Empowering Women Across Africa
Liz Fanning, Founder and Executive Director of CorpsAfrica
Cost: $48 (includes lunch)
Reservations are required by Monday, June 5 at noon!
Presented in partnership with Casa Nova
Liz Fanning, a former Peace Corps Volunteer, and founder in 2011 of CorpsAfrica, currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director. Ms. Fanning has more than 20 years of leadership, fundraising and marketing experience at non-profit organizations that focus on public education, community empowerment, environmental preservation, and international development. Her Peace Corps Volunteer service was in in the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco, 1993-95, where she
lived in a small Berber village and worked on environmental sustainability projects. Liz has worked for a wide range of non-profit organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Schoolhouse Supplies and the Near East Foundation, and she has served on numerous Boards of Directors. Liz has a BA in Economics and History from Boston University and a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in Finance from NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.
Her focus for CIR’s special luncheon presentation, June 7 at 11:45 pm, at the Hotel Santa Fe will be on the work that her organization is doing in advancing the empowerment of women and girls in the countries served by CorpsAfrica: Senegal, Malawi and Morocco.
“My passion is in African development generally; specifically, I feel strongly that development efforts will be more successful when Africa owns its own development – by doing it and paying for it themselves. Empowerment of women and girls is a cross-cutting issue that exists in everything we do. During training, we stress to the Volunteers the importance of focusing development efforts on women and girls, why that is so critical to success and sustainability of their projects and how to accomplish it. Interestingly, some of the most impactful projects that benefit women are conducted by the male Volunteers.“
In addition to her presentation about her work empowering women, she will show a couple of short videos about CorpsAfrica’s work, and will answer questions from the attendees.