"Project Africa" Initiative
In 2006, in collaboration with the Harvard Women's Leadership Board where the ABL Refounder, President & CEO is a member, then First Lady of Zambia Maureen Mwanawasa and her Maureen Mwanawasa Community Initiative (MMCI), Anna initiated and launched the "Project Africa" initiative. The goal is to annually bring "vulnerable but viable" talented, underserved young women from Zambia to have the opportunity to partake in ABL's award winning seven-week Summer Business and Leadership Institute (SBLI) on college campuses to develop their leadership and business education skills and return to their home country empowered with a new vision to enable them to help uplift themselves, their families, their communities, and ultimately build the leadership capacity for Zambia while providing an opportunity of a lifetime to American students who have a chance to reach out and touch Africa by sharing, collaborating and exchanging ideas on how to improve the human condition on a global level. In addition, American students are able to learn from the dialogues and experiences of the Zambian scholars and gain insight, cultural understanding, inspiration and motivation and vice versa.
Similarly, in the Summer of 2007, through her work with the Zambian Scholars, Anna formulated the ABL Zambia Ambassadors Program (AZAP) as part of the ABL Zambia pre-launch effort which comes in the aftermath of her trip to Zambia in April of 2007 as a guest of her Excellency, then First Lady of Zambia Maureen Mwanawasa. As part of AZAP, the ABL Zambian Scholars committed to training 200 high school graduates and college students to reach 4,000 youth by December of 2008. Their goal was to conduct HIV-AIDS prevention education; nutrition, hygiene, and health awareness; and values and leadership training. In 2007 and 2008, Anna lead the Social Impact Contract™ (SIC™) training program for American, Zambian, Chinese, Korean, and Canadian scholars in Southern California, as well as Egyptian, Kuwaiti, and Jordanian scholars at Harvard.
"Project Asia" Initiative
In 2007, in collaboration with the Oxford School Foundation, ABL initated and launched the "Project Asia" initiative to bring girls from China. The hope was to offer international students the opportunity to learn business skills and leadership that they can then bring back to their home countries and to also introduction the American students to international collaboration. In 2008, ABL expanded the international initiative to include youth from South Korea and Canada in addition to Zambia and China. In 2011, ABL graduated SBLI scholars from China, Thailand, and Japan.