The purpose of the MPA Career Event is to provide our MPA students with the opportunity to learn firsthand from successful practitioners of the public and non-profit sectors. Practitioners share their insight and expertise on what skills their organizations find most enticing so as to help prepare our students for better professional opportunities. The event provides students with encouragement, professional guidance, as well as new contacts for their professional network as they navigate through the MPA program.
Elischia Fludd paved her way as a social entrepreneur in 2009 when she started EOTO World, an international capacity building nonprofit for peace and poverty activists. Elischia was inspired by her previous work on human rights for gender justice, Violence Against Women (VAW) prevention, social services and policy as well as her interest in the Millennium Development Goals and a Culture of Peace. As Executive Director, Elischia works with a team of internationally based staff and partner organizations on projects that provide technical assistance, community building, consulting and international policymaking advocacy. Some projects included toolkits that were used by youth in different countries to gain sustainable development awareness and government contracted initiatives, coaching start-up enterprises in human rights framework to integrate into their business models and co-mobilizing international advocacy for Rio +20 and Agenda 2030 that resulted in specific asks included in the final document.
Also a freelance Journalist and Huffington Post Blogger, Elischia uses her platforms to highlight issues within the spectrum of human rights, community building and personal interest stories to a variety of audiences.
Elischia holds a Bachelor's degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College and is undertaking an MBA from New England College.
Linda Halsey, Founder & President of Caleb’s Feet Foundation
Linda Halsey is the founder and President of Caleb’s Feet Foundation. The vision to organize a foundation that would increase the awareness of cervical cancer originated in August 2013 after her daughter passed away due to cervical cancer. Linda held the position of Executive Director for Caleb’s Feet Dance Company, a performing arts Dance Company owned and operated by her daughter, Cheryl. Ms. Halsey has a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Certification in Nonprofit Management and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration, all from Long Island University-Brooklyn Center.
Kurt Sealey, CEO of The Mentorship Project Inc.
Kurt started working at the now defunct Downtown Learning Center, a G.E.D. program in the heart of downtown Brooklyn. Next he moved on to the New York City College of Technology's Black Male Initiative Program, where he still serves on the program’s Task Force. He has been fortunate to be an integral part of a number of initiatives aimed at enriching the chances of minorities accessing and successfully navigating both the academic and social worlds, including: Men in Schools 2008 (Coordinator), Campus Awareness and Discovery (Board member), S.I.M.B.A. (a program at the D.O.E. that focuses on providing services to young men in NYC high schools that reside in homeless shelters), Youth Matters (CUNY Program for students that were a part of the NYC foster care system), The B.M.I./Let's Get Ready S.A.T. Summer program, Girls in Stem Day, National Society of Black Engineers (Advisor, City Tech Chapter)and The Mentorship Project INC., (Founder and C.E.O.) He has also facilitated workshops at a number of colleges, high schools and universities, including: Princeton, The Peddie School, throughout CUNY, FDA VII High School, Rockaway Collegiate and others. He is currently the Interning Coordinator of the Long Island University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
Dawn Strickland has participated in multiple stages of the entrepreneurial process—from idea conception through post-acquisition integration—as an employee, founder, board member, and advisor. Most excited by opportunities to work with entrepreneurs with social missions, Dawn has worked with social ventures focused on issues such as poverty alleviation and education. She is most proud of the legacy of her work as a founding board member of The Laundromat Project, an organization whose work lies at the intersection of the arts and social justice.
Trained in entrepreneurial management as an undergraduate at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Dawn earned an MBA with distinction from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business, where she was a fund manager of the nation’s first student-run venture philanthropy fund. Dawn recently joined the entrepreneurship faculty at LIU Brooklyn and is grateful to be a member of this community.
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