Colleen Waterston is the founder and visionary of the Big Shared World community building initiative. After traveling to 4o countries in 15 months, asking 700+ people the BSW questions along the way, Colleen settled back in to her professional base in Washington DC. There, she is currently putting the story of the journey together in book form, as well as working with clients and organizations for various speaking engagements and consulting projects. Prior to the BSW journey, Colleen spent time working with the policy team of an advocacy group for the foreign affairs budget, managing the marketing of a film on social entrepreneurship, and assisting in the development of a boutique consulting firm focused on cross-sector collaboration, especially in the overlap of sustainability and corporate responsibility. Colleen received her master’s degree in International Development Practice from University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs in 2013, and holds a Bachelors of Arts in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, with minors in Anthropology and Chinese Studies, from DePaul University in 2009. Thanks to her mom’s airline employee flight benefits, a trip home to Minnesota is never too hard to make. She especially enjoys any time spent at her favorite place on the planet, “up north” Minnesota, where she retreats to write and relish in the true nature of the land of 10,000 lakes. For Colleen’s full bio and to be in touch.
Courtney Bye leads the research and data analysis efforts from the 700+ responses collected during the BSW journey. In addition, she managed the Integrated Development Group (IDG) student team’s market research project. Courtney is a senior at University of the Pacific in pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Applied Economics and with a minor in Chinese Studies. In the fall of 2014, she studied abroad in Shanghai, China. While there, she continued her study of Mandarin as well as took courses focused on sustainability and corporate social responsibility across transnational businesses. Currently, Courtney is the Managing Director of the IDG, a student run social-impact consulting firm in Stockton, CA. She spent the last summer interning at Nathan Associates Inc., an international economic development firm in the Infrastructure Planning and International Development departments. She has also worked for Who Cares? a social-impact media company where she worked as an Indiegogo Campaign Manager and designer. She hopes to continue working in the social-impact space upon her graduation in May 2016. To connect with Courtney, click here.
Integrated Development Group (IDG)
Integrated Development Group is an inter-disciplinary student group housed at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. IDG seeks to accelerate high impact social entrepreneurs and enterprises through an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. IDG is comprised of a skilled team of undergraduate and graduate students who provide assistance to organizations through management consulting services such as strategic planning, marketing campaigns, web page design, program strategizing, fundraising, business planning, strategic industry research, and organizational development. The students that make up IDG are familiar with social entrepreneurship, domestic and international community development, and specific skills from various disciplines such as business, international relations, political science, engineering, economics, health science, education and law. For more information about IDG, click here.
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