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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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