The National Office is excited to announce that Houston Spencer, Sarah Bishop, and Ted Gonder will be speaking at the annual Summer Institute this August. Held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, this five-day conference for Nourish students includes leadership workshops, mentoring, and hands-on training in addition to the guest speakers.
Houston Spencer was born in the United States and raised in Canada. After obtaining both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he left his academic career in North America to enter the high-tech industry in Australia. He spent five years with McKinsey & Company assisting companies with major upheaval. He then joined Alcatel’s Asia Pacific Headquarters in 2001 and became the director of the global marketing team in 2003. In his current role, Houston leads the team responsible for Alcatel’s activity with key non-customer stakeholders, including industry analysts, strategic partners, and end-users. He is also responsible for Alcatel’s global marketing plan.
Sarah Bishop is the fellowship director at StartingBloc, an organization that trains the next generation of leaders in social innovation practices. She recruits StartingBloc Fellows, designs curriculum, and creates programming so that Fellows can get the resources needed to dramatically increase impact. Prior to joining StartingBloc, Sarah spent two years coordinating countrywide education programs in El Salvador, Jordan, and Peru. She graduated with a B.A. in International Marketing from American University, where she founded and led the gymnastics team.
As the co-founder and director of development for MoneyThink, Ted Gonder develops partnerships with universities around the United States to create student-orchestrated co-curricular financial literary workshops in low-income high schools and communities. He is a rising senior at the University of Chicago and a Boston 2011 StartingBloc Fellow. Gonder is currently interning at the Kauffman Foundation, where he is researching expansion of small business support in the United States.
The National Office is excited to welcome these esteemed speakers to the Summer Institute and is awaiting the arrival of the 40+ student attendees on August 4th.
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