Testimonials

“Barbara Greenspan Shaiman has a passion for young people and for creating meaningful connections between generations. She has a wonderful story to tell about how people can become involved in their communities and help others, while becoming better people themselves. She has created a unique program to engage young people who might otherwise get lost in the system. I can think of no better way, especially at this time in America’s history, to reach out to the next generation…Through networking and encouraging others to volunteer, she has created a model for anyone looking for a way to give something back to society.”  –Andrea Mitchell, NBC News

“Barbara Greenspan Shaiman is quite simply a pioneer and a social inventor for our times.” Harris Wofford, former U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania

“Barbara Greenspan Shaiman is a dynamo whose energy, drive, and intelligence have made a real difference here in Philadelphia. She has taught young people the value of caring and of giving back.” –Edward G. Rendell, Former Governor of Pennsylvania

“Barbara is a remarkable individual, full of energy, with an unquenchable passion for serving others. Through her leadership, Champions of Caring has become an extraordinary force for positive change in the world.” –Suzanne and Bob Wright, Co-Founders, Autism Speaks

“Barbara’s dynamic and interactive approach to philanthropy is a truly unique model. By sharing her moving personal story, she motivated participants to really reflect upon the core of who they are – their passions and interests, values, and life experiences – and the legacy they want to live not just leave. Her workshop helped individuals to look at ways to focus and enhance their giving, get hands-on with the causes they support and add more meaning and purpose to their lives. The seminar was so popular we brought Barbara back for more “one on one” with our major donors.” –Patricia Meller, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Philadelphia Foundation 

“Barbara Shaiman’s Live Your Legacy Now! was one of the most dynamic and inspirational presentations about volunteerism and philanthropy that I have ever attended. As a financial advisor, her speech and workshop have helped me to guide my clients towards exploring how they can enhance their philanthropy and add more meaning to their giving. Her vision for how families can engage children and young adults in the process was most enlightening.” –Elizabeth Barker, RBC Wealth Management

“Barbara’s dynamic and interactive approach to philanthropy is a truly unique model. By sharing her moving personal story, she motivated participants to really reflect upon the core of who they are – their passions and interests, values, and life experiences – and the legacy they want to live, not just leave. Her workshop helped individuals to look at ways to focus and enhance their giving, get hands-on with the causes they support, and add more meaning and purpose to their lives. The financial advisors in the audience gained valuable tools to use not only for themselves but with their clients as well.” –Cindy Wanerman, UBS Financial

“We were honored to have Barbara speak on our campus and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Barbara has a compelling story and remarkable ability to connect with and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds. Her passion for helping others is contagious.” –Dr. Craig Edelbrock, Chancellor, Penn State Great Valley

“As a Federal employee who engages speakers for our annual “Days of Remembrance” (Holocaust Memorial) program, I am so inspired by the work of Barbara and Embrace Your Legacy.  What better way to teach the lessons of the Holocaust — namely, that everyone has value and is worthy of love and respect — than to show people how they can create a living legacy of service to their fellow man.  It was wonderful to find people right in our community who have helped so many become better people by providing them with avenues for personal growth, reawakening their faith in mankind and their child-like enthusiasm to make a difference in the world.” –Mark N. Goldstein, United States Environmental Protection Agency

“To complement our message of leaving a legacy gift, the Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. utilized Barbara as our keynote speaker for an event for our legacy donors. Barbara enthusiastically and effectively encouraged our attendees to not just leave a legacy for future generations, but also to go out and live a legacy now.  The impact of Barbara’s message hit home for our event attendees, ranging in age from their 30s to their 90s. Her stories helped weave a narrative of why it is essential that we all remember to give our time, creativity, and energy in helping others, thus creating a legacy during our lifetimes.” –Amy Milgrim, Acting Executive Director, Jewish Community Foundation of Southern New Jersey

“Barbara Greenspan Shaiman has an inspiring message that resonates equally with young and old alike. I had the pleasure of hearing Barbara when she addressed a group of college students. She mixes inspiration with expert story-telling and power-filled messages with personality. I believe that Barbara possesses the unique ability to change someone’s life and thus the ‘world’ with a few words. A truly remarkable woman–truly amazing legacy—truly stirring message.” –Juli LaRosa, Professor, LeBow School of Business, Drexel University

“State Farm is proud to be involved with Barbara Greenspan Shaiman. Barbara’s commitment to the community and development of youth is something that should be modeled across the country. It is obvious the impact she has made on the lives of the youth in the Philadelphia community, and the strong bond she has with them. Through her speeches and workshops, she has touched the lives of many and inspired others to follow her lead.” –Pam Canavan, Northeast Regional Manager of Human Resources, State Farm Insurance

“Barbara is an unsung hero of our time. Her commitment and dedication to service is a powerful example of the “power of one person.” When Barbara speaks I am reminded that no one is safe from indifference—but there is something that we can all do to help someone else. Barbara empowers and encourages us all to believe in the unstoppable power of a motivated individual. When I listen to Barbara I am reminded that when I’m lead by my head and my heart I will succeed every time.” –Terrell McCray, Champions of Caring alumnus, Vanguard Group

“Barbara is a great inspiration to me. Her example teaches those of us in service how to be effective leaders. I watch her merge students from diverse backgrounds into a dynamic force for social change. It is an honor to be part of her organization.” –Helen Eisner, Alumnus, Champions of Caring