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Jim Luce
Jim Luce ( writes and speaks on Thought Leaders and Global Citizens.

Bringing 26 years management experience within both investment banking and the non-profit sector, Jim has worked for Daiwa Bank, Merrill Lynch, a spin-off of Lazard Freres, and two not-for profit organizations and a foundation he founded.

As Founder & CEO of Orphans International Worldwide (, he is working with a strong network of committed professionals to build interfaith, interracial, Internet-connected orphanages in Haiti and Indonesia, and creating a new, family-care model for orphans in Sri Lanka and Tanzania.

Jim founded the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation to support young global leadership impacting positive social change and the NGOs that support them.

He speaks often before college audiences and at the United Nations. He has been honored twice by the U.S. Congress.

Jim holds an East Asian Studies degree from the College of Wooster, and studied at Waseda University, Tokyo, Centro de Estudiar Colombino-Americano (Bogotá), and through AFS at Max-Plank Gymnasium (Bielefeld, Germany).

Entries by Jim Luce

Honoring Young Leaders, Humanitarians at U.N. Mission

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 1:28 PM

Fifteen years ago, I began a journey of unknown destination. Last week, we celebrated that journey -- and the many people who have journeyed with us. Many destinations -- Haiti, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India, Cuba - have become apparent over the years, as has our focus on the arts, education...

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A Young Global Leader at Johns Hopkins

(0) Comments | Posted January 19, 2015 | 6:41 PM

Seal-Bin Han, 19, is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropic Korean-American who will receive our foundation's coveted 2014 Luce Leadership Award for his work in encouraging student youth leadership across the world through his non-profit, World Youth Initiative (WYI). He will attend the J. Luce Foundation Awards...

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Fame: Spotlight on Super Woman Clare Boothe Luce

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM

Although I attended her funeral at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York, I never knew Clare Boothe Luce in life. Through Sylvia Jukes Morris' twin works, Rage For Fame and the most recent Price of Fame, I feel I have come to know Clare in all her complexity far more...

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Tough Man, Tender Chicken: Philanthropist Frank Perdue

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 1:53 PM

I grew up with my family watching Frank Perdue on TV and eating his chicken once a week, the first corporate executive to market his own product. He was a warm man, but I did not really know him. Now, thanks to his widow, Mitzi Perdue, and her new book...

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Fountain Gallery Wows Crowd at "Mad About Art"

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 4:32 PM

I recently caught up with my friends from Fountain Gallery at Mad About Art, the Gallery's Annual Art Auction and Benefit, held this year at the Waterfront. More than 400 guests turned out for this gala evening in support of Fountain Gallery, New York City's premier venue representing...

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In New York, Yun-Chin Zhou Seduces Zankel Hall Audience

(0) Comments | Posted November 25, 2014 | 8:28 AM

Last week I attended the Peter Marino Concert opening the 54th Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie's Zankel Hall. I was prepared to hear an excellent pianist. It turned out that Yun-Chin Zhou was far and beyond anyone I have heard in many years: an original character, insightful musicianship, breathtaking...

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Young Global Leader Embraces Prison Reform

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 2:26 PM

By Jim Luce and Alana Galloway

As a high school student and Luce Leader 2015, part of the J. Luce Foundation's Young Global Leadership program, I have become very interested in the topics of teen suicide, child trafficking, and prison reform. One recent event held by the

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Young Global Leader Nabs Harvard Master's Degree... at 16

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 1:11 PM

When I first met Eugenie Carys de Silva last spring on Central Park South in New York City, I was overwhelmed with her academic credentials. Living with her father in Tennessee, she has pushed the envelope of long-distance learning from her rural bedroom. For her academic audacity and...

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Stage and Screen Stars Unite to Salute Rita Cosby for Wounded Warriors

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:17 AM

This week over a thousand New Yorkers had the opportunity to "Celebrate America's Heroes" on the occasion of Emmy-winning TV and radio host Rita Cosby's 50th birthday to benefit the acclaimed organization, the Wounded Warrior Project. Held at the historic Edison Ballroom off Times Square, the...

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First Indian Literary Festival at Columbia a Hit

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 12:24 PM

Under the direction of my good friend Aroon Shivdasani, the first literary festival of the Indian American Arts Council (IAAC) with Columbia University drew participants from Bombay to Brooklyn and Berkley - including glitterati such as literary giant Sir Salman Rushdie, Academy Award-nominated filmmaker...

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True Love Found Through Helping Humanity, Together

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2014 | 11:50 AM

By Jim Luce with Mitzi Perdue.

Name a person who wouldn't like to find true love and a soul mate? Lorraine Silvetz nee Cancro and her new husband, Dr. Robert Silvetz are among the lucky ones who've done just that, but who could have guessed what it took for them...

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Pratham: Chelsea Clinton on Board USS Intrepid for Education in India

(0) Comments | Posted January 10, 2014 | 1:21 PM

In looking back at 2013's most successful Manhattan events, the one gala that stands out for me took place on the U.S.S. Intrepid along the West Side Highway in early October. Although I have attended numerous galas on the Intrepid, nothing prepared me for the scale and impact of Chelsea...

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Autism Conference in Washington Highlights Hope

(3) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 2:34 PM

Having written about being wowed by youth leader Joey Lowenstein (HuffPo), a teen living with and conquering autism, and preparing to award him the 2014 Luce Leadership Award from our foundation, after writing about the David Lynch Foundation several times, and after getting to...

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Indo-American Arts Council at Fifteen with Who's Who of South Asian Celebrities

(0) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 12:54 PM

No one in Manhattan can throw a gala like Aroon Shivdasani, and the fifteenth anniversary fete of her Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) was everything I had hoped for and more.

More than 250 of New York's crème de la crème packed the Angel...

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Close to My Heart, Habitat for Humanity Launches IndiaBUILDS

(0) Comments | Posted October 30, 2013 | 1:22 PM

Habitat for Humanity International was very important to my father. He had been a college professor and loved to build houses during the summer as his hobby. Eventually he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, becoming our hometown's construction supervisor.

At his funeral in 2007, a professional...

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At Clinton Forum, Western Union Highlights 'NGO GlobalPay'

(1) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 12:43 PM

I was delighted to breakfast with my friends at Western Union (WU) at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, including its President and CEO Hikmet Ersek who I met last year at CGI, and Luella Chavez D'Angelo who I have interviewed in the past (

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United Gala for Orphaned Children in Developing World

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2013 | 9:35 AM

Orphaned children--especially in poor countries--face daunting odds against succeeding in life. In many countries they have little, if any, opportunity to obtain an education or training that would enable them to become independent, contributing members of their society. Many organizations work to offer hope. This fall, two groups are collaborating...

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Possibility of Museum on NYC's 'New' Roosevelt Island

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 7:39 AM

Not often does an important new museum open in New York City. One is possible now because the Roosevelt Island Steam Plant is about to be decommissioned. This plant supplies energy to the two long-term care hospitals on Roosevelt Island, one of which will combine with the other...

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Polish Cultural Salon for All Opens in New York City

(0) Comments | Posted August 21, 2013 | 7:33 AM

I first met cultural icon Barbara Plewińska -- "Basia" to her many friends in New York and around the world -- after she passed recently from cancer. I met her through the dozens of people I have encountered this summer who speak of her with such reverence and enthusiasm it...

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Jonathan Hollander's Battery Dance Company 38 Years Later

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 9:36 AM

I've always considered myself fortunate to meet the people who are doing big things--positively impacting lives in meaningful ways. Recently I met a kindred spirit, Jonathan Hollander, founder and director of Battery Dance Company. His lower Manhattan-based dance company demonstrates the tremendous public good that the arts can...

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