Inspiration March 17, 2017
In our ongoing series #WomenThatDid ENTITY profiles inspirational and famous women whose impact on our world can still be felt after their deaths. If you have a suggestion for a historical powerhouse you would like to see featured tweet us with the hashtag #WomenThatDid.
Name: Anne Friedman Glauber
Lifetime: Nov. 19 1953 – Feb. 28 2017
What She’s Known For: A champion of women around the world, she used her expertise as an award-winning public relations executive representing major companies, foundations and NGOs to build global connections in a pursuit of fostering social change and making a positive difference in other people’s lives. Although she oversaw many corporate social responsibility campaigns at PR firm Ruder Finn, Anne went well beyond her professional responsibilities to launch several nonprofit organizations. These included the Business Council for Peace, established to help women in conflict and post-conflict regions like Afghanistan and Rwanda build businesses by which they could become stakeholders in reconstructing their countries. “She was brilliant, she was beautiful and she had a fantastic career,” said her partner David Cummins. Giving her eulogy, he added, “Her projects were so important to her and they defined her.”
Why We Love Her: She was relentless in her belief that one’s s life should be lived for a higher purpose. As director of the Global Issues group she championed initiatives to make life better for so many people she would never even meet, as co-founder of No More she campaigned for an end to domestic violence and sexual assault and in her later years she formed Let’s Win, an online community sharing new science-driven treatments to help patients and families live better and longer with pancreatic cancer. Such was her determination and zest for life than even when being diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer herself and given six months to live, she lived on for a further three years. She is survived by her children, Lili and David Glauber (pictured with her above); her father, Sidney Friedman; her brother, Rob Friedman and her partner David Cummins. Her late mother, philanthropist Pauly Friedman, was such an influence on her that she inspired a book Anne wrote in 2014 titled, “Advice For a Happy Life: Lessons From My Mother.” In it, she wrote, “To live in the hearts of those you left behind is not to die.”
Fun Fact: After her marriage to Ira Glauber, father of her two children, ended in divorce she turned to online dating and that’s how she met her partner, David Cummins, 12 years ago. They hit it off right from that very first date . “We had so many shared values,” he said.
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