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2019 Symposium was a huge success!
Held on June 8, 9:00am, it featured two speakers and a performer. Below are the biographies of the speakers. Please join us in 2020 for our next symposium, when Red Grammer will perform again.

Open to the public

As a part of the Foundation outreach to the community Esperanza was a proud sponser the Eighth Annual Spring Symposium at the Whitehawk Community Center, Whitehawk Ranch, Clio, California.

We are so excited to have two outstanding speakers covering the topics: Gender Inequality and Global Poverty by Augusto Lopez Claros and Is Democracy Dying? by Christie Warren. For entertainment we have music by Grammy winner Red Grammer!

Biographies

Augusto Lopez Claros

Augusto Lopez Claros will speak on Global Poverty and Women.

Augusto Lopez-Claros works at the World Bank as a Senior Fellow at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. Between 2011 and 2017 he was the Director of the World Bank’s Global Indicators Group, the department responsible for the Bank’s Doing Business report and other international benchmarking studies. Previously he was Chief Economist and Director of the Global Competitiveness Program at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he was also the Editor of the Global Competitiveness Report, the Forum’s flagship publication, as well as a number of regional economic reports. Before joining the Forum he worked for several years in the financial sector in London, with a special focus on emerging markets. He was the International Monetary Fund’s Resident Representative in the Russian Federation during the 1990s.


Christie Warren

Christie Warren will speak on the topic, "Is Democracy Dying?"

Christie Warren is Director of International Law at College of William & Mary. She has been a public defender in California, and was selected by Chief Justice Burger to be Supreme Court Fellow. Also, she has consulted on justice issues in countries in Southeast Asia, Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe, Latin America





Red Grammer

Red Grammer music performances will focus on bringing people together.

Red Grammer is one of the premier entertainers of children and families in America. Described by Parent’s Magazine as “the best voice in children’s music” Red has set the gold standard for writing and performing music that playfully reconnects each one of us with the best in ourselves.

Red can be heard tickling and nourishing hearts and souls on:
• his Parents Choice award-winning and Grammy nominated CDs and DVD
• the 2005 Grammy-winning Best Musical Album for Children, "cELLAbration: A Tribute to Ella Jenkins" (Red is a featured artist)
• his unforgettable live concerts throughout the world
• his television appearances (The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Nickelodeon, The Disney Channel, and CCTV in China)

Red began his performing career by replacing Glenn Yarborough as the lead tenor in the renowned folk trio, The Limeliters. At the same time Red and his wife, Kathy Grammer, began writing songs for their young sons, David and Andy, resulting in Red’s first children’s recording, Can You Sound Just Like Me? which was featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered”. Discovering they were on to something special they went back to work and released, Teaching Peace, named by The All Music Guide as “one of the top five children’s recordings of all time” and the recipient of a rare Parents' Choice Classic Award. It was followed by the award-winning recordings- Down the Do Re Mi, Red Grammer’s Favorite Sing Along Songs, Hello World, Bebop Your Best (Grammy Nominee), and most recently Circle of Light. Beloved by children and parents around the world, his children’s recordings are also a treasured resource for teachers who use them to communicate the themes of caring, excellence, oneness, and diversity in a language kids instantly understand and eagerly embrace.

Combining one of the truly great voices in the business with an unerring sense of performance and play, Red’s live concerts delight audiences, young and old, in performing arts centers and educational settings all across world. He is also a frequent keynote speaker and performer at national and regional educational conferences in the U.S. and Canada.





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