Throughout her career, noted educator, businesswoman and social entrepreneur, Barbara Shaiman, has used her skills and ability to empower others to create social change.
In 1995, she founded Champions of Caring (www.championsofcaring.org) a non-profit organization that has empowered over 10,000 youth in Philadelphia and South Africa to become leaders in public service and active, engaged citizens. She has created programs that have inspired and motivated young people with the skills to create service projects to address local and global issues and create cultures of caring within their own schools and communities.
The overwhelming success of Champions of Caring with young people, combined with Barbara’s professional experience, entrepreneurial spirit, and over thirty years of public speaking, led her to create her newest venture, Embrace Your Legacy, concurrently with the release of her book, Live Your Legacy Now: Ten Simple Steps to Find Your Passion and Change the World, to share her message and encourage adults of all ages and backgrounds to embrace and live their legacies.
As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, Barbara knows the importance – and the accompanying sense of responsibility – that comes with legacy. Her mother was incarcerated at Auschwitz and is the sole survivor of a family of sixty-five people, and her father worked for Oskar Schindler, on whose story Steven Spielberg’s film Schindler’s List was based. This family legacy, coupled with her personal and professional experience and work with Champions of Caring, have motivated Barbara to help others to live their legacies by giving back to their communities.
Through speeches, workshops and consulting, she shares her highly effective and replicable ten-step approach to provide participants with the necessary tools to create social change in an informed and creative way. From corporate team-building and community outreach to organizational culture-changing, public and private high-school classrooms to university seminars, faith-based programs to community women’s and men’s groups, she has presented this message to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, locally, nationally and internationally. Changing the world, one person at a time.