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alumni conference and networking event


Letter from Anthony Koliha

Dear Humphrey Alumni and Conference Participants,
On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, thank you for lending your expertise and spearheading the conference Brain Gain in the Balkans: Economic and Development Strategies for a Better Future.” We applaud your goal of building a broader network of fellow leaders to advance transparency, education and economic development in the Balkans.

This event is planned during the 40 th anniversary of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program and exemplifies the program’s goals to develop professional capacities and foster a network of global leaders who will work together to create a better future for the citizens of our local, regional, and international communities. I also want to recognize your extraordinary professional achievements and contributions to public service through your work as journalists, policy makers, healthcare professionals, project managers, and entrepreneurs which have strengthened your communities and nations in Europe and beyond.

On March 7 and thereafter, we hope that you will take every opportunity to share your own experiences and expertise so that you may learn from one another and further positive change in the Balkans and around the world. Please also join us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter using #Humphrey40.

Anthony Koliha,
Director Office of Global Educational Programs

Letter from Nancy Overholt

Dear Humphrey Alumni and Friends,

On behalf of the Institute of International Education, I am pleased to send warm greetings and best wishes to all attending 2019 Brain Gain in the Balkans: Economic and Development Strategies for a Better Future. This Conference and Networking Event is an opportunity for you to meet Alumni and other professionals from various fields to share impactful experiences and explore opportunities for collaboration.

Inspiration for this Conference comes from Mila Moralic and Marina Ridic, and their appreciation for the strategic agility and robust development that grow out of strong networks.

The format for the conference provides many options for learning new perspectives and techniques, dialog with a cross-section of field experts, and an invitation to pursue ideas and actions during this 40 th year of the Humphrey Fellowship.

Although the Conference is one day, I challenge you to make the impact life-long!

With best regards,

(Ms.) Nancy Overholt,
Director, Humphrey Fellowship Program
Institute of International Education

About event

On March 7, 2019, Eastern European alumni of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program will present a one-day professional development symposium for regional leaders, “Brain Gain in the Balkans:  Economic and Development Strategies for a Better Future,” at the Hotel Dubrovnik in Zagreb, Croatia.

This event is an opportunity for leading professionals in a variety of fields throughout the region to network and foster engagement in cross-country and regional projects. Panels will focus on democracy building and economic development, and alumni will share leadership stories about successful projects they are advancing to create a better future in the region.  Participants will also join break-out professional development workshops on NGO leadership and collaboration, media lessons and skills for 21st century leaders, and regional projects in sustainable development.

This event is part of a series of international events honoring of the 40 th  anniversary of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.

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Hubert H. Humphrey

Born in Wallace, South Dakota in 1911 to a mother who was a homemaker and a father who was a small-town pharmacist, Hubert H. Humphrey enjoyed an illustrious career as a statesman and champion of civil and human rights.

He became mayor of Minneapolis in 1945 and gained national attention when he delivered a controversial, electrifying, and historic speech on civil rights to the Democratic National Convention in 1948. In that year, he was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served for 15 years. In 1964 he was elected Vice President of the United States on the ticket headed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, and served a full four-year term. He ran for President in 1968, but lost by a very thin margin to Richard M. Nixon. Undaunted, Humphrey returned to the Senate in 1971, where he served until his death from cancer in January 1978.

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