The 2014 Summer Institute is just one week away! We can’t wait for students and alumni from across North America to get to know our amazing speakers. Let’s take a moment to learn about four of our guests in the second of a series of speaker features. Stay tuned for more!
Zach Ward, DSI
As a Chapel Hill native and proud Carolina graduate, Zach has been performing and directing comedy for more than 20 years. He is the founder, artistic director and executive producer of Dirty South Comedy Theater, as well as the executive producer and artistic director for the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. He has received critical acclaim from the Chicago Reader and the Chicago Tribune for Dual Exhaust (Top 10 “Most Influential Comedy Duos of the Past Decade”) and The Beatbox (Critic’s Choice, Best Bet, Chicago’s “Top 5 Latenight Shows”). Zach can currently be seen performing comedy around the country and at the DSI Comedy Theater. Hetranslates success both in business and on stage to professional speaking, business and brand consulting, leadership development and team building for clients including Monster.com, Proctor&Gamble, Motorola Latin American and Duke Corporate Education. Zach will be leading the Storytelling & Improv session, where he will help students strengthen their leadership and storytelling skills for their work abroad.
Barbara Jessie-Black, PTA Thrift Shop
Barbara is the Executive Director of the PTA Thrift Shop in Chapel Hill-Carrboro. Barbara Jessie-Black has a MBA from Meredith College and has experience working with both corporate companies such as Belk inc. as well as non-profits such as The PTA Thrift Shop. While Barbara enjoyed her time working with Belk she maintained that she wanted to part of a Non profit organization and giving back to the Community. Since joining the PTA Thrift Shop, Barbara has worked on revamping the PTA Thrift Store’s Image and scaling up the business in order for it to be able to compete with other local businesses. Along with her involvement on Multiple Boards such as the UNC Health Care Systems, and Chapel Hill Carrboro Chamber of Commerce, Barbara is also Co-Founder of OneVoice Institute of Business and Entrepreneurship, Inc. in Durham. Barabara will be speaking about how to scale in business in order to help students gain the skills necessary for scaling their own chapters and chapter ventures.
Evan Ashkin, Nourish Board of Directors
Evan Ashkin is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine at UNC Chapel Hill as well as a member of Nourish International’s Board of Directors. He is the lead faculty at UNC for a health promotion and disease prevention program in rural Central Mexico, which focuses on food security issues. Additionally, Evan works for AccessCare, part of Community Care of North Carolina, creating disease management programs for chronically ill Medicaid patients. He was also the founder of the Health Care for the Homeless program in Albany, NY. Evan will be speaking to students in a group session about what it means to engage in partnerships, and how to talk about Nourish International’s approach to development.
Ann-Marie Clayton, Nourish Board of Directors
Ann-Marie is a PhD student at NC State in the Department of Industrial-Organizational Psychology and is currently the Program Assistant for the Humanitarian Work Psychology Initiative at NC State. In 2012, she earned her BA in Psychology from California State University-Fresno, where she served as the Secretary of the Student Senate and as a Research Assistant in a psychology, business, and social work lab. Ann-Marie has significant non-profit experience, as she has served as the Coordinator of Central Valley Book Bank in Fresno County, and has coordinated summer community volunteer programs for youth in Arkansas. She is also a founding member of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology, which seeks to support efforts to enhance human welfare. Ann-Marie will be speaking to students about to how emphasize sustainability, and why it is important develop for development.
Career Day at Summer Institute!
We are also very excited about Career Day at the Summer Institute! Nourish is honored to have so many amazing people speaking about their experiences in order to support students in pursuit of their future careers! Our Career Day speakers include:
Carrboro Farmer’s Market
John Van Aalst
MD- UNC School of Medicine
Megan DePorter Zeishner
Cisco – Community Relations
Jeremy Collins, JD
Southern Coalition for Social Justice
Kenan-Flagler Business School
Teach For America
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