Voice X Voice
Voice X Voice is our growing online audio archive of interviews with inspiring women and peacebuilders around the world. And if there is one thing we have learned so far, it is that every voice is valuable. Your best moments, your worst moments, birthdays, weddings, divorces, graduations, personal challenges and victories – they are the stuff of our archive. They are more extraordinary than ordinary. So talk to us. Share your voice. Tell us your story. Email Dr. Mary Liepold to set up an interview.
A Family’s Endeavors Toward A Culture of Meaning.
Libby and Len Traubman » about
Libby and Len Traubman
“A Family’s Endeavors Toward A Culture of Meaning”
In the 1980s, Libby and Len Traubman helped start the successful Beyond War movement. As the Cold War ended, they worked with Stanford University to bring Israeli and Palestinian citizen-leaders to California to develop the 1991 Framework for a Public Peace Process. Eventually, they decided that global work is great, but dialogue at the local level builds the foundation. In the past 20 years they have convened hundreds of face to face meetings and many dozens of other relevant conversations through their Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue, in California, across the nation and the world.
“What has meant the most to me,” Len says, “is that we could do it as a woman and a man together without neglecting our personal relationship. Our marriage has been a gymnasium of the spirit to learn from each other, to benefit our family and the worldwide peace process.”
Law is not about fighting, it is about justice.
Wanjiru Mungai, Student, Clean Africa Campaign » about
Wanjiru Mungai, Student, Clean Africa Campaign
“You don’t give because you have and you don’t give because it’s convenient for you. You give because the other person needs.”
Wanjiru Mungai has a passion for holistic development, with emphasis on the culture of prevention rather than on the cure. She advocates for participation in capacity building, empowerment, and enfranchisement of the marginalized in communities and policymaking, and in putting up reliable structures for holistic development in Africa.
Ms. Mungai was involved in the ‘Clean Africa Campaign Leadership Training Program’ where she worked with the committee to set up the Clean Africa Campaign Nairobi Office. In that role, she planned, facilitated, and implemented service-centered leadership programs in Africa with participants and facilitators drawn from various Africa countries: Kenya (Limuru, October 2003); South Africa (Bronkhoerspruit, October 2004); and Ghana, (Accra, 2005).
Ms. Mungai also spent nine months as part of Action for Life, a group of 30 people aged between 19 and 72 years who represented over 15 nationalities. The participants came together for firsthand contact with, and exposure to ‘change-makers of the 21st Century’: ordinary people in different fields of life who did ordinary things in an extraordinary way for their various communities. In this program, they networked with hundreds of change-makers in all classes of society, traveling extensively in India and other Asian countries including Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Cambodia. She has also traveled and worked in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, France, Britain, and Switzerland.
Ms. Mungai is the second child in a family of seven. She grew up in Meru, Kenya. Ms. Mungai is currently pursuing her studies in development.
… they support me more than the men in my family.
Elham Roheil, Youth Coordinator, Hashemite Fund for Human Development » about
Elham Roheil, Youth Coordinator, Hashemite Fund for Human Development
… they support me more than the men in my family.
Elham Roheil’s background is in development and youth activities. She currently works for the Hashemite Fund for Human Development (JOHUD) in Amman, Jordan. Before coming to JOHUD, Elham participated in international training and exchange programs in Japan, Egypt, Denmark, and the United States. Elham recently returned to Jordan from a fellowship in “Leaders for Democracy” with the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) to the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York. Her other interests include youth and sports, public relations, and women’s issues
It is about recognizing human dignity in everyone
Cindy Clark, Program Coordinator, Just Associates » about
Cindy Clark, Program Coordinator, Just Associates
A lot of what I keep coming back to, especially in the work with women, is the power of personal connection.
Cindy Clark, Program Coordinator for JASS (Just Associates), has worked closely with numerous coalitions, NGOs and community groups in the US and Latin America to strengthen their ability to connect citizen engagement with long-term human rights advocacy strategies. In addition to overall program coordination, works closely with the actively involved, JASS-Mesoamerica team, to facilitate the Mesoamerica programs. She is the lead researcher and key facilitator in the partnership with Association for Women’s Rights In Development on Money and Movements. Cindy also serves as strategic advisor to the DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence and works closely with a variety of US-based young women activists. Prior to working with JASS, she was the Program Coordinator for Women, Law and Development International, an NGO committed to the promotion and defense of women’s rights globally, where she coordinated capacity-building programs in women’s human rights advocacy worldwide. She lived in Chile for four years where she worked with PARTICIPA, an NGO dedicated to promoting participatory democracy. She has a Bachelors degree in International Relations and Economics and a Masters in Human and Organization Development.
I think women are making an impact in a number of ways.
Jody Miller, Founder & CEO, Business Talent Group » about
Jody Miller, Founder & CEO, Business Talent Group
Women have been more able and comfortable to talk about these issues.
Jody Greenstone Miller, founder, chairwoman, and chief executive officer of Business Talent Group, has served in senior roles in business, government, media, law, and the non-profit world. Ms. Miller was a Venture Partner with Maveron, the Seattle-based venture capital firm, from 2000 – 2007. She was previously executive vice president and later acting president and COO of Americast, the digital television and interactive services partnership of The Walt Disney Company, SBC, Bell South, and other regional telephone companies. Ms. Miller also served in the White House as Special Assistant to President Bill Clinton, where she was Deputy to David Gergen, Counselor to the President
Earlier in her career she helped launch a successful documentary television division for Time-Life Television; established Lehman Brothers first investment banking office in South Carolina; was selected as a White House Fellow and served in the Department of the Treasury under President George H. W. Bush; and served as Legal Counsel to South Carolina Governor Richard Riley. Ms. Miller began her career as a lawyer at Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York.
Ms. Miller serves on the board of directors of TRW (NYSE) and Capella Education Company (NASDAQ), a leading accredited online university. Ms. Miller is also a co-founder and Board member of the National Campaign to Prevent Teenage Pregnancy. She has written (with her husband Matt Miller) the November 2005 cover story for Fortune, “Get a Life!” about the relationship between companies and senior business talent, and an April 2004 New York Times Magazine article about the need for better health care solutions for independent consultants.
She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was Order of the Coif and winner of the Lile Moot Court competition. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and 9-year-old daughter.
We have to start looking at economics through a much wider lens.
Riane Eisler, Author, “The Real Wealth of Nations” » about
Riane Eisler, Author, The Real Wealth of Nations
Again and again what we find is that in cultures or subcultures where the status of women is higher, you find a generally higher quality of life.
Recognized as one of the most original thinkers of our time, Riane Eisler continues to bring fresh solutions to our personal and social problems in her new book, The Real Wealth of Nations. Best known for her international bestseller, The Chalice and The Blade, which has changed the lives of women and men worldwide, she begins with our day-to-day behaviors and values and then moves to the changes needed in the policies and practices of governments and business leaders.
A renowned social scientist, macrohistorian, attorney, and activist for human rights, peace, and the environment, she offers solutions based on solid research that are compassionate, sustainable, and practical. With books published in over 25 languages, Riane is a charismatic speaker who keynotes conferences around the world.
Her new book, went into a second printing just 10 weeks after it came out earlier this year. Gloria Steinem describes it as ‘revolutionary,’ Jane Goodall as ‘a call to action,’ and Desmond Tutu as ‘a template for the better world we have been so urgently seeking.
It is our nature to be at peace.
Brenda Boone, Founder, Brenda Boone Hope Center » about
Brenda Boone, Founder, Brenda Boone Hope Center
Take that first step, it’s always the hardest…and soon you’ll be looking behind you seeing a trail of activities that has created something beautiful.
Brenda was born and raised in Florida as the youngest of eight children. She loves the beaches and water and feels most at peace when she’s outdoors. She thrives on giving to others and has done so her entire life, even as a small girl. Her oldest brother recently completed the family DNA testing on their mother’s side and found out that their roots go back to Africa, almost exactly where the Brenda Boone Hope Center is established. It’s a small world when you return to where it all began. Brenda strongly believes that every American should go to Africa and experience these countries firsthand. She thinks it will change your view of the world.
She completed her graduate studies at Florida State University in Industrial Psychology and in 1997 established a now very successful aviation consulting firm, Human Solutions, Inc. As a woman in a largely male dominated field, she has created a highly competitive and well respected company. The company provides human engineering services for air traffic control equipment as well as supports studies and software development for cockpits in airplanes.
Brenda established the Hope Center in 2006 and has provided the full sponsorship to this program. It has rescued girls, ages 7 to 17, from many serious situations and helped them to heal. Each story will break your heart. Each child has or will be given a new chance as a result of the services provided. The Center helps them to get back on their feet and continues to provide the support they need even after they are released. The center has two purposes. It provides medical, legal and counseling support to sexually abused girls as well as girls who have been raped. It also provides an educational program for young women who have dropped out of school before the 8th grade. Staff members train and certify them in tailoring, knitting, and computers so they are able to get jobs or start their own businesses.
Says Brenda: ‘My feelings about the Brenda Boone Hope Center can be summed up in the late great Winston Churchill’s words, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ This is my life.
It’s important to go back and honor the women that paved the way.
Chandra Prasad, Author » about
Chandra Prasad, Author
In no way should women ever throw up their hands and say, ‘It can’t be done’ or ‘It’s never going to happen’.
Chandra Prasad’s new novel On Borrowed Wings, about a girl who poses as a male student at Yale University in the 1930s, was released by Atria in June 2007. Prasad is the originator and editor of – and a contributor to – Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience, which features original pieces by acclaimed authors such as Ruth Ozeki, Danzy Senna, Mat Johnson, Peter Ho Davies, Cristina Garcia, and Rebecca Walker. Her other works include the critically praised Death of a Circus, which Tom Perrotta says is “narrated with Dickensian verve, a keen eye for historical detail, and lots of heart,” and the careers guide Outwitting the Job Market. Chandra is also the author of numerous articles, which have been published in the Wall Street Journal and New York Times Magazine, among other publications. A graduate of Yale, she lives in Connecticut with her husband and son.
Sudanese civil society has a role to reach out to young people.
Dalia Haj Omar, Sr.Development Officer, Dev. Alternatives, Inc. » about
Dalia Haj Omar, Sr. Development Officer, Dev. Alternatives, Inc.
There are a few very very courageous people who were doing human rights work in the early 90′s…but it was not an easy environment.
Dalia Haj-Omar is a Senior Project Development Officer for Development Alternatives Inc. in Khartoum, Sudan. She is working closely with Sudanese civil society through small grants to support work on human rights, civic education, peacebuilding, and conflict resolution. She has experience working and volunteering with a number of prominent NGOs in the Middle East and the United States, such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Medecins Sans Frontieres. She is a graduate of the American University in Beirut, Notre Dame University, and Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.
Affirming humanity to better humanity.
Margie Dillenburg, Movement Director, Invisible Children » about
Margie Dillenburg, Movement Director, Invisible Children
When you commit to something as lofty as peace, you have to commit to the individual.
Margie Dillenburg graduated from Notre Dame in 2001 with a degree in Peace Studies and Computers. After college she moved to California to help start a school targeting an underserved portion of the population. She watched it grow from a business plan to a fully functioning school for four years, two of which were as an Americorps volunteer. She earned her MA in Leadership Studies at the University of San Diego in 2003, and enjoyed part of her studies at ITESO Universidad in Guadalajara, Mexico. Although she has been called many things, she prefers to be called one of the following: learner, traveler, potter, reader, amateur historian, gardener, lover of the water, or an adventurer (or Margie is just fine, too).
Educate yourself, develop your skills, make sure you have a target to reach.
Tala Abu Taha, Founder, VARCC » about
Tala Abu Taha, Founder, VARCC
I give back to my community through lots of strategies and projects under corporate social responsibility programs.
Tala Abu Taha, is regarded as one of Jordan’s leading public relations practitioners having served as the Public Relations Manager at MobileCom, and founder and Deputy Managing Director of TRACCS Levant, prior to founding VARCC-Arabian Communications as a Senior Partner and a major shareholder.
Tala is a respected and award winning journalist, having worked at Al Arab Al Yawm, Addustour, The Star Weekly and arabia.com. Her passion later developed into an interest in public relations. Tala’s journalistic integrity has been recognized by several organizations in Jordan and abroad, such as The Center for Defending the Freedom of Journalists, Media Arab Ethics Conference in Beirut, The Media Diversity Institute, Arab Women Media Center, Heinrich BÃll Foundation, International Professional Journalists (IPJ) and many other global organizations. She is also an active member in the Jordanian Press Association and the International Press Association, having built a strong network of strategic media and public relations partners.
Ms. Abu Taha’s experience and know-how of the markets is renowned. She has developed many communications strategies and PR solutions for local, regional and International clients such as Visa International, Damac, Jordinvest, Samsung, LG Middle East, FINE, PSUT, Nuqul Automotive (VW, Porches, and Audi), Jordan Commercial Bank (JCB), XPress, and UNIFEM. After founding VARCC – Arabian Communication, VARCC’s team serves Arab German Insurance Company, RAZORView, d1g.com, ARAX, K&C, Jordan Forum for Business and Professional Women, The Children’s Museum in Jordan, Jerash 2007, The Art of living, Focus Solutions and The Corporate Governance and Responsibility Forum for the Middle East and North Africa. VARCC is recognized as a fast growing public relations company in Jordan.
I work very hard to combat poverty in Sudan.
Nadra Mahdi, Journalist, Al Watan newspaper, Sudan » about
Nadra Mahdi, Journalist, Al Watan newspaper, Sudan
The main issue is to give the Truth.
Nadra Mahdi graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Khartoum University with a degree in Linguistics and French in 1996. A writer since secondary school, Mahdi’s poetry was first published by Al Adwa’ newspaper in 2003. She has also written for Al Watan and Al Wan newspapers, and is currently the Assistant Editor at Al Watan.
Mahdi has traveled extensively, reporting on the experiences of people in Mali, Egypt, Ethiopia, and Sudan. In 2006, Mahdi started working as a correspondent for Egyptian TV, as well as broadcasting for Radio of Omdurman. Her specific interests include development, agriculture, politics, and diplomacy. Based in Khartoum, Mahdi is known throughout Sudan for her stories about the inhabitants of Kordofan and Darfur states.
Mahdi is a regular contributor to Panos London and SOS International. She is also a member of many other voluntary organizations. She was profiled by womensenews.org in June 2007. Her daily columns, ‘Realities of the Beauty’ are available from Al Watan.
As women do, we rise to the challenge time and time again.
Christiane Pelmas, Founder, Global Culture of Women Project » about
Christiane Pelmas, Founder, Global Culture of Women Project
I have never been bestowed with more wisdom than when I’m talking to women who don’t make the cover of newspapers.
Christiane Pelmas, Peace X Peace member and founder of the Global Culture of Women Project, is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in work with women and couples. A teacher and lecturer on sacred sexuality, female history, and social change, Christiane has poured her passion, to celebrate the global voice of women, into her budding new nonprofit organization.
The Global Culture of Women Project offers women the opportunity to unearth their voices through intimate storytelling, the sharing of rituals, and performance of music. Reaching beyond boundaries of geography, culture, age, religion and economic divisions, the Global Culture of Women Project weaves a rich tapestry wherein women everywhere can celebrate the power of their unique, unified, and female voices.
The mother of two boys, ages 9 and 12, Ms. Pelmas believes a different world is more than possible – it is destiny.
We provide farmers in South America with an alternative.
Florence Reed, President, Sustainable Harvest International » about
Florence Reed, President, Sustainable Harvest International
There is this basic need that’s not being met and a relatively easy way to meet it.
Florence Reed (Founder and President of Sustainable Harvest International) got her start in sustainable development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Panama 1991-1993. She also worked for several other nonprofit organizations before founding Sustainable Harvest International in 1997. She has a B.S. in Environmental Conservation and International Affairs from UNH.
Sustainable Harvest International (SHI) is building a global network of local partners working toward environmental, economic and social sustainability. SHI facilitates long-term collaboration among trained local staff, farmers and communities to implement sustainable land-use practices that alleviate poverty by restoring ecological stability. Since 1997, the 1,000 families working with SHI have planted 2.3 million trees, saved 30,000 acres of rainforest and increased their income by as much as eight fold
There are a lot of shoulds.
Amie Brooke Nelson, Editor, Celebrating Mothers » about
Amie Brooke Nelson, Editor, Celebrating Mothers
One of the things that I recognize in my own travel worldwide,is that when I’ve observed mothers with their children’ motherhood is essentially the same around the world.
Amie Brooke Nelson is the editor of the forthcoming book Celebrating Mothers: Global Portraits to Inform & Inspire, a collection of twenty stories and photographs honoring the life experiences, wisdom and activism of mothers across the globe.
Amie is a mother to two young daughters and an active participant in her local schools, athletics, health and environmental advocacy programs. She has an acupuncture and herbal medicine practice with a specialty in women and pediatrics, and has taught a variety of health education seminars to women in her community. Amie recently participated in her first door-to-door canvas for a presidential candidate because she was so inspired by his message!
Prior to motherhood, Amie worked in the field of public affairs and research in Northern and Southern California. She did published writing and research for several non-profits, covering environmental issues, women’s health and public school reform, and also worked in several national public affairs agencies running state and local public information events and media for programs like California’s anti-smoking campaign.
An avid photographer with a lifelong wonderlust, Amie has traveled the world over her lifetime and developed a passion for meeting and photographing people from different countries. She lived in France several years ago while her daughter was a toddler, giving her a unique opportunity to experience mothering in very different social context. Amie and her husband continue to travel internationally with their children so they can learn from the traditions and lifestyles in other cultures.
Amie and her family live near Vail, Colorado. When she’s not chasing after her girls and wiping up spills, she enjoys skiing, mountain biking, rock climbing, camping (any fun in the mountains), tennis, yoga, cooking (and eating!) ethnic food.
The HIV pandemic and the empowerment of women.
Lisa Schechtman, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Aids Alliance » about
Lisa Schechtman, Senior Policy Advisor, Global Aids Alliance
The HIV/AIDS pandemic and the disempowerment of women.
Lisa Schechtman, Senior Policy Officer at the Global AIDS Alliance, has extensive experience in human rights grassroots advocacy and organizing. She served as Colorado Coordinator for Amnesty International’s Campaign to Stop Violence against Women and Outreach Coordinator for the Center on Rights Development, and is a former honorary board member of the Tibetan Village Project. She has worked on human rights issues in international settings, including democratization in Guatemala and the rights of torture survivors in India. Schechtman holds a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.A. in international human rights and global health affairs from the University of Denver.
Learn more about the petition Global Aids Alliance and several other HIV organizations will present to the G8 on June 6, 2007.
Women’s leadership is needed at every level.
Sara Gould, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation » about
Sara Gould, President and CEO, Ms. Foundation
Women’s leadership is needed on every level.
Sara K. Gould is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the women’s foundation engaged across the United States to build women’s power to drive social change. Under Ms. Gould’s leadership, the Foundation delivers strategic grantmaking to support, develop and connect women’s policy and organizing infrastructure at local, state, tribal and national levels. With a long history of bringing the leadership and perspectives of women living at the margins of society to the center, the Foundation uses its deep insights and analysis to develop strong organizations and leaders across the nation. The Foundation connects people, strategies, advocacy and knowledge to build a true democracy of equity and inclusion for all.
A leading expert on women’s economic security, Ms. Gould brings to the Ms. Foundation for Women more than 25 years of experience in pioneering programs that create economic opportunities for women and their families. This expertise brought Ms. Gould to the Ms. Foundation in 1986. She led the Foundation’s work in women’s economic development for 10 years, spearheading the Collaborative Fund for Women’s Economic Development, a pioneering grant-making initiative that has provided more than $10 million in support of organizations creating jobs for low-income women. Ms. Gould also created the Institute for Women’s Economic Empowerment, which has provided thousands of grassroots leaders with the skills and resources to help women achieve greater economic independence.
Prior to joining the Ms. Foundation, Ms. Gould held positions with the Corporation for Enterprise Development, Women’s Action Alliance and Massachusetts Community Economic Development Assistance Corporation.
Ms. Gould currently serves on the boards of the Center for Community Change; the Proteus Fund; Women’s Funding Network; Women & Philanthropy; and The Challenge Machinery Company, a 134 year-old family-owned business in Michigan.
Ms. Gould received a bachelor’s degree in political science in 1973 from Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Michigan, and holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard University, awarded in 1977.
Originally from Grand Haven, Michigan, Ms. Gould now resides in Brooklyn, New York, with husband Rick Surpin, president of Independence Care System, and their son Jacob.
Iraqis and Americans, ghosts to each other.
Naba Hamid, Member, Peace X Peace » about
Naba Hamid, Member, Peace X Peace
Iraqis and Americans, ghosts to each other.
Naba Saleem Hamid is an Iraqi scientist, educator, speaker, and women’s rights and peace activist at a time when tumultuous political, social and personal upheaval is a daily reality within her country.
She is a Professor of Parasitology in the College of Education at the University of Baghdad. Other accomplishments include: published research and texts, teaching in the College of Medicine, Medical Research Center at the University of Baghdad; W.H.O. fellowship in bilharziasis at London University.
In 1982, Hamid’s Ph.D. thesis at London University was suspended due to the Ba’ath regime’s resolution prohibiting Iraqi women from applying for independent travel, and government funds for academic study abroad.
In September 2003, Hamid founded New Horizon For Woman and in May 2004 registered the NGO with the Iraqi Ministry of Planning and Development Co-Operation. This organization represents her longstanding dedication to the education of and support for the women and youth of Iraq, and her commitment to help them contribute to the civil society of Iraq.
An emigre remembers Iraq.
Mohamed Khorshid, Graduate Student and Emigre » about
Mohamed Khorshid, Graduate Student and Emigre
An emigre remembers Iraq
“I’m an Iraqi/Muslim. I was born on October 1st 1977 in Baghdad, Iraq. I grew up in Baghdad, finished high school and graduate school from both the Baghdad College High school for boys (a Jesuit founded school dating to the 1930s) and College of Dentistry-Baghdad University. I graduated from Dental School in July 2000 and few months later I started a one-year internship in a specialized dental center in Baghdad and a private practice. In February 2002 I was asked to give a guitar concert with another friend at the French Cultural Center in Baghdad. Following that we received an invitation from to visit France and seek the possibility of continuing my Post-graduate education in Dentistry. I left Baghdad for France on July 16th 2002, pursuing a Master’s degree in Orthodontics and later that year I acquired a 4-year scholarship from the French government to finance my studies. I’ve been living in Paris ever since and will be leaving for Toronto, Canada in July, 2007 where I became a permanent resident since summer 2006.”
Mr. Khorshid came to Peace X Peace’s attention when he was profiled on YouTube. His mother, Naba Hamid, is a Peace X Peace member.
I don’t think peace can come without social justice.
Shula Keshet, Executive Director, Ahoti » about
Shula Keshet, Executive Director, Ahoti
I don’t think peace can come without social justice.
Shula Keshet is the Executive Director of Ahoti (My Sister), a feminist movement to advance Mizrahi women (Jews from Arab countries) and women of color in Israeli society. She is an artist who uses her art to promote awareness of the problems facing Mizrahi women is Israel and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Keshet studied art and has a teaching certificate. She worked as an art instructor and mediator, running enrichment centers and community programs for children and adults. In the past, Keshet was the project coordinator for ‘Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow Coalition’ which supported Mizrahi politicians. She lives in Tel Aviv.
Personal transformation is the key to social transformation.
Kristina Leonardi, Founder, The Women’s Mosaic » about
Kristina Leonardi, Founder, The Women’s Mosaic
Personal transformation is the key to social transformation.
In January 2001 Kristina founded The Women’s Mosaic as a forum for women of every background to come together by participating in informal educational activities in order to learn about each other, form new relationships, improve their lives and the lives of those around them. It is Kristina’s belief that all women should realize their full potential and that this would have a truly beneficial effect on our planet. In August 2001, Kristina represented The Women’s Mosaic at the NGO Forum of the United Nations World Conference Against Racism in Durban, South Africa.
Kristina holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University. Prior to founding TWM, she managed client services for an educational travel company arranging tours for Harvard, Yale, the Smithsonian and the American Museum of Natural History. She has also taught extensively for NYU’s Center for Hospitality, Travel and Tourism.
Women have to give themselves the freedom to take risk.
Tara Lemmey, Founder, LENS Ventures » about
Tara Lemmey, Founder, LENS Ventures
Women have to give themselves the freedom to take risk.
Tara Lemmey is CEO of LENS Ventures, an innovation, investment, and development company.
Tara speaks regularly on innovation, corporate strategy, and social and market trends to business, government, and social sector audiences around the world.
Tara founded LENS Ventures in 1999 with the mission of helping companies make innovation tangible. Her leadership in innovation is widely sought in industry, government, academia, and the nonprofit community.
She advises senior executives of Fortune 2000 companies and serves on a variety of boards and committees. Tara is a leading member of the Markle Taskforce on National Security in the Information Age, where she has chaired the technology group for the last 4 years. The innovation work in the Markle reports has influenced a fundamental restructuring of how the government views intelligence and homeland security in the post 9.11 world. She is an advisor to Dr. Andrew Weil’s Program for Integrative
Medicine at the University of Arizona, and is an Emeritus board member of the AIGA Center for Brand Experience, a leading design and brand organization. She also serves on the Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Advisory Committee, which is tasked with providing insights on how to best preserve privacy and civil liberties while improving national security.
Tara has led strategic client relationships with such companies as Nokia, Polycom and Intel, focusing on innovation, next generation strategies, new markets, investments and acquisitions. Throughout her career, Tara has worked with the entrepreneurial edge of companies such as McGraw Hill, People Express Airlines, Absolut, Xerox, and Siemens. She helps companies create options for next generation growth by providing them with a unique approach to opening new markets.
Tara has been published in Wired, Business 2.0, Business Week, and the Harvard Business Review. She is an active participant at the Aspen Institute/Fortune Brainstorm and Fortune Most Powerful Women Summits. She has been a visiting lecturer at Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Columbia, and UC Berkeley and is a commentator on public radio.
Earlier in her career, Tara was president of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, where she worked on global initiatives in the areas of intellectual property, encryption, and privacy. She also founded three technology companies that were trailblazers in new markets and was on the founding board of TRUSTe, a leader in online privacy.