Age: 27
Home Town: Hudson, Ohio
Education: B.A. Global Studies, Global College at Long Island University; Project Management Professional (PMP), Project Management Institute
Specific Field Interests: Inclusive & Sustainable Development, Social-Enterprise, Gender, Education
Placement: Pudiyador in Chennai, Tamil Nadu
Area of Focus: Education, Gender Equity

Fellowship Project: Implement gender equity initiative in three communities by supporting and completing existing pilot projects. Develop technical and leadership curriculum, create and maintain metrics, assist with the monitoring and evaluation to determine overall success of project and next steps.

Highlights: Megan is serving as an American India Foundation (AIF) Banyan Impact Fellow with Pudiyador in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. For her Fellowship project, she will be implementing their gender equity initiative by developing technical and leadership curriculum and creating the evaluation metrics to which the program will be measured on. Megan travelled to India for the first time as an undergraduate student with Long Island University Global’s program in 2014. Ever since then, she has been enthralled with the vastness, vibrance, and diversity of the country. She chose to return to India for a second time and wrote a case study on The Presence of Female Renunciant Ideology in Underprivileged Educational Institutions in Varanasi. Since graduation, Megan has worked in a variety of experiential learning organizations focused on leadership, empowerment, and equity. Megan's professional background has taken her around the world to work in a variety of social-impact organizations. As Program Manager with Global Leadership Adventures, she developed programming and logistics for high school students focused on broadening their worldview and breaking stereotypes. Most recently, she worked with a B-Corporation, Guild Education, focused on unlocking life-changing opportunities for America’s workforce as an Education Coach. Throughout her work and studies, Megan has always focused her attention on the intersectionality of gender, education, and empowerment. She comes to this fellowship with a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and looks forward to contributing her skills to help define and create impact metrics for an early-phase social enterprise.

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