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““Fixing failed states: the folly of foreign aid, the catastrophe of counterinsurgency, and the embers of entrepreneurship”

World Affairs Council of Central Illinois Presentation/Dinner
Speaker: Jesse Sullivan

Tuesday, May 2, 7:30 pm, Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield
Program is free and open to the public.
Reception 5:30/Dinner 6:15 pm in PAC Restaurant, Program 7:30 pm in Brookens Auditorium

Mr. Sullivan has been the recipient of many awards and is widely recognized. In the broadest sense, Jesse Sullivan brings a diverse background with expertise in the following areas: livelihoods, economic opportunity, clean energy and financial services. However, when you delve further you will find his life has been one of dedicating and creating value in the most challenging environments.
In the deadliest district of Afghanistan Jesse led a team on counterinsurgency operations with the U.S. Department of Defense. His commanding officer stated, “Sullivan’s impact is immeasurable in dollars saved and lives not lost.” Sullivan was awarded the Global War on Terrorism Medal, the NATO Service Award, and was named a National Veteran Fellow by the World Affairs Council.
After the earthquake in Haiti of 2010, Jesse served as the Special Assistant to the Haitian Ambassador for Relief Efforts where he was named CNN’s Most Intriguing Person of the Day. He was responsible for shaping the resettlement strategy for Haiti’s largest refugee camp.
In South America, Jesse launched two academies for entrepreneurship; and in Bhutan, he worked with the Royal Family to design the nation’s first impact investment fund using the concept of Gross National Happiness. Also, in Palestine, Jesse worked with youth groups doing interfaith reconciliation work;
He served as a foreign policy advisor on a U.S. Congressional campaign, and helped to grow a national nonprofit to assist wounded veterans returning from Iraq & Afghanistan called The Mission Continues. Sullivan also founded OneWorld, a global justice magazine, that has circulated over 100,000 copies, received national awards, and even Desmond Tutu said, “It blew my mind.”
Most recently, Jesse is the founder & CEO of Alter, a venture that aims to transform failed states through entrepreneurship. The goal is to create jobs in poor countries rather than provide handouts, by finding the best entrepreneurs and matching them with Silicon Valley resources.
Sullivan received his bachelors degree from Saint Louis University in Theology & International Studies. He received a Master’s degree in Global Governance & Diplomacy from Oxford University as Rotary Scholar and received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business where he was a recipient of the Social Change Leadership Award.

Immigrants and Refugees: A Dilemma for U.S. Leaders and Society.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

It seems that not a day goes by without reading or hearing about the topic of immigration, the refugee crisis and building the wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. We are pleased to have Pamela Constable, the Washington Post Bureau Chief for Afghanistan and Pakistan, as our speaker on April 4th. She will be addressing the international refugee crisis from the Middle East and its impact on the U.S. and Europe, and will also be addressing the issue of illegal immigration.

Afghanistan and Pakistan remain states of United States foreign policy concern. Constable has provided extensive reporting since 1988 from Pakistan and Afghanistan, as well as India and Iraq. Having resided in Kabul, Constable’s experiences regarding the region will inform the topic of her talk with us.

Pamela Constable has been the Washington Post bureau chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan since the summer of 2016 and was formerly the deputy foreign editor at The Washington Post. Prior to joining The Washington Post in 1994, Constable was a foreign correspondent and foreign policy reporter for The Boston Globe, where she covered South and Central America, focusing on Chile and Haiti, as well as parts of Asia and the former Soviet Union.

Constable is the author of Fragments of Grace: My Search or Meaning in the Strife in South Asia (Potomac Books, 2004) and the co-author of A Nation of Enemies: Chili under Pinochet (W. W. Norton, 1993).

Constable is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a former member of the Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center in 2010; a former fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation; and the winner of the Maria Moors Cabot prize. A graduate of Brown University, she was also a resident in the Pew International Journalism Program at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.

This program will be held at Brookens Auditorium, University of Illinois Springfield.

Reception: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 6:15 p.m. , Program 7:30 p.m.



“NATO and the Relationship between Poland and the Illinois National Guard”

NATO has been in the news a lot lately. It is perhaps timely to hear from Major General Richard J. Hayes Jr. Major General Hayes is 39th Adjunct General of State of Illinois, principal advisor on military matters to Governor Rauner, and serves as Director of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs in the governor’s cabinet.

To help us better understand what is going on in the world, and how to participate in making the world a better place for our families and future generations, we are honored to have Major General Hayes Jr. with us this evening. He will discuss NATO along with the relationship between the Illinois National Guard and Poland.

Major General Hayes is the senior officer in the chain of command for both the Illinois Army and the Air National Guard. General Hayes, a highly decorated officer,
is responsible for the Illinois National Guard and oversees approximately 13,000 men and women in uniform and 230 in civilian employees in the Illinois Department of Military Affairs.

Some of the Major General’s awards include: National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Bronze Service Star), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal, North Atlantic Treaty Organization Non-Article 5 Medal,Illinois Distinguished Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Kansas University ROTC Alumni Hall of Fame, to name a few.

Major General Hayes holds a Master of Strategic Studies from United States War College, and Master of Business Administration, General Management from Touro University National.

Tuesday, March 14, 7:30 pm, Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 South Sixth Street, Springfield
Program is free and open to the public.
Reception 5:30/Dinner 6:15 pm in , Program 7:30 pm in Club Room of the Hoogland Center for the Arts