My First TEDx Talk

Today I’m giving my first TEDx talk in Richmond, Va., about violence against children. The preparation has been intense. I have done a lot of public speaking in my career, and I really enjoy it. I’m passionate about my work with ChildFund, and I love having an opportunity to tell people something about the work we do with children. Often I get much more excited than nervous when I speak. I get energy from speaking with and to other people, including audiences, which adds to my excitement.

But for today, I admit I’m a bit nervous. Who hasn’t watched a great TED talk and been impressed with the quality of the presentation? TED has set a high standard. TED talks rely on your memory – no notes or teleprompters allowed. What if I forget what I’m supposed to say? Everyone says just relax and have fun. That’s easy for them to say – they won’t be up in front of the audience and cameras. Wish me luck!  If you’re interested, the talk will be streamed live around 1:15 p.m. EDT.

"The less than 1 percent of the U.S. budget that is spent on foreign aid (about $30 billion), is helping build foundational changes in countries around the world: building schools, roads and irrigation systems, providing life-saving vaccines, family planning and other vital healthcare services."

Read more in this month’s HuffPost piece

Today is the International Day of Happiness. Have a wonderful and happy day! 

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Have you ever wondered how foreign policy affects your state? Today the U.S. Department of State launched a new interactive map that shows how our investments abroad are paying dividends back home in America. View the map and learn something new about your state. State by state, community by community, we’re making a difference.

statedept:

Have you ever wondered how foreign policy affects your state? 

Today the U.S. Department of State launched a new interactive map that shows how our investments abroad are paying dividends back home in America. View the map and learn something new about your state. 

State by state, community by community, we’re making a difference.

#TBT - A July 2012 visit to ChildFund’s programs in Zambia. We’re washing our hands at a borehole in Kafue. Don’t forget, World Water Day is coming up soon! 

#TBT - A July 2012 visit to ChildFund’s programs in Zambia. We’re washing our hands at a borehole in Kafue. Don’t forget, World Water Day is coming up soon! 

We can and must do better because equality for women is progress for all! We must make today better than yesterday and tomorrow better than today.