Staff Spotlight: Jessica Sherman

Community Outreach and Promotions Coordinator


Jessica works in the promotions department at One World Center's Michigan Campus. A native of New York State, she brings creativity, energy, organization and a passion for helping the poor to her work at One World Center.

What position do you hold at One World Center? What has been your career path so far?

My position at One World Center is the Community Outreach and Promotions Coordinator for the United States. Prior to taking a position with One World Center, I was the owner of a clothing boutique. Through my work in retail and operation my business, it gave me the strong background in promotions and marketing. When I decided to make a career change, I couldn't have selected a better organization to work for. One World Center is doing such amazing work to eradicate poverty while working toward a sustainable future.

As the Community Outreach and Promotions Coordinator, I have to give credit to all of my co-workers. Each and every member of the One World Center Staff is so supportive and devoted to helping each other succeed . Together, we all work hard to complete all tasks that need to be addresses, promote our programs nationally and internationally, keep our programs filled, and always come up with new ideas and projects to further promote sustainable living. I aspire to have a very long career with One World Center and continue working toward our global vision: a sustainable future.

What about the future of the industry? How do you think volunteering abroad & international education will change over the next ten years?

I truly believe our industry has a very bright but challenging future. Our world currently has more people sinking into poverty daily and the adverse effects of climate change & global warming are already evident. However, there is an increasing number of people becoming aware of these issues, the challenges we all will face; the poor being affected the most. These people are starting to take actions to become more sustainable. Together, we can make a change-- every action at home or abroad to become more sustainable is of huge value!

How have you changed or grown since working for One World Center?

There are so many ways I have changed and grown since my start at One World Center.

I have learned so much about our world, the challenges we face, our health & nutrition, poverty, climate change, global warming, ways to become more sustainable, and much, much more! Everyday there is something new to learn at One world Center. It is so rewarding.

Through working with my co-workers, I have also developed in my education on Promotions and Community Outreach. Working with a very talent staff really helps you to develop new skills, think outside of the box, and create creative solution and ideas. We have a very diverse staff and this allows for us to consider many ideas that on our own may have never considered.

I have also made lifelong friendships with people from all corners of the world. This has expanded my mind and allowed me to learn so much about other cultures and given me the opportunity to share my culture as well.

Describe a time when you have felt especially proud to be a part of One World Center.

I honestly do not think I can name just one moment! I am so proud everyday of our organization, the work we do, our staff, our Development Instructors -- seeing how much can be accomplished when we work together.

I am always so excited to talk with the Development Instructors when they arrive back to campus after their service period. They are always so happy, confident, ready to share their experiences and ready to tell us all about how much the service period impacted them. Many times the Development Instructors share that they feel that they received so much more than they could ever give during their service period.

It makes me so proud to be a part of an organization that does that. And, honestly who doesn't want to work for an organization set out to create a better world for all?!