As both a writer and a public speaker, I have been given the remarkable privilege of doing what I love best: connecting to people everywhere. After living in three continents and calling them home, I really do feel that the whole world is my home, and that the people of the world are my family. As a journalist, I've covered natural disasters, terrible violence, and religious-ethnic strife. These have been heartbreaking to witness. But what have really stayed with me are the resilience of the people I have met, their courage and ingenuity, their insistence on beauty, and on love. I have had the great honor of seeing real changes in law, public policy, and in every day lives of people as the result of my work. I have noticed that I love the process of getting to know someone intimately, for the purpose of an interview or profile, as much as I love standing in front of an audience and relaying my messages of hope, responsibility, and our shared humanity. I guess my writing and my speaking are two sides of that same coin: interconnection.
- Aimee Ginsburg Bikel