Series on Civility in America to Be Held in Stamford
August 28, 2012
The Dilenschneider Group and the City of Stamford will sponsor a series of speeches on civility in America in areas such as politics, entertainment, the arts, education, sports and business.
The series will be held at Ferguson Library in Stamford and run from September 2012 through May 2013 and will be hosted in conjunction with Hearst Corporation.
"There is no question that we are in the midst of a very real civility crisis in America," said Robert L. Dilenschneider of Darien, founder and president of the Dilenschneider Group, a strategic communications firm. "We and our nation's leaders need to recognize the gravity of our current predicament and reassess the trajectory of our national discourse."
Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia, who has spoken on the need for civility in politics, said his goal is to make Stamford the most civil city in America. He added, "Nowhere else in the United States does a city have such a commitment of its citizens to effect real social change. I am convinced this series will remind all of us of our heritage of civil discourse, which dates back to George Washington, and has continued throughout our history."
Public opinion polls show that in every sector of society, civility has declined, and this decline is manifested in political attacks, lack of personal decency, outrage in the media and cyber-assaults in the blogosphere.
The scheduled speakers include News Anchor Ernie Anastos; Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine; former Commissioner of Major League Baseball Fay Vincent; head of the J. Paul Getty Trust James Cuno; former Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton; head of the American Management Association Edward Reilly; former New York City schools Chancellor Joel Klein; and head of the Institute of International Education, Allan Goodman.
In 2011, the Dilenschneider Group sponsored a series on civility in conjunction with the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in New York City. Those talks, which featured commentator Charles Osgood, publisher and editor Steve Forbes, economist Henry Kaufman and congressmen Mickey Edwards and John Brademas, were later published in a book titled "Civility in America."
Schedule of Speakers
The schedule for speakers in Stamford is as follows:
Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, 6pm
Civility in Art
: CEO and President of the J. Paul Getty Trust, James Cuno, and internationally recognized museum leader and scholar. Mr. Cuno has a distinguished career, which has included serving as president and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as positions at the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and Harvard University. Mr. Cuno will be delivering his talk on Civility in Art.
Wednesday Oct. 3, 2012, Noon
Civility in the Media
: WNYW Fox 5 News Anchor Ernie Anastos, an Emmy-award winning news anchor. Anastos is widely recognized and respected journalist with over 30 years experience in the news industry.
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 5:30pm
Civility in Politics
: Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, who was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1994. Prior to serving in the Senate, Snowe represented Maine's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for 16 years, becoming only the fourth woman in history to be elected to both houses of Congress. Sen. Snowe has made bi-partisan consensus-building on key issues a hallmark of her career in Washington.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 6pm
Civility in Management
: Edward Reilly, President & CEO of American Management Association, the world's leading not-for-profit, membership-based management development, research, and publishing organization.
Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013, 6pm (correction)
Civility in Education
: Joel Klein, who served as chancellor of the New York City School System from 2002-2011. Among his many achievements as chancellor, Klein created and implemented comprehensive education reform that resulted in increases in student performance. Klein currently serves as executive vice president and CEO of News Corporation's education division.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 6pm (correction)
Civility in Law Enforcement
: William Bratton, who served as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department for seven years before retiring in 2009, as well as New York City Police Commissioner, Chief of the New York Transit Police, and Boston Police Commissioner. Mr. Bratton is now Chairman of Kroll, the world's leading risk consulting company.
Thursday, April 16, 2013, 6pm (announced)
Civility in Education
: Allan Goodman, president and CEO, Institute of International Education, which conducts research on international academic mobility and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State. Dr. Goodman has authored several books on international affairs and was previously executive dean of the School of Foreign Service and professor at Georgetown University.
Dates to be determined:
Civility in Sports
: Fay Vincent, former Commissioner of Major League Baseball, a position he served in from 1989-1992.
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Dr. James Cuno
President & CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust
Mr. James Cuno has been the Chief Executive Officer and President at The J. Paul Getty Trust Inc. since August 2011.
A national and international museum leader and scholar, Mr. Cuno was president and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago before joining the Getty.
Prior to directing the Art Institute of Chicago, he was the director and professor of the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, from 2003 to 2004; the Elizabeth and John Moors Cabot Director of the Harvard University Art Museums and professor of the history of art and architecture at Harvard from 1991 to 2003; director of the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, from 1989 to 1991; director of the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, UCLA, from 1986 to 1989; and assistant professor of art, Vassar College, from 1983 to 1986.Mr. Cuno serves as a Director of After School Matters, Inc.
Mr. Cuno received his A.M. and Ph.D. in the History of Art from Harvard in 1980 and 1985, respectively; an M.A. in the History of Art from the University of Oregon in 1978; and a B.A. in History from Willamette University in 1973.
News Anchor, WNYW Fox 5 News
Ernie Anastos is a distinguished and popular Emmy Award-winning anchor for the FOX flagship station WNYW-TV in New York.
He is also the creator and host of "Positively Ernie" an upbeat program that informs, entertains and inspires viewers about people and stories that help make our community, country and the world a better place.
A dynamic New York Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Ernie has an extraordinary record of achievement. He has won more than 30 Emmy awards and nominations. He is the first and only New York TV anchor to receive the coveted "Lifetime Emmy Award," the highest honor given for his outstanding and personal accomplishments in the television industry. In a full-page feature article, The New York Times described Ernie as "the ubiquitous anchorman" who has captured the love and respect of New Yorkers.
As a seasoned anchor and reporter Anastos has covered the major stories that have shaped the last three decades, including the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks and the tragic deaths of Michael Jackson, Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy, Jr.
Anastos met with Fidel Castro in Cuba to produce a series of special reports on the anniversary of the Cuban revolution. As part of an official pastoral trip he has traveled to the war-torn countries of El Salvador and Nicaragua. Anastos has interviewed top world leaders including Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and South African Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Ernie Anastos has gained national experience as a news anchor and substitute host for "ABC's "Good Morning America" and "The CBS Morning News." He has created and hosted information programs for CBS, Lifetime and ABC and appeared in major motion pictures and primetime dramas such as "Independence Day" and "Summer of Sam."
Anastos is a celebrated author, most recently introducing a series of children's books titled, Ernie and the Big Newz, with proceeds donated to The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Previously, he wrote a historical book on the lifestyle of America's youth entitled Twixt: Teens Yesterday and Today, which was featured at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. and applauded in The New York Times. Anastos has also been a regular columnist for leading woman's magazine Family Circle.
As a Phi Kappa Phi honoree, he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Northeastern University, where he is a noted member of the university corporation. His academic credits include postgraduate studies at Columbia University. He holds Honorary Doctorate degrees in Humanities from Manhattanville College in New York and Curry College in Massachusetts. Anastos is profiled in the International Who's Who of Intellectuals.
Emmy Awards and Nominations
Lifetime Emmy Award: First New York Anchor to Receive the Award
Outstanding Single Newscast at 10, FOX 5 News
Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast: London Bombings, FOX 5 News
Reporter Outstanding News Story: Heart Stop Teen, FOX 5 News
Anchor Outstanding Coverage: The World Trade Center Bombing, WCBS-TV
Excellence in Writing: 9-11 Firefighters, The Edward R. Murrow Award, WCBS-TV
Anchor Single Breaking News Story: New York City Blackout, WCBS-TV
Anchor Outstanding Single Newscasts: City Hall Shooting & Ready for War, CBS 2
Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast at 11: 9-11-02 Anniversary, WCBS-TV
Anchor Transit Strike Team Coverage: CBS 2 News
Anchor Outstanding News Special: The Rodney King Verdict, WCBS-TV
Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast: Channel 2 News at 11, WCBS-TV
Anchor Coverage of a Single Breaking Story: Flight of 5050 Crash, WCBS-TV
Reporter Outstanding Program: Uptown, Downtown, WCBS-TV
Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast: Puff Daddy Not Guilty, WCBS-TV
Anchor Outstanding News Special: Hurricane Hugo, WCBS-TV
Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast: Channel 2 News at 5, WCBS-TV
Anchor Outstanding Documentary: Alcohol in Best Neighborhoods, WABC-TV
Anchor Special Coverage: Liberty Weekend, WABC-TV
Reporter Outstanding News Special: Death of John Lennon, WABC-TV
Anchor Outstanding News Special: Freedom of the Press, WABC-TV
Reporter Outstanding Special Report: The Poison Water, WABC-TV
Reporter-Anchor Outstanding News Special: Hurricane Gloria, WABC-TV
Anchor Outstanding Newscast: Eyewitness News at 11, WABC-TV
Reporter Single Breaking News Story: Death of Nelson Rockefeller, WABC-TV
Reporter-Anchor Outstanding Live Coverage: Women's Games, WABC-TV
Anchor Outstanding Single Newscast: The News at 10, WWOR-TV
Reporter-Anchor News Special: Presidential Inauguration, WWOR-TV
Reporter-Anchor Outstanding News Special: Caring for Your Parents, WWOR-TV
Reporter-An American Journey: WWOR-TV
Reporter-Celebrating His Life: WWOR-TV
Reporter-Outstanding Continuing Coverage: Death of JFK, Jr., WWOR-TV
New York State Broadcaster's Hall of Fame Ellis Island Medal of Honor Recipient
National Father of the Year Anchorman of the Year, National Broadcasting Society
New York City Police Journalism Award U.S. Congress Journalism Citation
Celebrity Chairman Juvenile Diabetes March of Dimes Easter Seals Variety Children's Charity The Bowery Mission St. Francis Food Pantries of New York
United States Senator from Maine
With her election in 1994, Olympia J. Snowe became only the second woman Senator in history to represent Maine, following the late Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, who served from 1949 -1973. In November 2006, she was re-elected to a third six-year term in the United States Senate with 74 percent of the vote.
Before her election to the Senate, Olympia Snowe represented Maine's Second Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for sixteen years. Senator Snowe is only the fourth woman in history to be elected to both houses of Congress and the first woman in American history to serve in both houses of a state legislature and both houses of Congress. When first elected to Congress in 1978, at the age of 31, Olympia Snowe was the youngest Republican woman, and the first Greek-American woman, ever elected to Congress. She has won more federal elections in Maine than any other person since World War II.
Olympia Snowe's dedicated work in the U.S. Senate has garnered her nationwide recognition as a leading policymaker in Washington. In 2005, she was named the 54th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes magazine. In 2006 Time Magazine named her one of the top ten U.S. Senators. Calling her "The Caretaker," Time magazine wro te of Snowe: "Because of her centrist views and eagerness to get beyond partisan point scoring, Maine Republican Olympia Snowe is in the center of every polic y debate in Washington., but while Snowe is a major player on national issues, she is also known as one of the most effective advocates for her constituents."
Focusing her attention on efforts to build bipartisan consensus on key issues that matter to Maine and America, Snowe has built a reputation as one of the Congress' leading moderates. In 1999, she was cited by Congressional Quarterly for her centrist leadership, and is co-chair with Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Louisiana) of a bipartisan, consensus building group in the Senate called the Common Ground Coalition - a forum for communication and cooperation between Senate Democrats and Republicans.
Senator Snowe has worked extensively on a number of issues, such as budget and fiscal responsibility; educati on, including student financial aid and education technology; national security; women's issues; health care, including prescription drug coverage for Medicare recipients; welfare reform; oceans and fisheries issues; and campaign finance reform. She has also led efforts important to Maine, including successfully working to overturn the Department of Defense's recommendations in 2005 to close two of Maine's military installations, a successful push for federal disaster funds in response to a devastating 1998 ice storm and the 2006 flooding in Southern Maine,
increased funding forthe Togus veterans hospital, reauthorization of the Northeast Dairy Compact so critical to the survival of Maine's small family dairy farms, and opposition to a proposed federal rule that would have devastated the state's lobster fishery.
In2001, Snowe became the first Republican woman ever to secure a full -term seat on the Senate Finance Committee, and only the third woman in history to join the panel. The Committee is considered one of the most powerful in Congress with jurisdiction over two-thirds of the entire federal budget, because its members author tax, trade, health care, welfare, Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security-related legislation. Snowe is a member of the Subcommittee on Health Care, which oversees matters related to health insurance, Medicare and the uninsured.
Former Chief of Police, Boston PD, NYPD, LAPD Chairman, Kroll
Mr. Bratton served as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for seven years before retiring in 2009. He is known as one of America's premier police chiefs, the only person to have led two of the largest police forces in the United States, the New York City Police Department and the LAPD.
As Chief of the New York City Transit Police, Boston Police Commissioner, New York City Police Commissioner and Chief of the LAPD, Mr. Bratton revitalized police morale and cut crime significantly in all four posts. In New York, he led the development and deployment of CompStat, which has revolutionized policing all over the world. CompStat employs accurate, real-time intelligence, rapid deployment of resources and relentless follow-up and accountability systems to focus the work of police on stopping crimes before they happen. In Los Angeles, in addition to significantly driving down crime, he is also credited with improving the LAPD's relationships with the city's many diverse communities.
In 1999, before returning to public service in 2002 as Chief of the LAPD, Mr. Bratton formed his own company, The Bratton Group LLC, consulting on safety and security throughout the United States and on four continents, including extensive work in South America.
A frequent lecturer, writer and commentator in the fields of security, counterterrorism, law enforcement and rule of law justice systems, Mr. Bratton is Vice Chairman of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, whose members provide advice and recommendations on a variety of homeland security issues to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also serves on the Motorola Solutions Board of Directors.
The recipient of many honors throughout his career, Mr. Bratton was most recently named by Security magazine as one of 2010's most influential people in the security industry based on his leadership qualities and the positive impact that his work has made on organizations, colleagues and the general public. This is the second time in two years that he has appeared on the magazine's list of most influential security executives. In 2009, Mr. Bratton was recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the honorary title of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE).
A U.S. Army veteran who saw service in Vietnam, Mr. Bratton began his police career in 1970 as an officer with the Boston Police Department. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Boston State College and is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute and the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. His critically acclaimed autobiography TURNAROUND was published by Random House in 1998.
Mr. Bratton is now Chairman of Kroll, one ofAltegrity, Inc.'s four core businesses. Prior to the acquisition of Kroll in August 2010, Mr. Bratton served as Chairman of Altegrity Risk International, which is now part of the Kroll business unit. Kroll is the world's leading risk consulting company, providing a broad range of investigative, intelligence, financial, due diligence, security and technology services to help clients reduce risks, solve problems and capitalize on opportunities.
Former Chancellor, New York City Department of Education
Executive Vice President, News Corp.
Mr. Joel I. Klein serves as the Chief Executive Officer of education division of News America Incorporated. Mr. Klein has been an Executive Vice President of Office of the Chairman of News Corp. since November 9, 2010. Mr. Klein serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bertelsmann Inc. Mr. Klein serves as Chief U.S. Liaison Officer to Bertelsmann, and is a member of the Corporate Executive Council of Bertelsmann.
Mr. Klein served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice from July 1997 to September 2000; and was appointed Acting Assistant Attorney General by President Clinton and confirmed by the Senate in July 1997. Before joining the Justice Department in 1995 as Principal Deputy to the Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Klein served as Deputy White House Counsel to President Clinton.
Mr. Klein acts as a senior advisor to Mr. Murdoch on a wide range of initiatives, including developing business strategies for the emerging educational marketplace. Mr. Klein led a comprehensive reform strategy that brought coherence to the system and resulted in significant increases in student performance. He joined the administration after 20 years of public and private legal work in Washington, D.C. He serves as a Director of Teach For America, Inc. He has been Director of News Corp. since November 9, 2010. He served as a Director of Barnesandnoble.com, Inc. since January 2002. Mr. Klein received his BA from Columbia University, where he graduated magna cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa, and earned his JD from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude.
Edward T. Reilly
President & CEO, American Management Association
Edward T. Reilly is the 17th President and Chief Executive Officer of American Management Association, International. He has served in this role since June 2001. AMA (amanet.org) is the world's leading not-for-profit, membership- based management development, research and publishing organization. Each year, AMA directly interacts with over 100,000 managers and executives in the United States and around the world, through its renowned management education seminar programs and conferences. It publishes many newsletters, research papers and a quarterly management journal. Through its publishing arm, AMACOM, it publishes over 80 books per year.
AMA is the parent company of Management Centre Europe (MCE.be), a leading pan-European business management education institution for middle and senior executives. Management Centre Europe has been located in Brussels for 40 years. AMA also maintains operations in Canada, Mexico, Japan and China, with affiliated organizations in Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Seoul. AMA's organizations are distinguished by the quality of their faculty of global business practitioners, the practical action-oriented focus of their learning programs, and the dynamic, interactive nature of their courses.
Ed previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Flower Holdings, Inc. (now Vertis, Inc.), a leading provider of integrated marketing and advertising services. Under his four-year leadership, revenues at Big Flower Holdings increased from approximately $1 billion to nearly $1.9 billion. The NYSE-listed Company broadened its services and made numerous acquisitions, specializing in newspaper insert advertising, individualized direct mail, digital asset management and application software for the broadcasting and advertising agency industries. In December of 1999, the Company was taken private in a leveraged transaction.
In 1987, Ed became the President of The McGraw-Hill Broadcasting Company, during that time, he also served as Chairman of the Board of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB), Chairman of the Board of the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) when the technology platform for digital broadcasting and high definition television was developed and approved by the FCC, and as a Board member of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). Ed is also a past Chairman of The Advertising Council, the world leader in public service advertising.
Currently, Ed serves on the following Boards: Chairman of the USO World Headquarters Board of Governors and a Member of the Board of Directors of AARP Services, Inc. He is also a Member of the North American Advisory Board of the UCD Michael Smurfit School of Business in Dublin, past Chairman and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in the U.S., and Fellow of the International Academy of Management.
Ed holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from St. Francis College, New York, and attended the Stanford Executive Program. He resides in Westport, Connecticut, with his wife, Susan.
Former Commissioner, Major League Baseball
Francis T. Vincent, Jr. was elected baseball's eighth Commissioner in a unanimous vote of major league owners on September 13, 1989. Vincent, who five months earlier was named the first Deputy Commissioner of Major League Baseball, succeeded A. Bartlett Giamatti, who died in office September 1, 1989. Vincent was elected to complete Giamatti's five-year term which began on April 1, 1989.
Vincent was born on May 29, 1938 in Waterbury, Connecticut. After attending The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, Vincent graduated with honors from Williams College in 1960 and received his law degree from Yale in 1963.
Upon graduation from Yale, Vincent became an associate in the New York law firm of Whitman and Ransom. He was named a partner in the Washington, DC law firm of Caplin and Drysdale in 1968, where he specialized in corporate banking and securities matters. It was during this time that Vincent also served as Associate Director of the Division of Corporate Finance of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
In 1978, Vincent was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Columbia Pictures. Following the acquisition of Columbia by the Coca -Cola Company in March 1982, Vincent was appointed Senior Vice President of the Coca-Cola Company and President and CEO of its Entertainment Business Sector. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Coca-Cola Company in April 1986, and was responsible for all of the company's entertainment activities.
As Deputy Commissioner, Vincent played a pivotal role in the investigation of gambling allegations against Pete Rose, baseball's all-time hits leader. Based on findings of the investigation, Rose agreed to a lifetime ban from professional baseball.
The remainder of Vincent's term was marked by turmoil. With the players locked out of spring training, Vincent entered negotiations between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in February 1990, after talks between the two parties had stalled. A settlement was reached on March 18, some 32 days into the spring training schedule. Due to the lockout, Opening Day was delayed one week to provide adequate time for spring training, but the settlement ensured that a full slate of 162 regular-season games could be played.
Baseball saw the addition of two new National League teams during Vincent's tenure, bringing the number of Major League Baseball franchises to 28. In the first expansion since 1977, baseball announced that Denver, Colorado and Miami, Florida had been granted expansion teams that would begin play in 1993. In June 1991, Vincent declared that the American League would receive $42 million of the National League's $190 million in expansion revenue and that the AL would provide players in the National League expansion draft. This decision marked the first time in expansion history that leagues were required to share expansion revenue or provide players for another league's expansion draft.
Vincent's term as Commissioner ended when he resigned on September 7, 1992.
Fay Vincent is a former entertainment and business executive who served as the commissioner of baseball from 1989 to 1992. This volume is the third in a series drawn from his Baseball Oral History Project. The previous two volumes, The Only Game in Town and We Would Have Played for Nothing, include ballplayers' reminiscences of the 1930s and 1940s, and the 1950s and 1960s, respectively.
President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute of International Education
Dr. Allan Goodman is the sixth President of the Institute, the leading not-for¬profit organization in the field of international educational exchange and development training. IIE conducts research on international academic mobility and administers the Fulbright program sponsored by the United States Department of State, as well as over 250 other corporate, government and privately-sponsored programs. Since its founding in 1919, the Institute has also rescued scholars threatened by war, terrorism, and repression. Rescued scholars and other alumni of Institute-administered programs have won 67 Nobel Prizes
Previously, Dr. Goodman was Executive Dean of the School of Foreign Service and Professor at Georgetown University. He is the author of books on international affairs published by Harvard, Princeton and Yale University presses. Dr. Goodman served as Presidential Briefing Coordinator for the Director of Central Intelligence in the Carter Administration. Subsequently, he was the first American professor to lecture at the Foreign Affairs College of Beijing, helped create the first U.S. academic exchange program with the Moscow Diplomatic Academy for the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs, and developed the diplomatic training program of the Foreign Ministry of Vietnam. Dr. Goodman has served as a consultant to Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, the United States Information Agency, and IBM. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a founding member of the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Co-President of the Partner University Fund (PUF) Grant Review Committee, and a member of the Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program and the Jefferson Scholarship selection panels.
Dr. Goodman has a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard, an M.P.A. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.S. from Northwestern University. He also holds honorary degrees from Chatham and Toyota Universities, Dickinson, Middlebury, Mount Ida, and Ramapo colleges, and The State University of New York. He has received awards from Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, South Florida, and Tufts universities, and the Lιgion d'honneur from France.
CEO and President of Borghese Inc.
Ms. Mosbacher believes ardently in the importance of gratitude, particularly for America's veterans and their families. She has demonstrated this with a lifetime of involvement with scores of charitable institutions.
Ms. Mosbacher has worked tirelessly with organizations dedicated to members of the country's armed forces, and has been honored for her work with the Green Beret Foundation and the Fallen Heroes Fund, which is building centers to help returning military personnel with head injuries.
"One of the most important facets of civility is to give back and show gratitude to those who reach out, lend a hand, stand up, and advocate for us- and especially to those who so selflessly serve us overseas and at home," said Ms. Mosbacher. "It is an obligation we have as citizens, especially in a nation as great as ours."
Among the nation's most successful businesswomen, Ms. Mosbacher is the CEO and President of Borghese Inc., a worldwide cosmetic, skin care and toiletries company. From 1987 to 1995, Ms. Mosbacher served as CEO and owner of LaPrairie, where she built a world-class, prestigious beauty brand and later sold the company to Beiersdorf, an international skin and beauty care company.
Ms. Mosbacher is an advocate for women and children. She has authored two books, including the best seller, "Feminine Force," a semi-autobiography and motivational guide for women and "It Takes Money Honey," a women's guide to total financial freedom. She has also provided testimony before Congress and other governmental bodies on women's causes and other social issues.
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