About Power of Voice.

Working with a global network of corporate, foundation and NGO partners, Power of Voice teams train high potential civil society organizations (in low income countries) in core communications strategies and tactics appropriate to their language, culture and local context.

Theory of Change

Communication is an essential strategic function of high performing organizations. It is how we connect to a broader world to influence social change, to raise our collective voices to improve lives in the communities where we live and to connect with like-minded organizations.

Civil society in many low and middle income countries is highly professionalized and yet struggles to effectively utilize communication strategies, tactics and media tools to amplify their voices. Many have limited capacity, budgets and experience partnering with media, shaping effective messages, reaching a broad audience, and measuring results for learning. Furthermore, as advocacy becomes more difficult through a tightening of civil society space, connecting to their publics through focused communication strategies becomes even more critical and meaningful.

Through research-informed skills building workshops (context specific) and ongoing learning and sharing through peer-driven groups, Power of Voice helps qualified organizations build relationships and skills to navigate a shifting information landscape and be the voices for the change they want.

Measuring Impact

A learning organization, Power of Voice undertakes rigorous measurement of results and impact, mapping CSO competencies at baseline, upon completion of the trainings, and then one and two years later. Workshops and hubs will evolve based on learning and experience.

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Board of Directors

Susanne Courtney

Founder and President

As the founder of Power of Voice International, an international non-governmental organization, Susanne believes that in order to localize aid it is imperative to strengthen NGOs in low/middle income countries. Power of Voice International (POVInt) is focused on communications capacity building as an essential strategic function of high performing organizations.

Power of Voice is the result of Susanne’s unusual career trajectory that includes executive leadership of the Canadian offices of globally renowned international NGOs, AMREF and ACF, international communications consulting and a Trade Commissioner with Canada’s foreign service.

Susanne specializes in strategy, communications and organizational leadership. She is a proven entrepreneur who founded and led her own award-winning North American public relations consulting firm. She is a provocateur of new ideas, a catalyst of collaboration within and across organizations, and a champion of sustainability and collective impact.

Since 2015 she has been engaged in technical training and consulting on communications strategies and planning for NGOs and a founding member of Canadian Forum for Impact Investing and Development.

Susanne is committed to social responsibility through board membership and participation on high level committees including Action Against Hunger, AMREF Canada, The Canadian Film Centre, Grand Challenges Canada, Ontario Cancer Research Ethics Review Board, Women in Development Committee, AfDB. She co-founded the Council of Canadian Public Relations Firms.

With English as a first language, Susanne can manage in French as well.

Eileen Campbell

Director

Eileen Campbell is an internationally respected executive and leader in marketing, communications and international research. She recently stepped down from her role as Chief Marketing Officer at IMAX to form Womintuition, a consulting organization that also supports women’s leadership in business. At IMAX she directed global communications, consumer insights, corporate events and digital content functions.

Prior to IMAX, Eileen served as Global Chief Executive of Millward Brown, a $1B research-based consultancy with 78 offices in 51 countries owned by WPP. The company’s client roster included 81 of the world’s top 100 brands. Before her appointment to the Global Chief Executive Role, Eileen was the CEO for North America.

In addition to her consulting practice, Eileen is a member of the board of advisors for Reimagine Holdings Group, a private equity firm focused on technology-enabled consumer insights and marketing services companies. Other board experience includes Vision Critical, a SaaS company providing customer intelligence software, and the Angus Reid Group, a global polling firm. She is a past chair of the Council for American Survey Research Organizations (now the Insights Association) and served as an advisory board member for the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research’s program in survey methodology. She is a member of C200, a women’s executive leadership organization, where she is involved in mentoring activities.

Gosia Lukomska

Director

Gosia is an internationally experienced communications professional specialised in developing behavior change media and educational entertainment. She is passionate about working in multidisciplinary and multicultural teams, and helping expand media literacy of human rights advocates.

Currently the Director of Integrated Media at Peripheral Vision International (PVI), Gosia is responsible for creating and managing innovative media projects for hard-to–reach and marginalised populations in East Africa. One of her productions, a rap news TV show for young people in Uganda Newz Beat, won three international Telly Awards in the Information and Responsibility categories.

Before joining PVI, Gosia spent several years in Sub-Saharan Africa, producing and directing advocacy films for international and local aid agencies. Prior to her engagement in the development sector, Gosia worked for a cutting-edge new media and marketing agency, Interference Inc. in New York City, where she designed and implemented guerrilla and ambient multi-media experiences.

Gosia is an occasional guest lecturer at universities around the world and has been involved as an educator with the Urban Arts Partnership, bringing arts-integrated programs to underserved public schools in the New York area.

She holds an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from University of New York-Hunter College and a MS in Social Psychology from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland, where she was born and raised.

Sharon Rainey

Director

A multilingual, respected communications professional with experience across North America, Europe and East Africa, Sharon recently joined Manhattan-based Her Justice as Director of Communications. Responsible for the development and implementation of a comprehensive communications strategy for Her Justice, Sharon and her team support the mission of Her Justice legal volunteers to defend the rights of women affected by poverty and abuse. Prior to joining Her Justice, Sharon was Deputy Director, Communications & Advocacy at the New York office of AMREF Health Africa, an African-led health development organization based in Nairobi, Kenya. Before embracing the nonprofit sector, Sharon’s career focused on providing strategic communications counsel within a variety of international public relations firms, including her own, to a diverse array of global clients in the pharmaceutical, biotech, agriculture and consumer packaged goods sectors.

A Canadian based in NYC, Sharon graduated with a B.A. in Communications and International Relations from Université Laval, Québec City, Canada.

Kevin Jewison

Director

A Canadian who grew up on film sets and has worked around the world, Kevin relocated back to Toronto after many years living in Paris, France. With an impressive list of credits as both Director of Photography and Cameraman, Kevin has worked with a number of celebrated directors including Norman Jewison on The Statement, Other People’s Money, Only You, and Bogus; Nora Ephron on Sleepless in Seattle, James Ivory on Jefferson in Paris, Richard Attenborough on Chaplin, and Lasse Halstrom on Gilbert Grape, to name only a few. His recent credits include The Expanse, Hemlock Grove, Engrenage and more.

However, it was working as an operator on Hotel Rwanda where Kevin began combining his extensive film and television credits with projects of a more personal and profound meaning.

In recent years, he has worked on video and stills images for the Nairobi-based AMREF Health Africa and for Action Against Hunger/Action contre la faim in West Africa. Through his family foundation, Kevin continues to support international development and emergency humanitarian response around the world.

Gale Berkowitz

Director

Driven by a desire to use her skills and experience for good, Gale has cultivated a professional path towards philanthropic strategy, operations and learning systems at new and established foundations. Gale brings over 12 years of experience in leadership positions at three different foundations, in the US and Canada, directing organization-wide evolutions of strategy, change management, grantmaking, and learning. These foundations have tackled some of the most critical social and environmental problems of our time: ensuring access to education, job training and health care, promoting financial inclusion, and reducing the impact of climate change, among others.

Currently Gale is Deputy Director at Behavioral Health Concepts, providing leadership and technical support for reviewing the performance of mental health systems throughout California. Gale has also maintained a consulting practice focused on foundation effectiveness and organizational learning. Gale is also a regular reviewer for The Foundation Review.

Gale completed her Bachelor’s degree at Johns Hopkins University and doctorate in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.

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