After an amazing experience in Tokyo this summer, we could not wait to catch up with more of our Ambassadors and current Fellows! This fall, GCI held 3 Mini Reunions in London, New York and Tokyo and a larger Reunion in Washington, DC. We want to thank all of our Ambassadors, current Fellows and special guests who joined us for these occasions and shared their life updates and aspirations with us.
The London Mini Reunion The New York Mini Reunion
The DC Reunion on Saturday, November 16 was hosted at Halcyon House, where we were treated to an introduction to the Halcyon Incubator for social entrepreneurs from Maggie Connolly and Halcyon Fellow Maksat Rysaliev.
Following a Harkness®* style discussion and GCI updates over lunch, our featured speaker John Heffernan led us in a discussion and activity on human rights. Mr. Heffernan has over thirty years of experience in international development, human rights, humanitarian relief and post-conflict reconstruction projects in the United States, Africa, South America, Asia and Europe.
After our human rights activity, we heard from three GCI Ambassadors who are all members of the Ambassador Advisory Council and former Teaching Assistants: Krissy Truesdale (2014, TA 2017 and 2019), Ghada Amer (2014, TA 2017 and 2018) and Takunda Ushe (2015, TA 2018). The Ambassador Advisory Council (AAC) serves in an advisory capacity to GCI by helping to create a central hub for news, opportunities and events for the Ambassador community.
Thank you to Krissy, Ghada and Takunda for sharing their experiences, professional reflections and career goals. We are so grateful to all of our speakers for showing our Ambassadors the possibilities for their future as they graduate from university and begin their careers.
Krissy Ghada Takunda
(GCI '14, TA'17 & '19, AAC) (GCI '14, TA '17 & '18, AAC) (GCI '15, TA '18, AAC)
We also want to thank our generous supporters who joined us as special guests at these reunions and who make it possible for us to continue to engage our growing cohort of Ambassadors. Every opportunity for us to connect and hear from our youth is special and we are grateful for your continued interest in being a part of our Ambassadors' and Fellows' journeys.
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