WASHINGTON'S LEADING BUSINESS MAGAZINE

Don't Like What's Out There? Why Not Change It?

Thursday, December 13

Featuring Ann Medlock, Founder & Executive Director of the Giraffe Heroes Project In this season of giving, we contagiously buy presents and give our time and money to charities. December is ideal for celebrating selflessness and generosity - this month's breakfast brings you inspiring stories of ordinary people whose extreme acts of giving earned them special commendation as heroes. WBE presents Ann Medlock, who had a seemingly outlandish idea back in the '80s that became an international campaign to spread the word about people sticking their necks out for the common good. Her "giraffe" stories focused on positive news items about people who had simply seen a need and acted-often heroically. Ann had a distinguished, even glamorous career as a freelance writer and publicist when the idea for the Giraffe Heroes Project struck her. She knew of people quietly engaged in risky or challenging activities for the benefit of their communities and causes, while noting that the media focused only on the ugliness or trivial in the world. Ann well knew the power and humanity of positive storytelling and how the resulting inspiration spreads like wildfire. She created the Giraffes to widely share the work of-and to help empower-those successfully tackling causes from saving wetlands to rescuing young Asian sex workers to including teens with disabilities in high school cheerleading. (You may just know of a certain Giraffe doctor-Patch Adams, who inspired a movie about his life's work.) Join us December 13 for networking, a delicious breakfast, and fascinating anecdotes from Ann's life and how she tenaciously launched her successful nonprofit. She'll share some stories with us of the true heroes she's met around the world years running and expanding the Giraffes Heroes Project.

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