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Giving For Guinea

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

John F. Kennedy Student Center Tags: Outreach/Service , School of Business

Giving for Guinea 16_InTextThe Saint Francis University School of Business and Enactus will host a “Giving For Guinea” event on Sept. 21 from 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Student Center. 

This event is part of Saint Francis University’s Multicultural Week and will feature basket raffles (3 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.), 50/50’s, musical and cultural performances, and a keynote address from World Bank Economist Michael O’Sullivan. His talk will begin at 7:30, and is being held as part of the Dr. Albert A. Zanzuccki Endowed Chair in Business Executive in Residence Series. All proceeds will be donated to support a sewing school for girls in Guinea, Africa. A free rock concert by Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors will take place at 9 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public, though donations are strongly encouraged.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact club co-advisors Nicole Bauman ( nbauman@francis.edu) or Kent Tonkin (ktonkin@francis.edu),  call 814-472-3026, or visit www.facebook.com/givingforguinea.

About “Giving for Guinea”

 “Giving for Guinea” is Saint Francis University's first step in assisting the people of Guinea in economic empowerment. By providing dollars to expand an existing sewing school, Saint Francis is helping young girls learn a trade as well as master basic academic skills. The long term goal is to assist the school in developing a sustainable business to employee graduates of the program, thereby creating economic growth and personal empowerment. 

About Enactus

Saint Francis University’s Enactus Club gives students a chance to learn the ropes in business by working with regional and national for-and non-profit entities. Our activities include low/no-cost business consulting, charitable/non-profit volunteerism, and international microlending. Previous and ongoing successful Enactus projects include the Jamaican International Microlending Initiative (JIMI), Saint Francis University Business Day, and Lobster Fest. 

About Michael O'Sullivan

Michael O'Sullivan is an Economist and the land thematic leader for the World Bank's Gender Innovation Lab. He analyzes the impact of agriculture and land projects in Africa to identify ways to strengthen women's economic empowerment. His current research centers on issues of gender in the economic sectors in Benin, Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Niger, and Uganda.

O'Sullivan previously worked on USAID projects for Chemonics International and Mercy Corps, and served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso. He holds a master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.