Lori's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Tabula Rasa

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Bainbridge Island, WA

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 7

  • ON DVD:

LORI PAPPAS

CEO
Global Team for Local Initiatives, Ethiopian Aid Organization

“All I have to do is redefine success.”

INTERESTS:

Medicine Non-Profit Organizations

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Culture Choices Community Fear Opportunity Failure Transitions Experience Success Societal Pressures

FOUNDATION:

Helping People

TAGS:

Africa, american dream, computers, culture, Ethiopia, global development work, government grants, growth, Hamar tribe, helping others, hospitality, learning, office job, pay attention, resources, responsibility, skills, software manufacturing, survival, take a step

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Says when she was growing up, women were expected to be teachers, secretaries, or stay-at-home moms and housewives.
  • She always preferred to do office work, so she worked in a series of companies doing computerizing.
  • Eventually built up the knowledge and funding to start her own tech company; ended up selling it at the height of the tech market.
  • After selling her company, she "tried to be retired"; practiced golf, worked for nonprofits, traveled extensively.
  • On a trip to Niger, she saw a girl her granddaughter's age with flies on her eyes; learned that these flies cause unnecessary blindness.
  • Realized she could no longer partake in the shallowness of listening to her peers complaining about their multi-million-dollar homes not selling.
  • Started the Global Team for Local Initiatives, which works to increase the lifespans of indigenous African peoples; now spends half her year living in Ethiopia.
  • Says she needed to experience the traditional "American Dream," in order to realize that she had a different definition of what that dream should be.

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