Planning is something we do every day, with the idea of achieving our goals and objectives, be they personal or professional. We plan because we want to be efficient in using our resources, especially when they are scarce. And although planning is something relatively intuitive for human beings, it is also a skill, and can even be considered an art.
I was recently interviewed by The Rotarian Magazine, the official publication of Rotary International for the feature, “Cultivating peace: Our peace fellows dig in to Rotary’s areas of focus”. Needless to say, I felt honored when I was asked if I’d share a bit about my experience as a Rotary Peace Fellow and my current work as an international development consultant with True Roots Consulting Group. And I’m excited to share this with you here now.
I was recently approached by the Kansas State University Academic and Career Information Center and asked if I would be interviewed as part of their “Voices from the Field” alumni profile webpage. According to the Center: “These career biographies are the real stories of K-State graduates who have used their education and experiences to obtain jobs in the real world.” I was honored by the request and I was grateful for the opportunity. As a busy young professional, I don’t often sit down and reflect on who I am, where I am, and how I got here. But the interview allowed me to do just that: to contemplate my academic studies and my career in international development—my journey—over the past 15 years.
The True Roots team loves networking just as much as we love coffee. We recently met a group of philanthropists in our city as they were on their way to meet a community of artisan textile producers. At one point in our conversation, the group leader asked the essential question weighing heavily on the mind of anyone new to the city: “Where is the best place in Oaxaca for traditional food and outstanding coffee?”
I recently met with Salomón García Moreno, a friend that I first met almost 15 years ago. I have a great deal of respect for Salomón based on his long-standing fight for coffee producing communities in Oaxaca, Mexico. His work organizing producer groups has literally been a fight against a myriad of factors, many of which are so complex and complicated that it would take a lot more pages to explain in full.
I was interviewed by Barbara Gaughen-Muller in anticipation of the upcoming Rotary World Peace Conference in Ontario, California January 15 – 16, 2016. The conference will feature more than 100 breakout sessions covering themes related to peace and conflict resolution, in communities and globally. Presenters include notable nonprofit and business leaders, Rotarians, and Rotary Peace Fellows. Even actress Sharon Stone will be there—she’s one of the keynote speakers—presenting her new documentar, “FEMME”. I feel quite honored to be invited to present about my work with True Roots Consulting Group and developing projects for deep impact: about what makes a solid project and a strong organization—as well as what can stand in the way of success.