Mary Fisher says, "Some folks think joy falls from the right opportunities in life: good school, splendid career, perfect spouse. But, perhaps, how we respond to life's injustices and crises determines not only the value of our lives but also the amount of joy we'll have." In this talk, Fisher cites reasons to choose to respond, not as a victim, but in service to others.
Mary Fisher – author, artist, advocate, social entrepreneur – is a global leader in the arena of social change through positive thought and action. Her early experience with communication in public and commercial broadcast media, and her experience with global organizations – she was the White House’s first female “advance man” in the history of the American presidency – provided knowledge she still uses to urge transformation in healthcare, to revise the perception and treatment of AIDS, to enable women’s empowerment through right livelihood and to inspire individuals longing for meaningful, joyful lives.
A true renaissance woman, Mary is best known for her stunning keynote address speaking truth to power at the 1992 Republican National Convention – a speech since ranked by Oxford University as one of “the best 100 American speeches of the 20th Century.” Diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and with breast cancer in 2012, she shares her experience, strength and hope with boundless energy. As an artist famous for work in sculpture, handmade papers, jewelry and fiber arts, she trains women worldwide to earn a dignified living using her original techniques and materials. Major initiatives in the U.S., Africa and elsewhere have been built on her creative and organizational groundwork. The recipient of three honorary doctorates and countless tributes, Mary is an outspoken advocate for vulnerable people around the world. She’s spoken to audiences across Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, Africa and the U.S., authored six books including her current best-selling memoir, MESSENGER, and is currently launching the latest expression of her creative philosophy, The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet.Website link for more info >>