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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

Indian Award-Winning Documentary 'Daughters of Mother India' -- Jarring Wake-Up Call for Men Like Me

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 2:13 PM

With Jitin Hingorani.

While living and working in my comfortable American cocoon in December of 2012, I vaguely remember hearing about an Indian girl named Jyoti Singh Pandey, who was brutally gang-raped on a Delhi bus. My immediate reaction was: "Poor girl... what is happening to my country of birth!"...

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Film Margarita With A Straw -- Unexpected Brilliance -- From India

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 1:27 PM

The film Margarita With A Straw is so unexpectedly brilliant, on so many levels, that I was completely mesmerized. Focused on taboo within taboo, the fragility of our collective human condition and the joy and possibility of life, the film is required viewing.

Not knowing as much about...

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Fountain House Symposium Takes On Schizophrenia

(1) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 10:25 AM

I'm interested in mental health issues, but I'm not a physician and have no medical training. That's why I look forward to the annual Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon, where cutting-edge information is presented by top-drawer experts in terms accessible to a lay audience.

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Foundation to Award Networking Star at Social Event

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2015 | 9:17 AM

A New York City business and philanthropic leader will receive the J. Luce Foundation's Global Adviser Award on May 19 at a networking event for established professionals supporting children with cancer in the Steelcase offices on Columbus Circle.

Sloane Marcus,...
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Frank Perdue: All in the Name of Charity

(2) Comments | Posted May 1, 2015 | 1:48 PM

Co-authored by Lorraine Cancro-Silvetz, M.S.W.

Many came from far and wide to hear Mrs. Frank Perdue or "Mitzi," as she is known to so many, present her latest book on her late husband. The book, Frank Perdue. Tough Man, Tender Chicken: Business & Life Lessons, recently reached #6 on Amazon's...

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How Losing My Son to Meningitis Created a Community Dedicated to Awareness

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 12:47 PM

With Lynn Bozof

New York, N.Y. -- I first met Lynn Bozof, president of the National Meningitis Association (NMA), three years ago when I wrote for this publication, Meningitis: Give Kids a Shot -- Save a Kid's Life. I was particularly impressed with her dedication to doing something...

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Young French Clarinetist of Extraordinary Talent Plays NYC

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 8:28 AM

One can become addicted to the young global talent that plays upon the stages of the world under the banner of Young Concert Artists (YCA), directed by the indomitable Susan Wadsworth. Last week's concert by a 20-year-old French clarinetist of extraordinary talent and musical exuberance was...

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On Leadership, College Awards, Cooperates With Our Foundation

(0) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 4:13 PM

Co-authored by Ryan D. Turnewitsch

1972: walking up the hill to Marietta Junior High School in Ohio, I never imagined I would one day be working in developing nations around the world -- or cooperating with Marietta College to develop the leadership needed to do so.

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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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