We are excited to welcome seven interns to our team this fall!
Anna Graves, Events and Outreach
Anna is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying geography and religious studies. During her time as an undergraduate student, she has been a mentor for three international students and involved with organizations such as United Students Against Sweatshops. As a returning intern from summer 2014, Anna is excited to continue working with Nourish as the Events and Outreach Intern and to participate in their movement, which relies on students and education to create sustainable growth and social development both locally and internationally. In her free time she enjoys exploring, the outdoors, drawing, painting, attending concerts and spending time with family and friends.
Jessika Virtanen, Corporate and Foundational Outreach
Jessika is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in economics and global studies. She is interested in the concept of social entrepreneurship and ultimately intends to utilize her economics degree to help impoverished communities implement long-term changes. After interning with Nourish over the summer, she is excited to further explore nonprofit work this fall as the Corporate and Foundational Outreach Intern. She also works for the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, an organization which provides resources for high school and college media organizations across the state, is on the Advocacy committee for UNC’s Relay for Life chapter, and has spent time tutoring the children of Burmese immigrants in local elementary schools. Her interests include running, reading and traveling.
Anna Long, Public Relations
Anna is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying public relations and history. After becoming involved with both journalism and nonprofit work in college, she knew she wanted to channel her writing to make a positive impact in the community. She is passionate about sustainability and hopes to see Nourish’s model of social entrepreneurship and community-based solutions gain national attention. As a returning intern from summer 2014, she is excited to continue and further expand upon her work as the Public Relations Intern, which will allow her the opportunity to help raise awareness for the organization. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to concerts and spending time at the lake.
Tammy Chen, Chapter Support
Tammy is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in Public Policy and minoring in Hispanic Studies. She is interested in pursuing a professional path that embraces the intersection of social policy and population health. This past summer, Tammy interned at an NGO in Chile to contribute to the foundation’s efforts to actualize global poverty alleviation/South-South cooperation in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Aside from her internship, she discovered her newfound love for snowboarding while in the Andes mountains. She also enjoys discovering new music, exercising, learning foreign language, and hearing the stories/perspectives of people from all over the world. This fall, Tammy will work with Nourish as the Chapter Support Intern.
Nae Won, Chapter Founders Team Lead
A native of Charlotte, N.C., Nae is a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in public policy (health concentration) and global studies-global health with a minor in medical anthropology. Nae has served in various executive positions for student organizations, which exposed her to the knowledge of international relations, team management, and organization communication. She recently served as the American Executive Committee Chair for a student-led month long international conference — the Korea-America Student Conference — and is currently serving as a Special Events Coordinator for the UNC-CH Alpha Kappa Delta Phi, International Sorority Inc. Nae developed a passion for public health during her senior year of high school, when she witnessed inequality of healthcare during her mission trip to Costa Rica. Since then, she has dreamed of one day founding her own nonprofit to provide equal access to sustainable healthcare and human rights internationally. Other than taking classes, leading organizations, planning events, and working a part-time job as a manager in the student union, she loves to travel, listen to and play music, walk, and enjoy life to the fullest with the people she loves.
Carson Ledford, Business Consultant
Carson is a junior global health studies major and public policy minor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Originally from Charlotte, N.C., he has been actively involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charity since 2010 and now enjoys exploring ways to give back in the Triangle. He is excited to work with Nourish International as the Business Consultant Intern to help continue the financial growth and success of the organization. One of his passions is international development, an area he hopes to pursue more through Nourish as well as post-undergrad. In his spare time, he likes to travel, spend time with his family, and restaurant hop.
Sam Salvesen, Lead Generation
Sam is a a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill double majoring in economics and Latin American Studies. He developed an interest in nonprofit work while studying abroad in Brazil for eight months, where he witnessed first-hand the profound inequalities that pervade the country. Sam’s passion for nonprofits was solidified after he spent a month in Guatemala City conducting a socioeconomic survey in the largest informal settlement in Central America (more than 60,000 residents living in a ravine). He is eager to work with Nourish to seek out healthy partnerships with community leaders all over the world with the goal of one day returning to Brazil to start his own social enterprise. In his spare time, he enjoys skateboarding, playing soccer and taking spontaneous trips to the beach.
We are pleased to roll out our new logo and tagline this month. Nourish International’s new look can be attributed to a partnership with Clean Design, a brand and ad agency based in Raleigh, NC that was recently named the #1 Graphic Design Firm in the Triangle. All of their services were generously donated to support the re-brand.
Our new logo, featured in our August 2014 Newsletter, captures the three elements and synergy of our work to engage students, empower communities, and use business as a tool to impact poverty. In addition, the vibrant colors capture the global reach of our work and innovative spirit of the Nourish Network. Our new tagline, “Impacting Poverty with Ingenuity,” showcases our entrepreneurial spirit and unique model in our field of work.
We are delighted to share our new look with you and hope you will join us in showing our appreciation for Clean Design for their tremendous support in this process.
Kelly Leonhardt Phoenix
P.S. Interested in representing the new Nourish look? Purchase one of our Nourish T-Shirts today! Shirts are just $15. Deadline to order is tomorrow (8/21) at 10PM. Buy one today!
The 2014 Summer Institute is just two weeks away! As we anxiously count down the days, we would like to thank this year’s amazing speakers. Because of their inspiring words, Nourish students will be better positioned to make a lasting impact as they jump into another year of social entrepreneurship. Let’s take a moment to learn about eight of our guests in the first of a series of speaker features. Stay tuned for more!
Without further ado,
Sam Vaghar, Millennium Campus Network
Sam is the Executive Director and co-founder of The Millennium Campus Network — a national non-profit committed to supporting the efforts of university student leaders working towards global development. Under Sam’s leadership, the MCN educates more than 1,000 campus leaders through annual conferences, trains emerging leaders through an innovative fellowship program, and allocates Student Action Grants to support activism on campuses and overseas. In 2012, Sam was selected for the 2012 list of the “Top 99 most influential foreign policy leaders under the age of 33″ by The Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. Sam is a 2008 graduate of Brandeis University. He will be kicking off the Institute to get everyone excited for a great conference!
Carlyle Singer, Acumen Fund
Carlyle joined Acumen, a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of poverty, as Chief Operating Officer in March 2013. She is responsible for the organization’s core operating activities, including management support to the Country Directors and functional heads in Expansion, Legal, Finance, Talent and Operations. Prior to joining Acumen, Carlyle spent seven years as President and CEO of Katun Corporation, a global, middle market, privately held company in the compatible consumables imaging space. Carlyle is an MBA graduate from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with a concentration in Latin American Economic Development. She will be speaking at the “More Money = More Impact” session to explain how to use business as a tool for good.
LaHoma Romocki, Nourish International Board of Directors & former Cameroon Peace Corps Director
Dr. Romocki is a Health Communication specialist with extensive experience in the area of reproductive health, including the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other STDs. She has developed a network of colleagues throughout government and non-governmental programs to integrate research findings into communication and training programs targeting service providers, policy makers and family planning clients. Dr. Romocki has substantive work experience in nine developing countries. She will be speaking in the Projects Ethics session about issues we encounter in the field of international development.
Sarah Miller Frazer, Nourish International
As an advocate for the power and sustainability of grassroots development, Sarah cares deeply about engaging students and empowering communities to make a lasting impact on global poverty. She holds a B.A. from Pomona College in international politics with a focus in community development and African politics. While at Pomona, Sarah studied abroad in Cameroon, where she learned firsthand the benefits of participatory community-led development efforts. She has held several positions at Nourish since she started working in fall 2010, where her work has included Chapter Support, the launch of new programs and expanding the Nourish network. At the Institute, Sarah will be sharing insights into goal-setting and project management, among other topics.
Jennifer DeSimone, Waveborn
Jennifer is currently the National Sales Director at Waveborn, a socially responsible sunglasses company. She is passionate about social enterprise as a way to invite consumers to vote with their dollars and to support sustainable empowerment initiatives in communities around the world. A graduate of both Elon University and American University, Jennifer has worked for social enterprises, non-profits, the US Federal Government and is a StartingBloc fellow. Her experience includes working with Representative Rosa DeLaura on her initiative to prevent acts of sexual violence against women and girls in Africa , as well as an internship with Amnesty International. You can learn more about her work at Career Day!
Ed Cheely, Citrix ShareFile
Ed is the Senior Director of Sales and Business Development at Citrix ShareFile, a leading software company in virtualization, networking and cloud infrastructure. After graduating from Duke University, Ed moved on to leadership positions in both the for-profit and non-profit arenas, working closely with his mentor, August Turak. After managing and leading sales for Ruckus Network, an online music company in Washington, DC, he most recently helped build Yext, the “next Yellow Pages,” in New York City, where he worked as overall VP of Sales and the President of multiple business units. Ed will discuss the importance of company culture and how you can apply it to motivate your Nourish team.
Frank Phoenix, Fenwick Foundation
Frank currently serves as President of the Fenwick Foundation in Chapel Hill, NC, which supports projects that focus on the needs of children and their families in the areas of education, human services and the arts. The foundation works in both North Carolina’s Triangle Area and California’s San Francisco Bay Area, where it serves to support organizations that meet the needs of the disadvantaged by seeking solutions to root problems that prevent children from leading happy, opportunity-filled lives. Prior to his work with the Fenwick Foundation, Frank was the co-owner of Greenbridge Developments. He is very passionate about the environment, cross-cultural understanding, and international development. At the Institute, Frank will lead a big-picture discussion on our role in society.
Jeremy Collins, Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Jeremy works as a fellow for the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting families and communities in struggles against racism and oppression. He focuses primarily on Criminal Justice and Voting Rights advocacy. A native of Dardens, North Carolina, Jeremy earned his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctor from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to law school, Jeremy served as an organizer, campaign director and a lobbyist advocating civil rights and social justice causes. Students will have a chance to chat with him at Career Day!
As Nourish has continued to expand across the United States and into Canada, we are also expanding in our National Office! This week we are excited to welcome three new team members to our National Office! Juliette Brown, Allison Pulley and Ellen Moore will be joining the Nourish International team as Program Associates. Along with our new team additions, we are thrilled to congratulate former Program Associate, Chancey Rouse, as she takes on the role of Program Director here at the National Office!
While this summer is certainly an exciting one, as we welcome Juliette, Allison, and Ellen into the National Office, it is also bittersweet as we say “good-bye” to current Nourish team members, Sarah Miller Frazer and Becca Holt as they transition into their next big adventures! We are so appreciative of their dedication to Nourish International and the amazing work they have done as part of the National Office. We are excited to see the impact they continue to make on the world.
Meet our new program associates!
Juliette Brown graduated from UCLA in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychobiology. She served as an active member of GlobeMed at UCLA throughout her undergraduate experience. Her involvement with this organization sparked a passion for sustainable global development and the social justice aspect of global health. She served as Director of Community Building during her Junior year, Director of Development during her Senior year, and spent the summer of 2013 working as a GROW (GrassRoots On-site Work) Intern with GlobeMed at UCLA’s partner organization in Uganda. She is eager to continue learning about and contributing to a healthier more productive global world. In her free time, she enjoys most outdoor activities, cooking, eating, working with youth, yoga, meditation, and reading!
Allison Pulley graduated from the University of Southern California in May of 2012 with a BA in International Relations with concentrations in International Development and Global Gender Issues. After graduation, Allison volunteered in Northern Peru developing a Women’s Empowerment program for a local non-profit. She is excited to help Nourish students have a similarly life changing international experience. In her free time, Allison loves hiking, reading, cooking and spending time with friends and family.
Ellen Moore graduated from Syracuse University in May 2014 with a B.A. in International Relations and Policy Studies. Her passion for international development took shape as a result of her travels throughout college. She spent a summer volunteering at a nonprofit in Israel, working on fundraising for a women’s economic development program, and studied in South Africa for a semester, where she truly became interested in fostering collaborations with community partners abroad. Ellen was lucky to find Nourish during her junior year and is honored to have spent her senior year as the founding Chapter Leader at SU. In her spare time, Ellen enjoys cooking and spending time with friends and family. She is ecstatic about joining the Nourish team and looks forward to helping the movement grow.
We are excited to welcome six new interns to our team this summer!
Anna Graves, Events and Outreach
Anna is a senior at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying geography and religious studies. During her time as an undergraduate student, she has been a mentor for three international students and involved with organizations such as United Students Against Sweatshops. She is excited to work with Nourish International as the summer Events and Outreach Intern and to participate in their movement, which relies on students and education to create sustainable growth and social development both locally and internationally. In her free time she enjoys exploring, the outdoors, drawing, painting, attending concerts and spending time with family and friends.
Jessika Virtanen, Corporate and Foundational Outreach
Jessika is a rising junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in economics and global studies. She is interested in the concept of social entrepreneurship and ultimately intends to utilize her economics degree to help impoverished communities implement long-term changes. She is excited to explore nonprofit work this summer by joining the Nourish team as the Corporate and Foundational Outreach Intern. She also works for the North Carolina Scholastic Media Association, an organization which provides resources for high school and college media organizations across the state, is on the Advocacy committee for UNC’s Relay for Life chapter, and has spent time tutoring the children of Burmese immigrants in local elementary schools. Her interests include running, reading and traveling.
Carter Spencer, Chapter Support
Carter is a rising junior at the University of South Carolina. Originally from Charlotte, NC, she heard about Nourish from a friend at the University of North Carolina and hopes to open the very first chapter at USC with her help. This summer, she is seeking to learn more about the Nourish community to learn how to best establish a successful chapter in the future. Carter has been involved with nonprofit work since she was in high school and is very excited about the opportunity to work with a new organization. In her spare time, she loves reading, exploring new areas and laughing with friends.
Anna Long, Public Relations
Anna is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying public relations and history. After becoming involved with both journalism and nonprofit work in college, she knew she wanted to channel her writing to make a positive impact in the community. She is passionate about sustainability and hopes to see Nourish’s model of social entrepreneurship and community-based solutions gain national attention. She is excited to join the team as the summer Public Relations Intern, which will allow her the opportunity to help raise awareness for the organization. In her free time, she enjoys reading, going to concerts and spending time at the lake.
Taylor White, Summer Institute Planning
Taylor is currently a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, double majoring in economics and political science with a minor in history. After graduation, she hopes to pursue graduate studies in accounting. She is excited to join the Nourish team this summer as the Summer Institute Planning Intern. After completing courses dealing with global poverty, she wanted to be a part of an organization that empowers people to make a difference. On campus, she has been involved with Women’s Club Volleyball, Kappa Delta Sorority, and UNC’s chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time at the beach.
Grace Herbener, Administrative Assistant
Grace is a recent graduate from the Ohio State University with a degree in international development studies and a minor in Spanish. During her time in college, Grace spent several semesters on the executive board of OSU’s Nourish chapter and also had the opportunity to travel to Cameroon for five weeks to participate in a community development project. She hopes to continue to work in the field of international development and nonprofit work in the future. In Grace’s free time, she enjoys traveling, dining at new restaurants, and reading.
Nourish International is happy to welcome four talented new members onto its Board of Directors beginning this July. The accepted candidates, Randall Blanco, Anne-Marie Clayton, Frank Phoenix, and Lahoma Romocki, will join a diverse team of experts and donors that provide Nourish with the necessary financial, strategic, and legal support to expand the organization’s impact.
The new members, who will serve until 2016, come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from technology-based careers to program analysis to philanthropic endeavors. This group of experienced individuals will undoubtedly bring a broad range of skills and expertise to the table.
Blanco, who works for Information Management at Duke Health Technology Solution and has a BS in Math and Computer Science, an MS in Computer Science, and an MBA in International Business, has a diverse background in management, planning, information technology, and database technologies.
Clayton, a PhD student and Program Assistant for the Humanitarian Work Psychology Initiative at NC State University, will offer extensive knowledge from her nonprofit background as the Coordinator of Central Valley Book Bank in Fresno County and a founding member of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work in Psychology.
Phoenix is the President of the Fenwick Foundation and has significant experience in philanthropy, community outreach, grant writing, and nonprofit management. The Fenwick Foundation supports projects that focus on the needs of children and their families in the areas of education, human services and the arts. The foundation supports many great organizations in the triangle including Nourish International.
Lahoma Romocki, an Associate Professor of International Affairs at the North Carolina Central University, will provide expertise in program evaluation, policy analysis, international relations, and proposal writing.
Nourish is excited for the contributions these new members will make as the organization continues to expand its network and its impact. The Nourish International Movement recently expanded from 45 to 60 chapters in the US and now reaches over 55,000 people in impoverished communities around the world. With the help of the newly acquired talent, the Board will continue to make invaluable contributions to the mission of ending extreme poverty. Nourish cannot wait to see what this new term brings!
We are thrilled to welcome 19 new Chapters to the student movement. Nourish will start the 2014-2015 school year with a total of 60 Chapters ready to engage students and empower communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty.
14 Colleges/Universities Joining the Nourish Network:
George Washington University
Georgia Tech University
Hillsborough Community College
North Carolina State University
Texas Christian University
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
University of Oregon
University of South Carolina
University of Tampa
And for the first time ever 5 High Schools joining the Nourish Network:
Apex High School
Cherry Creek High School
Grimsley High School
Providence Day School
Want to meet representatives from each of our 60 Chapters? Join us for our Summer Institute Banquet, August 3rd at 6:30pm in Chapel Hill, NC. You won’t want to miss this celebratory event. Learn more here.
Family Launches Blackstock Music Festival to Benefit Communities in Poverty and Showcase Carolina Bands, Arts and Culture
By Emily Fields, Development Coordinator, Nourish International
Blackstock Music Festival
May 30-31st, 2014 in Blackstock, SC
40 Bands- 4 stages- Great Cause
When owner of Blackstock Productions, Joshua Leonhardt, asked his sister and Nourish International Executive Director, Kelly Phoenix, about being a Charity Partner for the first Annual Blackstock Music Festival, the event became not only a convergence of the family passions but an opportunity to raise significant funds for Nourish International’s growth in the fight to impact global poverty by engaging social entrepreneurs. Funds from the festival will help Nourish International grow to 100 campuses and hit $1M in funds invested in community partners by 2017.
This year’s Blackstock Music Festival will feature 40 bands, three stages, and attract thousands of concert goers to this two day camping event in the heart of the Carolina’s. Tickets are available at http://www.blackstockmusicfestival.com/ and on etix for $115 in advance and $125 day of. Sponsors of the festival include Jack Daniels, Sweetwater Brewing Company, Verizon Wireless, and Ben Arnold Distribution Company.
Joshua Leonhardt, owner of Blackstock Productions, LLC, started the festival on his family farm in 2012. The festival, what began as simply a group of friends hiring local bands to play at fireside chats on the family farm, today, has grown to include 4 stages, 40 local bands, and thousands of people at this year’s Main Event. Joshua, a music aficionado, and Kelly, a social activist, grew up in a family commodity business that included travels to countries ranging from Belize to Turkey. Both saw global poverty first-hand and see the festival as a way to give back to the local economy, elevate music and arts, and generate substantial investment for communities in need.
Nourish International’s mission is to engage students and empower communities to make a lasting impact on extreme poverty through social enterprise. Since 2003, Nourish International has grown to become a student movement on 60 campuses and 700 students serving communities in 28 countries with game-changing investments to fight global poverty. To date the organization has invested nearly half a million dollars to implemented over 100 poverty reduction projects in countries ranging from India to Peru.
This year’s festival will be held on over 1,000 acres of Leonhardt family owned farmland in Blackstock, SC on May 30-31st. For two days, this picturesque countryside will play home to dozens of local food vendors, great musical talent, live artists, and thousands of guests! Festival-goers will enjoy food trucks serving everything from hummus and smoothies to pizza and burritos. And in between sets from such bands as Galactic, Papadosio, The Revivalists and PineTop Lightning, guests will have the opportunity to take part in a disc golf course and try their hand in the Cornfield at the Corn Hole Tournament. The festival will also play host to a number of craft brewers and a variety of artisan crafts and goods.
As if that weren’t enough, Blackstock Music Festival is more than simply about the music experience, it is about giving back as well. Blackstock Music Festival proceeds will benefit Nourish International by helping to open 15 new chapters of the organization in 2014. The festival will stimulate the local economy in Fairfield County, SC where unemployment was nearly 10% last year, over 20% of residents live below the federal poverty line, and 1 out of every 5 people never get the opportunity to graduate high school. [i]The Leonhardt family hopes the festival will have a local footprint for the Blackstock community in years to come.
It’s clear, The Blackstock Music Festival is much more than your typical summer music festival! It is the collaborative effort of North and South Carolina’s musical talent, local live artists, craft vendors, a global charity cause and a family inspired to support one another.
To see the official Blackstock Music Festival lineup, purchase tickets, and learn more visit: www.blackstockmusicfestival.com
[i] All economic stats on the county of Fairfield, SC taken from US Census Bureau data from 2012. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/45/45039.html
This year Nourish International has been selected as a Co-Host for the Millennium Campus Conference. The MCC is an invite-only conference for student organizations that address global development. The conference is centered around the UN Millennium Development Goals and how student organizations are working to achieve them. The conference also gives Millennium Delegates the opportunity to partner with peer organizations, national institutions, and global networks. It brings together over 2,000 student leaders and over 50 world-renowned speakers all cooperating to accomplish eight goals that will improve the global standard of living. The conference will take place on the beautiful campus of Lynn University, located in Boca Raton, Florida.
Students will take part in this amazing collaboration from Friday, October 10th to Sunday, October 12th. At the conference, students will debate issues, such as serving versus donating, and have the opportunity to network with organizations from around the world at the Change the World Fair. Furthermore, the conference will include world-renowned speakers, including Nicholas Kristof, Kristin Davis, and Dr. Paul Farmer. On the last day, students will have their voices heard as the Policy Paper on youth perspectives is presented to experts. The conference will end with closing ceremonies focused on a roundtable discussion.
This conference is a great experience for any student interested in sustainable global development, which is why we are inviting you to attend and join the movement.