and Her Commitment to Developing Latino Leaders
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 20, 2018--
The Harvard Kennedy School announced today the creation of a graduate
student fellowship in honor of the late Lisa Garcia Quiroz, a champion
of a stronger Latino presence at Harvard for some 30 years. The
fellowship is designed for emerging student leaders at HKS with a strong
commitment to the Latino community. Its lead donor is Time Warner Inc.,
where she was until recently its Senior Vice President of Cultural
Investments and Chief Diversity Officer.
“This fellowship in Lisa's name represents a very sad but heartwarming
story,” said David Gergen, director of the School's Center for Public
Leadership (CPL), where the fellowship will be housed. “Words hardly
capture how much we are honored by our friendship with her and how much
we will miss her.”
When Ms. Quiroz came to Harvard three decades ago, she was one of the
few Latino undergraduates. Before and then after graduation, she served
as a minority recruiter for the college, working closely with William
Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. Her path eventually
took her to the Harvard Business School where she earned an MBA before
joining Time Warner. There she became Senior Vice President of Cultural
Investments. In 2004, she was promoted to be the company's Chief
Diversity Officer and President of the Time Warner Foundation.
“We had the great good fortune to discover Lisa several years ago and
she fast became a wonderful partner for our Center,” said Gergen. “She
worked tirelessly with us to strengthen the leadership development of
Hispanic students and others devoted to that community. Through her,
Time Warner has sponsored two conferences on the Latino future.
“Months ago,” he continued, “Lisa told us that upon her retirement from
Time Warner this winter, she would join us at CPL to become a Hauser
Leader in Residence. She was fiercely committed to our mission and to
helping us raise funds for students. We were thrilled at the prospect.
“Tragically,” said Gergen, “she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and
as it progressed, her life was turned upside down. She relocated to
Denver, CO, for her final months, where she died on Friday, March 16,
surrounded by friends and family.
“Lisa was a model of bravery who was dedicated to the development of
young Hispanic leaders. When asked by senior leadership at Time Warner
how they might honor her, she immediately asked that they contribute to
this new fellowship at the Kennedy School.”
Time Warner Chairman and CEO Jeff Bewkes said, “As leader of Time
Warner’s Cultural Investments team and the company’s first Chief
Diversity Officer, Lisa had always been an industry-leading
proponent—and shining example—of the benefits of workforce diversity.
She was a passionate warrior for social justice and a relentless
advocate for underserved and under-represented communities and artists.
In recognition of her lifetime of inspirational leadership, we are proud
to establish the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship.”
ABOUT THE LISA GARCIA QUIROZ GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Housed at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership, the
Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship will provide funding for emerging
student leaders who have demonstrated an interest in reducing
disparities in U.S. Latino and other underserved communities. The
fellowship will offer tuition, fees and living expenses to admitted
applicants to any of the master’s degree programs at HKS and will
complement the Center’s existing U.S. Latino Leadership Fellowship and
U.S. Latino Leadership Initiative Program.
The establishment of the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship at
Harvard Kennedy School will draw emerging leaders who share Lisa’s
passion for service-oriented leaders committed to serving the public
good across sectors.
For more information about the Lisa Garcia Quiroz Graduate Fellowship
please contact Erika Carlsen at email@example.com
To contribute to the fund, please contact Jody Sharpe at firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT LISA GARCIA QUIROZ
Garcia Quiroz’s tenure at Time Warner was marked by a series of firsts.
She joined the company in 1993, rising to become Time Warner’s
first-ever Chief Diversity Officer. Before joining Time Warner’s
corporate division, Lisa was at Time Inc., where she launched two
businesses that identified and successfully served new markets: People
en Español and Time for Kids. As founding Publisher of People
en Español, the magazine grew to become the iconic best-selling
Hispanic magazine in the United States. Time for Kids, an
award-winning classroom news magazine for elementary school kids,
currently has a circulation of over 4.0 million and has won numerous
awards for its journalism and storytelling.
Garcia Quiroz received her AB from Harvard College in 1983 and her MBA
from Harvard Business School in 1990. Lisa served on the boards of the
Public Theater and the Apollo Theater Foundation in New York City. She
also chaired the Board of Directors for the Hispanic Scholarship Fund
and was appointed chair of the Board of Directors of the Corporation for
National and Community Service by President Barack Obama.
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