The Impact of Strategic Communications

July 9, 2015 • 9:00 – 10:00 am EDT

Join us for Careers in Development with Kimberly Flowers. Ms. Flowers will share her extensive experience in strategic communications and international development, highlighting her time working for the U.S. government. She will speak to the diverse roles of USAID Development, Outreach, and Communication Specialists, as well as the impact strategic communications has on highlighting U.S. leadership in development. Ms. Flowers will also offer advice to young professionals who may be considering a focus on public affairs, digital communications, or press relations and how you can relate those skills to the broader development context.

Prior to joining the Global Food Security Project in 2015, Ms. Flowers was the communications director at Fintrac, an international development company. Ms. Flowers spent six years in international and domestic positions with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She worked with USAID in Jamaica, Ethiopia and Haiti, responsible for creating communications strategies and targeting outreach to increase awareness of U.S. foreign assistance. Upon returning to the United States, she worked as a senior communications specialist for USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, leading outreach for Feed the Future. Ms. Flowers has also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer twice in Bulgaria (’99-’01) and Jamaica (‘04-’05).

A light breakfast will be available.

Please RSVP to USLD@csis.org.

“Careers in Development” is a monthly series featuring U.S. senior-level government, multi-lateral and NGO officials who have worked in the field of development for at least twenty years. The series is aimed at young professionals who are interested in working in development. Through a roundtable discussion, each speaker offers remarks on their area of interest as well as their career path and influences along the way.

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Kimberly Flowers
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food Security Program

William J. Garvelink