We are excited to share Cradles to Crayons CEO Lynn Margherio’s TEDTalk “Building an Army of Empathy” that she presented at the TEDxBeaconStreet event in Boston, Massachusetts. Watch the video above to learn about the origins of Cradles to Crayons, how volunteering can build empathy in children, and the importance of building a more empathetic world.

Will you join our #ArmyOfEmpathy? Share the TEDTalk and use the hashtag #ArmyOfEmpathy on social media to show your support. To learn more about volunteering here at Cradles to Crayons Philadelphia, please click here.

Description of “Building an Army of Empathy” from TEDx Talks YouTube channel: 

Lynn Margherio, a business strategist turned self proclaimed service junkie, is calling for an Army of Empathy. In this inspiring talk, she challenges each of us to help unleash the power of empathy in children as young as 5 and give them the tools to make a positive difference in the world. Learn how to put the innate goodness of America’s 35 million children to work in making the world a kinder place. With the conviction that, if donating were easy, families would gladly pass on new or gently used children’s items to families in need, Lynn launched Cradles to Crayons in Boston in 2002 and later expanded to Philadelphia and Chicago. Annually, Cradles to Crayons now provides nearly 250,000 children in poverty with essential items including clothing, shoes, winter coats and filled backpacks, and the organization’s unique operating model engages volunteers to fill 75,000 workshifts. A graduate of Georgetown University, Lynn began her career as a business strategy consultant. She served as a senior policy analyst on the White House Domestic Policy Council during the Clinton Administration, focusing on health care and the potential impact on the economy of the Internet and electronic commerce. She later served as Executive Vice President of the Clinton Foundation’s HIV/AIDS Initiative where she led international health care and policy teams. Lynn lives in Cambridge with her husband and children. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx