Dear friends:

 

I have been writing in this blog about my personal experiences as an Atlas Corps Fellow, about politics, public policy, about non-profits that I admire, but today, I would like to write about something I believe no Atlas Corps Fellow should miss.

In our next in-person training in January, we will have one of the most amazing professors I have ever had conduct a session on project management/ cycles.

I first met Francis Lethem when I was a Rotary Peace Fellow at the Duke/ UNC Rotary Center. Before joining the group, I did some research about him and found a very impressive resume (the kind you wish to have when you grow up). Besides being the Co-director of the Duke/ UNC Rotary Center for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, he also worked for many years at the World Bank and is the Director of the Duke Center for International Development.

There are many other professional and academic achievements about his career that I could emphasize here, but what I would like to share with you is something that most impacted me during my years at Duke/UNC. Francis is the kind of professor who has an amazing cultural understanding of public policy, an open mind to perceive the changes in the world and generosity of spirit to listen and speak when teaching. I am so thankful for his support and for the many lessons I learned.

I took his class on international project cycles 2 years ago and I can assure you that this is something you don’t want to miss! I still use his charts and very often reflect about the situation of the projects I am involved in, what to correct and what to expect for the future based on the practical advice I received then.

For more information about Francis: http://fds.duke.edu/db/Sanford/flethem

I hope to see you at our January training!

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