#13: Faith's journey: Reflecting on her career and taking the first steps towards consulting
Updated: May 28
On this episode of the Impact Consulting Podcast, Molly is joined by Faith D. Toran, a Communication Specialist, Environmentalist, Academic, Author and poet. We discuss how Faith's career trajectory and how even though Faith is new to consulting, she is exploring the option because she sees it as a route to:
More flexibility and autonomy, which will her to work on development issues in a way that reflects her values, passions, and interests;
More opportunities to live and work abroad for short- to medium-term projects;
Collaborating with previous employers to conduct research and offer advice as a consultant;
Build a brand and work in a team.
Who will benefit most from this episode?
Potential and new consultants who are reflecting on consulting or are considering how to best take their consulting practice forward.
Communications professionals who are working in international development. Faith is also a co-founder of the Channels Network with Gabriella Mikiewicz. Connect with them on LinkedIn or check out their website.
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Among Faith's honours and awards are fellowships from the Margaret Gada Sloesberg Foundation and The Walton/UNCF Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship. A graduate of the American University of Paris, class of 2018, she received a Master's of Arts in Global Communications (Development track). In 2013, she received her Bachelors in Political Science from Spelman College, and is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served in Burkina Faso, West Africa.
Over the past seven years, her professional experiences have covered working in Communication for Development (C4D) and Project management in the US, Burkina Faso, France, India and Guinea with specialised technical knowledge of Communications for Development (C4D) project design, implementation and management. Communication for Development (C4D) – is, at its very essence, about understanding the needs of communities and individuals to develop context-specific people-centred solutions aiming to overcome challenges.
Faith completed a sustainable development field mission in Burkina Faso with The United States Peace Corps, conducted research on, designed and implemented communication plans with the World Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) Association in France, conducted an impact study on the effectiveness of participatory frameworks within waste management programs in rural India, managed communications for the Relaunch of the International Association for National Youth Service in France and served as C4D Specialist on a UN Climate Adaptation and Resilience project in Upper Guinea.
The Margaret Gada Slosberg Charitable Foundation 2017 Social Justice Fellow |Master’s Thesis: A Case Study of Participatory Development Practices in Waste Management: The KNOW PLASTICS Educational Programme
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