Together We Rise

Guest post by Kara Wiegand – Board member for Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund, Founder & COO for Threads Worldwide, Huff Post Contributor, and Director for Strategic Partnerships for Emerging Women At the 2009 Vancouver Peace Summit, the Dalai Lama predicted that Western women will save the world. At the time, I believed that he […]

Social Responsibility is Everyone’s Responsibility (Especially an Entrepreneur)

Guest post by Rajitha Boer – Founder, President & CEO Yerra Solutions AG Many entrepreneurs approach corporate social responsibility (CSR) with the attitude that “we will tackle that when we grow”. I would like to assert that planting the CSR seed at the beginning of a new venture is exactly the right time to do it. Giving […]

Breaking Boundaries: Starting a School in Ethiopia

Guest post by Ellen Taussig – Founding Executive Director, ILAE and Advisory Board Member Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund The first graduates of International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia/ILAE, class of 2017, will be attending Duke University, Swarthmore College, Middlebury College, NYU Abu Dhabi, India, among others, and have attended summer programs at Yale University and NYU. They have […]

Books: Ready, Set, Go!

When I helped start Ethiopia Reads in the 1990s, there was little support for childhood literacy in Ethiopia. Even though the government had lofty goals for getting more children into school (and was generally meeting those goals), many schools had under-trained teachers and no books.  Ethiopia Reads focused on shipping English-language books and planting libraries […]

An Exciting New Chapter for Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund

An Exciting New Chapter for Open Heart Big Dreams Fund: Supporting LIteracy, Education, Leadership Development to Equalize Opportunities in Ethiopia. When we brought our little girl home from Ethiopia in 2008, we committed to her and ourselves that we would make a positive impact in her birth country. And with her substantial involvement, we are thrilled […]