In anticipation of #GivingTuesday, model, activist, director, producer, and mother Christy Turlington Burns will speak to Nightingale students on November 5 about her ongoing philanthropic work and the experiences that led to her creation of an international nonprofit organization. Her visit is part of Nightingale's Open Doors speaker series, which is intended to engage our community in a meaningful dialogue about important issues by bringing in accomplished individuals who are making a positive impact on their industries and on society.
Ms. Turlington Burns is the founder of Every Mother Counts, a campaign to end preventable deaths caused by pregnancy and childbirth around the world. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take action to improve the health and well-being of girls and women worldwide. In 2010, Ms. Turlington Burns directed and produced No Woman, No Cry, a documentary film about the global state of maternal health. Prior to her work as a global maternal health advocate, she focused her activism on smoking prevention and cessation after losing her father to lung cancer in 1997. She collaborated on several public health service campaigns and launched an award-winning website, SmokingIsUgly.com, in 2002. Ms. Turlington Burns is also an avid yogi and merged her love of the practice and writing to author her first book, Living Yoga: Creating A Life Practice (Hyperion 2002). She also founded two successful lifestyle brands; Sundãri, an Ayurvedic skincare line, and Nuala, a yoga-inspired apparel and accessories line.
Ms. Turlington Burns was named one of Glamour magazine’s Women of the Year in 2013, as well as one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2014; she currently serves on the Harvard Medical School Global Health Council, is an adviser to the Harvard School of Public Health Board of Dean’s Advisors, and is the newest member of the Leadership Council for Women & Girls Lead. She has contributed writings to Marie Claire magazine, Yoga Journal, and Teen Vogue, as well as the Huffington Post, BlogHer, MomsRising, Canada’s Globe and Mail, and the UK’s Evening Standard. She has guest corresponded on NBC’s Today, which included reporting on the status of girls' education in Afghanistan and an interview with H.H. the Dalai Lama. Ms. Turlington Burns has a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Studies and is currently pursuing an MPH at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, where she lives with her husband, filmmaker Edward Burns, and their two children.