Little Leaders Lab 2019: Developing Persuasive Communication Skills

  • Little Leaders Lab: Developing Persuasive Communication Skills

  • July 30 – 31, 2019

  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

  • RM700 / pax (Regular Rate) | RM 600 / pax (Group rate of 3 or more)

  • Children (9 – 13 years old)

  • +603-7491-8716 / 17

Program Highlights

When do we start teaching kids leadership? Your child is a digital native growing up in a time of immense technological advancement and knowledge. But is s/he learning things that will future-proof him/her enough for the 21st century? If there is a skill that remains in demand even in the age of AI, it’s communication—something every leader needs to have. And the earlier your child gains the confidence to express him/herself, the better. This workshop will help its young participants build their confidence for persuasive public speaking as well as effective written communication. Through the close guidance of CAL Teaching Fellows, participants will be exposed to the new and exciting platform of communication and self-expression. At the end of this workshop, participants will present their pitches for feedback.


Participants will be able to identify different persuasive communication styles, hone their writing and reading comprehension skills, and lastly, write and deliver a persuasive speech on a topic they feel strongly about.


Faculty Chair

Samuel is the Co-founder and President of the Center for Asia Leadership. Passionate about nurturing and empowering talents in Asia, he has been actively engaging various stakeholders in developing and running over 42 programs annually in more than 27 countries in Asia to help emerging leaders explore opportunities to address the region’s complex challenges. Samuel oversees them, along with a team of 36 comprising Faculty and Teaching Fellows from Ivy League universities, and administrators at the main office in Boston, U.S., and the Asian regional hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Manila, and Tokyo. Prior to establishing the Center, Samuel worked for 14 years in various sectors, from strategy consulting and social entrepreneurship to international development, politics, and government. He served as a Visiting Fellow at the Asia Center at Harvard University and at the Kellogg School of Management in Northwestern University. He holds a Master’s of Public Administration degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and completed his undergraduate studies in law and political science.

Lead Facilitator

Haley joins us from Cambridge, MA where she recently earned her M.Ed at Harvard University. Her interests are in multilingual education, humanitarian response, and improving global education quality. At Harvard, Haley took courses in management and leadership including Performance Leadership: Producing Results in Public and Private Sectors and Strategic Communications for Policy Change. Prior to graduate school, Haley worked in international education for six years. She has consulted on a variety of projects including school governance, international school accreditation, and implementing ed-tech platforms in low-income countries. Haley grew up in Colorado, USA, has an affinity for animals, and enjoys reading and cooking.


Codi is an international educator with years of experience in the classroom and out. Notably, Codi worked as an English Language consultant at the African Union in Addis Ababa and recently earned a Master’s degree from Harvard University. At Harvard, Codi honed negotiation and communication skills, learning from Harvard Laws most respected negotiators. He also took courses in financial management, economics, and policy. Codi now hopes to coach leaders on how to build mutual gain at work and at home.

Karishma Mhapadi holds a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She is interested in scaling disruptive educational reforms especially across developing contexts. She has a background in education policy, pedagogy, training and leadership. At Harvard, Karishma received extensive training in advanced statistics, microeconomics, education policy and program evaluation. She also had the opportunity to work with Prof. O’Doherty who is an expert in exercising leadership and conflict management. Karishma has taught middle schoolers for two years in a public school in India as a part of the Teach For India fellowship and has worked as an Education Specialist with affordable private schools in India. She has also spent time in Kashmir working on community engagement initiatives with the Directorate of Education and the state government. In her spare time, Karishma loves to run and cook.

Sarah received her master’s degree from Harvard, where she focused her studies on dynamic management and improved evaluation of complex international development projects and programs. She is particularly interested in using data to continuously adapt and better manage complex programs. Prior to Harvard, Sarah worked for one of the largest international development contractors to manage the implementation of international development programs across sub-Saharan Africa funded by USAID, the World Bank, and UNICEFF. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Studies and Political Science with distinction from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has lived and worked in Thailand, India, Senegal, and Tanzania.

Born and raised in the North of Italy, Stefano moved first to Ireland after graduating from high school and then to Harvard to study the intersection of philosophy and political theory. At Harvard, he encountered the framework of Adaptive Leadership and it resonated with him because of its systemic approach to complexity. He then worked as a teaching assistant and became a member of the Adaptive Leadership Network. The following year, upon moving back to Italy, he created his own Adaptive Leadership firm, which has been working with universities, companies, and the public sector to spread a more systemic vision of leadership. He also edited the Italian version of the book The Practice of Adaptive Leadership (2018). He is an eager traveller, loves music and history.