Date: Thursday, November 17, 2022
Time: 7 pm – 8:15 pm Central Time | GMT -5:00
Cost: FREE and open to the public, registration required
Guest Speaker: Natalia Etten
Natalia Etten is an associate director at a DC-based international affairs think tank. Throughout her career, and prior to her new role, Natalia has supported hundreds of emerging leaders from Eastern Europe, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Caucasus via various flagship U.S. government-funded programs, including Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future and Regional Workshops and Edmund S. Muskie Professional Fellowship Program. During her tenure, she oversaw grassroots community projects across Southeast Asia, orchestrated internship placements across the USA for Foreign Fulbright Scholarship recipients, and designed experiential international, domestic, and virtual events spanning from Astana, Kazakhstan to Jakarta, Indonesia.
Through her pro bono work, Natalia serves on the board of a grassroots civic leadership exchange non-profit in Minnesota, Global Synergy Group. As co-director, she creates youth civic leadership engagement and development exchange programs for young leaders in Ukraine and Minnesota and leads humanitarian aid efforts in hard-to-reach communities affected by the war in Ukraine.
Natalia holds two master’s degrees, one in Ukrainian Language and Literature from Crimean Engineering and Pedagogical University and the other in Comparative and International Development Education from the University of Minnesota. She is committed to connecting people, ideas, and cultures and providing civic leadership development opportunities for the brightest minds of the world.
Description: The guest speaker will take a closer look at the war, its causes, the results so far, and share an update of current human rights violations taking place and will respond to questions from the attendees.
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