Ms. Jeroo Billimoria, founder and managing director of Child and Youth Finance International, challenged graduates to overcome barriers of race and gender during her May 16 commencement address at the Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis.
[Photo: Ms. Jeroo Billimoria]
“We are able to make change – no matter our race, no matter our gender, no matter anything,” she said. “Start with a problem, analyze it, see how you can change the system, change the organization, change one life, change the world.”
Ms. Billimoria spoke to the 60 graduates of the Brown School’s Master of Public Health Program, along with graduates of the school’s Social Work programs.
She is an international advocate for the well-being of children and is one of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs. Among her organizations are Childline India and ChildHelpline International, which have facilitated a global movement for the protection of children and youth. She now heads Children and Youth Finance International, the world’s largest movement dedicated to enhancing the financial capabilities of children and youth.