Today on Knowledge@Wharton … we meet several of the 2019 Eisenhower Fellows who are in the U.S as part of the international leader exchange program founded in 1953 during the Eisenhower administration devoted to missions of peace. Former American Ballet Theater dancer JOHN MICHAEL SCHERT describes how he’s bridged his creative life into social entrepreneurship. Schert is the Founding Principal of JMS & Company based in Boise, Idaho that helps businesses, governments, universities and other organizations make creative decisions. He is also the executive producer of the Treefort Music Fest, a three-day music and arts festival in Boise with over 24,000 attendees.
Then, ADELMISE WARNER, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Pandora and SiriusXM, was raised in Haiti as part of a culture that didn’t educate women, as their role was at home. But Ms. Warner has broken that cycle by learning English at the age of 16 when she was living in San Diego. She now is a lawyer who works to bring more women and ethnic minorities to corporate boards.
Our next guest, Associate Research fellow at the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, ANDREA TOBIA ZEVI was an advisor to the Italy’s Prime Minister and helped implement programs to boost Italian cities and its suburbs. Zevi plans on studying U.S. urban practices to improve the future of global cities regarding social equity, environmental impact, economic growth and sustainabletourism.
And, NAJLA AL MIDFA is the CEO of the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Center in the United Arab Emirates, which has a portfolio of 70 startups with over $37 million in investments. The center has created 500 jobs with more than $24 million in sales to date. Al Midfa is studying how governments can shape early-stage investments in startups, and is creating an in-house academy to prepare the next generation of business owners.
Next, DARLENE MURALEMWA, a Senior Lecturer and Founder of Graduate Sales Bootcamp at Mzumbe University’s Dar Es Salaam Campus College, is researching ways to scale up her boot camp from its current nine-day format to a three-month experience. The boot camp has a 60 percent success rate within six months, but Muralemwa is aware of the mindset changes necessary needed to fill in the job skills gap in Tanzania
Finally, Colombian Senator RODRIGO LARA helped negotiate a peace agreement with the FARC rebels, took the lead in crafting disparate laws including organ donation defaults and student loans repayments. His Eisenhower fellowship allows him to examine how military research and development can help to advance the broader economy.