On September 29, SCW President Karissa Kruse embarked on her global adventure as a participant in the Marshal Memorial Fellowship program. Karissa was selected from more than 700 nominees across the globe and is one of only 34 fellows representing the United States. She is also the first Sonoma County resident to ever receive this prestigious fellowship.
The Marshall Memorial Fellowship (MMF) is the flagship leadership development program for German Marshall Fund of the United States, granting fellowship awards to the leaders from all sectors, including business, government, and civil society. Fellows, like Karissa, engage in 6 months of preparation designed to enhance their understanding of transatlantic relations before embarking on 24 days of immersion. Karissa will concentrate her focus on global issues that impact Sonoma County’s grape growing and farming businesses, including best practices in sustainable farming, agri-tourism and wine marketing.
Karissa will be posting updates throughout her fellowship journey, documenting what she’s learned, fascinating people she’s met along the way, and much more. You can follow along on social media, including Twitter.
You can follow her at @KarissaLKruse
Make sure to check back on this page where she will be posting video blogs about her experiences.
Video #19: Champagne Meeting with Growers and Vignerons
Video #18: Paris Meeting with European Confederation of Independent Winegrowers
Video #17: Paris Overview
Video #16: Belgrade Visist to Aleksandrovic Winery
Video #15: Belgrade, Serbia Overview
Video #14: Visit to The Vatican and a Refugee Camp
Video #13: Rome Meeting with Federvini
Video #12: Italy’s Focus on Climate Change
Video #11: Rome Overview
Video #10: Reflection on Culture and Values
Video #9: Final Thoughts on Denmark
Video #8: Copenhagen State of Green
Video #7: Copenhagen Sustainable Food Systems
Video #6: Copenhagen Agriculture Overview
Video #5: Copenhagen Overview
Video #4: Brussels Wine
Video #3: Arrival in Brussels
Video #2: Observations from Day Two
Video #1: First Impressions of the Marshall Memorial Fellowship Program