Filipino-American actress Giselle Tongi or more popularly known as G Tongi achieved a new academic milestone recently as she finished her graduate studies at the Antioch University in Los Angeles, California.
Giselle started her graduate studies in 2019 and took up non-profit management courses. The classes were taken in person initially but it was moved online in March 2020 when the pandemic happened.
"I thought of non-profit management because it is similar to attaining an MBA (Master's in Business), but adding the NGO [non-government organization] social good structure,” she disclosed," she said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Giselle remarked that she wanted to learn how to manage an organization "to create sustainability for future generations."
She shared that she was able to apply her learnings from school to her role that time at the FilAm Arts.
“Also, I had a direct application to my work as I was also serving at the time as the programming director of the arts and culture nonprofit, FilAm Arts, founded in Los Angeles in 1991. They are the presenters of the annual Festival of Philippine Arts and Culture (FPAC)," she shared.
According to the actress, her learnings from graduate school have equipped her with the tools for her future work.
“Being in graduate school truly deepened my understanding of programming logic models and gave me the necessary language and tools to evaluate the impact of the work that I am passionate about,” she said.
“As a charitable organization, it is our mission to advocate for platforms and opportunities for the Fil-Am artist community and this really resonates with my professional goals, especially as diversity, equity and cultural inclusion becomes top of mind for philanthropic funders.”