Catherine Carr

Doctors Without Borders: Lessons from the Frontline

Catherine Carr
November 8, 2015

For five years Catherine Carr worked with the acclaimed and international humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders.  During that time she served as an Administrator at both the project and country levels, worked in 10 different countries (Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Ivory Coast, Syria, Turkey, Jordan, Philippines, and Central African Republic) and in the course of her work, had preconceived notion after preconceived notion shattered.   During this session, Catherine will relate the history of Doctors Without Borders and provide noteworthy information about the work the organization does as it provides medical assistance to populations in severe distress, often in areas of active conflict.  Throughout the presentation, Catherine will weave in some the lessons that come from living a life in the field and the relevance those lessons have after leaving the field.

Catherine Carr is a speaker, writer and traveler.  She grew up in Alaska and after graduating from high school moved to California to attend the University of San Francisco.  Upon receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Communications, she travelled a bit before beginning her career with Chevron Corporation.  While working with Chevron she studied for and received her MBA from Golden Gate University.  In 2001 she moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico where she began working in the field of Human Resources.  After spending time in the for-profit world she was soon enticed by the world of non-profits.  In 2003 she joined an organization dedicated to helping women transition from welfare to work and later became the HR Director for PB&J Family Services, a non-profit organization in New Mexico providing help to children at-risk for abuse and neglect.   She is SPHR (Senior Professional in Human Resources) certified. In 2009 Catherine joined Doctors Without Borders.  After five years of living out of a suitcase Catherine is taking a break and is focused on bringing the stories home.  She is creating a new life that joins her commitment to Doctors Without Borders with writing, speaking and helping people and organizations by broadening perspectives and shattering preconceived notions.

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