The annual Leadership Lecture showcases outstanding alumni guest speakers and brings together the TFS community – students, alumni, parents and staff – to inform, engage and exchange ideas on diverse topics. Organized in partnership with the TFS Parents Association and Office of Advancement & Alumni Relations, this year’s lecture featured Dr. Samantha Nutt ’87, global humanitarian, founder of War Child Canada and bestselling author.
Conflicted? The World of War was a thought-provoking and compelling lecture that examined the growing global economic and security interdependence currently shaping our world and perceptions. In addition to recounting some of her experiences working in Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dr. Nutt talked about the arms trade and its global impact. She explained that, in the Eastern Congo, the mining and smuggling of natural resources, such as coltan, which can be found in our cell phones and computers, generates hundreds of millions of dollars in illegal revenue for rebel and foreign armies. Furthermore, this is directly correlated to the extreme violence and abuse encountered by women in the region. Dr. Nutt’s message ended on a note of hope, calling on all of us to advocate for change by acquiring knowledge, giving and being socially responsible.