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Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Global Perspectives

April 25, 2018 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EDT

Brown Bag Lunch & Learn: Global Perspectives

We see reminders every day in our professional and personal lives why it is important to have a global perspective. Two leaders representing West Michigan-based international NGOs will share their challenges, successes and why having a global perspective is critically important to their work. We will discuss issues around cultural competency, communication, and involvement of local people in addressing complex social problems.

Participants can expect to come away with helpful information they can use to connect why such a perspective is important to their organization regardless of whether they engage in international work.

Presenters: Mary Dailey Brown and Ron Geerlings

Cost: Free!

Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this event. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

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Mary Dailey Brown

Mary Dailey Brown
is the co-founder, president, and CEO of SowHope, an international, 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to inspiring women in the developing world. Over the past 35 years, Mary has visited and traveled to 60 countries and has been involved both personally and vocationally with the poor. She has led more than100 volunteer teams to over 30 countries. Mary earned a B.A. from Southern Illinois University with majors in photography and psychology. She completed her M.P.A. in nonprofit management and leadership at Grand Valley State University, where she now teaches as a part-time professor. Mary served as the founding executive director of Love Inc. (formerly the US branch of World Vision) of Lake County, IL. She was the director of missions at Bella Vista Church in Rockford, MI for eight years, and it was during that time that she traveled to many third world countries and developed the vision to start SowHope.

Ron Geerlings


Ron Geerlings grew up on a small family farm in West Michigan, rarely getting away for more than an annual three-day trip. That all changed when, two months after graduating from Calvin College in 1980, he and his wife responded to a teacher shortage in Nigeria. In 1984, Ron completed an M.A. in education leadership from Western Michigan University. Since then, he has served in a variety of leadership positions — some based in West Africa — with the mission agency of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC). Ron’s current role as global area director for Africa and Europe is based in the CRC denominational offices in Grand Rapids.


April 25, 2018
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EDT
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
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Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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