Johnson & Johnson is proud to sponsor the 2019 Save the Children changemakers, celebrating all those who have made the world a better place for children.
As long-time partners, our shared vision is of a world where no child dies from preventable causes and every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. Johnson & Johnson and Save the Children work side-by-side throughout the world, building the resiliency of children through innovative approaches to health and development, while serving as the leading voice for those who need it most.
Building on a strong relationship of more than two decades, in the fall of 2014, Johnson & Johnson announced an ambitious commitment to improve the survival and healthy development of children under age five, especially newborns. As a result, Save the Children was named the first-ever enterprise-wide global partner of Johnson & Johnson. This visionary multi-year commitment from Johnson & Johnson supported all the work of Save the Children, with particular emphasis on newborn survival and addressing the needs of refugee children. In addition, Johnson & Johnson continues to support Save the Children beyond monetary ways, including advocacy leadership, in-kind donations and employee engagement. In 2018, Johnson & Johnson and Save the Children launched the renewal of this bold pledge, building on historic successes and leveraging each other’s expertise, reach and influence to affect future generations, wherever they may live.
Rachel Zoe is a distinguished designer, editor, author, TV personality and entrepreneur renowned for her effortless take on glamour. As a designer, Zoe makes her exceptional taste accessible as Creative Director of the Rachel Zoe Collection, comprised of ready-to-wear, footwear and accessory lines available at shoprachelzoe.com and in over 200 stores worldwide. Zoe is Founder and Chief Curator of the luxury fashion, beauty and lifestyle subscription service, Box of Style by Rachel Zoe and serves as Founder and Editor-at-Large of online style destination, The Zoe Report, which covers fashion and beauty trends and inspiration and reaches over 14 million monthly users worldwide. She started her career as a world-renowned stylist revolutionizing the styling business and inspiring future generations of stylists. Zoe is committed to philanthropic organizations, serving as an Ambassador for Save the Children and on the Board of Directors for Baby2Baby. In addition, Zoe has been on countless most influential lists from virtually every domestic and international fashion and financial publication. Rachel and her husband, Rodger Berman, run their global fashion brand all while being parents to two young boys, Skyler and Kaius.
Mara Martin is a fashion model and full-time mother to 17-month-old daughter Aria. Mara holds a dual degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Georgia. Upon graduating, she pursued a career in modeling in both Los Angeles and New York before moving to her current home in Miami, Florida. Mara made international headlines in 2018 for walking the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit runway show while breastfeeding her daughter. This runway walk generated over 15 billion impressions worldwide.
Since that moment, Mara has been a driving force in normalizing breastfeeding around the world, along with promoting women’s empowerment and body positivity. She has been a featured speaker on numerous panels discussing female empowerment. She is in the process of completing her first book which will be released in 2020.
Mara works closely with charities like Best Buddies and Save the Children and as a guest ambassador for the United Nations. She hopes to continue spreading her message of goodwill and encouraging mothers to know that they CAN “do it all!”
Hank Green started making YouTube videos in 2007 with his brother, John. Today, Hank is the CEO of Complexly, a production company that creates educational content, including Crash Course and SciShow. Over the years, Hank and John have co-founded a number of other small businesses and projects, including the Project for Awesome. Project for Awesome is an annual online fundraiser that encourages their audience to make videos about charities and raise money to support different causes they care about, frequently including Save the Children.
– Hank Green
“All of the best things that we have in our lives, we have because other people worked to make life better. I think it is really wonderful we all get to be both benefactor and beneficiary, because there is so much reward in both.”
With achievements such as Hollywood Walk of Fame, star of blockbuster franchises Zoe Saldana is herself the epitome of a true star in Hollywood, earning a reputation as a versatile and respected actress by choosing roles that she feels passionately about. When not in production, Saldana engages in meaningful philanthropic work involving children’s development, well-being and confidence building. Saldana has been very vocal in her involvement with Brave Beginnings, an organization that focuses on bringing essential life-saving equipment and services to seriously ill children and their families.
In addition to her work with Brave Beginnings, Zoe is a Global Ambassador for Shot@Life, helping children around the world gain access to life saving vaccines. She is also a supporter and past honoree of The Step Up Network- an organization which works to propel young women from under-resourced communities. Additionally, Saldana has lent her support to The Haiti Relief Inc after the devastating earthquake in 2010, FINCA and other likeminded organizations.
Zoe is a true champion for children, working daily to help combat poverty through her work with various organizations (both domestically and internationally) and the personal projects she takes on.
Enrique Iglesias has sold more than 170 million albums (albums and singles combined) worldwide, released ten studio albums plus two greatest hits compilations, and is a multiplatinum artist in almost every country around the world. Enrique has headlined ten world tours throughout his career having performed in literally every corner of the world including New York, Mexico, Madrid, London, Sydney, as well as going to cities such as Cairo, Latvia, Minsk, Morocco, Istanbul and Cape Town. Undeniably the biggest Latin recording artist in music history, he has 27 # 1 singles on the Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs Chart—holding the record for most number ones in the chart’s history—as well as scoring 105 number ones across all Billboard charts. Last year’s, “SUBEME LA RADIO” gave him his 29th #1 on Billboard’s Latin Airplay chart—securing the record for the “most number ones ever on the 22-year-old list.” “DUELE EL CORAZÓN” made for his 14th #1 on Billboard’s Top Dance Chart the most by any male artist (in any genre). He has headlined global tours and performed in places few artists – Latin or any other genre – have had the opportunity to perform such as all of Latin America, India, Middle East, Europe and most recently Uzbekistan. His latest tour, SEX AND LOVE, took him all over the world—from London to Argentina to Mexico to New York to Australia to Lithuania to Poland for over three years and catered over 1.5 million fans in attendance. Throughout his career, Enrique has played in front of more than 10+ million fans.
Enrique has been celebrated with just about every award an artist can receive including, multiple Grammy’s for his recordings, Billboard awards for sales, and ASCAP honors for writing. Enrique Iglesias continues to be one of the most successful artists in modern music holding the record for most weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart with his hit “Bailando” at 41 consecutive weeks. He is one of the most streamed and viewed artists ever, with over 10 billion views (his last three singles alone have surpassed the one-billion mark) on YouTube/VEVO and 14 billion streams overall. For more information visit: www.enriqueiglesias.com
John Green is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, Paper Towns, The Fault in Our Stars, and Turtles All the Way Down. He is also the coauthor, with David Levithan, of Will Grayson, Will Grayson. He was the 2006 recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award, a 2009 Edgar Award winner, and has twice been a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Green’s books have been published in more than 55 languages and over 24 million copies are in print. John is also an active Twitter user with more than 5.4 million followers.
In June 2014, the movie adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars was released, directed by Josh Boone, produced by Fox 2000 and Temple Hill, and starring Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff. The screenplay was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber, who went on to adapt Paper Towns for film. Fox 2000 and Temple Hill released Paper Towns in the summer of 2015, starring Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Justice Smith, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, and Jaz Sinclair. In the second half of 2015, John signed a first look production deal with Fox 2000.
In 2007, John and his brother Hank ceased textual communication and began to talk primarily through videoblogs posted to YouTube. The videos spawned a community of people called nerdfighters who fight for intellectualism and to decrease the overall worldwide level of suck. (Decreasing suck takes many forms: Nerdfighters have raised millions of dollars to fight poverty in the developing world; they also planted thousands of trees around the world in May of 2010 to celebrate Hank’s 30th birthday.) Although they have long since resumed textual communication, John and Hank continue to upload two videos a week to their YouTube channel, vlogbrothers. Their videos have been viewed more than 700 million times.
John and Hank launched educational YouTube channel Crash Course in late 2011 with funding from YouTube’s original channel initiative. John, Hank, and a range of other hosts teach humanities and science courses to viewers, with multiple new series launching each year. World History, Literature, Economics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and Government are just some of the courses available to date. Crash Course has over 7.3 million subscribers and 800 million views. John and Hank are involved with a myriad of other video projects, including mental_floss video, The Art Assignment, SciShow, sexplanations, hankgames, Eons and Healthcare Triage.
John’s book reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review and Booklist, a wonderful book review journal where he worked as a publishing assistant and production editor while writing Looking for Alaska. John grew up in Orlando, Florida before attending Indian Springs School and then Kenyon College. He currently lives in Indianapolis with his family.
– John Green, accepting the “Awesome Award” with his brother Hank at our Illumination Gala in 2015
“Bad news happens all at once and good news happens very, very slowly. Over the last 25 years human beings have reduced the number of children who die under the age of five by 50%. That is the greatest achievement in the history of our species.”
CEO, Ulta Beauty
The possibilities are beautiful with Mary Dillon as CEO of Ulta Beauty and board member of Save the Children.
The Chicago-native and mother of four has more than 30 years of experience leading consumer-driven brands in a diverse range of industries, with the common thread being her passion for leveraging customer insights to build brand engagement and drive results.
Since she began leading Ulta Beauty in 2013, Mary and her team have doubled the company’s revenues and vaulted the company to the Fortune 500. Mary believes strongly in creating common purpose, leading through the lens of culture, removing barriers to inclusion and driving associate engagement through valuing the perspectives of her diverse team.
Mary established the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation (UBCF) in 2016 to enhance the education and well-being of women and their families. She joined the board of Save the Children that same year, and has championed the partnership that is furthering the mission of both organizations.
With Mary’s leadership, UBCF has worked with Save the Children to provide in-kind product donations to help parents care for their children after natural disasters and to engage Ulta Beauty associates in activities that have helped inspire possibilities in the children Save the Children serves. In 2019, Mary introduced a new in-store campaign during the Mother’s Day season to invite guests to donate to the Ulta Beauty Charitable Foundation at point-of-sale in support of Save the Children’s early childhood programming and disaster relief efforts in the United States. The result of the inaugural effort was a $1.1M donation which will make a measurable impact on the work Save the Children is doing to give children living in poverty in more than 100 underserved rural communities in 22 states a healthy start, the opportunity to learn, and protection from harm every day and in times of crisis.
Stacy Fitzgerald, a life-long resident of Southeast Texas is a mother of three, wife, and a multi-business owner. She is a graduate of Lamar University and is an advocate for Early Childhood Education, serving on the Advisory Committee for Child Development at Lamar University.
Her passion for early childhood education was born out of necessity. Stacy’s employees at her salon needed childcare so she made that possible in a small 450 square foot space. She soon realized that there was a need in the community for not only childcare, but for an early childhood educational center. As a result, Kid’s Harbor Learning Center was opened in 2002. It has grown from a dream of Fitzgerald’s into a multi-campus center, serving 355 children throughout the local communities.
Stacy has created an environment, for both children and staff, that focuses on education, resiliency, and teamwork. These ideals were put into a new level of action in August of 2017.
After the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, Stacy looked to where she could help her community. Knowing that her center would be closed (due to damage) she made the decision to use the food to help feed those who were displaced in nearby shelters. Together with her staff from Kid’s Harbor Learning Center, they fed over 800 people. When that work was done, she shifted focus to helping her employees, who had lost almost everything. For Stacy Fitzgerald, there is always someone to help.
Out of the obstacle of Harvey, she found motivation thanks to the generous help from Save the Children. Understanding the hardship of natural disasters, Stacy helped to organize a H.O.P.E (Helping Other People Everywhere) Tote drive. These 50-gallon containers were filled with necessities purchased by Fitzgerald, KHLC staff, parents, community members and local schools. The students at KHLC made cards to accompany the totes. These cards were some of the most treasured items. They arrived in the Carolinas following Hurricane Florence.
Stacy’s goal is that Kid’s Harbor Learning Center will continue to be a place where children grow physically, socially and emotionally – instilling the lifelong lessons that will help shape their future.
“Obstacles in life are motivation for success.”
His Excellency Tariq Al Gurg
H.E. Tariq Al Gurg was appointed as Chief Executive Officer at Dubai Cares in 2009 and as a member of its Board of Directors in 2018. Al Gurg is responsible for strategically defining and leading Dubai Cares' efforts aimed towards providing children and young adults in developing countries with access to quality education.
Al Gurg is mostly known for his role in transitioning Dubai Cares from a young philanthropic organization into a global leader in the international education arena. He has enabled the organization to contribute to the global evidence base on education, leverage funding and invest in strategic relationships supporting the development of worldwide initiatives such as the Learning Metrics Taskforce and the Education Cannot Wait fund. He is also a global champion of Education in Emergencies.
Al Gurg's past experience includes twelve years at various senior management positions within consumer and corporate banking at Emirates NBD. He was a member of the UAE’s National Anti-Money Laundering Committee. He is also a Founding Board Member and Deputy Chairperson of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association.
POLITICAL COMMENTATOR FOR ABC AND NPR
Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. In her more than fifty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting. In addition to her reporting, Roberts has written six New York Timesbestsellers, most dealing with the roles of women in U.S. history.
In addition to her appearances on the airwaves, Roberts, along with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, writes a weekly column syndicated in newspapers around the country by Universal U Click. The Robertsalso wrote two books together: Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families, published in 2011 and From this Day Forward, an account of their now more than fifty-year marriage and other marriages in American history. The book immediately went onto The New York Timesbestseller list, following Cokie Roberts's number one bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters,an account of American women's roles and relationships over time.
Roberts's other history books recounting the untold and remarkable contributions of women to the country's founding and its preservation: Founding Mothers, published in 2004, Ladies of Liberty in 2008, and Capital Dames in 2015, about women and Washington in the Civil War — all also rated as New York Times bestsellers, along with her children's book Founding Mothers, illustrated by Caldecott award winner Diane Goode. The children's version of Ladies of Liberty, also illustrated by Goode, was published in 2016.
Cokie Roberts holds more than thirty honorary degrees and serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions. President Bush appointed her to his Commission on Service and Civic Participation. In 2008 the Library of Congress named her a "Living Legend," one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor. She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.
“When I learned what an important impact Save the Children has both here at home and around the world, I signed right up. Over the last several decades I've traveled the globe seeing first-hand the impressive, difficult and rewarding work that makes it possible to permanently change a child's life.”
Eglantyne Jebb – the woman who founded Save the Children a century ago in 1919 – was one of the world's most charismatic, fiercely intelligent and influential champions of human rights. A British social reformer and former teacher, Jebb was appalled by newspaper photos she saw of children starving in enemy countries like Germany and Austria – starving because Allied troops' blockades wouldn't let supplies through. She joined Fight the Famine Council, a group working to get food and medical supplies to these children. She stood in Trafalgar Square and handed out leaflets that showed the emaciated children with a headline: "Our blockade has caused this – millions of children are starving to death."
Passersby turned away from the disturbing flyer. But Eglantyne was determined not to let people ignore what she believed was a violation of these children's human rights. Her passion that day led to her being arrested, and she was found guilty and fined for her protest. But the judge was so impressed with Eglantyne's commitment to children, that he paid her fine. His money became the first donation to Save the Children.
Two years later, Save the Children was making a difference in the lives of children beyond war-torn Europe. Russia was experiencing famine, due to political and civil unrest and a rail system that couldn't effectively distribute food. Millions of children were dying. In the fall of 1921, Eglantyne and Save the Children chartered a cargo ship, the SS Torcello, to carry 600 tons of lifesaving food and medical supplies to Russia – an impressive feat of international negotiations and logistics that saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
A few years later at the 1924 League of Nations convention in Geneva, Eglantyne presented a Declaration of the Rights of the Child to leaders from around the world. Written by her, this short but clear document asserted what she believed were the human rights of every child. Stressing the need to especially remember "forgotten" children, the rights she called for read, "the child that is hungry must be fed, the child that is sick must be nursed, the child that is backward must be helped, the delinquent child must be reclaimed, and the orphan and the waif must be sheltered and succored." The declaration was adopted a year later and adopted in an extended form by the United Nations in 1959. The declaration later inspired the 1989 UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, a landmark human rights treaty.
Now, 100 years later, her legacy continues.
“The child must be the first to receive relief in times of distress.”
EARLY CHILDHOOD COORDINATOR FOR ALPAUGH UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
As an Early Childhood Coordinator, Victoria has had the privilege of working with expectant families and families with children from birth to five years of age in her community of Alpaugh. She's provided them with knowledge to support their child(ren) with school readiness and shared much needed resources and referrals. She encourages language and literacy through Save the Children's book bag exchange component for children aged 0-5. The school district holds monthly Parent-Child Groups in which families can come together and build new experiences with their children and other families in the community.
Victoria's goal is to spread a greater awareness of early childhood development so that families within the community can support young children to be successful individuals in school and in life. She really believes in the saying by Vince Lombardi, "Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work." If everyone can give a little, everyone can reap the benefits of it.
- Eglantyne Jebb, Save the Children Founder
“Humanity owes the child the best it has to give.”
I am 18 years old and a girl’s rights activist who believes that adolescent girls are influential and relevant in shaping the world.
Adolescent girls are often disregarded even though we are the key to shaping a community’s norms and behaviors and we, to a large extent determine a country's indices and outcomes so because of this, I write songs, poems, and speak at events to raise awareness about the barriers that young girls face every day and also organize safe space discussions with girls where we talk about child marriage, girl’s education, and actions we want government to take to reduce these barriers.
I am proud to be a girl from Northern Nigeria but in my community, only 4 percent of girls get to finish secondary school. I am happy to be one of the 4% and decided to use my voice to stop early marriage and support girl child education.
For the past 5 years, I have worked with various organizations like CSSUN, Save the Children, UNWOMEN, World Vision and the media to promote the rights of girls.
I remind policy makers that investing in adolescent girls is not only the right decision, but also the smart decision.
“Nigeria has the highest number of stunted children, child brides and out of school girls in Africa. I decided to use my voice to try and end this.”
Kim Phuc Phan Thi
Mrs. Kim Phuc Phan Thi, the Napalm Girl, often shares her story of unexpected survival, a life in constant pain, as the tool of a communist regime, love, family and the unshakeable, life-altering faith that set her free.
It's a moment forever captured, an iconic image that has come to define the horror and violence of the Vietnam War: 9-year-old Kim Phuc Phan Thi running in agony moments after the napalm bombs fell from the sky, bringing hellish fire that burned away her clothing and seared deep into her skin.
Left for dead in a hospital morgue, Kim miraculously survived – but her journey toward healing was only just beginning. When the bombs dropped, everything Kim knew and relied on exploded along with them. The coming years were marked by excruciating treatment for the burns, unrelenting physical pain,and being handled for political propaganda by the Vietnamese government.
Kim's story of both unrelenting horror and unexpected hope is a harrowing tale of life changed in an instant. Struggling to find answers in a world that only seemed to bring anguish, Kim ultimately discovers strength in someone who had suffered himself, transforming her tragedy into an unshakeable faith.
PRESIDENT AND CEO, PAYPAL
Dan Schulman is focused on transforming financial services to make life easier for billions of people around the world. Dan previously served as Group President at American Express. Before American Express, Dan was President of the Prepaid Group at Sprint Nextel Corporation following its acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc., where he led the company as its founding CEO. Earlier in his career, Dan was President and CEO of Priceline Group, Inc. He began his career at AT&T, and was the President of the Consumer Markets Division. Dan is the recipient of the 2017 Brennan Legacy Award, has been honored with the CFSI Financial Health Visionary Award and recognized as one of the top 10 CEOs in the world by Fortune. Dan is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum's Steering Committee to promote global financial inclusion. He serves on the board of Verizon, International Ltd. and is the non-executive Chairman of Symantec. Dan is an avid mixed martial arts practitioner.
I have sponsored kids in Ethiopia and Uganda for the past eight years. I enjoy writing to kids and learning about their lives and how they compare to mine. It is often easy to create bonds with them over sports. All of the pen pals which I have had enjoy soccer, a sport which I also enjoy. Instantly that creates a connection between my pen pal and me from thousands of miles away. They often tell me about what they are learning in school and what they aspire to be when they grow up. I am in 10th grade. I have gone to multiple Save the Children events, which have been coordinated through the parents of my friends. The past two years I have been to the Save the Children dodge ball event, where the goal is to raise money and have fun.
I am a changemaker because I want all children to be able to grow up in an environment where they are given the same opportunities as me. That means being able to provide them with a steady education, clean running water, food and proper sewage systems. One way I hope to achieve this is by starting a Save the Children club at my school. A lot of kids who go to my school, their families and themselves are involved with Save the Children, but no one has made a club for it. The goal of our club would be able to not only raise money from fundraisers but also to form pen pal relationships between students and kids from different countries around the world.
– Lech Walesa
“Deep faith eliminates fear.”
President, Latter-day Saint Charities
After federal government and small business experience, Sharon Eubank joined Latter-day Saint Charities in 1998. She worked to establish 17 international employment offices helping women entrepreneurs in small businesses. In successive positions she redesigned the humanitarian wheelchair donation program and functioned as Middle East regional director of Latter-day Saint Charities for 9 years.
In 2011, Ms. Eubank was appointed the director of Latter-day Saint Charities’ worldwide operations. She implemented practical improvements that sourced supplies from local markets, expanded a qualified volunteer base, cooperated more closely with other faith-based organizations, and strategically partnered with global organizations on chronic issues such as maternal and newborn survival, education for displaced children, and cyclical famine related disasters.
In addition to her work at LDS Charities, Ms. Eubank was selected to serve in the general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ women’s organization called Relief Society. In this capacity, she helps provide leadership and resource for 7.1 million members in 162 countries.
“Charitable acts rooted in a desire to listen, to heal, to cooperate, to respect are as potent a transformational agent for change as anything on earth.”
Thomasena Thomas is a junior at the College of Charleston, pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy. Thomasena is from Florence, South Carolina and spurs from a family of entrepreneurs. When she was 15 years old, her sister Thessalonia and herself started their own cupcake and confectionery company; FairyCakessc.They created the company with a unique mission and purpose to provide the youth of SC with the skills, knowledge, and encouragement to pursue their career goals through culinary, leadership classes and mentoring programs. This inspired her to get involved in education policy and reform. Amongst her advocacy work, she is a student ambassador for Save the Children Action Network and Secretary of State for the South Carolina Student Legislature. In the future, Thomasena hopes to become a Teach For America Corps member, Broad residency leader and potentially become Secretary of Education for America. Her goal is to provide students of South Carolina and underserved communities with the necessary access to resources they need to pursue the career of their dreams through Career and Technology Education programs. In her free time, Thomasena enjoys teaching baking classes and growing her faith walk by writing devotional pieces for Seele Magazine.
Former CEO, Comic Relief USA
Janet Scardino is the former CEO of the non-profit Comic Relief USA, which harnesses the power of entertainment to drive positive change. As their first CEO, Janet led the team in introducing the British cultural phenomenon Red Nose Day to America.
Red Nose Day is dedicated to bringing the nation together to end child poverty. The annual campaign engages millions of Americans and hundreds of celebrities across the country by making it fun to make a difference. Red Nose Day has raised over $150 million in its first four years, with funds positively impacting more than 16 million children in America and around the world. Red Nose Day programs span all 50 states and Puerto Rico as well as some of the most underserved communities across Latin America, Asia and Africa. Comic Relief USA was also the charity behind 2017’s Hand In Hand for Hurricane Relief Benefit, which was viewed by over 18 million Americans and raised over $62 million. In total, Comic Relief USA has raised over $200 million since 2015.
Janet has grown successful television and digital businesses in the US and internationally. A general manager and accomplished brand marketer, she has launched and operated multi-platform businesses for some of the world's most recognized media and entertainment brands, including MTV, Disney Channel, AOL, Reuters and American Idol, including Idol Gives Back the telethon for which Comic Relief USA was the charity behind the television special. Janet loves start-ups and has spearheaded over ten new businesses.
Janet has been honored by The Girl Scouts and received a Highest Leaf Award by The Women's Venture Fund. Janet and her husband live in NYC.
VICE PRESIDENT & MANAGING DIRECTOR, PRIVATE DONOR GROUP
Elaine Martyn has dedicated her career to the pursuit of justice, health and dignity for all through strategic advocacy, policy, fundraising and grantmaking in the US, Europe, Asia and UK. She has been a lifelong advocate for refugees, immigrants, education, youth empowerment and women's rights. Elaine serves as Vice President & Managing Director for the Private Donor Group at Fidelity Charitable where she oversees a philanthropic strategies team who support donors make over $5 billion in grants annually.
Ms. Martyn served as vice president of development at Global Fund for Women and leverages her experiences in executive roles at Refugees International, King's College London, the British Medical Association, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School to formulate strategies which help donors achieve their family and philanthropic goals.
Ms. Martyn double majored in medical studies and English literature and communications at Gannon University, and has a Master's degree in Victorian literature from University of Leeds. She has published on topics including equal opportunities, medical education, mentorship and philanthropy. One of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Next Gen 2018, she serves on the boards of Prosperity Catalyst and New England International Donors, and is an advisor on philanthropy to the US Department of State.
“Education is a cornerstone for change. So look to your ABCs for inspiration: Be Authentic. Be Bold. Have Courage.”
- Susan Mirza
“Dare to act for the causes you are passionate about!”
Dirk Van de Put
CHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER MONDELĒZ INTERNATIONAL
Dirk Van de Put is Chairman and CEO of Mondelēz International, a global company leading the future of snacking with 2018 net revenues of approximately $26 billion. Since assuming the CEO position in November 2017, Dirk has developed and mobilized a new corporate purpose and long-term growth strategy while delivering on key financial and strategic commitments.
Van de Put joined the company from McCain Foods Limited, a $9.1 billion CAD ($7.3 billion USD) privately held Canadian company that is the largest marketer and manufacturer of frozen French fries, potato specialties and appetizers with sales in more than 160 countries. Under his leadership as President and CEO since 2011, McCain has grown net sales by more than 50 percent, generating three-quarters of that growth organically, and EBITDA has grown double-digits for each of the past six years.
Before joining McCain, he was President of the Global OTC Division of Novartis Inc., a Swiss pharmaceutical company. Prior to Novartis, Dirk spent more than a decade with Groupe Danone, a maker of dairy, water, baby food and clinical nutrition products. He held various senior-level positions before becoming President of the Americas Division and joint President of the Fresh Dairy Division.
In the first 15 years of his career, Dirk held many sales and marketing roles in Europe and Latin America for Mars Inc., as well as The Coca Cola Company, where among others, he was President, Coca Cola Caribbean.
Dirk holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and a post-graduate in marketing and management. He is fluent in Dutch, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese.
PRESIDENT AND CEO
CONRAD N. HILTON FOUNDATION
Peter Laugharn serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Laugharn is a passionate leader with 25 years of foundation and nonprofit experience internationally, with a focus on improving the well-being of vulnerable children.
He was executive director of the Firelight Foundation from 2008 to 2014. Firelight identifies, funds, and supports promising African nonprofits serving vulnerable children and families in the areas of education, resilience, and health.
Prior to Firelight, Laugharn served for six years as executive director of the Netherlands-based Bernard van Leer Foundation, a private foundation that works to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. Laugharn began his career at Save the Children, where he worked for 11 years in a variety of roles.
A graduate of Stanford and Georgetown Universities, Laugharn holds a Ph.D. in education from the University of London. He was a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco from 1982 to 1984. Laugharn was a co-founder of the International Education Funders Group and the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS, and he is a member of the board of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
“Improving the lives of young people takes a community. We must work together to lift up the next generation and allow them to thrive.”
Tasneem earned her JD from the New England School of Law in 1994. She was active with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination while in Boston. She then moved to Connecticut where she co-founded the Greenwich Leadership Council and served on the Board of the Greenwich YWCA from 2004-2006. She chaired the Greenwich Leadership Council from 2006-2010. As chair of the Council she also co-chaired the annual “Celebration of Hope” gala and raised essential funds for Save the Children programs. She amassed greater community support through events such as Teen Dances, Story Time at local libraries and fundraising walks/runs. Tasneem has traveled to Pakistan and Vietnam as a delegate to see the global work of Save the Children. In Boston, Tasneem co-founded and currently is Chair of the Boston Leadership Council. Tasneem lives in Needham, Massachusetts and is married with three children.
“You can change the world with a smile.”
PRESIDENT OF PENGUIN YOUNG READERS
Jen Loja is currently the president of Penguin Young Readers (a division of Penguin Random House) where she oversees the division.
Jen began her career in books as a buyer for Joseph-Beth Booksellers. She then moved into the publishing world at Candlewick Press as a National Account Manager. There she called on a variety of national accounts both retail and wholesale. Jen then moved to a sales position at Houghton Mifflin where she was responsible for the wholesale channel as well as Canadian sales. She joined Harcourt in September of 2004 as VP of Sales, Children's Books and was named VP of Sales & Marketing, Children's Books in 2007. At the merger of Houghton Mifflin and Harcourt she became the Associate Publisher of the HMH children's list.
She joined Penguin Young Readers in 2009 as the Associate Publisher of the group.
CHAIRMAN, PRESIDENT, AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF PRINCIPAL FINANCIAL GROUP
I pledge to create a better world – one where children come first. I believe that every child, no matter where they live or where they're from, deserves a chance to grow up healthy, educated and safe. As chairman, president and chief executive officer of Principal Financial Group, I believe financial security is directly linked to a person's health and safety. Every child should have the education, access and opportunity to set them on a path to earn, save and protect enough for their financial future.
Daniel J. Houston is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Principal Financial Group®. He is responsible for overall management of the global Fortune 500 company, which provides financial services to help more than 20 million customers around the world have enough, save enough and protect their financial future. He also serves as a passionate advocate for the company's philanthropic activities to promote healthy and financially secure communities around the world.
Houston joined Principal® in 1984 in Dallas. He has held several management positions, being named senior vice president in 2000, executive vice president in 2006 and president of Retirement and Income Solutions in 2008. He was named president and chief operating officer in 2014 before assuming his current role in 2015.
Houston is a lifelong champion of professional and philanthropic activities that enrich the lives of children. Under his leadership, Principal raises millions of dollars annually for Iowa children through generous support of the United Way of Central Iowa and as presenting sponsor of the Principal Charity Classic golf tournament. The company's philanthropic arm, the Principal Financial Group Foundation, Inc., is positioned to enhance financial security among more than 50,000 global youth, primarily ages 15 to 24, within the next five years.
Houston has personally advocated for children's health, opportunity and financial security through board service to organizations including United Way of Central Iowa, Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, ChildServe and Partnership for a Healthier America. In 2014, he and his wife, Joanie, received the local United Way chapter's highest honor, the Tocqueville Society Award, in recognition of their commitment to build a stronger and healthier community for central Iowa youth.
Anne M. Mulcahy
FORMER CHAIRMAN AND CEO, XEROX CORPORATION
Anne is a 30-year veteran of Xerox and led the company through a massive transformation – reinventing Xerox into an innovative technology and services enterprise during her time as Chairman and CEO (2001- 2010). Ms. Mulcahy and her management team were responsible for an aggressive, multibillion-dollar turnaround plan that returned Xerox to profitability through relentless focus on helping businesses deploy smarter document management strategies that deliver better ways to work. This combination of innovative technology and value-added services significantly improved the company's financial position and also expanded its portfolio of systems and services.
Her Xerox career began as a field sales representative in 1976 and she assumed increasingly responsible sales and senior management positions. She became chief staff officer in 1997 and corporate senior vice president in 1998. She also served as president of Xerox's general markets operations, which created and sold products for reseller, dealer, and retail channels.
She currently serves as a lead director for Johnson & Johnson, and is an active board member for Graham Holdings, LPL Financial, and on the Board of Trustees for Save the Children. In addition, she is currently an Executive in Residence at Harvard University.
“I have been involved with Save the Children over the last 10 years and have witnessed the impact they have on transforming the lives of children in the most challenging places in the world. I'm inspired by the passion and commitment of Save the Children to the mission of making the world a better place for children.”
CEO OF INGKA GROUP
Jesper Brodin is the CEO of Ingka Group. Ingka Group, formerly known as IKEA Group, is the world's largest home furnishing retailer and owns and operates 367 IKEA stores in 30 markets (FY18) under franchise agreements with Inter IKEA Systems B.V.
Jesper started his IKEA career in 1995 as the Purchase manager in Pakistan, IKEA Group. During the years he has held different roles such as assistant to Ingvar Kamprad and Anders Dahlvig, CEO at the time, Business area manager Kitchen and Dining, as well as his recent role as Managing Director for Range & Supply, Inter IKEA Group.
He has a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Jesper is married to Lena and they have three kids. His passion is music and the sea.
Dr. Pauline Williams
SVP, HEAD OF GLOBAL HEALTH R&D
Pauline Williams is SVP and Head of Global Health R&D at GSK. A physician by training, she has spent most of her career in drug discovery and development. She has worked across several therapeutic areas developing new approaches to translational medicine. In 2007 Pauline formed a new research unit focussing on innovative models of partnership with academia. In 2013 she created the Maternal and Neonatal Health R&D Unit, which includes oversight of the research and development activities of the GSK-Save the Children Partnership. She initiated and led a project to develop a chlorhexidine gel product for prevention of neonatal sepsis, which is now approved in 13 countries with high neonatal mortality. She also founded the GSK Non-Communicable Diseases Open Lab which provides support to African researchers to understand and address the rising burden of NCDs in sub-Saharan Africa. Pauline has led Global Health R&D since 2017, which includes dedicated R&D teams working on Malaria, TB, Enteric and Kinetoplastid Diseases. She is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Medicine (Royal College of Physicians), a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Council Member of the UK Medical Research Council.
- Shawn Jorgensen
“You'll never feel like you have enough until you actually see those who definitely don't.”
CHIEF SHOE GIVER
Visionary leader and social entrepreneur, Blake Mycoskieis the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the brand's One for One® movement. TOMS began in 2006 by giving shoes to a child in need for every pair purchased, and has expanded to providing eyesight, safe water, safe births, anti-bullying initiatives and solar light through the sales of eyewear, coffee, bags and Apple Watch bands. In 2018, Blake announced the first TOMS project based give with the End Gun Violence Together initiative where TOMS would donate $5 million to organizations across the US who are working to address the gun violence epidemic. This is the largest corporate donation ever made to this cause. In addition to the donation, technology was created to TOMS.com for Americans to write postcards calling on their Members of Congress to pass universal background check legislation and over 700,000 postcards were sent in the month after he made the announcement. Blake and TOMS have received various forms of recognition, including the Cannes Lion Heart Award, which honors a person or company that has made a positive impact through innovative use of its brand power.
Bina Valsangkar, MD, MPH, FAAP, is a pediatrician and adviser at Save the Children. She leads a team of health experts, engineers and industrial designers under a Save the Children innovation grant to re-design newborn hospital units in Malawi to deliver family-centered care. In previous roles at Save the Children, she drafted policy, conducted research and developed newborn health programs in Africa and Asia.
Dr. Valsangkar has worked on newborn and child health in 17 countries, presented extensively domestically and internationally and has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, including work in The Lancet and Academic Medicine. She has been featured in radio and print media, including NPR, CBS, Bloomberg news, Kaiser Family Foundation, Devex and local Washington, DC news stations.
Dr. Valsangkar is board-certified in pediatrics and received her medical education and training at the University of Michigan Medical School and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. She cares for newborns, children, and adolescents in pediatric practice in Maryland. She has a masters of public health from Harvard, where she was a fellow at the Kennedy School Center for Public Leadership. She speaks Spanish and French and lives in Washington, DC with her husband and three children.
“Never underestimate the power of getting started.”
Emanuel "Manny" Chirico
CHAIRMAN AND CEO of PVH CORP.
Emanuel "Manny" Chirico is Chairman and CEO of PVH Corp., owner of iconic brands including CALVIN KLEIN, TOMMY HILFIGER, Van Heusen, Speedo, Warner's and IZOD. Under his leadership, PVH has grown to become one of the world's largest apparel companies with $9.7 billion in annual revenues and 38,000 associates in over 40 countries.
Manny has led the transformation of PVH into a global organization that grows fashion and lifestyle brands to excite consumers and drive industry change – the right way. He's made philanthropy and corporate responsibility key pillars in how PVH conducts business, recognizing the opportunity to positively impact people and the environment against a backdrop of financial growth.
He has been recognized for his leadership and business accomplishments. In 2018, he received Women's Wear Daily's CEO Creative Leadership Award and was named Person of the Year by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). Manny was also named a top CEO by Glassdoor and received the Committee for Economic Development's (CED) Leadership Award.
Manny earned the Responsible CEO of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award from Corporate Responsibility magazine in 2016. PVH has also been certified as a Great Place to Work®.
Manny's personal philanthropic work includes serving on the Board of Trustees of his alma mater, Fordham University, as well as the boards of Montefiore Medical Center and Save the Children, where he has been instrumental in supporting efforts to promote early childhood education in developing countries. He also supports the Ronald McDonald House in New York City.
He embodies the PVH values that he helped establish over the past 25 years: accountability, partnership, passion, integrity and individuality.
Joy is an African-born, UK-trained pediatrician with more than 25 years working on maternal, newborn and child health, especially in Africa. As well as her medical degree she has a Masters and a PhD and has published over 260 papers, including several influential Lancet series and a number of widely used UN reports.
Her main contribution has been leading global work on numbers, causes and solutions for 2.5 million newborn deaths and 2.6 million stillbirths each year.
She is currently a Professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and an active supporter of leadership development especially for African women.
“We all were once a newborn – naked, vulnerable but not equal. We belong to the first generation who could transform newborn survival – will we deliver?”
Mark Geri is the parent of twin boys who have graduated from Early Head Start and are currently enrolled in Head Start. As part of the 2017-2018 cohort of WSA Parent Ambassadors, Mark spent the last two years engaging with his community and their elected representatives to help ensure that the programs critical to the well-being of children in need are well-funded and available to families who would benefit from the support. As a former sailor and a graduate from Western Washington University's Political Science department, he has studied the causes and effects of poverty both at home and abroad.
“Supporting a child early on not only changes their life, but that of their family and of future generations.”
Bernie Park has 15 years of community organizing and fundraising experience for local nonprofits. She is the founder of the Fairfield County Leadership Council (FCLC) and Teen Leadership Council for Save the Children. FCLC was established in 2017 in response to the need for local support in Fairfield County for the mission of Save the Children through fundraising and advocacy work. FCLC has supported Early Childhood Education in the US, the Return to Learning initiative to help displaced and refugee children around the globe and hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Bernie is a partner with Social Venture Partners SVP-CT and a Sponsor Mentor for Shepherds Inc. She has served on the executive boards for Weston Women’s League, Weston PTOs, Weston Warm Up Fund and the Weston Education Foundation. Bernie is a nurse practitioner and worked at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and as an adjunct clinical professor at Fairfield University. Bernie holds a BS in Nursing from the College of Mount St. Vincent, a MS in Nursing and an Advanced Certificate as an Adult Nurse Practitioner from Columbia University. Bernie is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) at the Yale School of Nursing.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.”
Saleha, an 18-year-old powerhouse has reached out to 10,000 community members through the WASH4LIFE campaign. She has given training to 250 girls on sanitation with special emphasis on menstrual hygiene, shattering the taboo around the topic and becoming a beacon of hope for many in her slum community. Saleha believes education is the only way to create a better future for girls in India and around the world, paving the way to sustainable change. She is an Ashoka Youth Venturer and her exceptional contributions have won her the prestigious Sabitri Bai Phule award given to women achievers by the Government of India. Recently she has spoken at platforms like Youth Ki Awaaz Summit, Josh Talks Live, CII Womenation Summit. She is working for Anatarang, Myna Foundation to stop child marriage, encourage sports among girls and create awareness about menstrual hygiene. She represented India at UNGA with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation initiative, Goalkeepers. She met global leaders like Bill and Melinda Gates, Norwegian PM Erna Solberg, Actor Nikolaj Waldau and others. As an Ambassador for Global Goals World Cup in Mumbai, she was part of their Dream Team for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5.
“Don’t chase after anything in your life. Instead, become someone who is an inspiration for others.”
KayeLea Kautz is a mother and Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) Student Ambassador at Drake University in Des Moines, IA. KayeLea and her family are affected by the child care cliff, which means that she and her husband make just a little too much money to qualify for childcare assistance at all. Since KayeLea is a full-time student working towards a degree to earn more for her family, she and her husband cannot afford child care services.
“Keep working hard and using your voice, eventually, someone will hear you and change will happen.”
- Susan Futter
“Education has the power to change lives.”
Representative Ruth Kagi has been a passionate early learning champion in the Washington State legislature for 20 years. Focusing on the science of early childhood development, she convinced legislators on both sides of the aisle of the importance of the first five years of life and led the legislative effort to create Washington's Department of Early Learning and then Washington’s Department of Children, Youth and Families. She also championed the Early Start Act, which created a quality framework for early learning programs in Washington and was the single biggest expansion of state funding for early learning. Rep. Kagi chaired the House of Representatives’ Early Learning and Human Services Committee for 16 years and used the position to mentor many other legislators on the importance of investing in high quality early learning opportunities for young children, especially those furthest from opportunity.
Tracy Ehlert is an early childhood educator, small business owner and is the State Representative for Iowa House District 70.
Tracy Ehlert is an advocate for investing in early childhood education and programs that support healthy growth and development in children and in programs and initiatives that help disadvantaged populations be on a more level playing field.
“Do what's right and always help others.”
Susan Futter's professional and personal life has been centered around helping others learn and grow. She began her career as a Special Education Teacher and, for the past twenty-five years, has worked as a Corporate Training and Development Consultant and Career Transition Coach. Susan has developed and taught hundreds of training programs throughout her career and strongly believes in the transformative power of education.
Since 1995 Susan has been an active board member of Save the Children’s Long Island Council, and currently serves as its President.
She lives with her husband, Jeff, an attorney for ConEd, and their three teen-aged daughters in Cold Spring Harbor, New York. Susan is very active in the community and currently serves on the boards of several clubs and organizations.
Susan graduated from Wittenberg University with a BA in Special Education and holds a Masters Degree in Special Education as well as an MBA from the University of Virginia.
“Education has the power to change lives.”
Pat Daly’s work in international public health for more than 30 years exemplifies a strong commitment to improving the lives of women and children. Ms. Daly has many years of experience with working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), including more than 18 years with Save the Children. Over the past seven years, she has served as Associate Vice President for Global Health at Save the Children. Previous to that Ms. Daly was Deputy Director of the USAID Global Partnership, Maternal and Child Integrated Partnership (MCHIP), and ACCESS, the USAID global award for maternal and newborn health. Ms. Daly was also the Deputy Director of Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives Initiative, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in which she helped lead and shape efforts to improve neonatal health worldwide.
From 1994-2000, Ms. Daly worked with the World Bank in Washington and Indonesia as a technical advisor for safe motherhood and community health and nutrition. She worked with John Snow, Inc., in Nepal and in Senegal as a technical advisor on Primary Health Care with USAID/Senegal. Ms. Daly has lived in Indonesia, Nepal and Senegal and has over 30 years of experience in international health, including 14 years overseas in Asia and Africa, with specialized expertise in maternal, newborn and child health. Ms. Daly has dedicated her professional career to advancing reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health. She is a strong advocate for the continuum of care from reproductive, maternal to newborn to child health and from household to hospital. Ms. Daly also advocates for issues of concern to NGOs, and is committed to being an advocate for communities and local NGOs, whose voices often go unheard.
“Success must include two things: the development of an individual to his utmost potential and a contribution of some kind to one's world.”
Billy Shore and his sister, Debbie Shore, co-founded Share Our Strength in 1984 as a response to the famine in Ethiopia. Since its founding, Billy and Debbie have led the organization in raising more than $700 million to fight hunger and poverty, and won the support of national leaders in business, government, health and education, sports and entertainment. In 2010, Share Our Strength launched the No Kid Hungry campaign, which together with partners has helped provide over one billion meals. Debbie has led the development and launch of many of the organization’s signature fundraising platforms, including Taste of the Nation, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry and Chefs Cycle. Billy serves as the Executive Chairman of Share Our Strength, and is a leading voice in the national conversation on hunger and poverty.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood & assign them work, but teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
Joy Hamilton Marini
MS, PA-C, GLOBAL DIRECTOR, INSIGHTS
GLOBAL COMMUNITY IMPACT (GCI) JOHNSON & JOHNSON
Joy Marini is Global Director of Insights for Global Community Impact (GCI), Johnson &Johnson. She leads a team driving global health insights, evaluation and advocacy, which support health workers on the front lines of delivering care for the most vulnerable people around the world. She and her team work with UN, Civil Society and Government partners to develop sustainable programs to improve health through clinical skills-building, leadership strengthening, and holistic support of the health system that integrates aspects of equity and empowerment.
Joy developed public-private partnerships including Born on Time with Global Affairs Canada and the governments of Mali, Bangladesh and Ethiopia, Survive & Thrive with USAID, and the China Neonatal Resuscitation Program with the Chinese Ministry of Health, which is now in its 14th year and scaled to >90% of maternity facilities. She initiated a collaboration with Save the Children on newborn resuscitation in Uganda, Malawi and Ethiopia. And launched a 3-year enterprise-wide partnership with UNICEF on World Children's Day 2018. Joy now heads the Johnson & Johnson 5-year commitment to the United Nations' Every Newborn Action Plan and a component of the Johnson & Johnson Citizenship and Sustainability Health for Humanity commitment focused on strengthening the skills and knowledge of birth attendants and mothers in 20 countries.
Joy holds a Bachelor of Science in animal science and agriculture from Western Kentucky University, an MBA from Rider University, and a Master of Science, Physician Assistant from UMDNJ-Rutgers. She is on the Boards of Global Health Council and GBC Health. Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Joy was in clinical practice as a Physician Assistant (PA). She has held sales, marketing and medical education roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb and PR divisions of Omnicom and Grey Advertising.
Debbie Shore and her brother, Billy Shore, co-founded Share Our Strength in 1984 as a response to the famine in Ethiopia. Since its founding, Billy and Debbie have led the organization in raising more than $700 million to fight hunger and poverty, and won the support of national leaders in business, government, health and education, sports and entertainment. In 2010, Share Our Strength launched the No Kid Hungry campaign, which together with partners has helped provide over one billion meals. Debbie has led the development and launch of many of the organization's signature fundraising platforms, including Taste of the Nation, Dine Out for No Kid Hungry and Chefs Cycle. Billy serves as the Executive Chairman of Share Our Strength, and is a leading voice in the national conversation on hunger and poverty.
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood & assign them work, but teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
I believe that kids all over the world should have equal opportunities for their future. This goal is very hard to achieve, but my way to contribute to this large problem is sponsorship through Save the Children. I sponsor a girl in Ethiopia named Mahlet and a girl in Uganda named Juliana. Through my sponsorship, Juliana and Mahlet are given a chance to achieve their dream that not many kids around them have. Every kid around the world has potential, but not everyone has the chance to develop it.
“Change comes from persevering, not spectating.”
- KayeLea Kautz
“Keep working hard and using your voice, eventually, someone will hear you and change will happen.”
Educator, lover of children and animals, Nanette "Net" Arnold graduated as valedictorian of her class and completed a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (summa cum laude) from Freed-Hardeman University. Net, a Teacher-of-the-Year, works at Lobelville School where she is advancing toward her twentieth year of teaching as a reading specialist. Net lives with loving memories of her only child, Blake Thomas Arnold. Her rescued animals are Midnight, Tom, and Lizzy.
As a developing educator, Nanette attends conferences each year to be abreast of recent reading research. She chairs fundraisers to support educational programs. Net advocates for Down Syndrome and teaches English to children in the Dominican Republic.
Nanette advocates for children around the world with SCAN. She is the Community Lead for West Tennessee and last summer spoke to over 32 political candidates, making her the "queen of bird-dogging."
Net founded the Blake Thomas Arnold Golf Tournament to fund scholarships. To date, 114 scholarships have been awarded. Net's tender heart for animals includes Buddy, her son's Terrier mix. After Buddy’s passing, Net created Buddy's for the Love of Paws which provides funding for the Humane Society, and Buddy’s Rescue for rescuing and rehoming animals.
“Live your dash.”
Dr. Anne Shelton
Anne is a full-time pediatrician caring for well and sick children ages 0-18. She first decided on a medical career in her teen years and has remained steadfast in her desire to serve others ever since. After earning a PhD in cellular and molecular biology, she completed her medical training and chose to specialize in pediatrics because she saw a role for herself in helping children succeed. She believes that all children deserve the best possible start in life and that grown-ups like herself have a responsibility to advocate for a bright, healthy and safe future for all children, no matter where they come from. As a pediatrician serving mainly economically disadvantaged children and their families, she is acutely aware of the need for high quality early education opportunities, as well as access to comprehensive health services and safe places to play. As a doctor and a scientist, she believes in the power of her voice to educate policymakers on the million reasons why they must invest in kids. In her spare time, Anne enjoys rock climbing, practicing yoga and traveling. Anne lives with her husband in Nashville, Tennessee.
“When the whole word is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.”
CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD, PRESIDENT AND CEO SCHOLASTIC INC.
For nearly a century, Scholastic has helped engage and enrich the lives of children through timely, relatable stories and information which educate and inspire. Our mission is well aligned with that of Save the Children, which has been giving support to children for even longer.
Connecting kids to words, pictures, and ideas that recognize and inform them, with the help of teachers and schools, is the driving force of Scholastic. And the books that we have published along the way have helped change the lives of generations of young readers: books like Harry Potter, The Magic School Bus, DogMan, The Hunger Games, The Baby-Sitters Club, Clifford the Big Red Dog and more.
All children, especially the youngest and most vulnerable, deserve books that make them feel and think. I’m deeply proud of the partnership Scholastic and Save the Children have formed over the years, which to date has resulted in over a million books reaching kids that need them most: those that live in poverty or have been struck by disasters, from the 2012 Haiti earthquake to Hurricanes Sandy (2012) and Harvey (2017) to the typhoon in the Philippines (2013), the West Virginia floods (2016), and more.
Thank you to Save the Children for your 100 years of serving the youngest and most vulnerable among us, and for turning to Scholastic to help those children discover the books that can change their lives – and, in doing so, change the world.
Aly is currently CEO of Let’s Grow Kids, a statewide movement to make Vermont the best place to raise a family, with a mission to ensure affordable access to high-quality child care for all Vermont families by 2025.
Previously, Aly served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, where she led the Administration’s early childhood efforts – including winning competitive federal grants totaling $70 million and supporting the passage of universal preK, making Vermont the first state in the country to offer 10 hours of publicly-funded preK to all three- and four-year-olds. She also convened the coalition that legislated free lunch for all low-income Vermonters and created a statewide program for early college.
Aly got an early start in education policy, as the youngest person ever appointed to the VT State Board of Education at age 15. She graduated with honors from Brown University, then served on the 2008 Obama Campaign and became the Mid-Atlantic Deputy Finance Director at the Democratic National Committee. She currently serves as a Trustee of the Vermont State Colleges and of UVM Medical Center and lives in Montpelier with her husband, James Pepper, twin babies and dog, Bella.
“One hand for yourself, one hand for the ship.”
Ellen I. McCoy
Ellen I. McCoy was a senior executive in the global oil industry for 25 years, and then went on to study psychoanalytic psychology and group dynamics. In her corporate life, she served in top international leadership positions during turbulent times both in the industry and within her organization. Her organizational experience during unsettled times fueled a strong interest in human dynamics and the impact of trauma on the individual as well as the group-as-a whole and led to her subsequent studies. She has lectured at the University of London on corporate life and leadership and published an academic paper in this area. She earned advanced degrees in finance and engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Washington, D.C. and London.
Her interest in philanthropy and leveraging scarce dollars to reduce the incidence and ease the impact of trauma on those most vulnerable has grown as the world becomes increasingly traumatized. Her long-standing interest in the physical, psychological and economic health children around the world has been increasingly focused on women and girls because they are generally most responsible for parenting and are often the most seriously impacted by trauma; hence, her interest in becoming a changemaker.
I am a 4th grader who loves to perform, sing and dance. I believe in girl power and that girls deserve the same freedom as boys.
– Walt Disney
“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
GROUP PRESIDENT, NORTH AMERICA AND EXECUTIVE SPONSOR, GENDER EQUALITY, P&G
Carolyn Tastad is responsible for P&G's business in North America, the company's largest and most profitable region, which includes the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Carolyn manages P&G's relationship with many of the company's largest retail customers and works closely with the leaders of each of P&G's business units to deliver superior consumer and retailer value in today's dynamic retail environment.
Carolyn joined P&G in 1983 as a systems analyst in Canada and has experience across P&G's broad portfolio of brands, holding a variety of positions with national, multinational and global responsibilities in Canada, the United States and Europe. She was appointed Group President, P&G North America, in January 2015. Prior to that, she held the position of Global Sales Officer, responsible for leading P&G’s selling organization across all categories and regions.
Carolyn is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She is executive sponsor of P&G's Gender Equality citizenship effort and leads P&G’s Corporate Women’s Leadership Team.
Carolyn serves on the Board of Directors for the Kellogg Company and was named to Fortune’s list of Most Powerful Women in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.
Maria Eitel is founder and co-chair of the Nike Foundation and founder and chair of the Girl Effect. She was founding VP of Corporate Responsibility for Nike. She is an expert in corporate responsibility and girls and women’s issues. The Girl Effect has reached some 23 million girls in poverty. Throughout her career she has consistently played a key role as a leader of systemic change. She was central to developing Nike and industry standards of corporate responsibility and has been a longtime champion, leader and expert in transforming the lives of girls and women. She is an innovator and champion of the belief that safe, diverse and inclusive workplaces lead to stronger and more profitable businesses and unleash creativity.
“Whatever you are facing, get the best advice you can and then, you make the best decision. You have the answers.”
“Change comes from persevering, not spectating.”
Johann Christoph Arnold
Pastor, author and peacemaker
People have come to expect sound advice from Johann Christoph Arnold, an award- winning author with over two million copies of his twelve books in print in more than twenty languages. A noted speaker and writer on marriage, parenting, and end-of-life issues, Arnold was a senior pastor of the Bruderhof, a movement of Christian communities, until his death in April 2017.
Arnold’s message was shaped by encounters with great peacemakers such as Martin Luther King Jr., Mother Teresa, Dorothy Day, César Chavez, and John Paul II. Together with paralyzed police officer Steven McDonald, Arnold started the Breaking the Cycle program, working with students at hundreds of public high schools to promote reconciliation through forgiveness. This work also brought him to conflict zones from Northern Ireland to Rwanda to the Middle East. Closer to home, he served as chaplain for the local sheriff’s department.
Born in Great Britain in 1940 to German refugees, Arnold spent his boyhood years in South America, where his parents found asylum during the war; he immigrated to the United States in 1955. He and his wife, Verena, have eight children and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
“There’s hope for childhood,” Pastor Arnold would tell us if he was still among us.
Arnold, whose books on education, parenting, and relationships have helped more than two million readers through life’s challenges, drew on a wealth of personal experience leading the Bruderhof community’s innovative schools. But he also gave voice to parents and educators on the ground, in the trenches. He spoke out about the drastic changes in the lives of children, but also the groundswell of grassroots advocacy and action that he believed would lead to the triumph of common sense and time-tested wisdom.
As a writer and public figure, Arnold took on technology, standardized testing, overstimulation, academic pressure, marketing to children, over-diagnosis and much more, calling on everyone who loves children to combat these threats to childhood and find creative ways to help children flourish. He believed every parent, teacher, and childcare provider has the power to make a difference, simply by giving children time to play, access to nature, and personal attention, and most of all, by defending their right to remain children. For him this was not a matter of policy or strategy, but of restoring “reverence for childhood” and the vital bonds between generations.
“Over the years I have learned that every child has a story to tell. Each of their stories needs to be told to someone who has time to listen. ”
Grace J. Suh
Vice President, Education, Corporate Social Responsibility at the IBM Corporation
Grace Suh is Vice President, Education, Corporate Social Responsibility at the IBM Corporation. In her position, Grace manages IBM’s global education portfolio, including the P-TECH grades 9-14 school model, a public education reform initiative now spanning 110+ schools and four countries. She also oversees Teacher Advisor with Watson, which uses AI to enable K-8 math teachers to better meet the individual learning needs of their students. Prior to IBM, Grace worked at the Children’s Defense Fund, a national child advocacy organization in Washington, D.C. where she focused primarily on child welfare policy. In addition to the corporate and nonprofit sectors, Grace has worked in New York City government at the Department of Juvenile Justice. Grace has served on a number of education committees and boards, including the Cahn Fellows Programs and Schools That Can. She has a master’s degree in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.
Susan Mirza is a retired financial executive who now devotes her time and resources to non-profits engaged in improving the lives of and opportunities for children, education, reducing poverty, and cancer research.
“Dare to act for the causes you are passionate about!”
Dr. Shawn Jorgensen
Shawn Jorgensen lives with his children Erik, Rachel and Vanessa and his wife Stephanie in Upstate New York, overlooking the scenic upper Hudson River. He started working with Save the Children through a project memorializing his father, whose dedication to helping those in extreme poverty greatly outmatched his means to do so, and who would never let those around him forget how a little sacrifice in our lives could completely change lives across the world.
Shawn works as a physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and subspecializing in Sports and Neuromuscular Medicine. He is in practice with his brother, Todd, who has been a strong supporter of Save the Children. He is volunteer faculty at Albany Medical College and the University of Vermont Medical College, and works and teaches through several national medical organizations. His favorite pastime is being with his extended family on the shores of the beautiful Great Sacandaga Lake. He enjoys pretty much all sports, outdoor activities, non-fiction, animals and music (as long as its 80s rock).
“You'll never feel like you have enough until you actually see those who definitely don't.”
Inventor, best-selling author, futurist
Ray Kurzweil is one of the world’s leading inventors, thinkers and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called "the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine, he was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by Inc. magazine, which described him as the "rightful heir to Thomas Edison." PBS selected him as one of the "sixteen revolutionaries who made America."
Ray was the principal inventor of the first CCD flat-bed scanner, the first omni-font optical character recognition, the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, the first text-to-speech synthesizer, the first music synthesizer capable of recreating the grand piano and other orchestral instruments and the first commercially marketed large-vocabulary speech recognition.
Among Ray’s many honors, he received a Grammy Award for outstanding achievements in music technology; he is the recipient of the National Medal of Technology, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, holds twenty-one honorary Doctorates, and honors from three U.S. presidents.
Ray has written five national best-selling books, including New York Times best sellers The Singularity Is Near (2005) and How To Create A Mind (2012). He is Co-Founder and Chancellor of Singularity University and a Director of Engineering at Google heading up a team developing machine intelligence and natural language understanding.
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– Stevie Wonder
“Ray Kurzweil has been making the world better for countless numbers of people through the power of his ideas and inventions for decades, including giving me and millions of other blind people the ability to read. Now he shares with us a brilliant star, Danielle, who shines a light forward to a future with more peace, more love, and more understanding. Ray inspires each of us to be a Danielle and reach these goals through our gifts, our intelligence and our passion.”
Executive Director, FIA Foundation
Saul Billingsley is Executive Director of the FIA Foundation, an international charity promoting road safety and sustainable mobility. He established the Child Health Initiative, a partnership working for the rights of children and young people to safe roads and clean air, which includes Save the Children as a member. He is a Trustee of the International Road Assessment Program and serves on the Steering Committee of the new UN Road Safety Trust Fund.
I challenge anyone who has seen a young child braving four lanes of fast traffic to get to school not to want to see change for children. The dysfunction of the roads and urban environments we as adults expect children to navigate, and the continuing neglect by the international community of the rights of our children to a safe journey to and from school, are what I want to change.
Every day 700 children are killed on the world's roads. Thousands more suffer life-changing injury. We have the solutions, the vaccines, to prevent this. All that is missing is the political will. My team at the FIA Foundation, our brilliant Child Health Initiative partners advocating and delivering for children around the world, they're the real changemakers, and together we'll keep working until we see real change.
“Every child has the right to an education, and every child has the right to a safe and healthy journey to and from school.”
Brad Meltzer is the New York Times bestselling author of Heroes for My Son, Heroes for My Daughter, and a number of suspense novels like The Escape Artist. He is also the author of the bestselling picture book biography series, Ordinary People Change the World, which will be made into a PBS television show, premiering in November 2019. He is the host of the History Channel television shows Brad Meltzer's Decoded and Brad Meltzer's Lost History (in which he helped find the missing 9/11 flag). He lives in Florida with his wife and their three children.
HEAD OF GOOGLE.ORG, EMEA & APAC
Rowan leads Google.org efforts in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific. At Google.org, our mission is to solve complex human challenges using technology to create a world that works for all of us, especially the most disadvantaged.
Google.org has been proud to work alongside Save the Children and support their efforts for many years, from the frontlines of global disasters to the most recent project to improve disaster awareness and preparedness in Indonesia.
A father of three kids, Rowan is also personally passionate about empowering children to achieve their potential. For many years he has supported Rock it Biz, a non-profit in Germany focused on teaching and inspiring young children, predominantly from underprivileged schools, about entrepreneurship.
Before joining Google.org, Rowan’s work at Google for Startups was focused on ensuring everyone has access to the tech ecosystem and helping a new generation of diverse entrepreneurs and social innovators succeed, with programs for refugees, female founders as well as kids. Prior to Google, he spent nearly 5 years leading Twitter in markets across Europe and 8 years leading digital and social innovation at the publisher Axel Springer.
Rowan, born and raised in England, studied History at Oriel College, Oxford, before moving to Berlin in 2004.
- Bernie Park
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it's the only thing that ever has.”
As a specialist in early childhood education, Yolanda captivates families with her passion and enthusiasm for early literacy. With six years’ experience as an Early Childhood coordinator for the Early Steps to School Success (ESSS) program and two years as team leader for AmeriCorps America Reads Program she is able to present a wealth of techniques and strategies for developing literacy in infants and toddlers.
Yolanda has been providing training and technical support for sites in Mississippi for six years, as an ESSS program specialist. Her passion is working with children birth to five to ensuring that children are ready to succeed when they enter school, and that parents are equipped to support their child's education.
Yolanda learned as a mother of three how important early literacy is to a child's development and future success. One of her goals is to ensure that parents know they already have what it takes to be a "brain builder."
“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”
Changemakers Contest Winner
Nate was six years old when he made his first collection box and decided to focus on food for babies. He chose babies because, "they are too little to help themselves." After delivering his first donation to a local women's shelter, he wanted to go bigger, so with some help from his mom he created his 501(c)(3) charity, Baby Food Fund. Now eleven years old, Nate has held many fundraisers and events to gather donations. He has partnered with Chester County Food Bank and brought them over 2000 pounds of baby food to distribute throughout the community. Nate dreams of making Baby Food Fund big enough to serve the whole country, and someday the whole world, to eradicate infant hunger and give every baby a good start at life.
An Italian and French citizen, Jean-Christophe Babin was born in Paris in 1959 into a family of lawyers. After getting his MBA at just 21 from French Business School HEC, Jean-Christophe Babin did his military service at French Navy as flag lieutenant of Admiral De Gaulle, thus travelling all over the world and visiting the French and overseas bases.
He then spent the first part of his career in mass consumer goods with the French branch of Procter and Gamble through a career path between sales and marketing. He subsequently joined the Boston Consulting Group and worked between the Paris and Milan offices managing prestigious customers ranging from luxury goods to telecommunications.
In 1994 he became the Managing Director of Henkel’s Italian subsidiary. Only four years later, in 1998, he became the youngest member of the Executive Committee, when appointed Senior Vice President at the Company Headquarters, in Dusseldorf, Germany.
At the end of 2000 he arrived in Switzerland to take over as TAG Heuer’s President and CEO. Passionate about innovation, he guided the watch Manufacturer to the pinnacle of success increasing brand sales and profitability, but also strengthening its fundamentals to ensure its long-term positioning as one of Swiss watchmaking's most dynamic and iconic brands. During his tenure TAG Heuer won 8 Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix including the coveted "Aiguille d'Or" in 2012 rewarding the single most remarkable timepiece of the year.
In 2013, he took over as Bulgari CEO. He has been instrumental in the furthering the company’s ambitious partnership with Save the Children, now it its tenth year. Through his leadership of the custom-made Save the Children jewelry collection, almost $90M has been raised globally, funding quality education for the world’s most vulnerable children and youth empowerment, emergency response and poverty interventions.
– Bvlgari CEO, Jean-Christophe Babin.
“Ten years ago, Bvlgari and Save the Children put their strengths together with the dream to achieve a tangible impact on the lives of the most vulnerable children around the world, directly reaching over 2,1 million beneficiaries, of which 1,5 million children. Today, drawing inspiration from our joint past, we keep looking together to the future, in the steadfast belief that education can save lives: in 10 years of shared vision and a century of progress for children, together we could reach for the “ambitious” target of $100M of raised funds and millions of dreams that became – and will keep becoming – true.”
Senior Advisor, Health and Nutrition, Save the Children
Mr. Oot previously served as a health officer with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for 25 years, including assignments in Vietnam, Pakistan, Thailand, Kenya, and Nepal, as chief of Population, Health, and Nutrition in USAID’s Bureau for Asia, and as Director of USAID's Global Bureau Office of Health and Nutrition. After leaving USAID in 1997, Mr. Oot led the health and nutrition department at Save the Children until 2014. During his tenure, he focused on expanding access to newborn care through the Gates Foundation-funded Saving Newborn Lives project, designing and implementing programs to deliver community-based integrated management of childhood illness, strengthening and expanding Save the Children’s health and nutrition work in humanitarian settings, and growing the nutrition, reproductive health and family planning, and maternal health work around the world. Mr. Oot is a recipient of Save the Children’s President Award and Lifetime Achievement Award. Additionally, he served as chair of the US Coalition for Child Survival, and as a member of Save the Children’s Global EveryOne Campaign leadership team. Mr. Oot currently serves as a senior advisor for health and nutrition within Save the Children’s Department of Global Health.
Marjorie Craig Benton is a tireless champion for children and has a remarkable history of service to those in need.
She served as a delegate to the UN Special Sessions on Disarmament and as the US Ambassador to UNICEF. She’s served as Board Chair of Save the Children, the Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago and the Council on Foundations. She is the co-founder of the Chicago Foundation for Women and the Women’s Issues Network. She was also the first woman to serve on the boards of the Bernard van Leer Foundation and the Van Leer Group Foundation in the Netherlands.
Marjorie currently works with Partners in Health in Haiti.
For forty years, Chef Ivan Clemente has been a pioneer of social work, benefitting children and marginalized classes. He founded The Dining Room of Kennedy Ave, a non-profit organization that has helped feed thousands of children on the island of Puerto Rico for ten years. Chef Ivan learned of a population of children whose last meal was at school on Fridays – they wouldn’t eat again until Monday when they returned to school. Many of them, begging on the streets for money and food for themselves and their siblings. Unfortunately, out of every ten kids that are on the street begging for money, eight are abused. Chef Ivan set out to right this wrong. Every Saturday and Sunday, he began bringing a small group of children to The Dining Room to give them food. The operation grew until The Dining Room of Kennedy Ave was feeding over six hundred kids a month. Thanks to Chef Ivan's efforts and those of his staff, they have been able to get more than ninety kids off the streets that used to beg for money for food.
"Hunger creates social inequality and that social inequality contributes to criminality. Whether you are the one committing the crime or having the crime committed against you."
Then, Hurricane Maria ravaged Puerto Rico, plunging it into island-wide crisis. Chef Ivan and his people set out to feed the public servants working around the clock to restore order in the streets during the emergency, as well as their families. They fed elderly men and women whose families fled to the U.S. They fed anyone else in need of food and provisions. In the 10 months following hurricane Maria, The Dining Room of Kennedy Ave visited over 42 municipalities on the island with hot meals, groceries, bottled water and other provisions – working 20-22 hours a day. Since the hurricane, The Dining Room has expanded and now goes out to almost 20 impoverished communities a week to feed and bring groceries to 1,000 children and 2,000 elderly people per month. To date, they have given out 399,000 hot meals, 389,000 bags of groceries and over 5,000,000 bottles of water.
– Ivan Clemente, Chef
“When we take adequate care of a child, we are contributing to the well-being of our country. It is one less homeless, addict and criminal.”
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