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Join an international group of changemakers, storytellers, and media professionals to collaborate for good.

OCT 26-31

Across DC

Associated Events

Film screenings, discussions and workshops taking place across DC

OCT 31

UN Foundation


The economics of happiness, constructive journalism, and social impact entertainment SOLD OUT


GW University


A celebration and exploration of storytelling, media and enterprise for a better world





Join a gathering of people from all around the world passionate about how storytelling and media can help us create peaceful prosperous lifestyles.

Engage with leaders, pioneers and innovators in film, photography, journalism, music, new technology, business, economics, creativity, health and well-being.


Experience how media created with intelligence, clarity and vision is helping us find solutions to our social, environmental and economic challenges.

Discover new perspectives from businesses finding sustainable solutions to life.

Connect with deep thinkers, visionaries and doers joining the dots between personal well-being and global peace and prosperity.

Hear about innovatives such as collaborative creativity and practical solutions leveraging the power of technology and communications to improve lives.



The flagship events at the UN Foundation and GW University bring together a group of inspiring thinkers, visionaries, creatives and doers from across the world. We tried, but their short descriptions here don't do justice to the energy, wisdom, passion, and creativity that they bring collectively.

Georgia Arnold

Executive Director, MTV Staying Alive Foundation

An outspoken advocate for the sexual and reproductive health of young people, Georgia heads up Viacom’s international social responsibility programme, and is the Executive Producer of the award-winning TV show Shuga. Since 1998, she has harnessed the power of the MTV brand to raise awareness of HIV. Capitalising on MTV's youth appeal, she has also launched pioneering mass-media behaviour-change campaigns in Kenya and Nigeria to improve sexual and reproductive health.

Mame Annan-Brown

Chief Communications Officer, Results for Development Institute (R4D)

Mame brings to R4D 14 years of experience leading high impact marketing functions in finance, human rights, philanthropy and international development. Before R4D, she was Director of Marketing and Communications at Genocide Intervention Network. Previous to this she spent over 10 years on Wall Street, as a VP in JPMorgan’s Investment Bank, Global Marketing and Communications division.

Angela Peluso

Director of Corporate Citizenship, Verizon

Angela is responsible for Verizon’s corporate responsibility and philanthropic initiatives. Verizon’s vision is to use its advanced network technology to develop powerful answers to some of the world’s most pressing challenges, creating both shared success for business and community.

Lucia Grenna

Founder, Connect4Climate

Lucia created Connect4Climate in 2011, realising the overwhelming need for effective engaging climate change communications. She was the task manager for the First World Congress on Communication for Development bringing together over 800 communication professionals from around the world to discuss how to mainstream development communication into development policies and practice. She is also the author of several articles and publications on communication for development.

Melissa Hillebrenner

Director, Girl Up

Melissa is Director of Girl Up an innovative UN Foundation campaign that mobilizes the general public to raise funds and awareness for UN programs that serve adolescent girls growing up in developing countries. Through Girl Up’s support, these girls will have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders

Nina Gilden Seavey

Director, GW Documentary Center

Nina is an award-winning filmmaker and a nearly 30-year veteran of the documentary world. Her films have appeared in domestic and international festivals and have won numerous awards including 5 National Emmy nominations. In 2002, she became the Founding Director of SILVERDOCS (now AFI Docs).

Mary Humphrey

CEO, The Jane Goodall Institute

Mary’s work builds upon Dr. Goodall's pioneering philosophy and inspires people and partners around the world to take actions that make a positive difference not just for chimpanzees but for all living things. An experienced strategic planner, she is passionate about the role storytelling can play in bringing to life an organization's strategic vision.

Aaron Sherinian

Vice President of Communications & PR, UN Foundation

Aaron has led the Foundation’s PR, media relations, strategic outreach, and online presence since 2009 helping build some of the most talked about milestones in digital global engagement for causes and UN issues. This includes the Social Good Summit, #GivingTuesday, and Rio+Social, managing an award-winning team who believe that innovative communications can help change the world.

Aric Noboa

President, Discovery Learning Alliance

Aric Noboa is responsible for the vision, growth, and management of Discovery Learning Alliance, a nonprofit organization using the power of media to transform education and improve lives for tens of millions of people in underserved communities around the world.

Roscoe Burnems


Roscoe is a poet who speaks with the enunciation of a college professor and the fire of Baptist preacher. Bringing his life experience to the stage he says he is in the business of saving lives by sharing his stories of overcoming hardship so others will be inspired. Roscoe and his teammates are ranked no.8 out of 70 teams that competed in the National Poetry Slam.

Cathrine Gyldensted

Journalist & Investigative Reporter

Cathrine has 12 years experience in news as a journalist, covering US politics, and investigative reporting in TV & Radio for Danish Broadcasting. She recently completed a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently working to innovate news reporting through relevant Positive Psychology research and constructs with colleagues in the USA, Denmark & Canada.

Alexandra Dimsdale

Head of Press & Communications, The British Council

Alex oversees all external, internal and digital communications for the US team at the British Council, and also co-edits their global blog. Previously she worked for the AP as a producer and assignment desk manager. Before that, she worked for five years as a broadcast journalist for the BBC. She also has extensive experience in print, having freelanced for several UK newspapers including the Independent, the Guardian, and the Telegraph.

Jake Brewer

Strategic Communications,

Jake’s work aims to remake the relationship between decision makers and the 77 million users around the world impacted by their decisions. He is also co-founder of Define American with Jose Antonio Vargas, where their work has included reframing the narrative of the American immigration debate in media and culture. He was named in the 30 under 30 list of civic leaders.

Amy Gilbert

Entertainments Officer, UN Foundation

Amy develops, builds and maintains partnerships within the entertainment industry, ranging from talent to organizations & corporations who want to engage with the work of the Foundation and the United Nations. This includes developing strategies for outreach and imaginative engagement in partnership with the creative community.

Jeremy Wickremer

Sustainability Innovator

Jeremy is interested in leveraging creativity and innovation to come up with solutions for sustainable business. He helps build the foundations for organisations to innovate and work through the creative process to come up with answers to deliver business success as well as social and environmental goals.

Julie Dixon

Research Director, National Journal

Julie leads a dedicated team providing data and insights to strategically support communications executives within Washington advocacy organizations. Prior to this she led Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication. Julie is a sought-after expert on a range of communications topics in the social sector, most recently focusing on the intersection of digital media and social good.

John D Trybus

Strategic Communications, The British Embassy

John is a communications strategist focused on accelerating social innovation across sectors. At the British Embassy in DC, he works to advance the special relationship between the UK and US through public diplomacy. He began his career as the personal PR advisor to Dr. Jane Goodall, traveling with her on a perpetual 300-day-per-year global advocacy tour.

Clay Dunn

Senior Director of Brand, Share our Strength

Clay oversees Share Our Strenght's storytelling, digital and design teams, inspiring others to join the fight to end childhood hunger. His team’s work has been recognized by the Blackbaud Impact Awards, PR Daily Awards, Social Media Leadership Awards, and the Telly Awards. Previously Clay worked on brand, marketing and digital at National Geographic Channel and The City of New York.

Sarah van Gelder

Editor, YES! Magazine

Sarah oversees YES! coverage of such topics as the cooperative economy, alternatives to prisons, and DIY community resilience. She recently edited the book, Sustainable Happiness: Live Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference. Sarah lives on the land of the Suquamish people and she collaborates with them on projects ranging from the return of the land where Chief Seattle once lived to the annual tribal canoe journey.

Geoff K Cooper

Founder, GCaribbean

As well as editing the Caribbean’s first men’s interest glossy Geoff is Co-Founder of the Calabash Consortium an NGO mobilizing youth using the Calabash Model: a paradigm for manifesting service, where everyone acknowledges and uses the resources they hold to empower others. Geoff’s humble beginning in the Caribbean has imbued him with a passion to see people become more than their circumstances allow and he sees media as a powerful tool in that pursuit.

Sean Dagan Wood

Editor, Positive News

Sean is the Editor of Positive News in the UK, the worlds first newspaper focused on positive stories. Sean believes that by reporting on achievements, possibilities and how people are creating solutions to the challenges facing the world, the media can inspire and empower humanity to catalyse its full potential.


The summit is designed with plenty of opportunity to interact and mingle. Upon registering you will be asked to submit a short bio to be shared with participants so as to enable you to identify people you may like to connect with at the summit.

Kendall Ciesemier

Founder, Kids Caring 4 Kids

Kendall is a Georgetown senior studying sociology, journalism and theology. Nine years ago she founded Kids Caring 4 Kids, to empower young people to help provide basic human needs to children living in sub-Saharan Africa. Her ambition is to be a storyteller, hosting a docu-series that tells stories of the world’s most vulnerable. She has been honoured as one of Youth Service America’s “Top 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World”.

Maite Baron

Leadership Coach

Maite works at the intersection of entrepreneurship, creating social change and personal development. She brings passion, values and purpose into people’s lives, through speaking, leadership coaching and consultancy.




October 26th - October 30th
Our associated events across DC include a series of mindful media workshops in schools and organisations across the city and a storytelling for change and networking evening hosted by DC+Acumen and Impact Hub. There will also be a working session on collaboration and partnerships hosted by the UN Foundation. For full details please see Associated Events


10:00am - 5:00pm
The workshop consists of an opening plenary, followed by three sessions:

Introduction to the day and the UN Foundation by Aaron Sherinian, VP of Communications and PR, UN Foundation.

The Economics of Happiness: The Missing Link in Transformational Leadership – A highly interactive and thought-provoking workshop designed to ‘liberate the corporate soul’ from out-dated work paradigms by bringing passion, purpose and values back to work. Understand how, by embracing the Economics of Happiness, you can, as a visionary leader, create mindful and authentic transformation that generates positive change at an organizational and societal level while increasing profits and maximizing your own and others potential. Session led by Maite Baron.

Constructive Journalism: Reporting the whole story. Covering problems and symptoms and also solutions and opportunities. Solutions journalism and the journalism of attachment. Session led by Cathrine Gyldensted.

Social Impact Entertainment: Integrating social impact content into entertainment media. How to create engaging, entertaining content which also serves a social purpose. Session led by Nina Seavey and Amy Gilbert


10:00am - 6:00pm
The summit at GW brings together some of the most innovative and inspiring changemakers working at the intersection of media and social change. There will be plenty of time to interact with other participants and also be involved in lively discussions. For speaker details please see SPEAKERS section above.

9:30 - 10:00am: Registration
Session 1: Storytelling for a Better World
Creating stories to communicate positive social change.
- Kendall Ciesemier, Kids Caring for Kids
- Melissa Hillebrenner, Girl Up
- Mame Annan-Brown, Results for Development Institute
- Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine


Session 2: Media and Social Impact
Harnessing the power of media for good
- Georgia Arnold, MTV Staying Alive Foundation
- Sean Dagan Wood, Positive News
- Aric Noboa, Discovery Learning Alliance
- Jake Brewer,

1:00 - 2:00pm LUNCH
- Lucia Grenna, Connect4Climate

Session 3: Health & Well-being
Realising our fullest individual and collective potential
- Maite Baron, The Corporate Escape
- Jeremy Wickremer, Sustainability Innovator

Session 4: The Big Picture: Sustainable Business and Living
Integrated solutions to our social, environmental and economic challenges
- John Trybus, The British Council
- Alexandra Dimsdale, The British Council
- Angela Peluso, Verizon
- Clay Dunn, Share our Strength
- Julie Dixon, National Journal
- Mary Humphrey, The Jane Goodall Institute

6:00 - 08:00pm: Drinks reception.



To attend this year's event please click on the REGISTER button below to book through the Eventbrite page.

Workshop, UN Foundation - Oct 31
Summit, GW University - Nov 1
Both days


Partial bursaries are available on application for students and NGOs. For group discounts (6 or more people) please call or email. To reserve your place at Transformational Media 2014 please click on the link below.




The TM Summit brings together people from across the world who appreciate the interconnectivity of life and who are interested in building alliances across sectors, disciplines, and cultures.

At the essence of transformational media is the acknowledgement of our own power to create the world we wish to live in. Transformational media reflects the qualities of truth, meaning, and insight in a way to bring us closer to the vision of living in a peaceful, sustainable world.

The summit is supported by the Transformational Media Initiative, a global network of individuals and organisations comitted to working towards this goal.

The inner qualities and values which can be the foundation to create transformational media.

The external qualities of transformational media content.


Following our launch summit in London,the DC summit is being jointly hosted by the UN Foundation and George Washington University.

To speak to our friendship maker about sponsorship, email Oliver Sylvester-Bradley at

You can also download our sponsorship document

To speak to our maitre d'media about PR and interviews, email Erin Beck at

If you are interested in partnering or contributing to the summit content please speak to our guardian of storytellers, Jeremy Wickremer, at

Telephone: US: (202) 407-9815



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