2019 Year-in-Review: Professional and Personal Staff Highlights

From hosting gender lens executive education and working with students on impact investing consulting projects, to developing tools that help social enterprises to scale and working with partners to share lessons learned, the CASE team worked tirelessly this year to support impact leaders and mission-driven enterprises all over the world.

As we look ahead to 2020, we also reflect on our favorite personal and professional highlights from 2019 and know that we would not have had such an amazing year without your support. Read a collection of some of our top 2019 highlights below and we wish you a happy holiday season!

Cathy Clark, Faculty Director

Professional: Working with our amazing team of CASE i3 fellows working through the CASE i3 Consulting Program to solve impact investing problems for clients around the globe.

Personal: Spending time with my family on the Oregon coast this summer.

Erin Worsham, Executive Director

Professional: Having the chance to present (nearly 8 months pregnant!) at the Skoll World Forum on CASE’s scaling work. Leading conversations on managing talent for scale and on how social ventures can effectively partner with government was inspiring.

Personal: Welcoming my son in to the world and envisioning a better future for him, my daughter, and all other children around the globe.

Robyn Fehrman, Managing Director

Professional: Partnering with our Senior Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness to facilitate an independent study for a team of four MBA students working with the Culinary Femme Collective, a group of women of color food-based social entrepreneurs in Durham, NC.

Personal: Running (and loving) my first 50K trail race!

Carrie Gonella, Senior Program Director, CASE i3

Professional: Being involved in our two gender lens investing trainings here at Duke this past year and being truly inspired and energized by our amazing participants!

Personal: Being able to take my family to Santiago for a month in early summer. Deep appreciation to the CASE team for facilitating my remote work so we could have this full immersion.

Kim Langsam, Senior Program Director

Professional Highlight: Receiving notes like this one, “We’re about to embark on our strategic planning process with all our stakeholders, and we will have this report [People Matter: Evolving Talent to Drive Impact at Scale] front and center. So timely!” from the inspiring social impact leaders I’m fortunate to collaborate with on the Scaling Pathways series.

Personal Highlight: Convincing my six-year-old to get on the karaoke stage with me to sing Dolly Parton’s Jolene. Yes, he knows the words.

Tara Schoenborn, Writer & Marketing Coordinator

Professional Highlight: Joining the amazing CASE team in October and having the opportunity to learn so much about using business for good.

Personal Highlight: Hiking the cables at Half Dome in Yosemite with my California crew.

Camille Buchanan, Staff Assistant

Professional Highlight: I am excited to be gaining more experience with complex budgeting tools and platforms.

Personal Highlight: I am working on downsizing and it has taken about a month to sell my couch, but I finally had a victory and sold it to an awesome couple!