Courtney Bennett

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Courtney D. Bennett, CEO for the International Partnership for Economic & Sustainable Development (IPESD), is a global competence and youth development expert. For more than ten years she has been involved in leading youth advocacy efforts mainly around education and entrepreneurship, social justice, peace-building, and diplomacy. In 2013, Courtney represented the United States as a Sister Cities Delegate leading the District of Columbia Youth Advisory Council through cultural, educational and economic exchanges at the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) as well as the prestigious Peking University in Beijing, China. Prior to founding IPESD, Courtney has held several global leadership positions including: Executive Director, LEAP Global; Senior Global Logistics Leader, Give1Project & Akon Lighting Africa; Member, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy; and Reviewer, Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.

Courtney studied at the illustrious North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University and the School of Public and International Affairs at North Carolina State University. In 2016, ColorComm, a business community for women of color in the communications industry, selected her and 4 other women in the United States to participate in the Digital Media Fellowship for the United Nations Foundation Social Good Summit. She is currently involved in fostering meaningful cultural exchanges with a special focus on bonds between Africans in the diaspora through youth education and entrepreneurship, business and trade, arts and culture, and community development. She also works to shape local, national and global policies and programs that benefit the Global Campaign for Education for All.

Statement of Interest

Many professionals view board service as a rewarding way to share their skill sets and talents with companies and non-profits. While enough for most, the primary reason why I want to run for Sister Cities International’s Board of Directors is because I think it’s imperative for organizations to consider young professionals, their diverse backgrounds and perspectives as a tool for organization sustainability. I believe in SCI’s mission of promoting peace through mutual respect and I endeavor to strengthen my business management and strategic planning skills through service. Furthermore, I am experienced, yet confident that a position on such an eminent board will allow me to deep dive into international relations while gaining invaluable insight to complex issues that are integral to global business and economies.

Skills and Assets

Board service at its best allows one to bring their full self to the team (organization). With high levels of influence, impact, and intuitiveness, I am dedicated to reimagining how we address 21st century global challenges through international friendships and cooperation. My life experiences have prepared me for this seat at the table, and although highly analytical, I am also a trusted listener. I am relentless, graceful, genuine, tactful, and above all: ready.