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JULIE R. DARGIS, PhD
Strategic International Development Advisor, Organizational Learning Consultant and Researcher
Julie Dargis is an international development consultant and strategic advisor with more than 20 years of experience in the field of humanitarian relief and emergency response. Skillfully and intuitively navigating organizations and individuals through external and internal conflicts, her expertise includes designing, implementing and evaluating community-based education, training and capacity-building programs, particularly in regions affected by war and natural disasters. A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, Dargis has a long history working with renowned non-governmental organizations (NGO) such as World Learning, where she successfully directed country programs in Georgia, Bulgaria, Romania, Haiti, Afghanistan, Rwanda and the Central African Republic, and managed multimillion-dollar USAID and World Bank-funded grants. She has also held key leadership positions with Save the Children and International Rescue Committee, where she accepted multiple subsequent assignments as country director in Guinea, Sudan, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Republic of Congo and Indonesia while serving as an active member of the NGO Forum Steering Committee and NGO delegate on the Oversight Committee of the Multi-donor Trust Fund. Most recently, Dargis directed capacity development and learning programs for Washington, D.C.-based Development and Training Services, Inc.
In addition to her unique ability to guide people through instability and uncertainty, Dargis is an accomplished writer and poet. Her first book, Pit Stop in the Paris of Africa in 2013, is a collection of narrative essays and verse highlighting the profound personal connections she experienced working overseas. She is also author of Seven Sonnets (2012) and White Moon in a Powder Blue Sky (2016), explores soul-based healing and includes "thought experiments" on elements of quantum physics and consciousness. Her newest book, See You in My Dreams, A Daughter's Journey with her Father through Dementia in Sonnets was released in November 2018. In addition to being featured in numerous publications, Dargis was an esteemed guest invited to An Evening in Conversation with Kitty Thuermer at the Commonwealth Club of California, with her reading broadcast on National Public Radio.
Dargis is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and holds a master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University. Most recently, she obtained a Ph.D. in integral Health from the California Institute for Human Science, a research facility dedicated to the mind-body connection. A member of the Association of Comprehsive Energy Psychology (ACEP), the Consciousness Healing Initiative (CHI), and the Poetry Society of America, Dargis resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota.