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About The Global Grid

The Global Grid (TGG) is a mentorship program launched by Nexford University (NXU) to enable talent around the world to prepare for remote jobs. The program aims to increase awareness around the millions of jobs that are moving online, and the skills you need to qualify for these jobs.

TGG stems from our belief that when equipped with the right education people should be able to access quality, remote jobs regardless of where they are. The program will explore the specific skills employers are looking for and how people around the world can join this virtual, global talent grid.

Gain access to exclusive events

The Global Grid has two main components that we are excited to offer. They include events open to the public and those exclusive to Nexford University (NXU) learners.

Live webinars

Designed to keep you up-to-date with the latest industry trends, get first-hand insights with the TGG webinar series featuring our NXU Mentors. These sessions are open to the public.

Discover upcoming webinars

Group mentoring

Gain insights from our Mentors who are experts in their fields. These group mentorship sessions are available exclusively for NXU learners. Please contact your Success Advisors to find out how to apply.

Become a learner

Our Mentors come from the world's top companies

Nexford’s Mentors include business, academic and technology leaders from the world’s leading companies with experience from all corners of the world. The mentorship experience, including webinars and NXU exclusive mentorship sessions, prepares you for the future of work and will equip you with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed needed to thrive in both remote and in-person workplaces.

Remote work is here to stay

By 2028, 73% of all departments will have remote workers (Upwork)

65% of people say remote work has positively affected their work-life balance (LiveCareer)

62% of companies are planning for more remote work now and in the following years to come (Upwork)

Guidance from people who get it

No matter which course or program offering you pursue, below are some of the key achievable outcomes. We have selected Mentors with expertise in these same areas to help you thrive in the global marketplace.

Our Mentors engage by sharing insights on exciting and relevant topics that mirror three of Nexford University’s Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) that are the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competencies embedded within every aspect of Nexford to inspire and enhance each learner's experience.

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY

  • Clean Energy
  • Cleantech
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Sustainability businesses
  • Corporate social responsibility
ADAPTIVE LIFELONG LEARNING

ADAPTIVE LIFELONG LEARNING

  • Workforce up-skilling & re-skilling
  • Self-development
  • Skill gaps analysis
  • Education as a benefit - in the workplace
  • Career planning
DIGITAL FLUENCY

DIGITAL FLUENCY

  • Digital transformation
  • Business analytics
  • Data science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • E-Commerce

Unlock the value of mentorship

The Global Grid is for growth-minded working professionals who want to invest in their development.

Meet The Global Grid Mentors

  • CEO & Founder, Choose2Matter

    Angela Maiers

    CEO & Founder, Choose2Matter

    • Master's degree, Education Leadership, Drake University

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    the founder of Choose2Matter, a universal movement that challenges us to make “mattering” a way of life. When people accept that they matter and that their actions count, lives, learning, and our world change. Choose2Matter offers presentations, live and virtual workshops, and live innovation events to schools, organizations, businesses, and communities.

    Angela earned a B.S. in Education with a minor in Neuroscience and a Master's Degree in Literacy and Ed Leadership. She is the author of eight books, including Genius Matters, Classroom Habitudes, and The Passion-Driven Classroom. Angela was a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and is widely recognized as one of the most influential voices on social media today, consistently ranking in the top 1%.

  • CEO & Founder, PCDN.Global

    Dr. Craig Zelizer

    CEO & Founder, PCDN.Global

    • Ph.D., Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University

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    the Founder and CEO of PCDN.global one of the world’s leading platforms connecting changemakers in diverse sectors to opportunities around the world. From 2005 to 2016 he served as professor in the Conflict Resolution program at Georgetown University before stepping down in June 2016 to work on PCDN full time (he continues to teach a class on social entrepreneurship).

    Craig has dedicated his life to being an entrepreneur and to creating a more peaceful world. Before creating PCDN, Craig also helped to co-found two NG0s – the Alliance for Conflict Transformation and the TEAM foundation in Hungary. Craig serves on a number of boards/advisory boards including Tech Change, Move this World, Amani Institute and Alliance for Conflict Transformation. He spent two years in Hungary as Fulbright Scholar and was a Boren Fellow in Bosnia.

    He has managed budgets in excess of $2 million USD in his various roles, developed successful funding proposals from a diverse range of funders and established a sustainable social enterprise.

    He has led trainings, workshops and consultancies in over 20 countries organizations including with USIP, USAID, CRS, Rotary International and others. Craig is a recognized leader in the social sector field. He has received several awards including George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution’s alumni of the year award and an alumni career achievement award from Central European University. He has published widely on peacebuilding, entrepreneurship, and innovation in higher education.

  • Staffing Venture Capital, VP of People & Operations

    Cybill Getgood

    Staffing Venture Capital, VP of People & Operations

    • Bachelors Degree, Liberal Arts and Economics, University of St. La Salle

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    a serial entrepreneur, staffing & recruitment expert, operations maven, and marketing genius. She is currently the VP of Operations of Staffing Venture Capital and launching a new division called TeamRecruit.

    As a woman in leadership and a self-taught multi-faceted entrepreneur, she has helped establish top-notch brands apart from building her own companies throughout her career Through her work, Cybill has managed to scale companies and build healthy work environments apart from promoting innovation and encouraging productivity within the organization. Her passion is to encourage leaders to be people-focused and to transform individuals to become trailblazers, innovators, and leaders of their own.

    As a keynote speaker and mentor, Cybill has shared her expertise in various business events such as CEO Summit Manila, Techtonic Summit, Impact Hackathon, Roundtable Insights and more, where she discussed her insights on M&A, Leadership, Operational Excellence, and Organizational Culture.

  • Group Head (Human Resources), Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc

    Gbenga Totoyi

    Group Head (Human Resources), Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc

    • MBA, Business School of Netherlands

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    an emerging HR thought leader with an interest in People Development, Organizational Design and Institutional Change. His focus is on helping organizations design and align long-term strategic aspirations with people-centered initiatives required to drive performance, profitability and growth efficiently bearing in mind the realities of the new world of work.

    He is currently the Group Head, Human Resources for Consolidated Hallmark Insurance where he is responsible for providing strategic leadership for all people-related aspirations across the Group including Hallmark HMO, CHI Micro Insurance and GTL.

    Gbenga’s professional work experience spans over a decade in consulting engagements and practice with different organizations from major sectors of the Nigerian economy, as well as Africa and Europe. He also serves as Advisory Board member for social development organisations like SheCan Nigeria, Tril-learning while supporting numerous others in value-adding adding activities aimed at helping them scale the impact of the human centered initiatives they execute.

    Outside his regular work demands, he finds joy in connecting with younger professionals to provide career tips, insights, and guidance through mentorship.

  • Sales & Leadership Global Master Trainer

    Ian Santos

    Sales & Leadership Global Master Trainer

    • MBA, University of the Philippines

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    an award-winning sales and marketing professional whose career spans leadership stints in companies like Jollibee, Colgate-Palmolive, Coca-Cola, GlaxoSmithKline, Mundipharma, and Sanofi Consumer Healthcare Philippines where he is currently Country Sales Head.

    Ian's passions include training, speaking and writing about sales, leadership, and marketing. A regular content creator on LinkedIn, he is currently recognized as one of the Top 10 Most Inspiring Filipinos on LinkedIn, and is ranked No.5 in the Top 100 Filipinos to Follow on LinkedIn for Inspiration and Learning 2021. Ian is also the Founder and Chief Trainer of IMS Coaching & Consulting, specializing in sales and leadership training and consulting.

  • Director of Career Innovation, Nexford University

    Dr. Jennifer Bangoura

    Director of Career Innovation, Nexford University

    • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Change and Leadership, University of Southern California
    • Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Education, SIT Graduate Institute
    • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Art History and French, University of Mary Washington

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    the director of Career Innovation for Nexford University and a consultant for the Future of Learning Fund, an early-stage investment fund to invest in new and improved models of learning that prepare Africans for the future of work.

    Dr. Bangoura was an Industry Engagement Network Manager at 2U where she identified strategic industry partners to hire students and alumni of 2U-powered programs and provided 1:1 and group career coaching. Dr. Bangoura also previously worked on IREX’s workforce development programs in Morocco and Iraq and the World Resources Institute on their West and Central African forestry programs. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, she worked on environmental programs related to shea butter and reforestation and served as a communications specialist for a USAID-funded teacher training and literacy program with Education Development Center.

    She is an advisory board member of the Peace and Collaborative Development Network and active in PEO International, an organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for women worldwide. Dr. Bangoura received a Doctor of Education in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California, a Master’s in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute, and a Bachelor’s in Art History and French from the University of Mary Washington. She is a native English speaker, fluent in French, and conversational in Bambara, and lives in Lilongwe, Malawi.

  • Managing Director at The Education Partnership Centre (TEP Centre)

    Dr. Modupe Adefeso-Olateju

    Managing Director at The Education Partnership Centre (TEP Centre)

    • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Education and International Development, University of London

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    a recognized policy expert, specializing in public-private partnerships in education. She is Managing Director of The Education Partnership Centre (TEP Centre); Nigeria’s pioneering education partnership organization.

    The pan-African Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS) was established under Mo’s leadership. Now in its sixth year, NEDIS is a platform for identifying and scaling meaningful innovations in the education sector. She is leading the implementation of LEARNigeria; Nigeria’s tech-enabled citizen-led household assessment and advocacy programme, which in partnership with government and corporate sector, is assessing the foundational literacy and numeracy competencies of thousands of children and youth aged 5-18 in Nigeria.

    In 2020, Mo was appointed a member of the Technical Working Group (TWG) charged with the responsibility of developing Nigeria’s Medium-Term National Development Plans and the country’s strategic plan. She has been co-convener of the Federal Ministry of Education's summit - Nigeria's Annual Education Conference (NAEC) - since 2019. She also wrote a section of the Federal Ministry of Education’s Strategic Plan for Education (2011-2015). She was previously Monitoring and Evaluation Workstream Lead with UK-DfID’s ESSPIN Programme, Business Analyst with Accenture, Vice President at Junior Achievement and worked in banking for two years.

    She serves as a Board Trustee of dynamic and impactful non-profit organisations: Malala Fund, Unveiling Africa Foundation, Human Capital Africa, and Slum2School Africa. As a young person, she was a Trustee of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, London, and a Crans Montana Fellow, Geneva.

    She is a Commissioner on the Global Commission on Evidence to Address Societal Challenges at McMaster University, served on the Advisory Committee of the Brookings Institution Center for Universal Education (CUE) Millions Learning Programme in D.C. and is an Advisory Committee Member of the 15-member People’s Action for Learning (PAL) Network which is committed to citizen-led assessments in the global South.

    Mo is a Fellow of the Asia-Global Institute in Hong Kong and an Honorary Fellow of the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Nigeria. As a Centenary Scholar (Africa), she received a PhD in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education (IOE), University College London where her thesis proposed a model of public-private partnership in education. She earned a Masters with Distinction from the same institution. She also holds a Masters degree in Finance and Economic Policy (Major) from the University of London (Modules included: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Financial Markets, Capital Markets, Banking, Banking regulation & IMF/Economic policy).

    In terms of executive education, her post-graduate areas of study include Finance (specifically infrastructure) , Pre-hospital Emergency care, Healthcare leadership , Healthcare delivery, and Economics/Economic Policy She has a certificate in Public-Private Partnership from Harvard University, a Project Finance and the Public Private Partnership Professional Certificate from the New York Institute of Finance, a certificate in Business execution and strategy from Wharton, Economic policy making from IE business school, Spain , a certificate in Accounting for decision making from the University of Michigan in the United States and a certificate in Finance & Investing in Infrastructure (Project Finance) from Universita Bocconi in Milan.

    She currently teaches economics and finance at the School of politics, policy and governance in Nigeria.

  • Founder, Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company

    Dr. Ola Brown

    Founder, Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company

    • Masters in Finance and Economic Policy, University of London
    • Certified in Public-Private Partnership, Harvard University

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    the founder of the Flying Doctors Healthcare Investment Company (FDHIC). The FDHIC specializes in technology-enabled healthcare-focused public-private partnerships (PPP) in Africa.

    Dr. Ola studied medicine and surgery at the Hull York Medical School after which she worked in Acute Medicine in the UK. She then went on to be awarded the Japanese MEXT scholarship which allowed her to further her studies in Tokyo, Japan, the fellowship focused on lab-based research with induced pluripotent stem cells.

    She also holds a Masters degree in Finance and Economic Policy (Major) from the University of London (Modules included: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Financial Markets, Capital Markets, Banking, Banking regulation & IMF/Economic policy).

    In terms of executive education, her post-graduate areas of study include Finance (specifically infrastructure) , Pre-hospital Emergency care, Healthcare leadership , Healthcare delivery, and Economics/Economic Policy She has a certificate in Public-Private Partnership from Harvard University, a Project Finance and the Public Private Partnership Professional Certificate from the New York Institute of Finance, a certificate in Business execution and strategy from Wharton, Economic policy making from IE business school, Spain , a certificate in Accounting for decision making from the University of Michigan in the United States and a certificate in Finance & Investing in Infrastructure (Project Finance) from Universita Bocconi in Milan.

    She currently teaches economics and finance at the School of politics, policy and governance in Nigeria.

  • HR Professional

    Raymond Victorino

    HR Professional

    Known for his Human Resources expertise

    • Masters, Labor and Industrial Relations, University of the Philippines

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    the Top 3 Filipino to Follow on LinkedIn and one of the Top 10 Most Inspiring Filipinos on LinkedIn in 2021. He has more than 15 years of extensive experience in Human Resources from multinational companies in various industries. He holds a Master's Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of the Philippines.

    Raymond is also a Career Coach & Mentor, Writer, Speaker, Host and Moderator. He advocates gratitude, self-love, learning, good leadership, career success and significance through his social media content. Outside work, he is a Family man, a student of learning and a Christ follower.

  • Chief Talent Officer, YF Talent Partners

    Yemi Faseun

    Chief Talent Officer, YF Talent Partners

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    a business leader with 30 years of multi-sector, multi-function experience. He currently works with clients in his role as Chief Talent Officer to drive the talent and business transformation agenda.

    Yemi also provides executive mentoring to mid-career and business leaders, who are looking to excel in their career journey and become pivotal in the transformation of their unit, department, function and/or organisation. Given that what brought individuals and organisations to where we are today will not take us farther, he works with business managers and leaders to focus on end-to-end people management, culture and leadership initiatives to meet the demands of the Now of Work.

    Yemi was a two-term Elected Council Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and has received a number of global recognitions such as Top 501 Most Fabulous Global HR Leader, Top 150 Global HR Influencer, Top 8 HR Thought Leader in Africa, Top 50 Personality on LinkedIn, Top 3 Africa HR Influencer, Top 200 2021 Global Thought Leader, Top 10 2021 Global Leadership Development Thought Leader, Top 122 CHRO in 2022 and 2022 Top 200 Voices in Leadership.

    He is the Founder of The YF Network (TYFN). TYFN is a personal, leadership and business development forum of about 200 professionals and entrepreneurs with members across 9 countries and 3 continents. He is also the Founder of The YF Academy (TYFA), with the sole aim of lighting candles behind us, so others can easily find their paths to success and purpose.

    Yemi is an author of 2 e-books and he loves Mondays!

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Upcoming events from our Mentors

Past events from our Mentors

Developing Your Influencing Skills with Ian Santos

When: Wednesday, June 1

Time: 11.00-12.00 GMT / 19.00-20:00 PHST

Where: Online via Zoom

Personal Branding and the Power of Your Presence with Angela Maiers

When: Wednesday, April 20

Time: 11.00-12.00 MT / 18.00-19.00 GMT

Where: Online via Zoom

How to ace your job interview: Tips to help you get hired with Cybill Getgood

When: Tuesday, April 5

Time: 08.00-09.00 EST / 13.00-14.00 WAT / 20.00-21.00 PHST

Where: Online via Zoom

Leading with Emotional Intelligence with Yemi Faseun

Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand your emotions, express them, and manage how they affect people around you. This 'soft' skill is more important than ever in today's fast-paced, collaborative workplace – especially if you're a remote worker! Plus, research shows that emotionally intelligent people are more likely to succeed in leadership roles.

Join The Global Grid Mentor Yemi Faseun to find out how strengthening emotional intelligence can help you in your career and get advice for improving your EQ skills.

Date: Wednesday, March 16

Time: 12.00-13.00 GMT / 13.00-14.00 WAT

Positioning Yourself for the Next Job Promotion with Raymond Victorino

January 2022 has come to an end. Employees should have firmed up their career goals for the year by this time. There isn't a better time to have these plans laid down than now. Most companies just started their business calendar year and the HR department probably has its talent initiatives in its calendar.

If your goals include getting that elusive job promotion or the next career opportunity, join Nexford University's Global Mentor, Raymond Victorino as he gives insightful tips from an HR insider perspective, which can help you take the lead in developing your professional career.

Date: Friday, February 18

Time: 10.00-11.00 GMT / 18.00-19.00 PHST

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More about The Global Grid

What is the purpose of The Global Grid?

The Global Grid is a global mentorship program designed to increase awareness around the fact that millions of jobs are moving online and that with the right skills, talent should be able to access those jobs regardless of their location. The program will deep dive into the specific skills employers are looking for, and how talent across the world can join this virtual, global grid.

What are Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)?

Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) are the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competencies embedded within every aspect of Nexford with the aim to inspire and enhance each learner's experience.

Every Nexford learner should be able to articulate, put into action, or utilize these ILOs during and after completing courses or programs and their learning experience.

For more information about ILOs, visit our Academic Model.

Who is The Global Grid for?

The Global Grid is for current and prospective learners, Alumni and our community. It helps to expose our learners to the unique thought process and analysis of industry trends by thought leaders across different industries.

How do I join The Global Grid?

The Global Grid is invite-only for mentors. Our webinars are open to the public. Complete this form to join! Private mentoring sessions are Nexford University learner-exclusive and by application.

How are the Mentors selected?

Mentors are selected after a rigorous research process by the management team and subsequent vetting process. Individual mentors were selected as a result of their impact, mission-alignment and relevancy to the institutional level outcomes of Nexford University.

Why should I attend these webinars?

Attending the webinars helps you gain access to unique insights from industry experts. It is also a great source of upskilling, an opportunity to understand industry trends, and to connect across the global virtual talent grid to network with other participants.

I'm not a Nexford learner. Can I still benefit from The Global Grid?

Yes, sign up here to stay up to date on future webinars and to receive our newsletter.