Many like Eileen Purkeypile have found satisfaction with their careers in non-governmental organizations. With over 19 million people currently working for NGOs, it stands as the 8th largest job sector in the world. As part of the IRC’s International Career Series, Eileen will share about her work with Children’s Emergency Relief International, how she arrived at the organization, and why she remains passionate about the nonprofit sector.
About the Speaker
Eileen Neave Purkeypile is CERI's Director of Marketing and Development. In her position, Eileen develops and implements all aspects of CERI’s annual development plan to augment revenue for child sponsorships, devise creative marketing strategies that promote CERI’s sponsorships and overall mission, and generate both internal- and external-facing content to create meaningful connections for the agency.
Eileen joins CERI after serving as the agency’s part-time consultant, working to strengthen and expand CERI’s programs and services to youth and families in need around the world. Before joining CERI, Eileen contributed her expertise as Director of Global Child Development Operations for Feed the Children, an effort to provide nourishing meals to more than 260,000 children around the world.
Eileen's passion for children and families was ignited in refugee camps in Yemen, where she met women and children fleeing conflict in the Horn of Africa. Their hope and determination motivated her to begin a career in service to humanity worldwide. Throughout her career, her work in children’s advocacy has taken her across borders to serve in Ukraine, the Philippines, and Honduras. She counts her work in Bolivia toward the protection and well-being of children through a child development program in suburban neighborhoods as a formative experience in her career.
“Eileen has carved out a successful career dedicated to serving children and families,” says CERI Executive Director Connie Belciug “She has a proven track record as a leader with emphasis on developing infrastructure, strategies, and implementation. We are excited for her continued involvement.”
A native of Eagle Pass, Texas, Eileen is fluent in English and Spanish, and holds a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the culinary arts and spending time with her husband, Jarrod, and their two children, Noel and Amelia.
About International Career Series
Staying home is the perfect chance to investigate careers with an international focus or opportunities to work around the world. Whether you are graduating and preparing to enter the job market, looking for a change, or just seeing what's possible, we invite you to join the International Relations Council as we explore international careers. Each week, an IRC member will share their work in an international field, offering insight into educational background, career paths, intricacies of the field, and recommendations for your own search. We encourage you to bring your questions and sense of adventure and make full use of the opportunity to get to know these extraordinary individuals and their stories.