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Free Webinar: Mayibuye's Journey to Global Impact

Lisa Jones | February 20, 2014

With support from the Sylvan/Laureate Foundation and the American Express Foundation, YouthActionNet offers free webinars as part of the Living Leadership Series designed to equip high-potential emerging leaders to tackle the world's toughest challenges. 

Next Thursday, February 27th at 4:00pm EST we will host a webinar entitled Dancing Across Borders: Mayibuye's Journey to Global Impact.


About the Webinar

Born of an idea being batted around between friends, Mayibuye has grown into a multinational organization with programs in five countries and plans to expand into four more. In this webinar, Mayibuye co-founder and CEO Kumari Middleton will share the story and business model behind the venture that pairs dance with life-skills courses to support at-risk youth. Register now to learn Kumari's secrets to scaling-up in the latest installment of the Living Leadership webinar series.

About the Presenter

Kumari Middleton is a 2013 Laureate Global Fellow. Born in Sri Lanka and adopted by an Australian family as an infant, Kumari understands how important it is to feel welcomed, valued, and included. Beginning her community work at a young age, she volunteered for the Sri Lankan Children's Welfare Trust, helping to raise money for the orphanage she was adopted from.

Kumari's original career path was professional dance, having studied full-time in Melbourne and New York. However, after contracting legionnaires, which restricted her ability, Kumari co-founded Mayibuye. In addition to her work with Mayibuye, Kumari sits on Women with Disabilities Victoria's Board of Directors and the Young Social Pioneers Advisory Board, and is a lead tenant for the Melbourne City Mission, where she lives with vulnerable young people who are moving from care to independent living. 

Kumari holds qualifications in social entrepreneurship, dance and performance, community development, HIV education, and costume design. She has participated in national and international fellowships, and has received numerous awards for her contributions to youth and community, including being honored as a State Finalist for the 2013 Young Australian of the Year Award. Kumari has been described as a dedicated mentor and inspirational young leader who is a role model to all who know her.

Space is limited, so register now for this free webinar! Sign up for the YouthActionNet email list to receive updates about upcoming webinars.