EXECUTIVE PRODUCER & SAFFRON CARAVAN ENSEMBLE FOUNDER: WENDY STERNBERG, MD
Wendy is the creative engine behind GATC’s mission and vision. She designed all programs to date and oversees production and implementation of performance/artistic programs, arts-education and humanitarian initiatives worldwide. She developed the current Executive and Advisory Boards as well as the developing Youth Board and currently conducts search efforts to bring in new board members and staff. As the consummate networker who facilitates all local, national and international community partnerships and global outreach, she masterminds and oversees all organizational development, including business plans and sustainability/strategic plans with the aid of consultants. Sternberg is responsible for branding of GATC and its relevant communications, integrating the efforts of GATC’s public relations firm, graphic and web designers, documentary filmmaker, photographer and information technology team’s social networks. She develops and coordinates the research team for the Genesis Academy for Global Leadership and speaks on behalf of GATC at local, national and international symposia. A participant in the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), she created a CGI commitment to build the Genesis Academy as a scalable global model for peace education.
Under her leadership, Genesis boasts over 100 award-winning programs, internationally-acclaimed by the United Nations, The Kennedy Center, Rotary International, The King of Morocco and the US Department of State. For her work on GATC, Wendy has been featured numerous times as a guest on WBEZ/NPR, the BBC, Al Jazeera, and UN Radio, appeared as a guest on CBS, ABC 7 & Channel 5 News Chicago and has been the subject of numerous articles from The Chicago Tribune, to The LA Times and The Bangkok Post. Rotary International selected her as one of 22 world leaders for their 2009 Peace Fellowship at Chulalongkorn University in Thailand. She was featured as a Woman to Watch in Today’s Chicago Woman Magazine and named one of the 10 Jewish Chicagoans of the Year as well as a 2011 Charles Bronfman Prize Nominee. In 2014, marking the 100th anniversary of World War I, she was selected along with 59 other global activists to be a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and participate in an international consortium on the transformational power of arts and culture to shape our society worldwide.
Sternberg practiced primary care internal medicine for 20 years and was Teaching Faculty at Northwestern University Medical School for 14 years. She is a medical consultant for domestic and international health initiatives impacting conflict zones and intractable global health issues. In 2014, she was named the Founding Director of the Division of Peace-building at the UCSD School of Medicine Center for Mindfulness. Her medical career informs the healing aspects at the heart of Genesis at the Crossroads’ global efforts.