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Interview with Kathy Calvin of the UN Foundation ( cont .)

George : Kathy , that ’ s fantastic . Kind of going off this idea of inspiration and speaking from your experience , you ’ re not originally a foreign policy expert but you ’ re able to be part of something interesting or you have a place or partnership coming together .
How does your role within the UN Foundation continue to inspire you as you work towards fostering a more peaceful , prosperous and just world ?
Kathy : I get to work with an incredible range of incredible people from meeting Malala to meeting Archbishop Desmond Tutu to Kofi Annan who was the former Secretary General who is now on our board , to Muhammad Yunus who is the founder of the Grameem Bank , to a 9 year-old girl , Katherine Commale who was one of our champion fundraisers for our Nothing But Nets Campaign to Hollywood stars who have put their energy behind making sure girls stay in school . It ’ s so exciting to see people take their passion and be able to do something with it , and that we can help connect them to it .
I ’ ve also been really inspired by some business leaders who broadened their vision of impact to include how they are adding to the development space and they ’ re not just saying , “ Well , we ’ re doing charity or philanthropy in our communities in a traditional form ,” but they ’ re really leaning in and using their marketing expertise and their market-building expertise and their employees to make a difference in the world , whether it ’ s through education or water facilities or delivering vaccines . There ’ s so many interesting ways that the business community has gotten involved . Usually when a business leader makes a case for development , it ’ s very inspiring .
George : That ’ s right , Kathy . I think you hit on something that we ’ re focused with that idea again which is engaging the business community because they ’ re playing such an outside role of impact as well , and so they need to be at the table to provide some of the critical solutions to many of the world ’ s most vexing issues .
On that point , Kathy , what key lessons and vantage points help you to successfully carry out your role ?
Kathy : You called me a tri-sector athlete in the beginning in the intro and I have worked across 3 sectors in government , in business ... well , actually media , and now in the non-profit sector and it ’ s given me an insight as to how each sector operates and how they can better work together to solve global challenges . Sometimes the sectors don ’ t even speak the same language , and I think sometimes we just assume the non-profit world has the market cornered on compassion and the business world has the market cornered on efficiency .
In fact , I see those sectors coming much closer together and I think the future will be hybrids ... organizations that we call the fourth sector , but certainly organizations will care about all those issues and the employees that they ’ ll be attracting , younger people , will certainly hold them accountable for doing that . That ’ s
really exciting and I think is a vantage point that we all have to use as we look forward .
Second , I had a mentor once , a former boss from AOL , Steve Case , who always said , “ Remember , it ’ s a marathon , not a sprint .” That ’ s a really important thing . Over 10 years we have significantly reduced child mortality and changed the future for girls and boys around the world , but it is a marathon and you have to be able to invest and stay with it , bring more people on board and keep working it .
That ’ s a mantra that I use around here all the time to help people focus on the best way to get things done is , first of all , that old adage from Africa ... “ If you want to go fast , go alone . If you want to go far , go together .” Obviously we all want to go fast and far , but we ’ re learning how to do it together in some new and powerful ways .
Third , I think it ’ s been fascinating to watch the UN change from an institution that only considered it ’ s genuine partner to be member states of the government . We ’ re now seeing that the civil society and the private sectors are equally important partners that deserve a place at the table and can be relied on to help really deliver what needs to be done .
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