Mar 31, 2014

7 Favorite Moments from Summits Past

1. Joia Mukherjee, Chief Medical Officer of Partners in Health, gave one of the most unforgettable honorary keynotes of Summit. Perhaps most memorable was how she closed her talk in song, with a beautiful rendition of “Amazing Grace.”


2. When we announced that we would be presenting a surprise guest speaker during Summit 2012, there was a lot of speculation that the speaker was Beyoncé. Not so – but it was Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who was Ethiopia’s Minister of Health at the time!


3. Have you found your purple cow yet? We’ll always remember GWED-G founder Pamela Angwech’s unprecedented piece of advice: to find the thing that you can uniquely contribute (your “purple cow”) and run with it. That idea sticks – especially if you were lucky enough to hear it straight from Pam during 2012’s honorary keynote.



4. Watching How to Survive a Plague, an unforgettable documentary about the AIDS epidemic that captured the power of activism in driving effective medical response. This was such an inspirational way to kick off Summit 2013!


5. We reached a huge milestone at the 2012 Summit: It was the first year that our partners attended the Summit! The entire network got to meet representatives of partner organizations hailing from three different continents, the partner representatives got to see the network in action, and a great time was had by all.
6. Jonathan Smith came to the 2012 Summit to screen They Go To Die, his in-the-works documentary about tuberculosis and HIV in South Africa’s gold mining industry. The network completely loved Jonathan’s thoughtful approach to storytelling – he shows clips to students, researchers and global health leaders to spur discussions on how the end product ought to look. We loved talking with him, and we couldn’t be more excited as he and his team continue to shape the full-length film.


7. The very first Summit in 2007, which was much less like the Summit we all know and love – and more a concerted group effort to figure out what GlobeMed would be in the first place. This was the Summit that started it all.


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