The Specialty Coffee Symposium Fellowship: Working Towards Industry Sustainability

The Specialty Coffee Symposium Fellowship: Working Towards Industry Sustainability

I was recently selected as a Fellow for the Specialty Coffee Association of America Re:Co Symposium in Seattle, Washington, USA, April 19-20, 2017. According to the official website:

“Re:co (Regarding: coffee) is a unique event designed for high-level discussion, leading innovation and strategy development for those passionate and influential in the world of specialty coffee.[…] It is an essential event for leaders of businesses who believe that collaborative work and discussion can benefit all involved.”

So what does Re:Co have to do with my work, and why is it important to me?

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Pots, Pans, and Personal Growth: Development and Responsibility at the Individual Level

Pots, Pans, and Personal Growth: Development and Responsibility at the Individual Level

In addition to consulting with True Roots on social responsibility projects, I offer accountability coaching to individuals looking to shift life gears–to switch careers, go freelance, live abroad–or all of the above. This is similar to the work I do with businesses and organizations looking to carry out effective projects for the greater social and economic good. Social responsibility has a lot in common with personal responsibility!

I received an email from a coaching client the other day with this subject line: “Fw: ORDER: Cuisinart 12 Piece Multiclad Pro Stainless Pots & Pans.”

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“Cultivating Peace”: Interview with Summer Lewis in The Rotarian Magazine

“Cultivating Peace”: Interview with Summer Lewis in The Rotarian Magazine

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.

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Big Dreams, Little Changes: “Voices from the Field” Interview

Big Dreams, Little Changes: “Voices from the Field” Interview

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.

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The Art of Quality Coffee in Oaxaca

The Art of Quality Coffee in Oaxaca

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?”

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Why Strengthening Local Economies is Crucial for Community Development

Why Strengthening Local Economies is Crucial for Community Development

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.

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Making Change, Making Peace…Effective

Making Change, Making Peace…Effective

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.

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