One of my favorite sessions at the recently held InterAction Forum focused on highlighting the Minimum Standards for Mainstreaming Gender Equality. Though it was only by chance that I walked by the room on my way to attend another session, I could not resist the urge to forgo my original plan and join this discussion. My passion for human rights and promoting gender equality definitely won this time! After all I strongly believe there is still so much more to learn despite my experience of being an advocate for women rights for over 5 years.
Last week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the InterAction Forum here in Washington D.C thanks to the kind support of my host organization. I must say that one of my greatest points of satisfaction and gratitude are the opportunities for learning and development which this fellow has provided. That said, let me briefly reflect on some key highlights and takeaways from last week’s conference (perhaps this will be divided into separate blogs).
When I started my fellowship a little over 3 months ago (wow time flies!) it was right in time to get myself engaged in the Council’s planning activities for its Annual Conference. After all the meetings, emails and checklists were complete it was execution time!! -and we all headed to Dallas, Texas for 5 days. This was undoubtedly one of my most memorable conference experiences, the resulting production brought sheer delight!
The opening plenary at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference (click link for video highlight) was such an inspiration and a truly unforgettable experience for me!- a major highlight of my fellowship experience so far.
Day 1# Leading Together
The Council on Foundations Annual conference got started (un-officially) on Sunday, April 23rd with numerous pre-conference activities.
I had a great time meeting new people and sharing my experiences at the Global Change-makers Networking Event on Thursday, April 13th. The event which was co-hosted by Atlas Corps and the Hilton Prize Coalition brought together over 50 young professionals for a few hours of networking. I had the privilege of delivering brief remarks at the event and I am truly appreciative of the support of my peers. In case you missed it, my remarks have been added below.
Global Changemakers Networking Event Remarks
On January 15, 2017 I boarded a flight destined for Washington D.C. to begin a new chapter on this journey called life. This chapter titled- My Atlas Corps journey will undoubtedly have its hurdles but most importantly I am excited by the opportunities and inspirations I will have along the way.
As a young girl growing up in Kingston, Jamaica I came to the realization that there is no need to be perfect to inspire other but rather, let people be inspired by how you deal with your imperfections. So, throughout life I have chosen (yes it does take conscious effort) to be inspired by the finer, more organic details in life. Therefore, on this journey I look forward to the moments within the moments that will form lasting imprints and be later recalled as precious memories.