Fall 2015 Fellowship with the Hilton Prize Coalition: Rachel Francis

From disaster resiliency conferences, humanitarian trainings, client research, and info-sharing calls, my three month fellowship at Global Impact has been a whirlwind. I recently graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA with a degree in International Affairs and applied to become a fellow. I was placed within the Partner Solutions team at Global Impact in Alexandria, VA. My main projects surrounded the beginning development of the Hilton Prize Coalition, which is comprised of the 20 recipients of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize award that is presented annually by the Hilton Foundation. The coalition aims to work collaboratively in the field of disaster resiliency by increasing communication between non-profit actors and work together in order to increase efficiency and reaction time during a natural disaster crisis.

During my fellowship I learned invaluable project management skills and became more confident in an office setting. I wrote blog posts about the Syrian refugee crisis, drafted updates on the recent South Asia earthquake, and attended a CSIS conference on strengthening collaboration on humanitarian emergency response in Africa. I assisted with event planning for the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Coalition’s annual meeting, established the alumni network for the fellowship program and developed its quarterly newsletter. My fellowship at Global Impact gave me the opportunity to mature professionally through project development and management experience.

The Hilton Prize Coalition Fellows Program aims to take emerging leaders and turn them into developed leaders in the NGO industry. One of my favorite aspects of my fellowship was the confidence building. Post-graduating, I was very unsure of my next step, and Global Impact gave me to the tools to confidently step into the work force without any reservations. I feel ready and able to make a difference in the world thanks to the supportive and mentoring staff at Global Impact.




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