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Meet Your 2014 Summer Institute Speakers! | Nourish International

July 16, 2014 | Posted in Nourish Office, Office Updates, Summer Institute | By

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 VagharSam 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 SingerCarlyle 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

Lahoma-Romocki2Dr. 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

sarah miller frazerAs 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-DesimoneJennifer 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 cheelyEd 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 phoenixFrank 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!

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