I met Nelly in Chicago in 2019 at the introduction of Steve Bahls, Jane's husband and the President of Augustana College, from where both he (2010) and Nelly (2016) graduated.
Similar to Nelly, I had left a corporate job years prior to help build organizations and support entrepreneurs throughout Africa. While working with leaders and entrepreneurs through the African Leadership Group, I became inspired by the role of entrepreneurship in addressing social issues and driving economic change in emerging markets. I also was excited by the opportunity for technology-enabled businesses to leapfrog legacy models and stages of development.
Nelly and Tyler invited me to join TechLit's board in 2020. I am very grateful to support an 'Augie' alum and her partner as they scale their vision and bring technology and skill development programs to youth and schools across Africa.