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Summer Institute 2013: Thankful for our speakers | Nourish International

July 26, 2013 | Posted in 2013, Nourish Office, Summer Institute | By

The National Office is about to burst with excitement! #SI2013 is just 6 days away!

We love Summer Institute — and we especially love our speakers for their contributions to Nourish’s mission to engage students in a lifestyle of positive impact. Because of you, dear speakers, Nourish students will be better positioned to make lasting changes as they launch into the school year this fall.

As we all wait out these last 6 days, let’s take a moment to learn about the last of our great guests in this final Speaker Feature:

Neil BagchiNeil Bagchi is a Nourish Board Member and the founder and managing partner at Bagchi Law Firm in Chapel Hill, NC. Neil currently serves as president of Incanus Advisors and director of Southeast business development at Nair & Co., an integrated solution for human resources, finance, tax, and legal needs for international businesses. Neil graduated from the UNC Law School in 2004 after receiving a BA with honors in Political Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. As an undergraduate, Neil was awarded the Morehead Scholarship, UNC-Chapel Hill’s most prestigious undergraduate scholarship. He was also president of Students for the Advancement of Race Relations and the captain of the UNC-Chapel Hill rugby team. Neil founded the Entrepreneurial Law Association and is a member of the Pro Bono board. Nourish cannot wait to hear Neil and fellow Board Member Sumit Vohra team up Saturday to talk about “Doing Good and Doing Well!”

Jeff SternJeff Stern is the director of special projects at TROSA Inc. in Durham, NC. TROSA is a comprehensive two-year residential substance abuse recovery program that accepts substance abusers with one condition: they must have a strong desire to change their lives. TROSA helps people do just that by providing residents opportunities for vocational training by running revenue generating businesses. Jeff has worked in the social sector for over fifteen years, as a volunteer, staff member, executive director and board member. Jeff’s most recent professional experience prior to TROSA was as Director of Membership Advancement for the Museum of Life and Science and he was formerly the Executive Director of Laboratories for Learning. He also has significant experience in education working with the Durham Public Schools and the Volunteer Center of Greater Durham. Jeff has a BA from Connecticut College and an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. At Summer Institute, Jeff will be serving as a judge for Saturday’s Venture Competition.

Marissa HeylMarissa Heyl is the founder and “Creative-in-Chief” at Symbology Clothing in Chapel Hill, NC. Symbology is an ethical fashion label that fuses artisan textiles with fashion forward designs to bring authentic apparel to the boutique market. Symbology partners with four amazing artisan groups in India and invests three percent of every purchase towards Sewa Mahila Vikas, a women-run microfinance group that empowers artisans to manage their own orders and finances. Marissa has degrees in Journalism and Anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill. During her time at UNC, Marissa founded and edited Patchwork Magazine, which focused on global social justice issues and community initiatives of international students, professors, and campus leaders. She has previously worked or Ashoka, Ten Thousand Villages, and Upasana Integral Designs. Nourish is lucky to have Marissa as another great participant during Monday’s Career Speed Dating session.

Erin Jobe 2Erin Jobe is the market manager at Carrboro Farmers Market in Carrboro, NC. The Carrboro Farmer’s Market, one of the local favorites of many Nourish Staff Members, is in its thirty-fifth year of operation. The market aims to create and sustain a vibrant and innovative market that supports local farmers and artisans, while extending the benefits of local food to the greater community. Erin attended University of Wisconsin-Madison, where we are proud to be opening a new Chapter! Nourish welcomes Erin to her first ever Summer Institute! Erin will be a great resource for students interested in community organizing and sustainable agriculture to ask questions about her experiences in those fields. Thank you to Erin for being part of  Monday’s Career Speed Dating session.




Wondering where the rest of our 23 #SI2013 speakers are? Look back over the last two weeks of our blog posts for more Speaker Features.


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