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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
President and CEO of Ingka Group
Jesper Brodin is the President and 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.
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.”
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 Chief Executive Officer of PVH
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.
- Eglantyne Jebb, Save the Children Founder
“Humanity owes the child the best it has to give.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
- Susan Mirza
“Dare to act for the causes you are passionate about!”
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
- Shawn Jorgensen
“You'll never feel like you have enough until you actually see those who definitely don't.”
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”
Steve is a 20-year resident of Nashville, Tennessee where he and his wife Katrina have raised their three sons.
Steve has been a practicing anesthesiologist and interventional pain management doctor for over twenty years. During that time, he has also served on the Board of Trustees of the Tennessee Medical Association, been chairman of the Board of the Middle Tennessee School of Medicine, been president of the Tennessee Society of Anesthesiologists, and been elected chief of staff of two local hospitals.
In 2012 Steve was elected to the Tennessee State Senate, representing the 20th district. Holding that office since that time, he currently serves as Chairman of the Senate State and Local Committee.
In his free time his favorite hobby is playing guitar and one of his great joys is sharing that love of music with his three sons, as they each now pursue their own musical interest.
“The difference between a politician and a statesman: a politician thinks about the next election; a statesman thinks about the next generation.”
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.
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.
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.
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 at Hopkins school in Connecticut. 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.”
Chairman and CEO, Scholastic
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.
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.
- Susan Futter
“Education has the power to change lives.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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