Leadership that saves lives
Carolyn Miles, '83 P'14, wants to interrupt people's lives.
"We need to get them to pay attention to how the poorest people on earth live -- without health, without education, without the basic dignity of a means to support themselves and their families," writes the president and CEO of Save the Children on her blog, Logging Miles.
A leader in the fight against poverty, AIDS, illiteracy and other problems afflicting 70 million children in 120 countries around the world, Miles left a successful corporate career to join Save the Children. Since then, she has helped double the number of children the organization reaches and helped boost its budget from $140 million to more than $650 million.
She's also active at the grassroots level. She's cradled malnourished children in drought-stricken East Africa. Surveyed the environment for mothers and children in post-revolution Egypt. Visited mobile health clinics in a Delhi slum and families in rural Arkansas. And served as a panelist at the U.N. General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative - most recently in September 2012.
As Bucknell engaged her, Miles is in turn working to seize people's attention around the world and get them involved in improving children's lives. Via social media, including her blog and Twitter, she shares impassioned personal stories from her travels around the globe, from rural Arkansas to Haiti, along with data and facts illustrating how small investments can make a big difference.
She also initiates programs to "reach people where they spend their time,"encouraging her audience to download songs that benefit children dying of preventable causes, sign online petitions or make donations while online gaming. "We need people not only to pay attention, but also to do something," she says. "Unless things change, it's just talk."
Miles says Bucknell gave her the confidence to take these risks and become a seasoned leader. "At Bucknell, you're not just sitting in a class absorbing information. You're engaged. People listen to you. You learn that your ideas matter."