New York, New York, United States
Global Kids Inc.
I had an idea. As it became a reality, I knew it was my ‘calling’.
I learned I had the talents and energy to build an organization and support people in reaching their potential. I learned acting on personal interests and commitments leads to unexpected (and positive) outcomes. Global Kids, Inc. brings together everything I care about.
Until 2011, I was the executive director of Global Kids, Inc. and served for 21 years. Global Kids, Inc. is a non-profit education organization for global learning and youth development that works to ensure urban youth have the knowledge, skills, experience and values they need to succeed. I currently serve the organization as founder, president emerita, and board member..
Headquartered in New York City, Global Kids, Inc. has 47 full-time employees, a second office in Washington, DC and 15 school sites. Our annual budget is $3.9 million.
As an active member of the board of directors for Global Kids, I continue to offer my expertise in the areas of education and youth development; organizational development; fund-raising; staff recruitment, human resources; succession planning; board development; strategic planning; networking (local and global) and general non-profit management.
I was named a Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellow (2006 and 2007) and have received numerous other recognitions including alumna awards from the College of Notre Dame University and Sarah Lawrence College and the Distinguished Educator award from the Anne Frank Foundation.
Thousands of young people and colleagues consider themselves members of the Global Kids community. Their experiences have had a profound influence on their values and roles in the world. They have learned to work together around a common vision, goals and
objectives and demonstrated they have assets and experiences valuable in the world.
It is gratifying to know that what I have learned ‘through doing’ is helpful to other individuals and organizations.
Sometimes people only get to do what they "love" on a volunteer basis. I can help people think about how to make the transition to a career that represents what they care about most. One can address basic financial needs in a career that builds on interests, talents, values and experiences. I cannot tell someone how long it will take. I can work with that person to create a realistic life (and organizational) plan.