|Kathy Calvin-President+CEO United Nations Foundation, left-Pat Mitchell President and CEO, The Paley Center for Media|
|Ariana Huffington's video opened up the conference-with poignant words on how positively impact-ful her mother was in her life--her entire life too…including throughout her childhood, marriage, divorce-and launch of Huffington Post Media Group|
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MOMS+SOCIAL GOOD- ---was the theme of an all day conference -with accomplished women and a few guys-addressing topics that were all related to being a mother in modern times -or as CEO Anna Maria Chavez- of the Girls Scouts noted-that included child-free "motherly"individuals-in today's world.
The morning sessions had several discussions on women in conflict areas-focusing on areas of the world where access to fresh drinking water is a major obstacle.
The majority of women, in fact- do not have access to life saving medicines and overall safe conditions to live in… resulting in distressingly awful statistics on mortality-for women and their babies...
|Johnson+Johnson-a sponsor----and donor-remarks on how access to healthcare changes lives and saves lives...|
|KATHRYN BOLLES -Director, Health and Nutrition Global Initiative-SavetheChildren.org eloquently spoke about her travels to war zones and poor areas in the world and the work done to well, Save the Children-in 120 countries….including the non-profit's efforts in weather ravaged areas in the USA.|
|pictured below-Hilengiwe Lwandle told an incredible story about her life in South Africa-this was her first time ever out of that country.|
This panel on investing in medical facilities and efforts to improve global health-included the 2015 Health Millennial Development Goals. Leith Greenslade remarked on efforts to eradicate malaria and child mortality rates, for example- that did and did not not meet their mark-and also included words about women's access to contraception-a topic not really brought up by others.
A moving story recounted by Dr. Hassink --- about her parents immigration, as children- into the USA…highlighted the importance of how just one person and make a MASSIVE difference in children's lives. She also remarked on how adult diseases are now showing up in kids-like Diabetes 2 and chronic stress-and not just in the USA.
Princess Sarah Zeid engaged the live audience-with a visual on how just a handful of the moms' present -would have survived with healthy babies through pregnancy ---and giving birth prematurely or on time via a c-section-given conditions around the world and lack of pre/post natal care. She movingly shared her life-changing aha moment- surviving amniotic embolism while giving birth to her 3rd child----that launched her activities dedicated to helping other women in less fortunate circumstances gain access to life-saving medical care that saved her.
|motivational speaker SAULPAUL-usually performs before a male heavy audience-but was so motivated to share his story about his mother-and grandmother…actually hung around for later panels too!|
His on the spot abilities to share his experiences, good and bad- and skillfully weave crowd suggested words-into a tune…emphasized the point-tunefully ---- on how the unconditional love from his grandmother-who raised him…provided a solid foundation for his life…and was the reason how even with making bad choices as a teenager…led to making good choices as an adult.
Vogue magazine's Hildy Kuryk gave the audience a reason to shop-on SHOPBOP's Born Free Africa-where 22 top designers (and mom's) used a Kenyan artist's print as inspiration for apparel and accessories-all benefiting..."Born Free’s goal to end mother-to-child HIV transmission at birth."
We agreed with her take on the generosity of the fashion world in general-including AIDS support/research organizations -a disease that has impacted that industry, greatly. We also loved hearing how all the designers enthusiastically signed on to help- an international list of who's who- top tier price-y types, fyi.
Colleen Hancock spoke about connecting women worldwide on BabyCenter---a web portal and a wealth of info on pregnancy and motherhood…and apparently well known by like every gal in the audience too.
Ambassador Power really hit home with her advice on how to acknowledge the world in crisis (citing Syria, DRC)…. and even in a tiny small way- act ---but how important it is not to be overwhelmed (paralyzed) by it. A discussion we are always having with our gal pals-on how we can barely read the headlines anymore… still needing to be productive adults-not de-activated by frustration/stress.
|Padma Lakshmi-is clearly used to be a very public figure…she was frank and open about her painful bouts with Endometriosis- and how, even with access to the best medical care, this condition was routinely incorrectly diagnosed-in her life---causing much suffering- and often was the case for others too. |
Her foundation (co-founded) http://www.endofound.org ---educates medical professionals and serves as an outreach for sufferers of this disease…including the 411 young women who often lack the means to correct info…and what can be done.
|Abbie Schiller's The Mother Company|
|Maggie Murphy Editor-Parade Magazine, Ron Lieber-NY Times Journalist and author "The Opposite of Spoiled", Anna Maria Chavez CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA, moderator Aaron Sherinian VP of United Nations Foundation-who reminded us of TV's Bravo station's- Andy Cohen in a good way.|
The Person About To Change The World Needs Help With Their Homework focused on raising empathetic, happy healthy kids in the USA. Chavez brought up her organization's wait list (yikes-not enough adult volunteers) and the #Ban Bossy campaign-with the panelists all agreeing that girls often do not want to be leaders-for fear of being labeled "Bossy"
Another discussion mentioned how Barnard College's President Deborah Spar's published remark-- on applicants' starting their own NGOs vs genuine passion…and how important it is to truly raise empathetic kids who meaningfully want to act---not just to check off a bucket list box to get into college. Facebook's COO Sherly Sanberg's "Lean In" book, organization/campaign was also mentioned---with two thumbs up approval---though we know that the seeds for this book were actually planted when this accomplished woman gave the keynote commencement speech at the aforementioned Barnard College back in 2011!
AMY ROBACH's live television-on air mammography-kinda like the Katy Couric colonoscopy demo-led to an off the air diagnosis for this 40 years old (young) of breast cancer…wow.
This led to a very telling tale of the importance of self care-and how women in this country- with access to life saving screenings-should in fact, take the time to get them. Looking incredibly well, this dynamic media personality-had just finished her last chemo treatment.
Interesting comments---how the dynamic of her marriage changed…leading to thoughts on women needing to accept help-when they need it.
More info: http://www.globalmomschallenge.org/momsplussocialgood/