By Ashley Jorgensen
Guest lecturer Carolyn Grow Dailey will speak on campus today about careers and opportunities in nonprofit organizations.
The speech, part of the political affairs lecture series held by the Political Science department, will be held at 4 p.m. in 238 Herald R. Clark Building. It will focus on her background, a 19-year long humanitarian career and advice for those looking to get into a career in nonprofit and development.
Dailey is the president and CEO of Ascend Alliance Humanitarian, a nonprofit organization that fights against poverty. Two organizations originally existed: The Andean Children’s Foundation and The Engage Now Foundation. These two foundations came together in 2005 to form Ascend Alliance, one foundation that helps make a difference in the world.
“One of the reasons we thought she would be a good fit for this lecture is she has background and a good perspective on nonprofit and development work,” said Kellie Daniels, a research and project administrator in the Political Science Department.
Dailey spent almost two decades as an executive for international humanitarian efforts. She has worked on integrating community development programs, service adventure expeditions and internships in 12 countries and assisted partnering organizations in other countries.
Dailey’s vision for Ascend is long term. She hopes the organization will see sustainability through self-reliance, developmental activities, families and communities.
Her experience and work with Ascend has not gone unnoticed. Dailey recently received the Freedom Foundation’s Heroes Award and became BYU’s Romney Institute of Public Management Administrator of the Year. In addition, Utah Business magazine selected her as one of the 30 Business Women to Watch.
“For anyone interested in nonprofit and development it would be a very interesting and informative lecture to attend,” Daniels said.