Barbadian Josea Browne to participate in U.S. Government Sponsored Leadership Program
Josea Browne will go to the United States this month as the latest Eastern Caribbean candidate of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
Ms. Browne is lead strategist at Rudiments and Theory in Barbados. She will take part in a three-week project on tourism and economic development with 17 other candidates from around the world. United by their professional pursuits, the participants are a diverse group, hailing from as far as Japan, Estonia, Oman, Tajikistan, Rwanda, and Morocco. The program offers the opportunity for this varied group to network with professional counterparts (both U.S. and international) in order to increase information sharing.
Ms. Browne’s participation in the program will examine strategies and policies to promote tourism locally, regionally and nationally – including marketing, infrastructure, public safety, customer service and other considerations; highlight the link between tourism and economic development; provide examples of trends in tourism such as adventure tourism, cultural tourism, family tourism, eco-tourism, etc.; and emphasize concepts of sustainable and responsible tourism and the role of small business in the tourism industry, and how these contribute to sustainable economic development.
The program, which commenced May 31st, began in Washington, DC. It will include travel to at least four cities across the United States. The national itinerary will also include travel in smaller groups on city splits to Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Bozeman, Montana; Gardiner, Montana, and will conclude in San Francisco, California on Saturday, June 21.
The IVLP is the Department of State’s premier, professional exchange program. The program brings together emerging leaders in their respective professions to learn how U.S. experts in that profession operate and to share best practices with the other program candidates who hail from the same region and across the globe.