Foundation for Global Scholars Expands Board with Five New Directors to Support Global Workforce Development Mission

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Nine-member board selects officers to lead 2013 initiatives to assist more students in developing global skills through academic study and internships abroad.

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I am looking forward to educating others in the business community about the importance of supporting the development of a globally savvy workforce.
- Cindy Humphrey, new board member

The Foundation for Global Scholars, a nonprofit organization empowering the future global workforce through scholarships for students to study and intern abroad, has expanded its board of directors to build momentum in 2013 after recent accomplishments, including the milestone of $1 million awarded to 1,000 students, the Speed Mentoring for International Careers event, and the launch of several innovative fundraising campaigns.

“The Foundation for Global Scholars is thrilled to expand our board of directors with these accomplished individuals who feel equally passionate about our mission to develop a global workforce in the United States,” said Christie Doherty, board chair. “Each new member brings business, education and international expertise that will guide and inspire our efforts on behalf of students who need our scholarships to learn and intern abroad.”

New board members are:

  •     Jordan Curry, institutional investment consultant with Morgan Stanley
  •     Dominique Dubois, director of global offering development and strategy for IBM CRM Global Process Services
  •     Cindy Humphrey, former vice president of product and marketing for CenturyLink
  •     Darren W. Royal, president of Royal Wealth Management Inc.
  •     Craig Wilson (treasurer), CFO of ESI, a Hunter Douglas company

Existing board members are:

  •     Christie Doherty (board chair), president of Trinity Partners, LLC
  •     Cynthia Banks (president and founder), founder, executive director and president of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad
  •     Shelia Houston (director and co-founder), director of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad – Pacific Region
  •     Lawrence Bell (secretary), director of international education at the University of Colorado at Boulder

Royal, who studied abroad in the Netherlands before beginning his wealth management career, agreed to join the foundation’s board so he could help students have similar eye-opening international experiences. “We are in a global economy,” he said, “and technology is making it easier to do business around the world. Preparing our students for a more international work environment will make for a better domestic economy.”

“This larger board of directors is charged with steering our ongoing fundraising and scholarship programs and the Speed Mentoring for International Careers event, as well as giving important guidance on several new initiatives,” said Nancy Kepner, the foundation’s executive director.

Among new initiatives is the creation of a Named Scholars Program to provide opportunities for businesses and individuals to sponsor individual scholarships for their local communities or majors of interest. In addition, the board is undertaking an innovative Board Scholarship Campaign, with each director committed to raising money for six scholarships.

“I am looking forward to educating others in the business community about the importance of supporting the development of a globally savvy workforce,” said Cindy Humphrey, who brings to her board position more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications industry. “Graduates with international experience bring additional soft skills to a job, and this directly benefits employers.”

The board also will continue the foundation’s successful collaboration with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, a provider of study abroad programs across the globe that also houses the foundation and supports its efforts in numerous ways.

For more information, visit the Foundation for Global Scholars website.

About the Foundation for Global Scholars – “A million dollars given, 1,000 students served”
The Foundation for Global Scholars is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in Westminster, CO, serving U.S. undergraduate and graduate students pursuing academic and internship programs abroad. Through scholarships for international study, the foundation empowers future leaders to become better prepared for the fast-changing global marketplace and interdependent world. For more information, visit or call 303-502-7256.

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