Maya Angelou once said; “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” These words resonate with Juliet Braslow, a researcher with a diverse background of skills from different disciplines.As an area coordinator with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Juliet is currently working on the AGORA project, which focuses on understanding the complex social and biophysical landscapes of various communities in Malawi and Tanzania through Participatory Mapping and video. Previously, she worked with farmers and ranchers, helping create farm and ranch diversification programs, and connecting stakeholders to promote agricultural growth.She has also researched California native plant nursery production and studied fruit and vegetable production, soil management, and agricultural ecology.PositionProgram Coordinator, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT)CountryUnited States of AmericaEducationHorticulture & Agronomy (M.Sc., 2012) and International Agricultural Development (M.Sc., 2011) from the University of California, DavisMentorSarah Ayeri Ogalleh, senior scientist at the Centre for Training and Integrated Research in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Development (CETRAD)Juliet has taught courses to Japanese farmers in vegetable and fruit production and developed a cacao production program in Ecuador as part of her Fulbright scholarship. Juliet has led farmer-to-farmer and Farmer Field School trainings and workshops. Thanks to her experience in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Ecuador, Costa Rica, California, and Sri Lanka, Juliet has gained an international perspective in her work.As a mentee in YPARD’s pilot mentoring program, Juliet strongly believes that mentoring is an effective way of promoting more sustainable natural resource management, as well as higher productivity and growth in the agriculture sector.She believes that mentors play a crucial role in helping new and growing organizations and partnerships to thrive and prosper.“Establishing the YPARD mentoring program is vital if we are going to help the world’s budding agro-entrepreneurs,” she says.Juliet hopes to advance her skills in agriculture and rural development as well as improve her leadership skills through her involvement in this program. She wants to build her confidence, broaden her vision, and expand her capabilities to achieve higher levels within her career paths. She wants to build her connections and have people to help inspire her when the going gets tough.