The Reach of the White House Fellowships

Experiences as a White House Fellow

The White House Fellowship has been operating as a one-year program at the highest levels of the executive branch since the 1960s. It is intended for individuals at mid-career to provide first-hand experiences on how American federal governance works in order to integrate a better understanding of the role of government into their continuing career development outside government. Candidates are selected on a non-partisan basis using three criteria – academic achievements, career successes and civic service impact. Katherine was invited to serve as a White House Fellow in 1979 and worked in the Carter Administration as a Special Assistant to the Director of the Office of Personnel Management. Others in her class worked with other agency heads or key White House offices. Continue reading “The Reach of the White House Fellowships”

Elective Politics and Long-Lasting People Networks

Experiences in Elective Politics

Katherine was elected for three terms in the North Carolina Senate as a member of the delegation representing Guilford County, including the Cities of High Point and Greensboro. She was the first woman to be elected to the State Senate from this district. She was in the forefront of bringing the women’s movement into the mainstream in American politics. Her success in the NC Senate also showed the importance of teamwork and community outreach.  Continue reading “Elective Politics and Long-Lasting People Networks”

The Role of Public Policy in the Corporate World

Experiences in the Corporate World

Katherine was recruited to join a subsidiary of AT&T just as the monopoly of the famous Bell System, otherwise known as AT&T, was breaking up. The court order mandated the formation of seven “Baby Bells” for the delivery of local phone services and one patchwork combination at the national level of the long distance business, the prestigious Bell Laboratories and a manufacturing entity known as Western Electric. The transition of this  combination from these three disparate parts of the old Bell System into a newly constituted AT&T was a strategic challenge – transitioning from a monopoly in control of its telecommunications products and services to a competitive business world while retaining an enlightened human resources policy.  When the dust settled, Katherine was working as a government relations executive for the entire (and new) AT&T in Washington, DC. Continue reading “The Role of Public Policy in the Corporate World”

Learning about Entrepreneurship and Civil Society Activism

Learning about Entrepreneurship and Civil Society Activism

Most of the materials on this website are drawn from Katherine’s work, first as an entrepreneur to work with development agencies, foundations and individual clients to advance multi-stakeholder and multi-sectoral collaboration and partnerships on global social issues. Hagen Resources International (HRI) was established as a limited liability company under Swiss law in 2001. Illustrative HRI projects include:

  • Friedrich Ebert Stiftung on trade and labor standards, as well as major articles published on ILO experiences with the international financial institutions and the future of tripartism
  • The US Department of Labor on multi-stakeholder collaboration on conditions of work standards in the Caribbean and Southern Africa
  • The Suez Observatoire Sociale on social dialogue initiatives in Europe and Africa
  • Unilever on dialogues with international organizations and NGOs in Geneva on its Sustainable Living Plan
  • The ILO on a continuing variety of projects, such as a global survey of sectoral  employment trends, building a Child Labor Platform and  implementing the ILO Code on HIV/AIDS in the workplace
  • The Council for Multistakeholder and Multisectoral Dialogue on the interplay between business and international organizations.

The Global Social Observatory was established in 2004 to provide a neutral forum for multi-stakeholder dialogue in search of common solutions to global social issues. With multi-source funding from both public and private sources, the GSO has enabled an inclusive multi-stakeholder collaboration on many topics. Examples include:

  • Corporate Social Responsibility and Trade
  • Gender and Trade
  • HIV/AIDS and Social Responsibility
  • Diabetes and Health in the Workplace
  • Collaborative Action against Non-Communicable Diseases
  • Managing and preventing Conflict of Interest in the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement
  • Cross-cutting approaches to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

See the various sections on HRI and GSO for recent work products. Katherine also continues to write in-depth commentaries on global social issues and is working on a full-length book to consolidate and update her views and lessons learned for promoting and facilitating inclusiveness in international relations.

International Organizations Delivering Norms, Information and Capacity

Experiences in the World of International Organizations

Katherine’s involvement with international organizations dates back to her  teaching and research on the United Nations system as a college professor, fresh out of graduate school.  Her career path took a domestic turn as she played a leading role in her community on women’s rights and in elective politics, but she returned to her interest in international organizations when she was invited to join the International Labor Organization (ILO) as Deputy Director-General.  

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The Future of Work and the ILO Centenary

The “future of work” as a means of achieving and maintaining sustainable livelihoods for all is being called into question these days. Technological change is typically identified as the main culprit, but there are plenty of other candidates to blame – globalization, climate change, demographic trends, human migration, and yes, even trade liberalization, just to name the more obvious ones. In this year 2019 of the 100th anniversary of the International Labour Organization (ILO), it is timely to reflect on what this means for the future of work – but also for the prospects of the ILO as the social pillar of our global architecture. The ILO, after all, was established in 1919 to mobilize the world’s capacity for sustainable livelihoods through a just and fair social order in the world of work. One hundred years later, the ILO is using this occasion to redefine its mission, including in the form of a “Centenary Declaration” on the future of work. Continue reading “The Future of Work and the ILO Centenary”

Patrimoine and Reggae at UNESCO

I was recently at UNESCO headquarters in Paris for the 13th Internet Governance Forum (IGF 13). Little did I know, while wandering the conference rooms and lobby displays devoted to the transformative path of the Internet into the high-tech world of the 21st century, that this same organization UNESCO was hosting a review of applications for the “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” list.  One thing looking to the future and one thing looking to the past! Continue reading “Patrimoine and Reggae at UNESCO”

Changing Perspectives on Migration

The new year has started with a lot of political turmoil driven by a disintegration of stability in longstanding democracies – government shutdown in the US, defeat of a Brexit plan in the UK, week after week of the “Gilets Jaunes” in France, plus the vulnerability to terrorist attacks in so many places around the world (Afghanistan, Syria, Colombia, Kenya).  One could go on and on about the upsurge in populism as well as the fragility of democracies generally.  But none of this is new. It is just that they all seem to have an underlying and rather unsettled concern about or even a direct role in immigration flows. This might not be the only factor, but it is pretty amazing that it continues to appear in one way or another as a factor in almost all of these instances of political turmoil.  Certainly, the media coverage of these tumultuous events has frequently dwelt on the anti-immigrant platforms of radical groups and their growing electoral strength. So what can be the response to this turmoil? Continue reading “Changing Perspectives on Migration”

Holiday Greetings 2018

Warm greetings to you for a happy and peaceful holiday season and a fulfilling and inclusive 2019. As this eventful year of 2018 comes to an end, we share happy memories of family and friends at Villa Ndio and in our explorations with them of so many “new” sites (for us) near and far from our home base. Politically, too, we reflect on the “blue wave” in our home of citizenship and on “the yellow vests” in our home of retirement as ex pats here in France. Where will we be after the many turning point events of 2019 have brought us to this same time next year? Continue reading “Holiday Greetings 2018”

Lessons from the Gilets Jaunes on Climate Change and Migration

How to link the personal impact of the phenomenon of the “Gilets Jaunes” to the global developments on climate change and migration?  This has been in the forefront of my mind these past few weeks. The Gilets Jaunes movement is a very domestically French phenomenon, while my interests in both climate change and migration are very much at the global level. Both of these issues have gained momentum through significant global gatherings to move in new directions – the one in Katowice, Poland and the other in Marrakech, Morocco – both of them held in December. But the phenomenon of thousands of yellow-vested protesters has brought to the forefront in my thinking the localized nature of the global debates on these two very issues and how dependent we all are on enabling a genuine inclusiveness at both local and global levels. Continue reading “Lessons from the Gilets Jaunes on Climate Change and Migration”