Emily Sheldon

Current EmployerAfrican Health Innovation Centre

What TFC Programming did you participate in?
Advisory Board, Programming Board, Project Pyramid, Hult Prize Case Competition

Why would you encourage others to get involved with the TFC?
The TFC provides a unique opportunity for graduate and professional students from throughout the Vanderbilt campus to come together over a shared interest in poverty alleviation. It teaches different academic fields to respect and learn from each other, while providing all involved a crash course in innovation, entrepreneurship, and critical thinking. If you’re interested in strategizing about new ways to improve social outcomes, the TFC is the place for you

How did the TFC help prepare you for your current position?
I co-founded AHIC with my friend and colleague Freda Yawson after three years of serving as the Director of Health Innovation for Impact Hub Accra, a role I was offered while in Ghana with my Project Pyramid team in 2016. During that period, I also had the privilege to spend a year in a second, sector-agnostic role as the Africa Regional Lead for the global Impact Hub network. This experience allowed me to grow core innovation, strategy, and community-building skills beyond the arena of public health, and to help grow Impact Hub’s presence in Africa from three to 10 locations. Since finishing my time at Vandy and the TFC I’ve traveled to over 20 different countries, worked with entrepreneurs from five continents, and mentored 50+ young innovators. Not only did the TFC equip me with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in this work, but it gave me access to a networking opportunity that transformed my career path.

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