February 15, 2011
Acknowledging the dire need to help impoverished nations, in 2001 the United Nations adopted the Millennium Development Goals to create long-lasting change around the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter and security. As a leader intimately involved with these efforts from her role on the front lines of the struggle to create a more just world—particularly when it comes to issues of health equity and women’s health, Sarah Brown is a compelling voice in the global campaign to end injustice, poverty and inequality. In her keynote presentations, Brown highlights the progress that has been made—and the opportunities to do good that still exist. Brown’s words inspire action in identifying and empowering those around the globe to extend help to those most in need.
Social media is the latest way technology has bridged communication gaps and brought people together from all walks of life. A former public relations executive, Brown was an early adopter of Twitter and other online networking opportunities—she saw a way to harness social media for social good: to build an online network focused on the human rights issues of our times. Brown’s online millions are following more than a person; they’re joining a conversation about social justice. She discusses with audiences how the online, collaborative community can network their passion and bring about positive change. Emerging technology is changing more than the way we communicate, it is changing the way we interact with and care for others.
In this intimate, reflective, surprising and funny presentation about life at 10 Downing Street, Sarah Brown shares the secrets of living behind the most famous front door in the world. Brown gave up a successful career in business to serve her country and champion countless charities at home and abroad. A passionate campaigner for women and children, she mobilized hundreds of thousands of people through her early adoption of Twitter where her legion of followers engaged with her on everything from repression in Burma to diversity in British fashion. From what it's like to travel with a security detail, pack for a photo call with supermodels or pause a speech in front of hundreds when the teleprompter fails to what to do when the school play clashes with a visit to the White House, Brown takes the audience backstage to reveal what it's like to be an ordinary woman, wife and mother in extraordinary circumstances.
From her unique vantage point inside 10 Downing Street, Brown walked the world stage alongside other powerful women: Laura Bush, Michelle Obama, Queen Rania of Jordan, Arianna Huffington and Melinda Gates among others. Her position was at the international crossroads of power, politics and global diplomacy and she shares her thoughts on women’s role as leaders in business, government, nonprofits and academia.
A global charitable and philanthropic leader, Sarah Brown is a persuasive voice on global justice, women and children’s rights and using social media to empower people to make a difference.
A leader on the world stage, bridging the gap between old-school European politics as the British Prime Minister’s wife and the fast-paced world of technology and communications and commerce, Sarah Brown has been called the “high priestess of Twitter” by the UK’s Daily Telegraph and the #1 Most Influential Twitterer in the Twitter 100 by the UK’s Independent due to the million-plus followers of @SarahBrownUK. But Brown wears that distinction with a difference—serving the world’s disadvantaged. Brown is the founder and president of PiggyBankKids, an organization dedicated to saving and transforming children’s lives through research, mentoring and support. Her efforts in improving the lives of children throughout Britain and the world followed the tragic loss of her newborn daughter in 2002. A former public relations executive, Brown has combined her public prominence with her personal passion to spur societal change in corners of the globe where the plight of women and children are often overlooked by the industrialized world. She is a global patron of The White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, sits on the Global Campaign for Education’s High Level Panel and was named #14 on Women Deliver’s Top 100 Most Inspiring Women list. In October, 2011 Brown was honored for her Global Leadership by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Brown’s memoir, Behind the Black Door (March 2011), covers her days at 10 Downing Street with Prime Minister Gordon Brown, as well as her work as an international charity campaigner and the way her life changed since she has stepped into the public eye.