Type: Public event

Lecture by Wendy Abrams: Advocating for Environmental Change

Date & time

Oct 25, 2011, 5:00-6:30 pm EDT



Free and open to the public.
Reception to follow.

Wendy Abrams
Founder of Cool Globes, Inc.National Council of Environmental Defense Waterkeeper Alliance, TrusteeThe Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Trustee

About the lectureIn this talk, Wendy Abrams will share how her concern of climate change affecting her children's future kick-started her journey from career businesswoman to environmental advocate, a journey on which U-M students can model their own paths as they combine their academic knowledge, networking skills, and passion for the environment to bring about change. She will discuss the challenges she overcame in establishing her non-profit organization and raising awareness, and what happened when business leaders, policy makers, and even Presidential candidates took notice of her success.

About the speakerWendy Abrams is the founder of Cool Globes, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of climate change. Using the venues of public art and public education, the inaugural 'Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet' exhibit premiered in Chicago in June 2007 with more than 3 million viewers. Since then, Cool Globes toured across the United States. Cool Globes had its international debut in Copenhagen in 2009. The globes are currently on display in Amsterdam, with plans for future exhibits in Monaco, Milan and Rio.

Ms. Abrams serves on the National Council of Environmental Defense Fund. She is a Trustee for Waterkeeper Alliance and on the Board of Trustees at The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. In 2011, she helped establish an environmental litigation clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.

Ms. Abrams earned her bachelor's degree from Brown University, and received an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Ms. Abrams lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband Jim (U-M Wolverine '84), and their four children.

Sponsored by: the Program in the Environment, and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.