Join us Thursday, October 24 at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, for a presentation by Jonathan Starr titled, “It Takes a School: The Extraordinary Story of an American School in the World’s #1 Failed State.”
The meeting will follow our Annual General Meeting with announcements from the Board of Directors at 5:30 p.m., an address from the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut at 5:45 p.m., and the presentation starting at 6:00 p.m. Following the presentation, there will be an optional dinner at Old Lyme Country Club ($40 for a meal and additional Q&A with the speaker).
Since 2008, Jonathan has been Managing Director, Headmaster, and Founder of Abaarso School of Science and Technology in Somaliland, Africa. From 2004 – 2008, Jonathan founded and led Flagg Street Capital, a private investment firm that managed $170 million of assets. Prior to Flagg Street, he worked as an Analyst at SAB Capital and at Blavin and Company. Jonathan’s career started as a Research Associate within the Taxable Bond Division at Fidelity Investments. In addition to his full-time responsibilities, Jonathan sat on the Board of Directors of Pomeroy IT Solutions, a publicly traded IT company generating $500 million of annual sales. Jonathan’s board responsibilities included acting as a member of the Audit Committee, the Advisory Committee, and the Special Committee (strategic alternatives) of Pomeroy. Jonathan graduated from Emory University, with a B.A. Summa Cum Laude in Economics and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Copies of his book, It Takes a School: The Extraordinary Story of an American School in the World’s #1 Failed State will be available for purchase after the presentation. The book tells a story of David and Goliath proportions, how an American hedge fund manager created a unique school in Somaliland whose students, against all odds, have come to achieve success beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.
Register online for the presentation and dinner here: LINK TO COME SOON.
Some additional press:
Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) and Essex Meadows Community Partnership Program presents “Coming to America: A Refugee Story” from Great Decisions, America’s World Affairs Discussions, with Will Kneerim of IRIS New Haven[…]
The mission of the Southeast Connecticut World Affairs Council (SECWAC) is to foster an understanding of issues of foreign policy and international affairs by study, debate, and educational programming, primarily through a Speakers Series of 8 to 10 monthly meetings.