2016 Cameroon Professional Society Distinguished Annual Congress in Houston, Texas
Elizabeth Geitz is an Episcopal priest and canon, newspaper columnist, award-winning author, and Board Chair at the Good Shepherd Sustainable Learning Foundation. With a focus on spirituality and justice issues, her writings speak to people of passion who want to make a difference in the world. Elizabeth’s latest book, I Am That Child: Changing Hearts and Changing the World, chronicles her odyssey to the Good Shepherd Home in Bamenda, Cameroon and was ranked #1 on Amazon in African Studies. Her books have been hailed by NY Times bestselling authors Desmond Tutu, John Berendt, and Helen Prejean. Elizabeth currently volunteers full time in a cross-cultural partnership with Sr. Jane Mankaa of Bamenda. Together they established Good Shepherd SLF, USA and Good Shepherd Academy Assoc, Cameroon. Hands together, they are building the Good Shepherd Academy, a bilingual residential secondary/high school for 350 students in Bafut, Cameroon. Canon Geitz holds a BS from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Divinity from The General Theological Seminary, and a Master of Teaching from the University of South Carolina.
Elizabeth will be presenting the leadership keynote lecture scheduled for 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 13, 2016. During this presentation, Elizabeth will recount her journey to Cameroon and Good Shepherd SLF’s decision to invest in building what she hopes will be the premier secondary and high school in Cameroon. Her project and affinity for Cameroon falls in line with our theme for this congress – Building Foundations for Success – The Roadmap for Cameroonian Professionals. We all agree that success in later life starts with the right education, hence the reason for presenting initiatives that seek to fortify the educational foundations for our brothers and sisters back home.
In accepting to share her experience with the Cameroonian Diaspora, Elizabeth joins an elite club of the most accomplished Professionals (Cameroonian and Friends of Cameroon) who see the need to use the CPS Congress as a platform to inspire a new generation of Cameroonian and African leaders.