Wendy Sternberg

Physician in Internal Medicine; Founder and Executive Director, Genesis at the Crossroads, Chicago, Illinois, United States

Wendy Sternberg founded the non-profit organization, Genesis at the Crossroads and has since directed their work peace-building through artistic, arts-integrated education and humanitarian initiatives worldwide. She forged national/international partnerships with 35+ institutions on four continents and founded Saffron Caravan, uniting professional musicians from Iran, Afghanistan, Cuba, Morocco, Israel, India and the United States for cross-cultural collaborative performance and educational programs. She masterminds the creative development/management of the future Genesis Academy for Global Leadership (2017), an academically-rigorous boarding high-school, which embeds art throughout a trans-disciplinary curriculum to foster humanism and deepen critical thinking. Towards that end, she has created a body of inquiry-based salon programs on the intersection of human rights/development and the role of the arts to help shape and inform a humanistic society.

Under her leadership, Genesis boasts over 100 award-winning programs, internationally-acclaimed by the United Nations, The Kennedy Center, Rotary, The King of Morocco, the US State Department and the British Council. Rotary selected her as one of 22 world leaders for their 2009 Peace Fellowship in Thailand. In 2014, marking the 100th anniversary of World War I, she was selected along with 59 other global activists, to be a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and participate in an international consortium on the power of arts and culture to transform our world.

A participant in the Clinton Global Initiative, she configured the Genesis Academy for Global Leadership as a scalable global model for peace education (her CGI commitment.) Her medical career informs the healing aspects at the heart of Genesis at the Crossroads.