Reflections On Maya Angelou

By Christine Horansky  

When I was 14, I used to listen to Maya Angelou's "On the Pulse of the Morning" on repeat. I loved her voice and the courage and beauty she imbued into her words and her inflections. Later, I read her story of how she learned not just to pour her worldview onto the page, but to speak those lyrics so that her voice and the voice of others might be heard. Dr. Angelou encouraged all women to be vocal witnesses of their lives. She reminds us all to be that light in the face of fear, oppression and our own darknesses.



crissy-e1391124174846Chrissy is an award-winning advocate for global education and champion for women and girls, who has been named a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum. She works to support the UN Millennium Development Goals to end global poverty by campaigning for universal education and gender equality. She also served as a moderator for the World Bank’s Open Forum on Gender and Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Women in Public Service colloquium. As Founder of Ivy & Airwaves, she specializes in helping international organizations tap the power of communications to advance global and social impact. Her thought leadership on global affairs has been featured in the Huffington Post, Washington Post and more. Chrissy has a B.A. in International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters in International Education Policy from Harvard University.