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Sea Islands Society Announces Local Female Leader

Researcher at MUSC is honored for her efforts to promote cross-cultural awareness.

Charleston, SC, April 01, 2016 --( Today, the Islands Society announced that it has selected Dr. Joyce Menon as the Sea Islands Female Leader for the month of March.

She received the award for her accomplishments and efforts to promote cross-cultural awareness through her work with the India Association of Greater Charleston (IAGC), according to Keiko Ono, executive director of Regional Societies and vice president of the Islands Society.

“Dr. Menon has volunteered with the IAGC for the last eight years and has provided executive leadership in organizing and hosting India Fest for three consecutive years in Charleston in an effort to promote understanding and appreciation of Indian Arts and Culture,” explains James Carroll, managing director of the Sea Islands Society.

Since 2008, she has been employed as a research specialist studying lung cancer at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). Additionally, she has been involved with a fundraiser for Mitchell Math and Science Elementary, a local school in Charleston; a summer educational program for inner city kids at St. Julian Devine Community Center; and the installation of the bust of Mahatma Gandhi in Liberty Gardens at Pinewood Elementary, the first in the state of South Carolina.

About the Sea Islands Female Leaders Program
The Islands Society believes that local female leaders on the barrier islands of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina should be given a global platform to share their insights on how the health and well-being of girls and women can be improved in island communities around the world. Through the Sea Islands Female Leaders Program, the Islands Society recognizes a local female leader from these islands each quarter. We then provide that individual with an opportunity to share her insights on how the health and well-being of girls and women can be improved in island communities based on her own life experiences.

About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policy makers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include the Pacific Islands Society, Baltic Islands Society (Honolulu, Hawaii), Sea Islands Society (Charleston, South Carolina), Caribbean Islands Society (Miami, Florida), Remote Islands Society (Tokyo, Japan), and Southeast Asian Islands Society (Washington, DC).

About the Sea Islands Society

The Sea Islands Society is a constituent society of the Islands Society. Its primary mission is to develop and implement programs that enable individuals and sub-national organizations from barrier island communities along the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina to more fully participate in international relations. Specifically, the society develops and implements programs that provide women, ethnic minorities, and the next generation of leaders from these island communities with the knowledge, networks, platforms, and exposure required to realize their full potential as artists, athletes, chefs, designers, educators, musicians, nurses, scholars, policymakers, scientists, and technologists on the world stage.

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