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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

Peter Yarrow, Operation Respect Take Center Stage in Ohio

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2015 | 5:57 PM

I moved from Oxford, Ohio to Marietta, Ohio in 1972 -- with a box of Peter, Paul & Mary albums. I was raised by liberal parents in the '60's -- Dad fighting the Vietnam War, Mom entrenched in the Civil Rights movement. I was raised with Martin, Bobby,...

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Impacted by Suicide, Our Foundation Opens Fund to Help

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 4:29 PM

Death. We don't like to discuss it in America. Suicide, even less. Fifteen years ago, when my mother Frances Alleman-Luce, a psychologist, starved herself to death in my own home -- in front of my own child -- I could not bear to share the details of her passing. She...

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"Butterflies of Bill Baker" Winner of Best Narrative at Film Festival

(0) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 11:47 AM

A new psychological drama, Butterflies of Bill Baker, starring Tony-nominee Will Chase (Nashville), Marin Hinkle (Madame Secretary), Sterling Jerins (The Conjuring, World War Z) and Zuzanna Szadkowski (Gossip Girl, Girls) was recently released on DVD and VOD, including iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play.

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Interview With the Founder, South Asian Performing Arts Festival NYC

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2015 | 3:34 PM

Recently I had the privilege of spending a day with the multi-talented Arpita Mukherjee, co-founder of the South Asian International Performing Arts Festival (SAIPAF). Impressed with her vision, I decided within minutes that her story needed to be shared.

Gayatri Patel...
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Rush: Russell Simmons Family Supporting the Arts in New York

(1) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 2:24 PM

With Alana Galloway.

I first met Russell Simmons several years ago at the United Nations. We chatted about meditation and the earthquake in Haiti. I was inspired by his work and honored to be invited to his Rush HeARTS Education Luncheon last spring at the Plaza on Fifth Avenue with...

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Greece Today: Safe, Affordable -- and More Beautiful Than Ever

(6) Comments | Posted July 13, 2015 | 6:59 AM

I was in Greece last week and experienced a country completely different than was being portrayed on TV, amazed at how political and economic considerations could color the news so darkly. The fear-mongering did not work and Greeks voted overwhelmingly last week to say No to Europe's impossible demands.

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Voice of Hope: The Joey Lowenstein Foundation

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 9:58 PM

Some of the greatest discoveries in human history have been the result of accidental or unexpected circumstances. While the mind usually recalls great innovations, we sometimes tend to take for granted the more elementary aspects of life, such as the ability to communicate through speech.

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Fountain House Gallery Honors Boosters of Artists with Mental Illness

(1) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 8:16 PM

Fountain House Gallery, New York City's premier venue representing artists living with mental illness, recently held its End of Annual Meeting Season Celebration. I've come to know this yearly event as an effervescent evening of cocktails, music and a splendid array of more than 100 original artworks exhibited...

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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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