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Leadership Strategy and Development

Meet the Reverend Dr. Matthew Charlton
By Quinn Needham

“I come to this with a background of working broadly with colleagues around the world for over 15 years.”

Matthew Charlton is no stranger to service or leadership. His extensive resume not only details his impressive professional and academic experience (including two master’s degrees from Vanderbilt, a Doctorate in Philosophy from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, posts as pastor across Tennessee, various publications, and his current work as an adjunct professor at Belmont plus research associate for Wesley House College) but it also attests to Charlton’s commitment to philanthropy and community outreach. Qualified, passionate, and driven, Charlton is the perfect candidate to take on the role of the Director of Leadership and Development Strategy at Harper Hill Global.

“The creative use of humanitarian communications for behavior change will save lives.”

Although Charlton just recently accepted his position at Harper Hill Global, he and his wife Amy, who serves on HHG’s board of directors, have been active supporters of the organization since its inception. In his new post as the Director of Leadership and Development Strategy, Charlton hopes to focus his efforts on a financial strategy and foundational funding that moves HHG forward and helps secure its place as a long-term communications leader in global development.

Executive Director Rev. Neelley Hicks said, “Having Matt on board is a game changer! His experience, leadership and strategic insight will play a major role in the growth of the Women Arise Network and communications for social good.”

Charlton recognizes that “process takes time,” but he is dedicated to improving the lives of under-served communities through his work at HHG no matter the challenges he may face. He strongly believes in the power of the organization’s vision and sees Harper Hill Global’s work as “increasingly important to developing and training women leaders for a better world.” When asked to describe his personal philosophy on effective leadership and development, Charlton asserts that “both require relationships of honesty and trust.” He adds, “I believe in working in a collaborative manner with others, and this necessarily includes making decisions on the critical mission of the organization. In order to empower the human spirit, we must listen to each other, care for each other, and grow together into our future.”

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