Project Title: FLEX Alumni Network Conference Project
Location: Dushanbe, Tajikistan
FLEX alumnus Vadim Abanin ’09 (Dushanbe, Tajikistan/Tomball, TX) organized a two-day FLEX Alumni networking conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Forty-two alumni from across Tajikistan came together to participate in this networking and professional development opportunity. Senior and recently returned alumni shared knowledge, opportunities, and connections through a series of panels, speed networking events, and workshops to develop community service projects, including a mechanism for continued mentorship among participants. The main priority of the FLEX alumni conference was to assist and encourage alumni to promote the concepts and values learned during the exchange program among their community through events and projects. The ultimate, long-term goal is to provide a mechanism for continued networking between younger and older alumni for professional and academic development, mentorship support, and project implementation. By providing guidance and mentoring, as well as a space for networking, the alumni community will foster ongoing collaboration.