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A Selected List of Virginia Swain's Speeches and Presentations




Visionary Leadership at the UN Presentation October 24, 2011


Hostess, Imagine Worcester and the World Television Show, WCCA-TV

2008 to Present. Learn more about the Culture of Peace Initiative


Speaker, War, Morality, Nonviolence: A Conference in Honor of Robert L. Holmes, at the College of the Holy Cross, Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, 2011 Co-sponsored by Peace and Conflict Studies, Philosophy Department, Political Science Department, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, the President’s Office, the Dean’s Office, Peace around the World, Center for Religion, Ethics, and Culture, and Center for Nonviolent Solutions, Worcester, MA


Speaker, Commemorating Security Council Resolution 1325, Women and Peace and Security: New Perspectives on Peace and Security, Wednesday, October 13, 2010, 1-3 pm, United Nations, New York


Co-presenter, The Practice of Reconciliation Leadership, with Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Hartford Seminary, Hartford, CT. Thursday, October 30, 2008.


Co-presenter, A Proposed Global Mediation and Reconciliation Service with Michiko Koruda, at the Human Dignity and Humiliation Network, Columbia University, New York City. Friday, December 12, 2008.


Instructor, Creating Interventions to Reverse and Revision Climate Change and Create a Sustainable Peace: Connecting Climate Change, Peace, Human Rights and Universal Values, United Nations, New York, June 4-6, 2007, February 20-22, 2008, April 21-24, 2008, August 18-21, 2008.


Presenter, Why Mission Statements Matter, Worcester Learning Group, November 27, 2007, Fallon Clinic and January 24, 2008, Worcester Public Library,


Co-Presenter, Our Passions & Organization Development: Meeting of the Worcester Local Area Group Massachusetts Bay Organization Development Learning Group, June 19, 2007 at the Fallon Room, Worcester State College.


Presenter, Designing and Implementing Interventions for Community, Institutional and Global Change. Patron: Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative of the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, Mon.-Wed., June 4-6, 2007


Co-Presenter, The Change Café (, The Worcester Organization Development Learning Group, Tuesday, May 9, 2007 at the Fallon Clinic.


Presenter, New Leadership Models for Worcester, United States and the World: A Call to Action Conference May 1, 2007 at the Beechwood Hotel.


Presenter, Leadership as Vocation, Monday, January 8, 2007. First Unitarian Church, 90 Main Street, Worcester, 7:30 p.m.


Friday, December 8, 2006, United Nations. Ceremony to Honor Graduates of the Basic Reconciliation Leadership Programme and those who completed their Mission Statements with the Patron of the Programme, Mr. Anwarul K. Chowdhury, United Nations High Representative and Under-Secretary-General and Ms. Virginia Swain, Director, Institute for Global Leadership


December 8, United Nations. Dedication of Mission Statements by Emerging and Seasoned Leaders trained by Virginia Swain dedicate their Mission silently in the United Nations Meditation Room. General Assembly Lobby, 3pm.


Presenter, Sundays, November 12 and 19, 2006, Mining the Defining Moment, Leadership as Vocation, All Saints Church 20 Irving Street, Worcester, MA.


Presenter, Thursday, October 26, 2006, The Practice of Reconciliation Leadership, A Distinct Vocation for a post-September 11th World.  .International Conference of the Association of Conflict Resolution, Sheraton Philadelphia, October 25-28, 2006. Celebrating Our Past, Shaping Our Future, click here.


Presenter, Wednesday, September 27, 2006, The Practice of Reconciliation Leadership and A Mantle of Roses. New England Holistic Counselor Association in the Special Collections Room of the Salve Regina University Library, Newport, RI, 3:30-6:00 pm. For information, go to


Author Book Talks: A Mantle of Roses: A Woman’s Journey Home to Peace

  • Saturday, September 23, 1:00 pm. Barnes and Noble Books Lincoln Plaza, 541 D Lincoln Street Worcester, MA. For directions, click here.
  • Thursday, September 21, 2006, 12:30 pm. Borders Books, Downtown Crossing, 10-24 School Street, Boston, MA.
  • Saturday, September 30, 2006, 2:00 pm. Borders Books, 142 Providence Place, Providence, RI.
  • Saturday, August 12, 2006. Borders Books in Shrewsbury 4:00 pm. 476 Boston Turnpike Road, Shrewsbury, MA,

September 11-December 18, 2006. Instructor,  Introduction to Business, Quinsigamond Community College, Worcester, MA.


Presenter, Wednesday, September 20, 2006, Mining the Defining Moment; New England Holistic Chamber of Commerce, at Johnson and Wales Save the Bay Providence, MA, 6:30-8:00 pm.


Presenter, Wednesday, August 23, 2006, Building Trust with Your Child, Holistic Moms Network, St. Luke’s Church, Pleasant Street, Worcester, MA 7:00-8:30 pm.


Presenter, Reconciliation Leadership: A Leadership Model for Intercultural and Multiethnic Challenge With Refugee And Immigrants, November 9-12, Jersey City, New Jersey. Society for Intercultural Education and Research (SIETAR) Blending Cultures, Building Strength, November 9-12, 2005; Hyatt Regency Jersey City, New Jersey.


Co-Speaker, with Sarah Sayeed. Reconciliation as Policy on the Roundtable: Can the notion of humiliation be useful for public policy planning? What can we envisage as best practice models?  Humiliation and Violent Conflict at the Sixth Annual Human DHS Meeting, New York, Columbia University, Teachers College, 525 West 120th Street, December 15-16, 2005 (Convened by SIPA - Center for International Conflict Resolution on behalf of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies [HumanDHS] project of the Columbia University Conflict Resolution Network).


Facilitator, A Fall Retreat on Awe and Wonder, September 6, 2005 (New York), September 17 (Worcester), September 24 (Tiverton); October 22 (Cambridge) Burlington, VT (TBA), November 5 (Old Lyme); November 13 (Washington, DC) 2005.


Presenter, October 28-30, 2005, Canadian Conference on Dialogue and Deliberation, Congress Centre, Ottowa, Canada. The Practice of Reconciliation Leadership


Presenter, Building the Practice and Fostering Hope, September 28-October 1, 2005, Minneapolis, MN. Association of Conflict Resolution ( 2005 Annual Conference at the Minneapolis Hilton.


Member, Values Caucus of NGOs, NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief,


Speaker, Hague Peace Conference 1999.


Speaker, A Vision for a New Leadership Model, Round Table on Global Trends for 21st Century, Global Education Associates, New York, 1999.


Executive Committee Member, Coalition for a Strong United Nations, Boston. Part of team that conceived and produced public education conferences in partnership with the John F. Kennedy Library, Dorchester 1994-97. Subjects include: Peacekeeping and Peacemaking: New Challenges for the United Nations (1994), International Business: What Role for the United Nations? (1994), Universal Human Rights: Accountability and Enforcement (1995), Re-Forming the United Nations: Toward a Humane Global Society (1995), Planting a Global Seed: The United Nations and the Environment (1996) Choosing a Secretary-General for the United Nations: Leadership into the 21st Century (1996) You and the UN: Journey toward Peoples Governance (1997).


Team-Building Facilitator, The Natural Step Environmental Consultants Network, Cambridge, MA, April 1997.


Facilitator, Business for the Common Good. You and the UN: Journey toward People's Governance, John F. Kennedy Library, Kennedy Library, March 1997.


Facilitator, Earth Charter Consultation Process, trained by Global Education Associates,1997


Facilitator, Women as Transformational Leaders, Boston,


Developed Proposal, Radcliffe College Dean, on Gender Reconciliation Conference. 1997


Steering Committee Member, UN Town Meeting: Sharing Boston’s Experience with the World, preparing for for UN Habitat II, Istanbul, Wentworth Institute, Boston, MA, 1996.


Consultant, Project Global 2000, International Education Council, Global Education Associates, New York, April 1996.


Co-facilitator, Civil Markets: Working Group on Codes of Conduct for Multinational Business, International Business Task Force, United Nations, Under Secretary-General Rosario Green, January - June 1996.


Speaker, How Business Can Work in Partnership for Sustainability in Boston, Businesses for Social Responsibility, Boston, 1996.


Member, Global Capacity Building Committee, U.S. Committee for UN Habitat II preparing for conference on sustainable urban environments, Istanbul 1996, Washington, D.C. January-May 1996.


Presenter, Citizen Diplomacy For Grassroots Mobilization and Ethics and Human Rights. Fifth World Congress: International Educators for Peace, Norwich University, August 1995.


Co-facilitator, Values and Politics Workshop, Values Caucus, UN World Summit for Social Development, Copenhagen, Denmark, 1995.


Representative, Report to 39th Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations, National Women's Conference Center, April 1995.


Plenary Speaker, Non-governmental Organizations and the Copenhagen Social Summit. United Nations and Social and Economic Development: A People-Centered Framework, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, March 25-26, 1995.


Co-designer, with Paulette Vigeant, Toward a Global Ethic: Healing The Whole Through Its Parts: Towards a Culture of Peace.  Global Education Specialist, Montreal, 1995.


Teambuilding co-facilitator, Taking Charge of Change, American Express and Thomas Cook merger, San Diego, February 1995.


Co-facilitator, The Role of Philanthropy in the Emerging Civil Society, with Dr. Joseph Baratta at Citizens Strengthening Global Civil Society. Civicus: World Alliance for Citizen Participation. First World Assembly, Mexico City, January 1995.


Co-author and Presenter, International Cooperation: Its Roots in

International Cooperation and Personal Responsibility (with Dr. Joseph P. Baratta) at Global Ascendancy: Local Challenges in Education and Development. Comparative and International Education Society, Northeast/Midwest Regional Conference, Buffalo, October 1994.


Author and Presenter, The Interrelationship of Individual and State Cooperation for Peacebuilding. Agenda for Peace and NGOS, Baden, Austria, May 1994.


Participant, Working group of scholars/practitioners with Dr. Herbert Kelman. Program on Con and Analysis (PICAR) Center For International Affairs, Harvard University, 1994.


Member, International Program Committee, Health and Human Rights Conference, F.X. Bagnoud Center, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge 1994.


Co-facilitator, A Global Ethic: Healing The Whole Through Its Parts. Violence and Human Rights, The Impact on Health., Harvard School of Public Health Conference. Patrice Brodeur, Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University, 1994.


Author and Presenter, The Peacebuilding Process of Reconciliation, published in selected referred proceedings of the Second National Conference on Urban Issues: Re-Imagining the Urban Environment: Strengthening Collaborative Relationships in the Inner City, State University at Buffalo, 1994.


Co-Facilitator, Re-visioning The Relationship Between Man and Woman, New York and Cambridge, 1993-94.


Co-facilitator, Strengthening Peacekeeping with Dr. Joseph Baratta at Global Structures Conference, Washington, D.C., September 1993.


Designer and Facilitator, Debriefing for Earth Summit Participants, United Nations, New York, July 1993.


Co-convenor, NGO Working Group on Financing Agenda 21, Commission on Sustainable Development, United Nations, June 1993.


Presenter, Planned Change in the Multinational Organization, New York Organizational Development Network, April 1993.


Co-facilitator, Bringing Ethics to the Decision Making Process,  United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, Global Forum, Rio de Janeiro, June 1992.


Presenter,  Women and Power, How a Woman Can Change the World,  Leadership Institute, Association of Junior Leagues International, Chicago, February 1991.


Presenter, Keynote Address: Discover Your Potential, Day for Women, Eastern Connecticut State College, Willimantic, CT, April 1990.


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