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July 26, 2017

Our sixth and final week of academic training began in full swing on 24 July and this week was mostly spent with site visits and we had less academic sessions. Time really flies and I cannot believe that the end of the Fellowship is drawing nearer.

Theme for Week Six: Civic Engagement

One of our academic sessions this week was on the topic of Disaster Planning and Management and we were taught by Dr William Waugh. Dr Waugh is a Professor of Public Administration, Urban Studies, and Political Science at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. Dr Waugh previously taught at Mississippi State University and Kansas State University before joining GSU. His research primarily focuses on decision making theory, organizational design, and policy analysis. His policy work has ranged from environmental policy, particularly dealing with the management of hazards and disasters, to economic development policy. Dr Waugh has been a consultant to federal, stae, and local governments, international organizations, and the news media on emergency management, government capacity, and professional development.

For more on Dr Waugh visit the website






Our next session was a Leadership Session on Self Leadership and Goal Setting with Dr Kris Byron. Dr Byron is an associate professor at Georgia State University’s J. Mack Robinson College of Business. She has published in leading management and psychology journals, including the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Review, Psychological Bulletin, and Journal of Management. Her current research interests include creativity, emotion, stress, and diversity. Dr Byron currently serves as associate editor of the Academy of Management Review, the field’s top-ranked academic publication. Her research has been featured in BusinessWeek, New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and many other newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad.

Dr Byron earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Emory University. She has a master’s degree in non-profit management from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and a Ph.D. in management (organizational behavior) from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business.

Her previous work experience includes working for profit and nonprofit organizations in the areas of employee training, research, and development. She has consulted for or contracted with for-profit and non-profit organizations, including Progressive Redevelopment, North Highland Consulting, McGraw-Hill Company, Atlanta Rape Crisis Center, and Zoo Atlanta.

For more on Dr Byron visit




Then we had a lunch time panel information session on leadership, building on your personal brand online, and marketing.







We then were honoured to receive a visit from Andrea Young, Ambassador Andrew Young’s daughter. Andrea Young is an attorney and author who serves as the Executive Director of the Andrew J. Young Foundation, a Scholar in Residence in Leadership Studies at Morehouse College and an instructor on policy leadership at the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University.  The Foundation promotes the development of leaders for public purpose through its work with strategic partners, schools and organizations. It also has produced an award-winning documentary series. In partnership with the Leadership Center, Ms. Young developed a class on leadership and a series of public leadership forums. She also initiated The Making of Modern Atlanta Project, a book, documentary film and archive that will record policy choices that constitute the “Atlanta Way.”

For more on Andrea Young and the Andrew J. Young Foundation visit







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