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Foundations of the Future
Column from: IPC Education Foundation
Charlene Gunter du Plessis
Charlene joined IPC in November 2018 as director of strategic partnerships and programs and transitioned into the leadership role of the IPC Education Foundation in December 2019. She is responsible for the strategic direction of the IPC Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 charitable organization that will connect and engage individuals with IPC industry members to opportunities in the electronics manufacturing industry. In this capacity, Charlene works with industry member partners, academic institutions, and Career Technical Education instructors and teachers to develop and execute programmatic initiatives for the IPC Education Foundation.
Before joining IPC, Charlene worked at a non-profit for more than 12 years with a focus on cultivating and stewarding existing and new corporate partnerships, building relationships with key donors through corporate fundraising efforts, managing foundation and scholarship funding, and business development of membership-driven organizations. She has experience in fundraising and partnership development within the corporate, government, non-profit, and higher education spheres on a national and international level.
Charlene also has an MPhil in entrepreneurship and small business management (2012), two bachelor degrees in professional and technical writing (2006) and journalism (2005) from the University of Pretoria, and a post-graduate certificate in advanced business communications (2007) from the University of South Africa. In her spare time, she explores the world and travels with her husband and their family members. Charlene has visited 25 U.S. states and 28 countries and enjoys cooking, photography, and interior design.