Progress in Kenya – a Connection to Mentoring

It has been well over a month since my last blog entry. Much of the reason is that I was in East Africa for over 3 weeks, taking a little vacation and also doing some volunteer networking and work with Metropolitan Community Churches, Other Sheep and Global Roots.

Construction has now started on the Jipe Moyo campsite and Matangini / Kimer Vocational School

With Global Roots, I returned to Mtito Andei, Kenya for the first time since providing the seed funding to start the Matangini / Kimer Vocation School and the Jipe Moyo campsite. (Link here). I am pleased to report that construction has started!

After returning to Mtito Andei, I was asked to go on a three-day survey trip for Global Roots into the Rift Valley area of Kenya, northwest of Nairobi , to assess opportunities for new projects. I met and was hosted by three bright young emerging leaders who head three non-profit groups in the Rift Valley area. These young leaders are attempting to engaged the younger generation of Kenyans in the political process and economic development, with the goal of leading Kenya into a more fair, open and prosperous society that can benefit all people of the country. These three Kenyan groups are:
Smart Citizens
• Youth Peace Alliance
Imagine Kenya

Meeting with Kenyan leaders and activists in the Rift Valley city of Eldoret

In addition, I also met with some established senior government leaders who seek to steer Kenya in a good direction. I then saw the connection to the need for mentoring, which is one of the topics I will be speaking on a conference in August. (Gaston Teaching and Learning Conference.) Ways in which mentoring can help with the capacity building of future Kenyan leadership can include:
• The emerging leaders I met with mentoring the burgeoning young adult population of Kenya
• The current established Kenyan leaders with high integrity mentoring the emerging leaders
• Leadership development and economic development expertise from other countries in the world mentoring the willing and enthusiastic future leaders of Kenya.

I left Kenya with a positive hope of progress that can be made under the leadership of these new emerging leaders who want to build strong competencies coupled with high integrity and a real desire for the best future for the entire country. I look forward to staying involved in this development.

Public Speaking Availability and Recent Television Interview

In addition to offering my consulting services in the areas of diversity management, career mapping / skills development and organizational effectiveness, I also offer my services as a public speaker for your business, organization, network or educational function. I can speak for any length of time you require on my topics of expertise that include:

• The business case for and importance of diversity (overall or LGBT–Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) in a corporate or non-profit setting

• The criticallity of career and skills development either at the person or corporate level

• Leadership focusing on the intersection of elements, talents, and style as well as an depth review of those areas

• On my experience as the new president of the North Carolina Council of Churches

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If you want to see me in action, you can view the recordings of my recent television interview on Byline with Donn Ansell broadcast January 23, 2011 on CBS-WILM Channel 10 in Wilmington, North Carolina. The recordings come in three segments. They are available on YouTube.

SEGMENT 1: Introduction to the North Carolina Council of Churches and the newsworthiness of my election.

SEGMENT 2: More on my election and long time involvement with the Council, my own faith and coming out journey, my role at IBM and its diversity practices, and discussion of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.

SEGMENT 3: Discussing gay bullying, my agenda for the Council, the gay marriage issue, me as a role model, my new consulting practice and my vocational center in Africa with Global Roots.

Thank you for watching. I look forward to you contacting me.