Jenny Bowen

Jenny Bowen

One Saturday morning in 1996, screenwriter Jenny Bowen saw a photo in The New York Times that stunned her: It was the face of a little Chinese girl, one of thousands abandoned and languishing in the country’s understaffed and under-resourced welfare institutions. She...
Dana Dakin

Dana Dakin

At age 60, after a successful career in investment marketing, Dana Dakin was ready to hold to the maxim that life is lived in thirds: first you learn, then you earn, then you return. So in 2003, she traveled to Ghana, a country she studied as an undergraduate, to find...
Thomas Walz

Thomas Walz

After retiring from a career in teaching and social work in 2000, Thomas Walz founded the Extend the Dream Foundation (EDF) in Iowa City, Iowa. He had been inspired by Bill Sackter, a mentally challenged man who transformed his mental disability and 43 years of...
Donald Berwick

Donald Berwick

What can health care learn from politics? Inspired by his son’s work on a political campaign, Dr. Donald Berwick, a pediatrician with a master’s degree in public policy, decided to find out. In 2004, at the age of 57, Berwick – and his organization,...
Shirley Rose

Shirley Rose

When her husband died after suffering a series of strokes, Shirley Rose, at age 77, founded the American Stroke Foundation (ASF) to provide stroke survivors and their families in the Kansas City area the support, training, and mentoring for both survivors and...