A meeting with the Chief…

During the last month, I’ve had the honor of accompanying Saha Global staff on two Chief visits. The rural communities around Tamale are not only patriarchal, but also geriarchal. This means that each of the villages is lead by a chief- typically an aged male- and a small community of “elders” (also old men). Major…

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Will Coach from ANYWHERE!

Like many international organizations, Saha is made up of a combination of well-educated, goodhearted Westerners (in this case, American women) and motivated, prominent locals (6 men and recently Saha has added its first woman). The differences in culture, language, gender roles, education levels, access to opportunity, and finances are vast and contribute to divergent opinions,…

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Just Do It

If I had to pay Nike every time I used their slogan to give myself the courage to accomplish something… well they’d probably be as wealthy as they are now, but I’d be broke. Yesterday I ran my first solo Insight Training with Saha Global. I’ve been preparing for this training ever since I first…

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Water. Is. Life.

When September came, I was Africa-bound. Leaving Concord was bittersweet, but as my plane took off from Boston, I was pleased to feel the nervous excitement of a new adventure. I had a week layover in France to visit some dear friends, eat delicious food, and spend some time with Justin, but after that, it…

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Why Communicate?

Recently, my reading and discoveries has me pondering the purpose for communication. There are arguably three of them. First, we communicate with the purpose of sharing information; second, we communicate to problem solve, and third, we communicate with the purpose of tending to a relationship… a lot of time this means venting! We often blend…

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Surround Yourself with Good People

One of the unexpected benefits of this summer has been, hands down, the community of people within which I find myself. I have met some of the most genuine, intentional, and awesome people.  For me, its been an excellent reminder that life is so much sweeter when you surround yourself with people who inspire you…

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July: Learning and Applying

My activities these past four weeks fit mainly in two categories. The first is a continuation from the month of June- learning content, observing trainings, and sometimes helping to deliver modules at Insight trainings.  The material for Insight trainings stem primarily from two world- renown books. The first, Getting to Yes, by Roger Fisher, William…

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The Coolest Fellowship

This week has been filled with some pretty special days as an Insight Fellow. I’m currently in Zurich, Switzerland with David Seibel (President of Insight Partners) as a second trainer at a Negotiation Skills Training. Insight Partners was hired to provide a day and a half training followed by a day and a half of…

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Everything Is Up For Negotiation

Every morning on my way to the office, I pass this sign. “Entering Concord”, it reads, and every morning I am reminded that this is real. That for the next year, I will be an Insight Fellow, working with some of the best minds in the field of conflict management and effective communication. But what…

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When living abroad- try a home stay!

When I first decided to go abroad to France, it didn’t actually register that I would be living with host families. It wasn’t until after I received my location, information on my new school, and had to write my first introductory letter to my new “parents” that I realized that I was about to step…

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