Got 15 minutes? Join us on #MentorTalks and you’ve got a mentor!

MentorTalks is a new, interactive event that puts exchange program alumni in touch with extraordinary mentors on a wide variety of topics.  The series runs on our Facebook page. You get a chance to learn a little about each mentor and their career, and then ask them questions on their topic, all in 15 minutes.

Are you ready for a fresh start? Join exchange alumni Julia Beabout and Brian McCarty on MentorTalks Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. EST to discuss their experiences founding and running successful nonprofit organizations.

Starting a new enterprise can require a lot of work – from identifying one’s business goals to mapping out a detailed marketing strategy. Transforming an idea into a business is no easy feat. On this upcoming MentorTalks episode, Julia and Brian will share their tips and strategies, and discuss how they harnessed their exchange experience to hone their craft and expand their professional network. What would you like to ask them? Visit @internationalexchangealumni on Facebook and send us your questions, tagging #MentorTalks.

As CEO and Creative Director of Novaby, a global digital art production company specializing in 3D/AR/VR, Julia will share her experiences as an award-winning social entrepreneur and alumna of a Critical Language Scholarship to China. She will also discuss how her participation in an Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (TIES) in 2016 sparked her interest in the overlap between technology and global affairs and how she’s engaging youth through an augmented reality hackathon project.

Brian, who was a Fulbright Specialist in China and Hong Kong, will talk about how he’s helping visualize the stories of children living in refugee camps. Through his nonprofit organization, War Toys ®, he uses children’s toys as his primary medium of storytelling. He hopes to bring his project to the United States to cover topics like surviving mass shootings.

About Julia Beabout

Julia is CEO and Creative Director of Novaby, an award winning digital art production company specializing virtual 3D experiences and augmented reality (AR) Placemaking, as well as co-founder of Tech in the Tenderloin (TNT), a non-profit that connects low-opportunity youth and families with high-opportunity tech through fun activities and events.

In 2012, Julia participated in the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program through the Department of State in China. As an exchange alumna, Julia attended a global Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (Alumni TIES) in 2016 which focused on global affairs and climate change, as well as the 2019 TIES on Art, Culture, and Transforming Conflict. These alumni experiences had a profound impact on her life and helped shape her subsequent career directions.

Julia has a BS in Architectural Engineering and an MA in Asian Studies. She is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) and LEED Accredited Professional.

About Brian McCarty

Brian is President & Executive Director of War Toys, a California-based nonprofit organization that positively impacts the lives of children who have been affected by war. Through art and conflict transformation, Brian hopes to tell the stories that aren’t being told by advocating for children who have been affected by war.

As a Fulbright Specialist, Brian worked with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design (PolyU) to help create toys that will provide support for children in warzones, with an understanding of how toys can shape and reflect our culture. He also participated in the 2019 Alumni TIES on Art, Culture, and Transforming Conflict.

Brian’s work has been exhibited by museums and universities, acquired by prominent collectors, and covered by The New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Wired, Al-Jazeera, Reuters, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, and countless other publications around the world.


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