When she was just 1-year old, her father gifted her with a new friend: a chimpanzee plushy named Jubilee.
When she was 26, she journeyed to Tanzania, Africa. It was there she commenced decades of study on the social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees.
Now 83, Dr. Jane Goodall is considered to be the world’s foremost chimpanzee expert and a champion not only for species conservation, but for people and the environment as well. (And more people than ever are connecting to her story with the release of the film JANE – see the trailer here!)
Dr. Goodall believes everyone can make a difference – something we believe at CiTTA Partnership as well. That’s why we’ve chosen to highlight Dr. Goodall in our inaugural #WomenWednesday post.
Dr. Goodall’s unabating respect for all living things inspired her to establish Roots & Shoots, a purpose-driven program that inspires youth into advocacy and service in their local communities. Children from preschool age to university engage with environmental, humanitarian, and conservation issues. Roots & Shoots promotes the development of tomorrow’s compassionate leaders.
CiTTA was honored to work with Roots & Shoots on strategic clarity and planning, program evaluation, and more. Today in the U.S., Roots & Shoots is piloting new programs in 3 cities, and continues to work on six continents empowering youth in a variety of exciting projects.
As a certified WBE/MBE with diversity as one of our core values, we believe it’s vital to highlight the mission-driven work of women and minorities everywhere.
Check back next Wednesday! And let us know who inspires your work!