Missions and Missions
In short, a trade mission ought to deliver jobs. At every step and every stop it is designed for Delegates to meet, greet, and repeat. For the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, the Governor’s Trade Mission allowed us to meet and greet the newest member of the Forum’s team.
Rachel Peterson, a Minnesotan by birth, has a decade-long affiliation with the Forum. A decade ago as an undergrad at Luther College, she got hooked on the Forum. It was not hard to get hooked after seeing Northern Ireland’s David Trimble and Doctors Without Boarders in person. But then when the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee Dr. Ole Mjøs personally encouraged her to continue with master’s degree in peace studies at the University of Tromsø, Rachel embarked on what became an eight year international adventure
The initial leg of that international adventure culminated in her becoming the Regional Director for Save the Children in Northern Norway. The second leg begins in August when she brings her international experience back to Minnesota as Program Manager of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum.
Rachel represents the best of Minnesota internationalism. Fluent in Norwegian, replete with interpersonal expertise, and possessed of a global perspective, she will soon lend these many talents to ourmission of inspiring peacemaking by celebrating the work of Nobel Peace Prize winners.
Watching Rachel in action, meeting and greeting the Minnesota Delegates (http://bit.ly/Xrqjxb) at Oslo’s historic Nobel Peace Center, leaves no doubt that she and we will succeed. Minnesota will be the richer for her return.
From L to R: Maureen Reed, Nobel Peace Prize Forum, Rachel Peterson, Save the Children, Kathleen Motzenbecker, Minnesota Trade Office, Julie Langley, Lakselaget
Dr. Maureen Reed, executive director of the Nobel Peace Prize Forum, is in Sweden, Norway and Germany this week as a Delegate with the Minnesota Governor’s Trade Mission to Europe. She shares her reflections.