessee State University (TSU), School of Education
• Dr. Cristi Ford, Chief Academic Officer, Davis College
• Aline Kabanda, President, Davis College
• Nadine Niyitegeka, Akilah External Relations Officer, Akilah Institute ’13
• Karen Sherman, President, Akilah Institute
WHERE: The Florida Aquarium, Mosaic Center, 701 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602.
WHEN: Friday, October 4, 2019. 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
HOW: Tickets are $50. Register here:
About Akilah Institute
Akilah Institute is Rwanda’s only university for women. Started in January 2010 as a way to educate female leaders for a sustainable future, the school offers two-year advanced diploma programs in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, and Hospitality Management. Akilah will begin offering Bachelor’s Degrees in 2020.