The Diversity Club welcome our speaker from the U.S. Embassy in Botswana.
The latest in our Leading Women Speaker Series was Kali Jones, second in command at the U.S. Embassy in Botswana. Kali addressed upper school students and faculty about growing up in New Orleans, her educational journey and her career in the foreign service. Her interest in the foreign service began in the Peace Corps working as a health volunteer in Madagascar where she and her colleagues conducted a malnutrition survey, discovering the lack of protein in the residents’ diets. Kali credits the experience with teaching her the critical skills of leadership, organization and bringing a community together to solve a problem.
She enlightened our students about the numerous career possibilities before them as well as her love of learning about a new country, its culture, its language and becoming a part of the community. After tours of duty in Vietnam, Haiti, Brazil, and now Botswana, Kali shared her thoughts on a career in the foreign service and encouraged McGehee girls to apply early for scholarships and fellowships available through the U.S. Department of State.