JT’s Professional Fellow Wins Chicago Pitch Competition


This fall, JT hosted a professional fellow from Patagonia, Argentina as part of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative – a Presidential program funded by the U.S. Department of State that aims to strengthen ties throughout the region and contribute to a new entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Americas.

Alejandro Sherriff is the founder and CEO of a consulting firm in the southern most region of Argentina, providing professional coaching services to the growing businesses in the developing area – a need that was unmet before Alejandro launched his company, VALORes (or “values” in English).

Alejandro met with and worked alongside a variety of JT staff – learning more about all aspects of strategic communications– and, introducing our staff to the culture of Argentina. From media trainings to digital campaigns, all-staff brainstorms, strategy sessions with clients, video productions and staffing a ribbon-cutting, we hope Alejandro will take back with him new tools and insights to help inform his growing business in Argentina.

As his time with JT was winding down, Alejandro participated in a business pitch competition with the 14 Chicago-based Fellows – finishing in first place and advancing to the final competition in Washington DC where he was one of 21 finalists to compete out of the 250 professionals that completed fellowships across the country this fall.

JT is proud to participate in WorldChicago and U.S. Department of State programs, contributing to the international exchange of professional and cultural values.

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative brought 250 professionals from Latin America and the Caribbean to the U.S. to complete leadership and entrepreneurship fellowships at businesses and civil society organizations across the country. In Chicago, the program was implemented by WorldChicago – a nonprofit organization that has served as a local coordinator for U.S. Department of State and other federally-sponsored professional and youth exchanges since 1952.


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