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AUDACIA 2011 a Success

Submitted by admin on Thu, 10/06/2011 - 13:24

Thank you to all who supported AUDACIA 2011 with your time, with your resources, and with your attendance.  It is because of you that AUDACIA saw such success.  On September 26-27, 2011 dedicated individuals and organizations joined together to talk about how we can ensure that every girl everywhere has access to a quality education.  The promise is audacious.  The answer is AUDACIA.  Take a look at the video that kicked off the conference below, featuring AUDACIA Honorary Co-Chair Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and the students of Emma Willard School.

Audacia opening video from Emma Willard School on Vimeo.

Katie Couric to Speak at AUDACIA

Submitted by admin on Tue, 09/13/2011 - 12:18

We are excited and delighted to announce that Katie Couric has joined the list of AUDACIA speakers. 

Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, veteran TV personality and New York Times best-selling author. Her new syndicated daytime talk show, Katie, will premiere in September 2012. Prior to joining the Disney/ABC Television Group, Couric was the anchor and managing editor of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC, a 60 MINUTES correspondent and anchor of CBS News primetime specials. When the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC debuted on September 5, 2006, Couric became the first female solo anchor of a weekday network evening news broadcast. She also writes a monthly column for GLAMOUR magazine which features an interview with a new female role model every month and is active on twitter, @katiecouric.

 In 2000, Couric launched the National Colorectal Cancer Research Alliance in association with the Entertainment Industry Foundation and Lilly Tartikoff, to fund new medical research in colorectal cancer. Couric is also a co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer and in May 2008 and then again in September 2010 she and her other network news counterparts participated in the Stand Up To Cancer broadcasts, an unprecedented effort that culminated in a one-hour, commercial-free, primetime program fundraising special, which featured live performances and appearances by legendary recording artists and stars from the worlds of film, television and sports.

Sara Bowers Posada will Speak at AUDACIA

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/29/2011 - 15:00
We are thrilled to announced that Sara Bowers Posada will represent the Nike Foundation at  AUDACIA 2011.

Sara Bowers Posada has worked on education and child protection since 1998 in countries including Zimbabwe, Uganda, Guatemala, India, the United States, and Afghanistan. She is currently a Portfolio Manager at the Nike Foundation, funding programs that empower adolescent girls worldwide. She spearheads Nike Foundation’s education and legal rights investments and works closely with partners such as Save the Children, Landesa, Synergos, and Equality Now. Sara also leads the Learning Action Network grant portfolio, which promotes more and better girl-focused programs among key Foundation partners.

Before joining the Nike Foundation, Sara designed and implemented education programs in South Asia with Catholic Relief Services. Chief among these programs was the PACE-A community-based education program in Afghanistan, which worked with both remote communities and the Ministry of Education to create locally-led, government-recognized schools to provide rural children and adolescent girls access to education for the very first time.

Sara holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Wesleyan University. 



Anne van Zyl will Speak at AUDACIA

Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/24/2011 - 16:19

We are delighted to announce that Anne van Zyl will speak at AUDACIA 2011
Anne van Zyl is the Head of the Academy for the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Anne was appointed Head of the Academy in January 2010. With 22 years of experience as the Head of four different schools, Anne has successfully managed girls’, co-ed boarding and day schools, as well as traditional schools in both urban and rural settings. 
Having matriculated from St Cyprians School Cape Town, Anne attended San Mateo High School in California as an American Field Service exchange student. She graduated from the University of Cape Town with a BA degree in English and French, having spent her first year at Stellenbosch University. After attending the Sorbonne and working in Paris, Anne returned to Pretoria, South Africa.
Anne started teaching French at Loreto Convent, Pretoria, and then enrolled at the University of South Africa where she obtained both her teaching diploma and a BEd degree majoring in Educational Management. She joined the staff of  Pretoria High School for Girls as a teacher of English and was later promoted to Head of Department and then Deputy  Head. In 1988 she became Principal, and in 1990 she was instrumental in the move which saw Pretoria Girls High becoming the first state school in the region to admit girls of all races.
 Leaving a school of 980 girls (day girls and boarders), Anne was appointed Founder Head of St Stithians Collegiate in 1995. Starting with 150 girls in Grades 1 to 3, the school expanded in the following years to 750 girls in Grades 1 to 12 and became known as St Stithians Girls’ College. Apart from gaining a reputation for academic, sporting and cultural excellence, St Stithians, together with St Cyprians, became the first South African Schools to be accepted as members of the Round Square International movement, with its emphasis on internationalism, democracy, environmental awareness, adventure, leadership and service (IDEALS).
In 2001 Anne moved to the country, becoming Head of Stanford Lake College in Magoebaskloof, Limpopo Province. She introduced an outdoor adventure programme “Dream and Do” into the curriculum, expanded the boarding facilities, and brought the school into the Round Square International movement. 
In 2003 Anne returned home to the Cape, becoming Head of Bridge House School in Franschhoek. During the seven years she spent there, the school numbers doubled from 330 to 660 boys and girls from Grade 00 to Grade 12. Two new boarding houses and a large dining hall, together with a college block and new classrooms were built. Bringing Bridge House into Round Square International meant that many students were able to go on international exchange and take part in regional and international conferences and service projects.
During her career, Anne has served as Examiner for English literature and been a member of the Assessment Committee of the IEB (Independent Examinations Board). She has served on the Boards St Mary’s DSG, Pretoria, Mitchell House, Penryn College and on the International Board of Round Square. She is currently a member of St Cyprians Council and in 2008 was honoured to be made a Life Member of Round Square.

Kathryn Moeller to Speak at AUDACIA

Submitted by admin on Wed, 08/24/2011 - 15:52

We are thrilled to announce that Kathryn Moeller will speak at AUDACIA 2011.

Kathryn Moeller is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley in the Social & Cultural Studies program of the Graduate School of Education, and she is pursuing a Designated Emphasis in Gender, Women, & Sexuality.  Her research and teaching focus on the relationships between education, feminism, and development.  Her forthcoming dissertation examines the role of transnational corporations and their foundations in the field of girls’ education.  Her field research in the U.S. and Brazil was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation (2009-2010) and Fulbright-Hays (2009-2010).  She is currently a National Academy of Education Spencer Dissertation Fellow (2011-2012) for the study of education.  As a graduate student instructor, she has taught courses on global poverty, feminism, and the relationship between the U.S. and Latin America.  Prior to graduate school, she taught in formal and non-formal educational settings in the U.S. and Honduras.

Uju Ofomata-Aderemi Will Be a Showcase Presenter

Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 11:30

We are excited to announce that Uju Ofomata-Aderemi will be a showcase presenter at AUDACIA 2011.

Uju Ofomata-Aderemi is currently Programme Director, Mobile4Good projects at OneWorld UK, where she oversees mobile and Web-based community empowerment projects in Africa. In the last 5 years, she has overseen the development and implementation of the Learning about Living Programme, a sexual and reproductive health educational project which uses new media to empower adolescents (especially young girls), to improve their life chances. Following a successful two-year pilot in Nigeria, the programme is being scaled up across Nigeria, launched in Senegal and Morocco, and is set to launch in two other countries.

Uju  has worked previously as a Pharmacist with GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals in Nigeria, and as the Head of Corporate Affairs, led the Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives of a bank in Nigeria. She has an MBA and a MPH from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom and her interest is in Public-Private and Voluntary sector partnerships for social development and poverty alleviation. Uju believes technology offers a real chance of improving healthcare for vulnerable groups if harnessed properly and is often seen speaking at conferences - including the World Economic Forum on Africa and mHealth summits - on the use of new media in health care, especially for young people.


Tara Abrahams Will be a Showcase Presenter

Submitted by admin on Tue, 08/23/2011 - 09:22

We are pleased to announce that Tara Abrahams will be a showcase presenter at AUDACIA 2011. Tara Abrahams currently serves as the director of the 10x10 social action campaign. 10x10 is a first-of-its kind global campaign to educate girls. The campaign combines the power of a groundbreaking feature film with the reach of a global, digitally-integrated social action initiative. Both elements drive home a simple message: a global commitment to educating girls in the developing world will bring about transformational change, economic growth and development.  In her capacity as director, Tara manages 10x10’s partnerships with leading NGOs, corporations, and policy-focused organizations, connecting best-practice, girl-focused programs around the world to the 10x10 film production and campaign strategy.

Tara began her career in the nonprofit sector as the founding New York director of Health Leads (formerly Project HEALTH,) an organization that mobilizes undergraduate volunteers to partner with hospitals and implement programs that will improve the health of low-income children and families. Tara has served as managing director at Acelero Learning, a company that works in partnership with Head Start programs around the country to improve early childhood education for low-income children, and as a consultant at The Bridgespan Group, a firm that works with nonprofit and philanthropic leaders to develop strategies and build organizations that inspire and accelerate social change. Prior to her role with 10x10, Tara was the founding director at the Maverick Capital Foundation, a philanthropic organization focused on education and youth development in New York City.

Tara graduated from Harvard College and completed her MBA at the Harvard Business School.  She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.

Aubryn Allyn Sidle will be a Showcase Presenter

Submitted by admin on Mon, 08/22/2011 - 08:19

We are happy to announce that Aubryn Allyn Sidle will be a showcase presenter at AUDACIA 2011.

Aubryn Allyn Sidle is the Executive Director of Advancing Girls’ Education in Africa in Washington DC. AGE is a transformative NGO providing life-changing opportunities for young women in Malawi through targeted initiatives in education, mentoring and leadership development. Prior to joining AGE Africa, Aubryn worked as an advocate for youth voice, educational access, and gender equity both in the US and abroad. A seasoned practitioner of the youth development model, Aubryn directed youth-led community development programs for young women in some of the United State’s lowest performing inner city schools. In the California’s Bay Area she designed and implemented college access programs for first generation college students that had a 90% matriculation rate in its first year. In 2006, Aubryn returned to the field of international education pursuing her Master’s in Development Management at the London School of Economics. Aubryn lived and worked in East Africa for more than two years researching the efficacy of participatory approaches to agricultural development, and consulting for slum-based youth organizations in Nairobi. As the Executive Director of AGE Africa, she has broadened the organization’s reach in Malawi to include more students, and an increasing number of vital support programs that ensure student’s success in school. Aubryn has dedicated her time and energy to leading a talented program team in developing a curriculum model for girls’ empowerment that has had transformational outcomes for AGE Africa’s scholars. Aubryn obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University in Anthropology and Africana Studies, magna cum laude.

Anika Rahman to Speak

Submitted by admin on Thu, 08/18/2011 - 08:48

We are pleased to announce that Anika Rahman will speak at AUDACIA 2011.

In February 2011, Anika Rahman became president and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women, the leading national social justice foundation committed to building women's power to ignite change.

Anika Rahman has spent her life and career fighting for women’s rights and dignity. Her passion took root during childhood, as she watched as her grandmother, mother and aunt struggle against the institutionalized sexism in their native Bangladesh. From them she learned courage, tenacity and the will to always fight for justice.

When she was eighteen, Anika came to the United States to attend Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. She then went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Columbia Law School. In reflecting on those years now, Rahman says that in the four years she spent at Princeton there were many people to admire, but not once did she have a professor who was a woman of color.

Upon graduation from law school, Anika joined the New York law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Following her passion for social justice, it wasn't long before she made the jump to nonprofit work. In 1993, Anika began her nonprofit career as the staff attorney for the Center for Reproductive Rights, the world's foremost legal organization for women's reproductive rights. She became the director of International Programs, where she developed a global program dedicated to helping women around the world fight for equality and legal protections. She also led the Center's policy team and gained important experience in the connections between advocacy, legal and communication strategies to effect change. While at the Center, Anika built her nonprofit management and fundraising skills growing a staff of 20 and raising an annual budget of $2.25 million.

In her work she saw first hand the broad and devastating impacts of discrimination and injustice. In 2004, Anika became the president of Americans for UNFPA (United Nation's Population Fund). The United Nations Population Fund is the world's largest funder of reproductive health programs and an anchor for women throughout the world as they strive for health access and equality. As the president of Americans for UNFPA, Anika honed her skills as a nonprofit executive and fundraiser. She focused on significantly expanding their fundraising, dramatically increased their resources during her tenure and negotiated a $37 million bequest for UNFPA and Americans for UNFPA. She was instrumental in raising awareness in this country of the global fight for women's rights and of America's critical role in it.

Jaykumar Menon to Discuss Education X PRIZE at AUDACIA

Submitted by admin on Thu, 08/18/2011 - 08:17

We are delighted to announce that Jaykumar Menon, Senior Director of Education and Global Development, Prize Development, at the X PRIZE Foundation, will join Dr. Donna Blackwell and Trudy Hall in a conversation on incentive prizes for social change.

Jaykumar Menon brings to the X PRIZE Foundation a long history as an award-winning international human rights lawyer. Working with the Center for Constitutional Rights and in conjunction with community activists and private investigators, Mr. Menon has represented the student leaders from Tiananmen Square against Li Peng, helped win a $4 billion judgment on behalf of victims of the Bosnian genocide against Radovan Karadzic and represented the family of the late Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa against Royal Dutch Shell. Mr. Menon has also represented several developing countries, including the Republic of South Africa and the head of state of a Caribbean nation, in their dealings with the international economic system.

Mr. Menon is a research fellow at the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law at McGill University and has written articles in many peer-reviewed international human rights law journals and reference books. Mr. Menon has also worked at McKinsey & Company and co-founded a venture-funded Internet company. He is a published creative writer, and served as associate editor of a book published by McSweeney’s. Mr. Menon holds a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School, a Master of International Affairs from the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University. He hopes to creatively effect large-scale positive social change.