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21 Nov
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WEF team visits with President Bill Clinton

World Experiences Foundation Founder Akash Patel and board chair Mary Blankenship Pointer visited with President Bill Clinton over the weekend at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.

At a cocktail reception honoring the President, Mr. Patel and Ms. Pointer discussed global education and the work of the World Experiences Foundation.

12 Oct
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Our Founder receives National Point of Light Award

Norman Resident Recognized with Daily Point of Light Award for Work with the World Experiences Foundation

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Points of Light Honors Akash Patel for Dedication to Volunteering

Wednesday, September 27, Norman, Oklahoma – Akash Patel was named Daily Point of Light Award Number 6097 by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Akash Patel received this recognition for his ongoing commitment to the World Experiences Foundation.

Picture a student in science class, seated at a desk, her computer on. The student isn’t writing a paper about her studies or reading class materials, according to Akash Patel. She is interacting with students halfway around the world in Australia, touring their classroom, hearing about what their science quiz will cover that week. The child, from her desk in America’s heartland, is experiencing a world she may never get to travel to – but because of the World Experiences Foundation, she’s learning from it.

Founded by Akash in 2012, while he was in college, WEF is designed to bring classrooms and communities together worldwide to develop global citizens and impart anti-bias multicultural and multilingual education. The 26-year-old Norman, Oklahoma, resident, who was a full-time volunteer up until last year, believes people of all ages can – and should – make a difference in their communities. “Volunteering is such a terrific way of creating a community you want to live in,” said Akash. “Volunteer, make a difference, start small, and see how it evolves into something big.”

Born in Nashik, India, a city nearby Mumbai, Akash immigrated to the United States in 2009. While living and student teaching in rural Oklahoma, he discovered many students had never seen anyone like him before. “I saw the spark in the eyes of the children,” he said. “That’s when I realized, my work doesn’t stop right here in one classroom. Maybe I have the opportunity to share all of these experiences with children across the state of Oklahoma.”

Connecting students using technology and offering professional development to educators on global education, Akash believes that by teaching lessons about countries and cultures around the world, he can foster cross-cultural dialogue and help dispel stereotypes.

“We as educators have the power to bring the world to their classrooms, and broaden their horizons, and show them that, ‘hey, there’s a world that exists outside these classrooms, outside your neighborhoods,’” Akash said. “And then they see these role models, people with varied professions, and they see that, ‘wow, yes, I too can be there someday, and I too, can do some of these amazing things.’”

Daily Point of Light Awards are given five days a week in the United States and the United Kingdom to honor individuals and groups creating meaningful change to meet community needs; efforts which often lead to long-term solutions and impact social problems in their local communities. President George H. W. Bush was the first president in American history to institute a daily presidential recognition program from the White House, conferring 1,020 Daily Point of Light Awards on citizens and organizations making a big difference in other people’s lives and solving community problems. Points of Light continues the recognition and honorees receive a signed certificate from President Bush. The 5000th award was presented at a special ceremony at the White House with President Barack Obama and President George H. W. Bush co-presenting. The nonpartisan award was adopted by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron in 2014, and the tradition has continued with his successor Theresa May. More than 6,500 Daily Point of Light Award recipients have been recognized in the United States and the United Kingdom.

“The Daily Points of Light award recognizes exceptional individuals who are using their time, talent, voice and treasure to improve the lives of others,” said Jaqueline Innocent, vice president, Recognition Programs of Points of Light. “These points of light, like Akash Patel, make an impact on individuals while also helping build resilient communities.”

Akash Patel continues to inspire others with his/her work and hopes to show others they can make a difference in their communities too.

In 2016, Akash started the Global Ambassadors Leadership Institute, a program within WEF that annually grants a scholarship to 50 Oklahoma high school students and enables them to give back to the community through global projects. As one of the students selected, 16-year-old Michael Pope created an app under Akash’s counsel that facilitates access to resources desperately needed by immigrants new to the United States. According to the Edmond, Oklahoma, teen, the project has changed the way he thinks about his community. “Akash gave me a lot of knowledge on how people outside of the country think. … I didn’t realize how hard it was until I was actually in the class, how hard it is to adjust from their lifestyle into ours,” Michael said. “It’s really opened my eyes up a lot.”

WEF now serves hundreds of schools across Oklahoma. Akash, who wants to expand his organization to schools around the world, says his focus on bringing people together is based on a simple idea. “Simple actions can have a huge impact and inspire others to take action,” he said. “Despite our differences, we are all the same.”

To learn more about Akash Patel’s work and to get involved with the World Experiences Foundation, visit www.worldexperiencesfoundation.org

About Points of Light

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.

30 Sep
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WEF Celebrates Global Education & Leadership at Annual Global Citizen Gala

World Experiences Foundation Celebrates Global Education and Leadership at Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala

World Experiences Foundation (WEF) is an Oklahoma based international nonprofit organization with a vision to promote global citizenship in schools and communities worldwide. WEF achieves its community goals through its six programs that provide unique opportunities for children to preview their misconceptions about other cultures, dispel any stereotypes and treat everyone the same. WEF follows and centers its educational programs on the UN SDGs.

The Foundation’s Global Connect program allows educators to use Skype, Google Hangout and other virtual platforms to connect their students with classrooms and professionals worldwide. The International Day program allows international students from Oklahoma and Texas colleges and universities to participate in meaningful service learning educating children and citizens about different cultures and countries. The Global Ambassadors Leadership Institute selects fifty high school and college students annually and trains them to become global citizens. WEF’s international service learning trips take high school and college students and professionals on service learning trips to countries worldwide. The multicultural resource center allows Pre K-12 and university educators to access hundreds of standards-based multicultural and global lessons. The Foundation’s Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala celebrates individuals and organizations who have made a significant impact on global citizenship and giving.

On September 9th, 2017 World Experiences Foundation (WEF) celebrated its Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala for a formal evening of multicultural experience at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Oklahoma City. At this black tie multicultural event, with attendance of roughly 350 global citizens, various community stalwarts were acknowledged for their ongoing contribution to make societal inclusion, multiculturalism, pluralism and multilingualism, a reality for all. Former Oklahoma Governor Brad Henry, US Ambassador (retd.) Edwin Corr & University of Oklahoma Dean Suzette Grillot chaired the 2017 gala. 

Ramu Damodaran, Chief, United Nations Academic Impact Initiative and Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement, UN Outreach delivered an inspiring keynote and left everyone with his great tribal story about turning ‘hard times and grieving’ into a ‘field of flowers’ by watering them with our tears.

The evening’s entertainment showcased a variety of special cultural performances from around the world. Guests had the opportunity of participating in a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting World Experiences Foundation’s global education programs in Oklahoma and abroad. The Foundation honored Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation with its Lifetime Achievement Award in Global Citizenship, the Whitten Newman Family Foundation with its Global Vision Award, and Mary Blankenship Pointer, CFO, Council of International Neonatal Nurses with its Global Humanitarian Award. 11 outstanding global leaders/organizations were inducted in WEF’s 2017 Class of Global Citizens for their extraordinary contributions to global citizenship in the United States and abroad.

For more information about the Global Citizen Awards Gala and the World Experiences Foundation, please visit www.worldexperincesfoundation.org

30 Sep
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Our Founder Mr. Patel receives National Point of Light Award

Norman Resident Recognized with Daily Point of Light Award for Work with the World Experiences Foundation

Points of Light Honors Akash Patel for Dedication to Volunteering

Wednesday, September 27, Norman, Oklahoma – Akash Patel was named Daily Point of Light Award Number 6097 by Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Akash Patel received this recognition for his ongoing commitment to the World Experiences Foundation.

Picture a student in science class, seated at a desk, her computer on. The student isn’t writing a paper about her studies or reading class materials, according to Akash Patel. She is interacting with students halfway around the world in Australia, touring their classroom, hearing about what their science quiz will cover that week. The child, from her desk in America’s heartland, is experiencing a world she may never get to travel to – but because of the World Experiences Foundation, she’s learning from it.

Founded by Akash in 2012, while he was in college, WEF is designed to bring classrooms and communities together worldwide to develop global citizens and impart anti-bias multicultural and multilingual education. The 26-year-old Norman, Oklahoma, resident, who was a full-time volunteer up until last year, believes people of all ages can – and should – make a difference in their communities. “Volunteering is such a terrific way of creating a community you want to live in,” said Akash. “Volunteer, make a difference, start small, and see how it evolves into something big.”

Born in Nashik, India, a city nearby Mumbai, Akash immigrated to the United States in 2009. While living and student teaching in rural Oklahoma, he discovered many students had never seen anyone like him before. “I saw the spark in the eyes of the children,” he said. “That’s when I realized, my work doesn’t stop right here in one classroom. Maybe I have the opportunity to share all of these experiences with children across the state of Oklahoma.”

Connecting students using technology and offering professional development to educators on global education, Akash believes that by teaching lessons about countries and cultures around the world, he can foster cross-cultural dialogue and help dispel stereotypes.

“We as educators have the power to bring the world to their classrooms, and broaden their horizons, and show them that, ‘hey, there’s a world that exists outside these classrooms, outside your neighborhoods,’” Akash said. “And then they see these role models, people with varied professions, and they see that, ‘wow, yes, I too can be there someday, and I too, can do some of these amazing things.’”

Daily Point of Light Awards are given five days a week in the United States and the United Kingdom to honor individuals and groups creating meaningful change to meet community needs; efforts which often lead to long-term solutions and impact social problems in their local communities. President George H. W. Bush was the first president in American history to institute a daily presidential recognition program from the White House, conferring 1,020 Daily Point of Light Awards on citizens and organizations making a big difference in other people’s lives and solving community problems. Points of Light continues the recognition and honorees receive a signed certificate from President Bush. The 5000th award was presented at a special ceremony at the White House with President Barack Obama and President George H. W. Bush co-presenting. The nonpartisan award was adopted by former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron in 2014, and the tradition has continued with his successor Theresa May. More than 6,500 Daily Point of Light Award recipients have been recognized in the United States and the United Kingdom.

“The Daily Points of Light award recognizes exceptional individuals who are using their time, talent, voice and treasure to improve the lives of others,” said Jaqueline Innocent, vice president, Recognition Programs of Points of Light. “These points of light, like Akash Patel, make an impact on individuals while also helping build resilient communities.”

Akash Patel continues to inspire others with his/her work and hopes to show others they can make a difference in their communities too.

In 2016, Akash started the Global Ambassadors Leadership Institute, a program within WEF that annually grants a scholarship to 50 Oklahoma high school students and enables them to give back to the community through global projects. As one of the students selected, 16-year-old Michael Pope created an app under Akash’s counsel that facilitates access to resources desperately needed by immigrants new to the United States. According to the Edmond, Oklahoma, teen, the project has changed the way he thinks about his community. “Akash gave me a lot of knowledge on how people outside of the country think. … I didn’t realize how hard it was until I was actually in the class, how hard it is to adjust from their lifestyle into ours,” Michael said. “It’s really opened my eyes up a lot.”

WEF now serves hundreds of schools across Oklahoma. Akash, who wants to expand his organization to schools around the world, says his focus on bringing people together is based on a simple idea. “Simple actions can have a huge impact and inspire others to take action,” he said. “Despite our differences, we are all the same.”

To learn more about Akash Patel’s work and to get involved with the World Experiences Foundation, visit www.worldexperiencesfoundation.org

About Points of Light

Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages four million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people where it’s needed most. For more information, visit www.pointsoflight.org.

16 Aug
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WEF launches the Global Ambassadors Leadership Institute in Nepal

World Experiences Foundation will offer its Global Ambassadors Leadership Institute in Nepal starting Fall 2017 at the Global Academy of Tourism and Hospitality Education in Kathmandu.

The first class was held this past weekend at GATE where a select group of distinguished global citizens from across Nepal gathered to attend orientation and brainstorm ideas to think create and implement projects aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

We are excited the class will be led by our friend and GA Coordinator Mr. Sunil Phuyal under the mentorship of Mr. Khem Lakai, CEO, GATE and Mr. Akash Patel, Founder, World Experiences Foundation. For more information about the Global Ambassadors Leadership Institute in Nepal, please contact sunil@worldexperiencesfoundation.org

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05 Aug
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Global Citizen Awards Gala honorees announced

World Experiences Foundation (WEF) cordially invites you to its Annual Global Citizen Awards Gala for a formal evening of multicultural experience. Former OK Governor Brad Henry, US Ambassador (retd.) Edwin Corr & OU Dean Suzette Grillot will chair the 2017 gala.

Ramu Damodaran, Chief, United Nations Academic Impact Initiative and Deputy Director for Partnerships and Public Engagement, UN Outreach will be the featured keynote speaker.

The evening’s entertainment will showcase a variety of special cultural performances from around the world. Guests will have the opportunity of participating in a silent auction with all proceeds benefitting World Experiences Foundation’s global education programs in Oklahoma and abroad. The Foundation will honor Governor Bill Anoatubby, Chickasaw Nation with its Lifetime Achievement Award in Global Citizenship, the Whitten Newman Family Foundation with its Global Vision Award, andMary Blankenship Pointer, CFO, Council of International Neonatal Nurses with its Global Humanitarian Award. 11 outstanding global leaders/organizations will be inducted in WEF’s 2017 Class of Global Citizens for their extraordinary contributions to global citizenship in the United States and abroad. The honorees include Multicultural Education Institutein Education, the Syrian Toy Project in Nonprofits, Brenda Jones Barwick in Business, Professor Evelyn Aswad in Law & Politics, Joslyn Mery-Massad in Media, Lester Claravall in Public Service, Sunita MacLennan-Sharma in Community Service, Casey Camp-Horinek in Environment, Dr. Bradley Farris in Healthcare, Dr. Eduard Ricaurte in STEM and Mariana Llanos in Arts.

Join us in experiencing a world-class evening of diplomacy, dinner, and dancing celebrating global education and leadership.Black tie/business professional optional, national/multicultural attire encouraged. For more information about the event or sponsorships, contact Akash Patel at 405-474-3310 / worldexperiencesfoundation@gmail.com

For more information about paying by check or via invoice, please contact Don Bisbee at 405-474-3310 /don@worldexperiencesfoundation.org

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11 Jul
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Professor Evelyn Aswad to receive Global Citizen Award in Law/Politics

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Evelyn Mary Aswad is a Professor of Law and the Herman G. Kaiser Chair in International Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law.  She is also the founder and director of the College’s Center for International Business & Human Rights, which is the first center of its kind at a U.S. law school.  The Center’s mission is to prepare College of Law students to address the growing human rights challenges faced by U.S. companies operating abroad and to provide academic think tank expertise to influence positively contemporary international business and human rights issues.  Professor Aswad also provides advice on human rights matters to the U.S. Department of State through her service on its Advisory Committee on International Law as well as its Stakeholder Advisory Board on matters of responsible business conduct abroad.  During the last four years she served on the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy Through Law, which is an expert body that issued opinions on a variety of human rights and rule of law matters with regard to countries in Europe and the Middle East.  As a College of Law professor, she has also spoken about her human rights law research at venues ranging from the United Nations in Geneva to Stanford University in Palo Alto.

Professor Aswad has brought numerous senior officials from the United Nations, NATO, the U.S. State Department, and international human rights groups to speak at OU Law and has taken her students to international law and human rights meetings in Central America, Europe, and Washington, DC.  She has created a variety of cutting edge international law courses, including a course in which students provided academic research assistance to non-governmental organizations that help vulnerable communities in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe.  She also led a group of students in conducting a pro bono legal research project about ISIS atrocities occurring in Syria and Iraq.  She has helped her students obtain internships at the United Nations, the U.S. State Department, and with international NGOs. Professor Aswad was named outstanding faculty member by the College of Law’s student body in 2014 and received the university-wide Boren Award for Global Engagement in 2016.  

Prior to joining OU, Professor Aswad worked at the U.S. Department of State for about 14 years, most recently as the director of the legal office for human rights and refugee matters.  She served as the legal adviser for U.S. government delegations to numerous international negotiations at the United Nations, the Organization of American States, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.  She also taught international human rights law and multilateral negotiation techniques to U.S. diplomats at the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute.  In addition, she taught international courses at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service as well as its Law Center as an adjunct professor while she was living in Washington, D.C.

For more information about the Global Citizen Awards Gala, please visit: http://bit.ly/2rzCQXR

11 Jul
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MEI to receive 2017 Global Citizen Award in Education

The Multicultural Education Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma will receive World Experiences Foundation’s 2017 Global Citizen Award in Education.

The Multicultural Education Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma unites educators in the Oklahoma City metro area to share the latest strategies and practices that help improve educating our increasingly diverse communities.

MEI is committed to the recognition of excellence in multicultural education and each year the Multicultural Awards Committee selects a recipient for the Teacher of the Year, Citizen of the Year and Paraprofessional of the Year, as well as Teacher Incentive Grant Award winners.Beginning in the year 2000, the Multicultural Institute also awarded Multicultural Institute Teacher Incentive Grants to encourage teachers to implement multicultural strategies into their classroom environments.  The Incentive Grants are supported through donations to UCO specifically for this purpose and with funds raised through a Silent Auction.

This annual event is developed through collaborative efforts with several education agencies   including school districts and community service groups, the Oklahoma State Department and Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education.  The Institute brings together presenters from across the state and the nation to speak to Oklahoma’s future and current teachers, and other educators about critical issues and concerns related to schooling in our culturally diverse society.  The event is offered in a conference format providing several concurrent sessions that focus on cross-cultural understanding and the implementation of strategies and programs that build tolerance and academic success for all students.  The Institute also features exhibits and multicultural entertainment.

Participants receive a certificate of attendance for professional development purposes and may also enroll for one or two hours of undergraduate or graduate college credit from UCO.  There is also an optional follow-up weekend that participants enrolled in credit may attend if they choose.

For more information about the Global Citizen Awards gala and tickets, please visit: http://bit.ly/2rzCQXR

UCO photo by Daniel Smith.

UCO photo by Daniel Smith.

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08 Jul
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Syrian Toy Project to receive Global Citizen Award in Nonprofits

The Syrian Toy Project will receive World Experiences Foundation’s Global Citizen Award in Nonprofits on Saturday, September 9 at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Oklahoma City.

In March 2015, a visiting peace ambassador’s call to action inspired then University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma students to collect and deliver more than 1,100 stuffed toys for children overseas. Beth Pierce, of Wynnewood, and Torri Rillema, of Purcell, were moved to action when an evening lecture showed them a way to improve the lives of children displaced from their homes and families by the horrors of war. Hind Kabawat, a senior program officer for the United States Institute of Peace and a native Syrian, visited the campus in January to share insights into Syria’s civil war as part of USAO’s Ableson Religious Reconciliation Lecture.

During a question and answer session, Pierce, a senior elementary education major, asked Kabawat what people could do to help. After listing a number of organizations to which people could donate or volunteer, Kabawat said she had seen some of the most dramatic responses from children in the camps to teddy bears she took on her visits. “The way that they hold these teddy bears and look at me with this big smile, it almost brought me to tears,” Kabawat said. “After that, we started collecting stuffed animals. Every kid, this is what they want. It’s important to bring them food, of course, but the toy is so simple.”

Pierce and Rillema knew what they wanted to do. They approached Jeanne Mather, professor of education, who has experience organizing donation drives from her 18 years at the head of Books for Tots. Books for Tots has donated more than 101,000 books to children from economically disadvantaged families at Christmas time. Mather used her mailing list of more than 500 past and current education students to get out the word about the stuffed animal drive.

Pierce and Rillema reached out, through social media, to organizations near and far to contribute to the drive. Rillema, a junior elementary education major, enlisted her sister’s Girl Scout troop in Tuttle to aid with the drive and received considerable donations from the Future Career and Community Leaders organization at Dibble High School. The project received a big boost on Facebook from the Karam Foundation, a charity that specializes in crises in the Middle East, which included them in its Random Acts of Kindness week initiative.

Driven by donations as close as the campus itself and as far away as France, Pierce and Rillema collected more than 1,100 stuffed animals and toys by the end of February. One problem remained — how to get the toys to Washington, D.C., home of the United States Institute of Peace?

The original plan had been to drive Pierce’s car, but the toys would no longer fit. “We had to convince my mother to borrow her SUV and drive it across the country,” Rillema said. “We just missed the Oklahoma snowstorm by a few hours. It took two days to get there and two days to get back.” While in Washington, they were stunned by Kabawat and her associates’ hospitality. “Hind actually gave us her apartment while we were there,” Pierce said. “She went and stayed with her mom. We met with a lot of the people from the USIP. We went to dinner with Hind and some USIP dignitaries.” “It was probably the most educational experience of my life, watching this room full of Christians, Buddhists, Jews and Muslims debating about what to do.”

Mather said she is proud of what the two accomplished.

“The degree of dedication these young ladies displayed was really inspirational. It just shows how much difference a single person can make. They weren’t afraid to tackle a huge project,” Mather said. “I hope that would inspire other people to do the same. Start little and aim big.”

Pierce is hesitant to accept praise for what they accomplished,“We just want people to understand what’s going on over there so that enough people will care about it and do something about it. Teddy bears aren’t going to save them. People who care and want to make a change is what is going to save them.”

Rillema came away from the experience similarly motivated to help change attitudes about the Syrian conflict.“It’s important for us to realize that we have a lot of misconceptions about Middle Eastern cultures. It’s not ‘Us versus Them’ and as long as we continue to view it that way, we are contributing to the problem rather than the solution.,” she said.

For more information about the gala or tickets, please visit: http://bit.ly/2rzCQXR

07 Jul
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Brenda Jones Barwick to receive Global Citizen Award in Business

Brenda Barwick white bkgdBrenda Jones Barwick, President, Jones PR, will receive World Experiences Foundation’s Global Citizen Award in Business at the 2017 Global Citizen Awards Gala on Saturday, September 9 at the Embassy Suites in Downtown Oklahoma City. 

Brenda Jones Barwick has a 35-year career practicing strategic communications at the highest levels in Washington, DC, at the U.S. State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development, an international relief organization and several Fortune 500 companies and national associations.

In 2001, she founded Jones PR that has grown to become a leading integrated communications and public affairs agency with global partners through PROI Worldwide. In 2015 and 2016, the agency was listed in Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the U.S., and in 2016, won national awards by PRWeek for Non-Profit Campaign of the Year and by Public Relations Society of America for videos, social media and advertorials.

Brenda served in The White House West Wing and U.S. State Department for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush. She was appointed to the Foreign Service and served at the American Embassy in Switzerland. From 1981-1985, she served at the U.S. Information Agency (now U.S. State Department’s Office of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs), where she worked closely with the Foreign Press Center, Voice of America and Educational and Cultural Exchange programs. President Bush appointed her to a Presidential Commission studying foreign aid that released its final report in 1992. Afterwards, she worked for the fifth largest international relief organization that rescued a Bosnian teen who lost both legs in a bombing and brought her to the U.S. for prosthetics, and provided medical teams and emergency supplies to natural and manmade disasters worldwide.

Brenda is Vice Chair of the Governor’s International Team, an economic development advisory and resource group. She has served as a Delegate to the Public Relations Society of America International Conference, received the National Headliner Award from the Association for Women in Communications, and has won nearly 100 national, regional and local awards.

She earned her B.A. in Journalism from The University of Oklahoma. She is married to James Barwick, Esq., who serves as the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commissioner for District 5, covering central Oklahoma.

For more information about the 2017 Global Citizen Awards Gala, please visit: http://bit.ly/2rzCQXR

 

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