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Re-acting to violence against children: Anne Goddard at TEDxRVA

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Published on May 31, 2014

Anne Lynam Goddard is president and CEO of ChildFund International, a global child development organization that has reached 18.1 million children and family members in 30 countries. A thought leader and frequent contributor to national media, including the Huffington Post, Goddard has been an articulate voice for the world's most vulnerable children for more than 30 years.

Born in Ireland, Anne immigrated to the United States at a young age. She received a master's in public health, with an emphasis on international health, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a stint in Kenya with the Peace Corps, she served in a variety of roles with international development agencies in Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Egypt. Her firsthand experience living in and traveling to developing countries around the world has given her unparalleled insights into a world that few Americans ever get the chance to see.

In Richmond, where Anne and her husband have lived with their two children since 2007, she became the first woman to serve as chair of the Forum Club in the organization's almost 100-year history and has also served on the board of directors of the Richmond Forum. In 2011, Virginia Lawyers Media named her the "Most Influential Woman of Virginia" of the year.

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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