Guest blogger Lauren Leatherby is a first-year Master in Public Policy student at the Harvard Kennedy School who spent Winter Break…
The Proximity School
Investing in Staff Development
Year-round, practical, hands on learning and growth
At Proximity, we’re always trying to better our efforts and improve our skills, and we’ve designed The Proximity School to help us do just that.
Every Monsoon season, each team (infrastructure, sales, FAS and management) comes to Yangon for three intense weeks of classes before the start of the new season. The emphasis is on gaining practical, relevant knowledge, that will have a tangible impact on their work when they’re back in the field. The syllabus is made up of workshops on data analysis, sales and marketing, photography, leadership, customer service and area management - classes that typically induce yawns in their attendees - but here they’re delivered with a twist. Creativity, colorful post-its, teamwork and brainstorming are the order of the day.
In a country with limited hands on education opportunities, the School - modeled on the corporate universities of leading international organizations - provides our staff with skills training and a practical education unavailable anywhere else in the country. It helps empower a workforce that takes ownership within the organization, and drives us forward.