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Leadership Breakfast: Jill Savitt
July 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Join us for breakfast with Jill Savitt, the President & CEO, National Center for Civil and Human Rights
7:30am Doors open
8:00am Talk begins
This event is $15 to cover the cost of coffee and light breakfast or a $20 donation at the door.
About the Speaker
Jill Savitt is a human rights advocate with special expertise in genocide prevention. Currently, Savitt is the President and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia. The Center’s exhibitions tell the story of the US civil rights history and the global human rights movement, and is the only place in the world where visitors can see the papers and artifacts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. From 2010 to 2014, Savitt curated the exhibit on global human rights at the Center.
Previously, Savitt was the Acting Director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The Center stimulates global action to prevent genocide and to catalyze an international response when it occurs. Before taking on this role and since 2010, Savitt was a Senior Advisor at the Museum. In this role, she curated the Museum’s Wexner Center, which presents exhibitions about contemporary genocides, serves on the team working to revitalize the Museum’s permanent exhibition on the Holocaust; and also managed a range of public education initiatives for the Museum.
From 2010 to 2014, while curating the exhibit in Atlanta, Savitt was a consultant for a range of human rights organizations, in addition to the Center and the US Holocaust Museum. Her clients included Human Rights Watch, Human Rights First, Freedom House and Physicians for Human Rights.
In 2007, before working as a consultant, Savitt founded and directed Dream for Darfur, a high-profile advocacy campaign that pressed the Chinese government to take specific actions regarding the Darfur crisis in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Games. The New York Times Magazine profiled Savitt and the initiative. Dream for Darfur was widely recognized for influencing the Chinese government to change its policies on Sudan in the lead up to the 2008 Olympics.
Savitt was the Director of Campaigns at Human Rights First from 2001 to 2007. She developed a campaign that recruited retired military leaders to bring US policies on torture and interrogation into compliance with US and international law. Earlier in her career, Savitt was the Communications Director at the Ms. Foundation for Women where she ran the successful “Take Our Daughters To Work” campaign.
Savitt taught, for three years, a course on human rights advocacy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
She began her career as a reporter for WAMU, the NPR affiliate in Washington, DC. Savitt graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.