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Among the regular programs presented by the Tennessee World Affairs Council are opportunities to connect specialists from a broad spectrum of global affairs occupations with people, especially students, who want to know more about jobs and careers in the international arena.

We invite students — high schools and colleges from around town and across the region — and the general public to join us for these panels. Here are details of our next program featuring conversations about working in global affairs.

You won’t want to miss the chance to talk to these seasoned veterans from a wide variety of international affairs specialties.

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The Tennessee World Affairs Council

and Lipscomb University

present a panel on

International Jobs & Careers


Hosted by Lipscomb University

November 5, 2015
6:00-7:30 pm



Ambassador Charles Bowers, US Foreign Service (Retired)


Ms. Leslee Alexander, International Director, Tennessee Economic and Community Development

Ms. Melissa Eli, Former U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa

Col. Beverly Lee, USAF (Retired)

Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, Former Advocacy Officer and Researcher in Non-Governmental Organizations including Amnesty International

Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, US Foreign Service (Retired)

Lipscomb University
Ezell Center, Room 363

This event is free and open to the public. We encourage students from all schools and colleges to attend to learn more about the opportunities to work in a variety of occupations in global affairs, including diplomacy, business, military and international service.

Space is limited – It is important for you to RSVP (Link Here)

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Ambassador Charles Bowers

Ambassador Charles R. Bowers, USFS (Ret) – Charles Richard (Dick) Bowers served as the United States Ambassador to Bolivia from 1991 through 1994. During that time, the American Embassy in Bolivia’s capital, La Paz, was the largest and most complex U.S. embassy in South America. Ambassador Bowers is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee World Affairs Councils and the Board of Directors of the United Nations Association Nashville Chapter. He is a former District Governor of the Rotary International District that covers half of Tennessee. [MORE]


Ambassador Ronald Schlicher

Ambassador Ronald Schlicher, USFS (Ret) – Served as Principal Deputy Assistant Coordinator of Counterterrorism and served as U.S. Ambassador to Cyprus (2005-2008). Ambassador Schlicher served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA), where he served as Coordinator for Iraq. During the 2003 war with Iraq, Ambassador Schlicher was Director of the Iraq Task Force. He then served for six months in Iraq with the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA), first as Regional Coordinator for the North and then as Director of the Office of Provincial Outreach. [MORE]


Ms. Leslee Alexander

Leslee T. Alexander is the International Director and brings ademonstrated ability to engage audiences both within the state and around the globe. She manages bi-lateral trade activities, is plans trade missions for the Governor, and facilitates trade opportunities and education activities across the state. Furthermore, she maintains an ongoing partnership with federal and local agencies focused on international affairs, such as the U.S. Commercial Services, the Small Business Administration (SBA), academic institutions and services providers. Leslee administers education, outreach and export assistance services for Tennessee businesses. She leads trade missions and identifies partners for collaboration. She also manages a small team of in-country Trade Representatives who assist businesses throughout the European Union and Latin America, as well as a regionally based team  of Export Assistance Consultants. [MORE]


Ms. Melissa Eli

Melissa Eli served in the United States Peace Corps in South Africa. — Melissa Eli, a native of Phoenix, earned a BS in International Business from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Master Degree in International Administration and Development from the University of Denver before joining the Peace Corps in 2009. In South Africa as a Peace Corps volunteer she worked to develop economic and livelihood projects based on existing value chains. After the Peace Corps she worked as a project manager, developing and managing a five-year asset-based community development project in partnership with Saint Xavier’s University. She also established a temporary home for sexually abused children before returning to Nashville in 2013 when began working as a development producer at Nashville Public Television. She is currently a management consultant with c3 Consulting when she works to solve challenging business problems and support change. She currently serves on two local non-profit boards and volunteers with Junior Achievement and Habitat for Humanity’s family services. Melissa enjoys riding the “Nashville is the IT city” wave, playing games and discussing market-based solutions to poverty! She lives in East Nashville with her husband, new daughter and a lazy dog.


Col. Beverly Lee, USAF (Ret)

Beverly Lee retired from the United States Air Force at the rank of Colonel after serving a career in worldwide posts. She is Vice President of the Tennessee World Affairs Council and a Member of the Board. She has worked as a senior advisor to U.S. government officials, corporate CEOs, entertainment executives, education administrators, embassy and coalition partners on international relations, crisis communications, media relations, public education, outreach campaigns for social change, and environmental issues.

Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus, Amnesty International staff member at the International Secretariat, London, UK, 20 December 2011.

Ms. Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus

Lisa Sherman-Nikolaus has over six years experience working on a wide range of international human rights issues. Following the birth of her daughter, Lisa moved back home to Nashville from NYC where she was the Advocacy Officer at Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict, a network of international humanitarian and human rights organizations working to advance the United Nations Security Council’s agenda on children and armed conflict. Prior to working with Watchlist, Lisa was a Researcher on West Africa at Amnesty International where she was responsible for investigating, advocating, and campaigning to end human rights violations in the Gambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. She was based in Senegal. Lisa was also a Global Campaigner at Amnesty International, based in London, where she covered health and human rights issues. Lisa holds an MA in Conflict, Security and Development from the Department of War Studies at King’s College London and a BSc in Nursing from Abilene Christian University. Lisa is currently working as the Policy Manager at the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC).




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