We enable young professionals worldwide to gain the critical skills of the 21st century—skills such as global collaboration and global leadership—and we enable companies and organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area to develop a pipeline of young global talent, accomplish major projects and make their entities more globally focused.
We do this through a six-month program that combines:
- a paid, team-based ship with a Bay Area company
- a Master’s degree level leadership training program
- mentoring and career advising
- deep community immersion through living with a homestay family and cultural enhancement events
In August of 2013, we completed our six-month pilot program that engaged ten young professionals from nine countries. In September of 2014, we will host a cohort of 15 Fellows from around the world, and in 2015 we intend to host two cohorts of at least 20 Fellows.
Who We Are
The two of us who launched Collabriv in July of 2012 in San Francisco, along with our third full-time team member, have over 60 years of combined experience in international education and exchange, global talent development, and international marketing.
CEO Dwight Wilson, a former Peace Corps volunteer in Chile and Honduras, has founded four entities, including 20-year-old, Seattle-based EarthCorps, a model for Collabriv that also provides a multinational, team-based ship and training program for young leaders worldwide. COO Patrick Dippery has worked on the management teams of several Bay Area start-ups and held senior marketing positions with companies such as The Economist while living in Hong Kong and Australia. Katrina Walker, our Business Development Manager, has focused on marketing and workforce development at NGOs including Rising Sun Energy Center, where she supervised Collabriv Fellows in 2013, and she has worked, presented and traveled abroad extensively.
Why We Launched Collabriv
Interviews in 2012 with 25,000 employers worldwide found that 90% believed that universities were not fully preparing graduates for today’s workplace. “There were problems with collaboration, interpersonal skills, the ability to deal with ambiguity, flexibility, and professionalism.” (New York Times, July 1, 2013.)
We believe that the best way to acquire such skills is by working abroad with peers from around the world and to do so within an immersive community setting.
Where We Are Headed
Our first step is to create, in the San Francisco Bay Area, a model program that is impactful, profitable and scalable. We will then work with institutions around the world both to grow our model and to develop means to make such overseas, team-based work opportunities available to large numbers of young people worldwide.