Bret is a geographer from Texas State University-San Marcos whose work focuses on interdisciplinary issues related to international development, refugee interests, gender violence within conflict settings, poverty reduction, and humanitarian assistance while acquiring fundamental skills in quantitative analysis, geographic information systems, and remote sensing. She has presented a professional paper at the 2010 Association of American Geographers National Conference in Washington, D.C., where she was invited to participate in a session on "Geographies of Displacement". She completed specialized coursework designed to train public and non-profit managers in the technical competencies and ethical values associated with outstanding public service to become a Certified Public Manager through the William P. Hobby Centerfor Public Service. Bret's academic work initially covered rural development in Alaskan villages and later she incorporated a rural emphasis while completing her studies in Texas by representing the University's public service program in the Texas Rural Innovators Forum. For more than a decade she worked with faculty and administrators within the university providing her an exceptional opportunity to polish her statistical analysis and research skills. She recently arrived in India to bring an international perspective to her work with rural populations by serving in a volunteer capacity with the Organisation of Development, Action and Maintenance (ODAM) which assists women and their families in Tamil Nadu.To know more about Bret & her work, http://www.bretinindia.blogspot.com (www.tedxsalem.com) About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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