All Hail Hilltop
On behalf of the University at Buffalo, thank you so much to Hilltop Group for planning, organizing and executing such a phenomenal experience abroad in Ghana!
Our team was so impressed during our time there that we decided to make Hilltop our permanent partner for our annual trips where anywhere from 30-50 interdisciplinary students visit the African continent every winter semester.
Special shout out to Honorable Osa for his amazing dance moves and Honorable Phil for his continued leadership. Between the two of them, UB students were still able to participate in a Fall 2020 virtual engagement despite flight cancellations caused by Covid. Truly a dream team that we highly recommend. Medase!
The Highlight of my MBA Experience!
I had the privilege of being a part of the study abroad trip facilitated by Hilltop Global as part of Georgetown University’s Global Business Experience. Hilltop planned and coordinated the whole trip, and twenty years from now, it will be the experience I remember most from my time as a business school student.
What I thought set Hilltop Global apart from any other group I’ve traveled with is the projects and clients they were able to connect us with. It was such a unique way to learn! Hilltop connected us with experts in their respective fields who were willing to teach us about their industries as well as the cultural context of those industries in Ghana. This is truly the kind of experience that a business school student hopes for upon applying to a school like Georgetown.
Our cultural excursions also offered an elevated experience, as our wonderful guides introduced us to a beautiful country with a rich history. Logistically, every detail was considered, and the trip was very well-balanced between excursions and interacting with our clients. It was a trip that was immersive in every way, and I’m so thankful to the Hilltop team for all the effort they put in—from working with us many weeks before our trip to Ghana, to connecting with us after the trip.
Excellent All-Rounded Program!
As a student at Georgetown University, I had the opportunity to work with a client in Ghana and visit the beautiful country.
The experience was unbelievable and I was surprised in a positive way at how well organized Hilltop was. Hilltop not just introduced us to our client and the project, but also planned cultural and immersion experiences for us for the entire duration.
I thought that the excursions were very well planned and really helped me imbibe the Ghanaian culture and spirit.
Special mention to Phil for being a wonderful host! He was extremely warm, friendly, helpful and a lot of fun!
Loved the entire program and the people organizing it.
Thanks for a wonderful and enriching experience!
A Well Rounded In Country Experience
The Hilltop team was able to coordinate an in country experience that simultaneously provided a peak into the local culture in Ghana, insight into the business environment and engines of the economy, and some of the history that shaped both of these elements of the country. Despite the short timeline of one week, the Hilltop team did an excellent job of scheduling the types of activities that made it feel like we were experiencing a deep dive of Ghana beyond the surface level. The trip was successful in complementing our MBA educational experiences with on-the-ground insights of an emerging market.
So grateful for Hilltop Global
I’m part of a group of graduating Georgetown MBA students, and as part of a capstone class, a section of our overall MBA class had the opportunity to consult and meet with a number of companies in Ghana.
Prior to joining this class, Hilltop Global Group had sourced and coordinated all the consulting projects my section of the class took on, and it also served as fantastic guide for learning how to do business in Ghana. We were set to visit the country after about 6 weeks of consulting and support, and prior to our trip, my section was able to visit the Embassy of Ghana, thanks to Hilltop Global. We even met with Ghana’s Ambassador to the United States!
Additionally, when we were in-country, Hilltop arranged a warm welcome reception, many enriching cultural and business excursions during our weeklong stay, and a great closing dinner. Exploring Ghana in this way was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I couldn’t have been more grateful for having Hilltop along the way.
Personal and Professional Culmination
Emerging market deep-dive, powerful professional skill building, and valuable cultural immersion – thank you Hilltop Global Group for an unforgettable week!
My MBA capstone week in Ghana was beyond complete. I had the opportunity of working side-by-side with deeply-invested Ghanaian startup founders and visiting local agriculture, history, manufacturing, and infrastructure landmarks in a distinctly well-organized and stress-free trip. Hilltop Global Group coordinated an engaging and eye-opening week in Ghana that I will never forget.
An eye-opening, amazing experience
Hilltop Global Group arranged our Ghana trip for the Global Business Experience (GBE), a capstone course for second year Georgetown MBAs.
The professional and cultural activities were simply incredible. Professionally, my team had an amazing time working with our client, ProFish, a start-up working to enhance the local market for fish and seafood. In terms of cultural immersion, we did an Accra city tour, as well as visited Kakum National Park, the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana, Elmina Castle, and Jamestown. Each activity was tailored to our group’s needs and provided us with insight into the history and local culture of the country. Phil and the rest of the Hilltop team did a wonderful job coordinating the logistics and programming and ensuring we had a great time.
Thank you for a wonderful experience, Hilltop Global Group!
Professional service and great programming
Our school’s global business experience trip to Ghana was a great success thanks to the expert local knowledge and facilitation provided by Phil and the Hilltop team. The programming/trips included in our experience added tremendous depth to our academic work in Ghana.
Hilltop provided a first class experience during our MBA trip to Ghana. The Hilltop team offered us the chance to learn about Ghana from a diverse network of on-the-group experts and provided us access inside some of Ghana’s largest companies.
The team was exceptionally accommodating to ensure everyone was comfortable and had the necessary contacts and material to conduct our research and projects. Hilltop is a “must use” for any group heading to Ghana!
Exceeded Expectations in Every Way
Hilltop Global put together an immersive experience during a school trip to Ghana. From engaging with local entrepreneurs to touring the slave castles in Cape Coast. Our group was given a well rounded and well coordinated trip that elevated our educational experience. Big shout out to Osa for always providing thought provoking commentary, questions and empowering us to reflect on our experience. I would happily recommend Hilltop Global to anyone looking for a global educational experience!
A Transformative Experience
My work and education have taken me all over the world; yet nothing has inspired such a dramatic perspective shift like the visit to Ghana with Hilltop Global Group.
Each day Hilltop orchestrated a broad range of fascinating, immersive interactions; serving as not only a logistical coordinator, but a partner in the experiences. Every step of the way, Hilltop ensured comfortable arrangements, while also challenging our group to experience each moment fully and honestly. Interactions ranged from audience local chiefs, conversations at Parliament, business debates with executives and professionals from a range of sectors and industries, to raw, unfiltered immersions in local culture across the range of the socioeconomic spectrum.
Despite the great breadth of experiences Hilltop orchestrated for our group, there was nothing superficial or tourist-y about any of it. We were granted seamless access to such a wonderful assortment of people, places, and conversations that I never felt like a visitor or a spectator. Ghanaian’s welcomed us as if the country was our home, and Hilltop made it possible to experience the culture from every angle possible. I cannot recommend Hilltop Global Group enough.
First-Rate Experience! Incredible Benefit to my Company
In the first quarter of 2019, Ghana Cyber City became the first repeat client of the Georgetown Global Business Experience (GBE) Program, led by Professor Michael McDermott and facilitated by Hilltop Global Group. The 5 MBA students assigned to my company shared groundbreaking ideas towards restructuring and repackaging Ghana Cyber City to maximize its marketability to future investors and anchor firms. Notably, the GBE team stepped outside the scope of their assignment to pitch the project to a New York-based strategic consulting firm and a Silicon Valley software as a service (SaaS) company that runs a successful incubator in Africa. Thank you for an incredible and intellectually stimulating engagement that is sure to shape the trajectory of our firm.
Eye opening experience
It was an amazing journey, experience, and true eye opener. Hilltop Global provided us a tailored experience that showcased the diverse culture and business environment in Ghana. During the trip, we were able to meet with our Ghanaian clients seamlessly and had an amazing encounter experiencing the local culture.
Thank You Hilltop for the Experience
Hilltop provided me with an in-depth experience of business and culture in Ghana. As someone from another west African country – Nigeria, I visited Ghana a few times before but only got a superficial understanding of the Ghanaian culture. With the global business experience, it was a complete immersion into the Ghanaian culture. Thanks to Hilltop, Now I understand how and why Ghana leads the pack in the percentage of women that are entrepreneurs. Women in Ghana are more likely to be entrepreneurs than women in any other country in the world. That is a fact!
Hilltop Global – Perfect partner for an authentic experience in Ghana!
The Global Business Experience course is the Capstone project and highlight of our two-year MBA Program, and Hilltop Global ensured that our experience much exceeded our expectations from the projects in Ghana.
Hilltop served as a true business partner for us by providing information, guidance and continuous support before, during and even after our journey to Ghana to meet our clients and experience Ghanaian culture and hospitality. I was pleasantly surprised by the planning of our comprehensive itinerary and seamless experience in Ghana made possible by the team of Hilltop Global.
Every day of our journey was carefully planned to balance comfort in a new country with authentic exposure to the local culture, people and businesses. For instance, we had a wonderful time visiting local chiefs and getting an opportunity to interact with them and learn about their traditional customs. Few of the many highlights of the journey included visits to Kakum National Park and the Osu Castle where our guide impressed us with his extensive knowledge about the history of the castle. What was really impressive was the team’s attention to detail about every aspect of our journey – this ensured that we had a comprehensive and authentic experience during our limited time, and a much enjoyable journey throughout. My team and I came away with many fond memories – thank you, Hilltop Global!
An incredible experience that will be remembered always. Hilltop Global Group set an itinerary that covered the key highlights of Accra, but more importantly, provided for us an immersion that was above and beyond anything we’ve experienced before.
Excellent Insights with Practical Observations
This was a truly profound experience with Hilltop Global, the Georgetown Team, and all related protocols in facilitating and coming up with a more diverse way to build on top of our existing strategies with regards to our core business as a start up company. We were impressed with the step by step scrutinization of all corridors of the business with a priceless solution provided as an add on. This alone is a big motivation and perfect example of how we can improve, drive and change the livestock poultry industry in Ghana and beyond with innovations that create meaningful and measurable impact with cutting edge technologies for collaboration and acceleration.
A big thank you for such competent service provided. Like said in our local dialect in Ghana “ y3 da woase, mo ne yo ” meaning “once again thank you”.
Highlight of the MBA Program
Georgetown’s Global Business Experience in Accra, Ghana was the highlight of my MBA program and was made possible by Hilltop Global Group. Hilltop’s curated speakers, cultural immersion activities, and expert client facilitation truly made my time in Ghana unforgettable.
Eye opening visit
Hilltop provided us with an unparalleled experience into Ghanaian culture and corporate life. The Hilltop team arranged a broad range of activities in which we gained a strong understanding of the country’s historical, political, & business landscape. The accommodation was also top notch!
A Unique Insight into the Ghanaian Way of Life
Hilltop provided us with an itinerary that perfectly combined cultural, social, economic and political aspects of Ghana. The experience was eye opening and immensely useful for our development as future global players.
Thank you Hilltop Global Group!
Holistic and Seamsless experience
Hilltop was instrumental in making our recent group trip to Ghana a true success. From the onset, all the required information, itinerary, contact info and detailed schedule was organized in the dedicated event App. Hilltop’s management was able to provide us access to senior stakeholders in all the projects we were working on, including C suite executives in key sectors (energy, infrastructure, agribusiness). Also, I believe that our experience was fruitful because the site visits and project excursions were led by a network of specialists provided by Hilltop. A+ service!!!
A Fun and Informative Visit to Ghana
Hilltop arranged a thoughtful itinerary for our group that balanced educational visits, networking, and opportunities to learn about Ghana’s history. The accommodations were great and Hilltop arranged the trip logistics seamlessly. I recommend Hilltop to any organization looking to learn about the context for doing business in Ghana.
Memorable Experience in Ghana
I was a part of the inaugural trip to Ghana for the Global Business Experience at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business. The trip was all encompassing. They curated a high quality list of consulting opportunities in Accra that attracted the interests of a diverse group of students – real estate development, mortgage systems and agricultural technology…Of course, there’s no way to do business in a country like Ghana without deeply understanding the historical, political and economic context of the country. Hilltop made sure we got the touchpoints we needed to understand key challenges and opportunities in the country. We heard from business leaders, politicians, chiefs, community leaders, academics and historians. We ate, we drank palm wine, we danced, explored, listened, asked questions.
Hilltop knows how to design an experience that isn’t just relevant to your work and enjoyable, but also transformative in how you view and understand a country so different than the one you’ve operated in.
Hilltop Global – exceptional service and value
The coordination provided by Hilltop Global to pull together this strategic partnership between the Georgetown University and us, a small Cape Town-based start-up has been incredible. The value created during the execution of the strategic project cannot be overstated. It was truly a pleasure working with everyone involved from HGG.
Hilltop Global Group really went out of their way to provide us an opportunity to work with the Georgetown MBA team. The team was amazing and really helped us with a project we had been working on for a little while. We look forward to our next engagement with them.
HGG worked with our consortium
For several months, the Georgetown MBA students from the Global Business
Experience (GBE) program, expertly facilitated by the Hilltop Group, worked with
our consortium to redesign the $200 million Ghana Cyber City business
model to make the project more marketable to investors.
Hilltop Global Group provided an exceptional service
The offerings arranged by HGG were impeccable. From beginning to end, it was First Class. I commend Georgetown and HGG for arranging this amazing partnership.
Hilltop Global was amazing
They tailored every experience that we had and as result we got to see a much different side of Ghana than if we were traveling on our own.
Their network is deep and they themselves are incredibly thoughtful.
Good job adapting
HGG did a good job adapting to our schedule given the time constraints or group needs
Very professional and well-done
Many things went off without a hitch, which is when you don’t notice the spectacular planning. Other things did change last minute and Osa was always there to fix it with contingencies and last minute flexibility. He was always so kind and respectful to everyone on all sides too.
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