Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Leloba Pahl: Building an Empowered Global Community

Leloba Pahl

December 22, 2009

Leloba Pahl (IPS '10) interned for the Aspen Institute’s program on philanthropy and innovation last summer. Located in Washington D.C., the Aspen Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes dialogue and solutions for a wide range of issues such as climate change, gender empowerment, and social development. Leloba wrote grant applications and policy memos and organized two seminars:

"At the Aspen Institute, I was able to participate in a bunch of different projects. They have so many under one umbrella. Washington D.C. is the center of the policy universe, and Aspen wants to be part of all of it."

A self-proclaimed “networking hub,” Leloba  co-organized iConference09: “Communicating Change in a Complex World” hosted at the Monterey Institute last November. The conference highlighted the role of social media, community empowerment, and global networks in promoting social change. Leloba hopes to cultivate “international connections to help move citizens of any class, region, or age towards a greater understanding of a multilateral future."

This spring Leloba embarked on the International Professional Service Semester. She will contribute her unique combination of passion, expertise, and networking finesse to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as an intern in the division of child protection and gender-based violence.

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