I came from a career as a diplomat and had an interest in human rights, which I brought to Stanford. I’m very committed to promoting political, social, and economic rights. I’m also interested in education as a foundation for an equitable, pluralistic society, and I’m committed to civic engagement and community building.
How do you contribute?
I founded Wild Planet Toys 15 years ago to create inspiring products that both parents and kids would love, and to create a company that would help advance the movement for social responsibility. For example, we promote community involvement in various ways. The latest project is working with public schools on an afternoon program to provide educational and fun content related to our business, specifically in the realm of invention.
I also serve on a number of boards of organizations that work in areas such as education, human rights, and social entrepreneurship. For example, I work with Stand for Children, which helps identify, recruit, and train advocates on behalf of children. We’re creating a cadre of civic activists and organizers who can support the development of democratic society through education.
What are important lessons you learned?
When you’re thinking about working with a social enterprise, be sure you understand what the terms of engagement and expectations are so you know if it’s a good match.
Any last thought you would like to share?
My family, business, and community commitments are all considered together so that they fit. For example, I don’t sit on boards that meet at night, because I want to be with my family.