Optimism For Diplomacy

The release of five American prisoners held in Iran was the culmination of a sustained diplomacy between the US and Iran.  By directly engaging with Iran, the US was able to secure a landmark nuclear deal, lift the economic sanctions in Iran and secure a prisoner exchange program. There is hope that in this environment of... Continue Reading →


Inspiring words on graduation day: Lead, Shine and Know Your Power

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you." Madeleine Albright: Shine bright like a diamond. "I hope that you will go forward with confidence, despite the burdens handed down to you by others; that you will... Continue Reading →

Make This World a Better Place

As we celebrate holidays of faith and good will,  I would like to shine a light on a global call to action. The millennium development goals that were created in 2007 to reduce poverty and inequality worldwide aim to trigger real change in people's lives by piloting examples and supporting national programs that could be... Continue Reading →

“I am an optimist… indeed” Maya Angelou

There is so much to say and write about Maya Angelou, while she was alive and now that she passed.  She lived her life expressing many truths as a activist, teacher, writer, artist, historian, filmmaker and human being.  She has been described as a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.  She survived the brutality of... Continue Reading →

Not for Penn graduates only We all need to hear what the Penn graduates heard from John Legend at their commencement ceremony.  We need to be inspired. By John Legend talking about following his heart and opening his mind, he inspires us to open ours.  He enables us to imagine what we can accomplish if... Continue Reading →

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