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For some people, giftedness and talents are squirreled away in moments of scarcity, secrecy and privacy. For others giftedness and talents are to be shared freely with the world. On today’s show we celebrate the latter with very special people who really want to make a difference in the world.
Living a life of comfort wasn’t enough for our first guest. She’s gone on to start advocacy groups for women, was the Ambassador to Austria under the Clinton Administration and wrote a memorable musical piece during a personal transition in her life.
That’s Swanee Hunt, a philanthropic globe trotter whose musical composition, The Witness Cantata will be performed this Sunday here in Boston. With Swanee is Rev. Dr. Gloria White Hammond, a driving force who empowers women from Sudan to South Boston.
And we’ll pay tribute to diversity pioneer Dr. Roosevelt Thomas, Jr. who recently died suddenly in his home in Atlanta. Joining me to discuss his expansive life work is Mary-Frances Winters, and well respected diversity professional whose longtime membership in the Diversity Collegium provides the perspective of why Dr. Thomas mattered so much in the field of diversity and inclusion.
A very special show with very gifted people who are making a difference in this world.
About Swanee Hunt
Swanee Hunt is the daughter of oil magnate H.L. Hunt.
Her mission is to achieve gender parity, especially as a means to end war and rebuild societies, as well as to alleviate poverty and other human suffering. At Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy. In 1997 she founded the Women and Public Policy Program, a research center concerned with domestic and foreign policy, which she directed for more than a decade.
An expert on domestic policy and foreign affairs, Hunt is president of Hunt Alternatives Fund, through which she has committed more than $130 million in endowments and grants to provoking social change at local, national, and global levels.
From 1993 to 1997, Hunt served as ambassador to Austria, where she hosted negotiations and international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states. Later, she became a specialist in the role of women in post-communist Europe; in July 1997, she launched “Vital Voices: Women in Democracy,” a conference convening 320 women leaders in business, law, and politics from 39 countries. The meeting spawned the documentary Voices as well as an ensuing US State Department initiative, led by Madeleine Albright and Hillary Rodham Clinton, and later an NGO with the same name, co-chaired by Senators Clinton (D-NY) and Hutchison (R-TX).
Hunt’s photographs have been exhibited in more than a dozen one-woman shows in five countries. Her musical composition, "The Witness Cantata," for five soloists and chorus, has had twelve performances in six cities. She was married for 25 years to Charles Ansbacher, international conductor and founder of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. Her world includes her three children, three grandchildren, a cat, a parrot, eight horses, and 76 bison (in absentia).
Learn More About Her at www.swaneehunt.com
Click Here For More My Tribute To Dr. Roosevelt Thomas
Click Here For The Bio For Dr. Roosevelt Thomas
Click Here For The Website For Mary-Frances Winters
Click Here For More Information About Rev. Gloria White Hammond
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Carole (bottom left with different hairstyle) with members of the Diversity Collegium.
Dr. Roosevelt Thomas is the third from the right. Date: 1999 or 2000 at one of our meetings in Northern California
Because Of Him, Dignity For All People Spreads Worldwide...
A Tribute To Diversity Pioneer The Late Dr. Roosevelt Thomas
1944 - 2013
by Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP
In the early 1990s when I was building my business and my diversity practice, I was invited to join a newly formed group called the Diversity Collegium. Co-founded by Dr. Price Cobbs, Dr. Roosevelt Thomas and other practitioners in 1991, the group put aside its competitiveness and banded together to advance the cause of diversity. I was in the second round of consultants invited to join the group. And meeting and working with Roosevelt, Price and the others significantly impacted my business and reinforced my commitment to the field. It also reaffirmed my belief and commitment to collaborating with others and coalition building.
I stayed in the Collegium until 2002, but always respected my colleagues, especially the insightful wisdom of Roosevelt Thomas. He was a quiet gentle giant, steadily pushing diversity in a forward direction. His 1990 article “From Affirmative Action to Affirming Diversity” was the mainstay of every diversity practitioner I knew. And the books he wrote formed the backdrop of the business case for diversity.
He was respected around the world and loved for his wise counsel and wisdom. Last week after exercising in his home, he fell, hit his head and never regained consciousness. His death was swift and sudden. Today what would have been his 69th birthday was a somber and stately funeral at Friendship Baptist Church in Atlanta. Left behind to mourn are his wife Judge Ruby Thomas, their children, grand child, extended family and the entire world of diversity and inclusion indebted to his contribution to the field.
Click Here To Download The Official Press Release Issued By The Diversity Collegium.
And please visit www.diversitycollegium.org for more information about the wonderful organization I called home for many years.
Roosevelt Thomas will be missed by all of us, but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers go with his beloved wife, Rudy, children, grandchild, and extended family members.
We are all so blessed to have known him. His contributions to our global society will be felt for generations to come.
-Carole Copeland Thomas, MBA, CDMP
Click Here To Read The Diversity Collegium Press Release About The Death Of Dr. Roosevelt Thomas
Your Comments Or Reflections About Dr. Roosevelt Thomas Are Welcome
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