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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

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

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 10:17 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

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 1:24 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 | 12:50 PM

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 | 2:21 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 | 3:34 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 | 1:54 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 | 2:22 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 | 1:43 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 | 10:35 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 | 8:39 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 | 8:33 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 | 10:36 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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SAMAA Dedicated to Keeping Indian Classical Music Alive

(0) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 8:37 AM

Preserving the classics is a noble endeavor. Jazz, for example, is an original American music art form that once dominated the airwaves, dance halls, and nightclubs of an earlier generation. Today, this once popular music is relegated to small ensembles at intimate gatherings. I admire and applaud the tireless efforts...

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Bringing Food for the Soul: God's Love We Deliver

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 4:22 PM

Growing up, my family had traditions centered around the holidays. I remember delivering frozen turkeys at Thanksgiving with my local Rotary club. Last Thanksgiving my family was given the opportunity to do something quintessentially New York: we delivered delicious Thanksgiving meals to New Yorkers living with severe illnesses.

I have...

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PlayMusician Committed to Promoting Diverse Musical Talent

(0) Comments | Posted July 19, 2013 | 9:01 AM

Variety is wonderful, and that is exactly what you get at PlayMusician Jam Nights (PM-jamnites). For audiences open to experiencing an array of musical styles, these events are filled with exciting anticipation.

During a recent session at Dorrian's Pub in Jersey City, rockers, hip-hoppers and Bollywood dance musicians stepped...

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NYS Prisons: Scrapheaps or Repair Shops?

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 5:40 PM

New York, N.Y. A staggering two million children have one or more parents incarcerated in the United States. New York State -- with the fifth highest population of incarcerated men and women in the nation -- has an exemplary organization that works in partnership with individuals, families, and communities to...

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Fountain Gallery Raises Funds, Boosts Artists with Mental Illness

(6) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 2:50 PM

It was raining. Torrents. But the atmosphere was anything but damp at a recent fundraising wingding where I joined in a high-spirited soiree featuring an extravaganza of original artworks for auction by more than forty artists of Fountain Gallery, the premier venue in New York City representing artists...

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Communist Comedy of Manners in Upper East Side Art Salon

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2013 | 8:07 AM

I have several token conservative friends and acquaintances just to prove to myself that I am indeed liberal. One of them is a former New York Post writer named Doug Dechert. Doug inherited his views -- and his wit -- from his father William John Dechert, an industrialist I understand...

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New Indian Wines Add to New York's Diverse Cuisine Scene

(0) Comments | Posted May 30, 2013 | 2:13 PM

One of the things I love most about New York City -- why I moved here 30 years ago -- is its dynamic multicultural scene. European immigrants long ago contributed to this diverse milieu, and today new groups are contributing to our increasingly global melting pot.

In recent years, I...

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First Person: A Japanese Dinner with Raul Castro's Daughter

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2013 | 9:00 PM

Taking my shoes off in the private alcove of the exclusive Japanese dining room, I open the shoji screen to reveal a beautiful 12-tatami mat room complete with alcove, ikebana, foot-tall table with sunken floor - complete with emergency lighting and modern ventilation. An auspicious opening to a dinner with...

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