Before May ends, a few quick highlights...
Atlas Corps Fellows
 
Hello!

Atlas Corps Class 15 is here! In fact, all active Atlas Corps Fellows were in Washington, DC, the first week in May for our Global Leadership Lab, which happens the week after our Orientation Weeks in January, May, and September. It was the largest gathering of Atlas Corps Fellows in one space at one moment in time EVER. The Atlas Corps network is now 265 Fellows from 60 countries. We are also preparing to welcome our second Class of Atlas Corps English Teaching Fellows to Colombia in July. 

The opportunity to bring together all this global talent in one room at one time is amazing! We were honored to also be joined by Senator Harris Wofford, Irene Hirano Inouye of the U.S.-Japan Council, and hundreds of others that joined us for our welcome reception. Atlas Corps is about connecting inspired individuals and we experienced just that type of energy during our May activities. It is the type of energy that you inspire and that you are part of through your involvement with Atlas Corps.

Today, I share with you highlights from all of our activities in May. I also invite you to take action. Here are three simple actions:
Thank you for collaborating with us!

Scott Beale

P.S. Are you attending the Points of Light Conference on Volunteering and Service? Join us and Meridian International on Wednesday, June 18,  at 8:30 AM: (4708) Fostering a Culture of Service: Strategies of U.S. and International Leaders.

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Scott Beale
Founder and CEO
Atlas Corps

 

Senator Wofford Highlights Global Leadership Lab in May

Senator Harris Wofford
Washington, DC - Senator Harris Wofford, one of the architects of the Peace Corps, spoke to the Atlas Corps Fellows during Global Leadership Lab May 2014. "This experience, whatever it turns out to be, will make the things that you believe become possible," were some of the inspiring words shared by Senator Wofford who also serves on the Atlas Corps Senior Advisory Board. Senator Wofford has been a supporter and advocate of Atlas Corps since the launch in 2006. The vision of Atlas Corps aligns directly with the spirit of the Peace Corps, which was originally planned as a two-way exchange.

In addition to the historical connection between Atlas Corps and the Peace Corps, the conversation with the Fellows highlighted the value of global service as a marathon and not a sprint to achieve positive impact in the world. Watch the video highlights.


 


Fellows Gather for Global Leadership Lab to Learn from Deloitte, Meridian, Georgetown and More

Global Leadership Lab May 2014
Washington, DC - More than 60 Atlas Corps Fellows, including those pictured, Yach Atiop (South Sudan, Class 14, Host: Amir), Narayan Adhikari (Nepal, Class 14, Host: Accountability Lab), Monica Aznar Diaz (Spain, Class 14, Host: Miriam's Kitchen), Maisoon Ibrahim-Ateem (Sudan, Class 13, Host: Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation), and Natasha Uppal (India, Class 11, Host: U.S. Center for Citizen Diplomacy/PYXERA Global), gathered during the first week of May to welcome Class 15 and to discuss communication and branding as part of Global Leadership Lab. The four-day immersion included workshops presented by Deloitte, Meridian International, Preparing Global Leadership Council, Promethean Community, UN Foundation, U.S.-Japan Council, and more.

"When Fellows gather, the diversity of perspective inspires. The addition of the expert trainers creates pure synergy," reflected Younas Chowdhry (Pakistan, Class 14, Host: Atlas Corps) who coordinates the in-person and virtual professional development series. 
See Global Leadership Lab highlights.


Libyan Fellow Shares Perspectives About Civil Society 

Mahmoud Bader (Syria)
Washington, DC -Atlas Corps CIPE Think Tank LINKS Fellow, Mahmoud Bader (Libya, Class 14, Host: Project on Middle East Democracy), co-founded the Libyan civil society organization, H2O, in 2011 to raise public awareness and participation in the political and democratic transitional phase. A lawyer by education, Mahmoud focuses his work on rule of law, human rights, and access to justice issues. He is also part of the second cohort of Atlas Corps CIPE Think Tank LINKS Fellows - a special initiative supported by the National Endowment for Democracy to support emerging think tank leaders around the world through overseas exchange.

This talk, part of the third annual AMENDS Summit at Stanford University - a student initiative that brings together the most promising youth change agents from across the Middle East, North Africa, and United States, shares personal insight into Libyan civil society and history. Watch TED-style video.


Nigerian Alum Applies Service to Develop Early-State African Entrepreneurs

Gbenga Ogunjimi (Nigeria)
Nigeria - The commitment to service and leadership is in the heart of Atlas Corps Alum, Gbenga Ogunjimi (Nigeria, Class 8, Host: Atlas Corps), and at the heart of the organization he founded, LDI Africa. "When I came to the United States and participated in the Fellowship, I wanted to do a...program...that would have Africans in the diaspora go back to the continent as well as have Africans come to the United States," explained Gbenga, pictured at left with the former Director of the U.S. Peace Corps Aaron Williams.

Gbenga recently shared his insight on Atlas Corps, being a social entrepreneur, and facing challenges during a recent interview with AfricanDevBoss. He specifically highlighted the influence of Atlas Corps Founder and CEO, Scott Beale, who continues to serve as a mentor to Gbenga as he develops LDI Africa. Learn more about Gbenge in the full article. 




Atlas Corps Go Global Gala 2014 (Save the Date)!

Atlas Corps Go Global Gala 2014
Thursday, September 4, 6:00 PM

National Press Club
Washington, DC


Details Here: bit.ly/AtlasCorps2014GalaSaveDate

 
 
 

 
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