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StGIS Inspiring People - Volume 14 / Kimberly Marteau Emerson

Why Human Rights Matter


We are pleased to invite you to the fourteenth, St. Gilgen International School, Inspiring People Evening on Monday, 17th June at 19h30. 

‘StGIS Inspiring People = Inspiring people, inspiring people’

An education is not an education if it fails to prepare young people for the future. At St. Gilgen International School, we prepare our students for life, not only by teaching them reading, writing and arithmetic, but by helping them find their individual ‘path of excellence’. The path of excellence is a path that seeks growth; it is a path that interacts creatively and imaginatively with the world; it is a path that engages completely and courageously, yet responsibly and sustainably; it is a path that is ambitious and adventure seeking; it is a path of compassion, and of care for self, others and our world. 

Kimberly Marteau Emerson is a lawyer, civic leader and human rights advocate. From 2013-2017, she lived in Berlin with her husband, US Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson (ret.), where she worked both with the US Embassy as well as independently to drive projects on multiple platforms, including promotion of German immigration and integration efforts related to the 2015/2016 refugee crisis; and addressing the issue throughout Germany of bringing women to the economic and political decision-making table. She is currently writing a memoir about her experiences there.  

Kimberly worked in the Clinton Administration as a senior political appointee and spokesperson for the U.S. Information Agency, now part of the State Department. She serves on the Board of Directors of Human Rights Watch, the Advisory Board of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Pacific Council on International Policy.  She is a founding member of the Transatlantic Advisory Board of United Way in Germany, and divides her time between LA and Berlin. She has been an election observer in Nigeria, and worked on relief projects in Lesbos, Greece, during the 2015 refugee crisis, Sri Lanka post-tsunami and New Orleans post-Katrina. Kimberly has been deeply active in U.S. Presidential politics and helped many Democratic candidates on the local, state and federal level. She has also received several awards for her civic engagement. Previously, Kimberly practiced law with Tuttle & Taylor, and worked in Hollywood as a business and creative executive with Savoy Pictures and Sony Entertainment. She holds degrees from UCLA (B.A.), UC Hastings College of the Law ( J.D.) and l’Université de Droit d’Aix-Marseille (D.E.S.U.).

Our inspiring evening will begin at 19h00 in the Mozarthaus St. Gilgen and conclude around 21h00. We expect high demand for this fantastic opportunity, so please book your seats early.

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