Jenny Bowen, she said, had no child development expertise, no foreign policy experience and no knowledge of the Chinese language when she set out to radically change the quality of care for the nation’s 800,000 orphans, 95 percent of whom are girls.
In the years since then, Bowen has established a partnership with the Chinese government to train thousands of child care workers across the country to, as Pauley says, “bring the love of family to children who don’t have families.”
It’s a remarkable story (Today show co-host Matt Lauer says he loved it!). For her extraordinary contributions in an encore career, Bowen won The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Innovation, sponsored by AARP, in 2011.
Pauley said Bowen “still dreams big.” Here’s hoping you do, too.