The CGI Annual Meeting offered an unparalleled opportunity to introduce Literacy Bridge to a worldwide audience. Among the many people who learned from Cliff Schmidt about Literacy Bridge’s work included President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and actress/activist Geena Davis.
Each expressed strong interest in Literacy Bridge’s work along with a large number of people from all corners of the world. For example, President of the Rockefeller Foundation Judith Rodin said that she has been impressed with Literacy Bridge from the day that she was first introduced to its work as a member of the selection committee for the Microsoft Alumni Foundation Integral Fellows Awards. Cliff was chosen as one of three award winners in 2010. President Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria, was among several leaders who expressed a great deal of interest in getting the Talking Book Program into their countries.
Literacy Bridge’s CGI commitment attracted attention from CGI members, as well. The Health & Agriculture Communication for Women & Children Program was developed in response to the need for a comprehensive solution in global health and hunger. Utilizing an integrated, cost-effective communications strategy, the program incorporates critical health messages and farming best practices that help reduce maternal and child mortality.