Year in Review

Our inaugural year was an incredible success, jam-packed with thought-provoking discussions, development project simulations, travel opportunities, and internship connections. As a group, our lab dedicated a large portion of the year to working with and consulting The Fellowship for International Service and Health (FISH). With FISH, GDL members traveled to Maclovio Rojas, Mexico to measure the impact of FISH's mobile clinic services. After conducting several qualitative surveys and interviews with local leaders and doctors, our members helped FISH shape a proposal for a remodeled rickettsia and diabetes screening clinic and an interactive computer lab that would facilitate health education in the community.


NOTABLE SPEAKERS

David Glen is the Managing Director of The Endangered Child Foundation based in The Netherlands, dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of homeless, exploited, and otherwise endangered children. The organization is continually documenting the many thousands of disavowed and very young children that inhabit the sewers, alleys, and abandoned buildings of the world’s inner cities, especially those in Eastern Europe, using a highly secure database called PROGENY.

David Glen is the Managing Director of The Endangered Child Foundation based in The Netherlands, dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of homeless, exploited, and otherwise endangered children. The organization is continually documenting the many thousands of disavowed and very young children that inhabit the sewers, alleys, and abandoned buildings of the world’s inner cities, especially those in Eastern Europe, using a highly secure database called PROGENY.

Jason Russell is a co-founder of Invisible Children. After graduating in 2002 from the University of Southern California’s Film School with a degree in Cinema Production, he led a trip to East and central Africa and found himself in the middle of a decade-long war. He made a promise to a boy named Jacob to help end that war, returned home to make a film abut it, which then turned into a non-profit still in pursuit of that promise today.

Jason Russell is a co-founder of Invisible Children. After graduating in 2002 from the University of Southern California’s Film School with a degree in Cinema Production, he led a trip to East and central Africa and found himself in the middle of a decade-long war. He made a promise to a boy named Jacob to help end that war, returned home to make a film abut it, which then turned into a non-profit still in pursuit of that promise today.

Deborah Plotkin is the founder of U-TOUCH, an initiative in northern Uganda that has provided over 4,000 students with valuable ICT skills that help them get jobs, create jobs, or improve their current job positions. An intrepid adventurer and traveler, she has also led projects around the world including building schools high atop Himalayan mountains in Nepal as well as establishing a student sponsorship program in Uganda. She has additionally been a champion for children’s rights and for those with disabilities in the US and Africa.

Deborah Plotkin is the founder of U-TOUCH, an initiative in northern Uganda that has provided over 4,000 students with valuable ICT skills that help them get jobs, create jobs, or improve their current job positions. An intrepid adventurer and traveler, she has also led projects around the world including building schools high atop Himalayan mountains in Nepal as well as establishing a student sponsorship program in Uganda. She has additionally been a champion for children’s rights and for those with disabilities in the US and Africa.

Grace Kim is managing director at GOODcorps. Since founding the social impact consultancy, Grace has worked with large organizations including Pepsi, Microsoft, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The California Endowment, on major social impact initiatives. Prior to GOOD, Grace designed marketing strategy for Fortune 500 companies and led a domestic poverty awareness program for Habitat for Humanity. In her free time, she advises purpose-driven organizations and co-produces TEDxSkid Row. 

Grace Kim is managing director at GOODcorps. Since founding the social impact consultancy, Grace has worked with large organizations including Pepsi, Microsoft, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and The California Endowment, on major social impact initiatives. Prior to GOOD, Grace designed marketing strategy for Fortune 500 companies and led a domestic poverty awareness program for Habitat for Humanity. In her free time, she advises purpose-driven organizations and co-produces TEDxSkid Row. 

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