Dec 6, 2018
Stephanie Ansaldo is founder and president of The Echo
Foundation, an education foundation for humanity and peace. The
Echo Foundation invites world-renowned humanitarians to deliver
messages that inspire citizens to action on behalf of humankind.
Stephanie previously served as a family therapist at Charlotte
Latin School and led her own private practice in family therapy.
She is a recipient of several honors and awards, including the
Mayor’s International Cabinet Richard Vinroot Achievement Award,
the inaugural UNC Charlotte Bob Barrett Social Justice Award and
the State of North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine. She earned
a bachelor’s degree in child development from Virginia Tech
University and master’s degree in clinical counseling from the
University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
This episode is perfect for anyone interested in
humanitarian service, inspiring students to make a difference,
bearing witness against inhumanity, and what one person can
IN THIS EPISODE
- Stephanie describes The Echo Foundation and
- She notes some of the humanitarians and
laureates The Echo Foundation has hosted.
- She reflects on the impact of encounters with
humanitarians and laureates.
- She discusses the experiential learning of the ‘In the
- Stephanie talks about Elie Wiesel and his
importance to The Echo Foundation.
- She tells how a challenge led to the founding
of The Echo Foundation.
- She identifies the sentiment at the heart of
The Echo Foundation.
- She explains the role Elie Wiesel played in
The Echo Foundation over nearly 20 years.
- Stephanie shares how she learned about Elie Wiesel’s death and
how his death affects her and the future of The Echo
- She discusses how she managed controversy over the presentation
of former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to The
- She addresses where The Echo Foundation is going as it scans
the world today.
- She considers the work of historian Yuval Noah Harari and
the two most important things that we can teach
- Stephanie talks about how does The Echo Foundation fit into
a new emerging landscape.
- She tells the story of how her father and
mother met in Dachau after World War II.
- She shares how she was raised religiously and the
values she learned as a child.
- She remembers her time in college and changing her
major to child psychology.
- Stephanie recalls her work as a family
therapist at Charlotte Latin School.
- She answers how she bears the witness of
crimes against humanity.
- She shares her three favorite quotes that
- Stephanie reflects on what can one person
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