National Leadership Program, Fall 2018
Margot Pitois was a Nonprofit Management Fellow in RespectAbility’s National Leadership Program. RespectAbility is a nonprofit organization fighting stigmas and advancing opportunities for and with people with disabilities. Pitois recently graduated from Grenoble Alpes University in France with a double Bachelor’s degree in Economics and in Languages, both English and Spanish. She spent two years studying in France and did her senior year at Washington College in Maryland as an exchange student. This experience motivated her to keep discovering the world for at least another year to better understand the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom and to use that knowledge in the professional world.
Now in a transition year before starting a Master’s degree, Pitois is exploring different professional options through internships and traveling. She is interested in international relations, humanitarian issues and social-service professions.
Pitois’ interests in diversity, inclusion and equality stem from her work as a volunteer in different nonprofits in Peru that fight poverty and also in France, her home country, at Rêves, the French version of Make-a-Wish. These experiences confirmed her interest in working internationally to improve the inclusion of minorities. Both of her parents work with children and adults with mental and physical disabilities, so Pitois grew up with the desire to work to reach equality in our society. RespectAbility’s Fellowship was an opportunity to learn more about the management of a nonprofit, including the all-important aspect of fundraising.
In her free days, Pitois loves to learn new languages and to read the works of Pierre Rabhi, a French ecologist and author. She also enjoys playing music, piano and ukulele, as well as participating in her local circus back home.
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