Welcome to Episode #1 of AIME's Making of a Hoodie (MOAH) podcast.
If ya missed it, the premise of MOAH is - let's find a systemic challenge, weave a solution that works within and beyond the AIME system, creating short-term and long-term systemic change.
Welcome to MOAH Episode #1
This is Hoodie is for Co-CEOs....
AIME’s Co-CEO model is plugging a node of young, diverse talent directly into the leadership and boardrooms of our organisation, has been around for five years now.
Rhian Millar, CO-CEO Australia
Rhian Miller having been a mentee and later a mentor is now a CO -CEO from Australia.
My name is Rhi Miller and I’m a proud Wirangu, Narranga and Wongi woman.
Just over seven years ago, I graduated from the AIME program as a mentee. On that same day, I applied for a casual position to run the program and was told to come back once I had some life experience and to seek out mentors that could assist in my own growth and development.
AIME taught me, as a kid, to never accept no as an answer, to fight for what I believe in and to challenge the societal norms around me. So I did just that… and I got the job. I can hand on heart say 17 year old Rhi had no idea what was in store when she put her hand up to say ‘I can lead at a young age’.
Throughout my time at AIME I’ve been fortunate enough to learn on the go, to see challenges as opportunities for growth, to be thrown curve balls, to navigate uncharted waters and to stay connected with AIMEs vision and purpose; so let’s see what we’ve got in store for the next 3-5 years.
At the end of this year, I hope to look back and know that I’ve been a great example of what young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids can achieve. With 60,000 years of genius and imagination in our hearts and minds, I want the kids to know that we do not need to be defined through a lens of disadvantaged or labelled as limited. That we have the freedom to write a new story and that our potential is limitless.
Vhutali Nelwamondo - CO-CEO, South Africa
Vhutali Nelwamondo was one of the golden ticket winners when Aime when global and is the reason for successful partnerships with Venda Uni & Pretoria Uni from South Africa.
In 2017, I was doing my Zoology MSc at the University of Pretoria when I saw an email circulating. The email was about AIME going global. When I read the email, followed the link and engage with the contents of ‘The Mentor’ book, I was certain that the opportunity was talking to me. It was an opportunity to engage the kids on a more structured way. The book was an eye opener, a validation that I can keep going to school, that what I was doing matters and is impactful. I was inspired and I wanted to be part of the change.
I applied and I was called to action, I was offered a Golden Ticket, a chance, an opportunity to bring AIME to South Africa, creating an engaging platform like no other. I fell in love with the idea of recruiting students and making a collective impact. I couldn't imagine any other way of engaging the kids which is more impact than the mentoring model. I was hooked and that's how I came to AIME.
Jacqueline Twillie - CO-CEO, US
"Hi, I'm Jacqueline the founder of ZeroGap.co, a training, and development firm that specializes in leadership curriculum for women who work in male-dominated industries. I earned an M.B.A. in Leadership from Tiffin University and I'm proud to be an Amazon Best Selling Author.
My life's mission to eliminate the gender wage gap. The wage gap is complex and many factors contribute to it. I firmly believe that I can close the gap in two ways. One teaches women to negotiate so that they don't leave any money on the table. Secondly, provide leadership resources to help women reach and thrive in top positions. Hundreds of women have experienced success in negotiations using a powerful framework that I designed, it's called the L.A.T.T.E. Method. In addition to that, I created the Resilient Leaders Program to support the advancement of women leaders in male-dominated industries.
My work with women goes back over a decade with experience as a career mentor for Levo League and The Black Career Women's Network has given me insight into the challenges women face while leading and negotiating. My leadership and negotiation advice has been featured in the press and on the web at Forbes, Wall Street Journal, Essence, Fast Company, NBC Blk, Parade, XONecole, and is committed to raising awareness about the gender wage gap."
Shyaka Farid Lwanyaaga - CO-CEO, Uganda
Shyaka Farid Lwanyaga was a golden ticket winner that bridged AIME to Africa and now a CO CEO
Growing up in one of Kampala’s largest slums and poorest neighbourhoods, my experience taught me that keeping healthy and avoiding sickness would solve the problem of access to health care and inability to afford health care. This helped me attend University to study public health so I could teach my people how to keep healthy, thus solving the difficulties that come with falling sick.
"Then came the time where I landed in Australia with great excitement as I had grasped a model that would finally bring back hope among my people. It is in the AIME universe that I came across failure time. They now don’t have to settle for smaller dreams or feel like life was meant for them to achieve specific outcomes because of their backgrounds.
Then came the time where I landed in Australia with great excitement as I had grasped a model that would finally bring back hope among my people. It is in the AIME universe that I came across failure time.
Now is your chance to shift you and your organisation to think and recruit differently and positively.
To bring together your executive team to support the growth and development of individuals who have been seen as ‘unlikely leaders'.
To open up opportunities to an extraordinary and diverse talent pipeline.
To set high expectations and support all to succeed (and embrace failure along the way)
This isn’t an internship - it’s so much more and thus the title is suggested as a Co-CEO.
The biggest impact that you can make today is to get your hands on 1 of 4 signature edition CO-CEO hoodies. There are only 2 of each hoodie in circulation (one goes to the CO-CEO).
Contact us today to be matched with an AIME legend who will walk you through the $60,000 sponsorship opportunity.
If you have specific questions or just wanna connect with a human email firstname.lastname@example.org and Ben will be back at you asap.