FTS Staffers Chosen for Prestigious Thunderbird Management Academy

It takes more that a bold vision and deep commitment to conquer slavery. It takes exceptional strategic planning and programmatic execution skills to actually eradicate trafficking in global hot spots. That’s why FTS is thrilled that three key staffers have been selected to attend the American Express Leadership Academy at the  Thunderbird School of Global […]
April 24, 2014

It takes more that a bold vision and deep commitment to conquer slavery. It takes exceptional strategic planning and programmatic execution skills to actually eradicate trafficking in global hot spots.

That’s why FTS is thrilled that three key staffers have been selected to attend the American Express Leadership Academy at the  Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona in May.

Ghana Director Joha Braima, Haiti Director Smith Maxime and Deputy Development Director Lee McClure will join colleagues from nine other international social sector and non-government organizations.

Other attendees come from the TED conferences, BRAC, Charity: Water, Feed My Starving Children, iDE, Make-A-Wish International, Pencils of Promise, Project C.U.R.E. and Special Olympics International. Participants will develop new strategies and skills to assist them in operating more productive and successful organizations.

“Thunderbird is widely recognized for its leadership in global management,” says FTS Executive Director Maurice Middleberg. “We are delighted and grateful that three members of the FTS team will have the opportunity to enhance their skills and engage in a guided reflection on our strategy to combat slavery Ghana and Haiti.”

“The selection process for the academy is rigorous,” says Doug Hoxeng, Thunderbird’s program director for the project. “The application process includes executives reviewing their strategic challenges and proposing a project for their emerging leader participant team to further develop at the academy. Each team project must have the potential for significant results within their organization and benefits for those they serve. Our faculty help make that happen.”

In an effort to reach more leaders, American Express will live stream a Leadership Academy session, “Funders Panel: An Inside Perspective” on Wednesday, May 7, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET. The panel will feature private and corporate funders discussing emerging issues and best practices related to engaging grant makers. Live stream viewers can join the conversation and submit questions that can be addressed by the panel on Twitter by using the hashtags #AmexLeads and/or #SocEntChat. Register at www.thunderbird.edu/AMEX-live with the access code Amex2014.

There’s a Twitter event today as well. Leadership Academy partners and Ashoka Changemakers will host a one-hour Twitter Discussion (#SocEntChat/#amexleads) on April 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET focused on best practices in fundraising. Participants will have the opportunity to share key trends, hear from thought leaders in the field, meet participants of the American Express Leadership Academy and chat with other top nonprofit leaders from across the globe.

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