Sharp Viewpoint Speakers Series 2014-15

Shiza Shahid, Malala Fund, Co-founder & Global Ambassador

Shiza Shahid

Sunday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Camp Concert Hall, Booker Hall of Music

The Richmond Scholars Program Sharp Viewpoint Speakers Series, with funding from the WILL Program and Westhampton College, will host a talk by the Co-founder & Global Ambassador of the Malala Fund, Shiza Shahid. The Malala Fund is an organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban for her campaign for girls’ education. A graduate of Stanford University, Shahid was previously a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in the Middle East. She was recently named one of TIME magazine’s “30 Under 30 World Changers” and included on the Forbes “30 Under 30” list of social entrepreneurs.

Around the world, over 600 million adolescent girls are denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors. And in being denied an education, society loses one of its greatest and most powerful resources. The Malala Fund aims to change that. Education empowers girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential, and to demand change. The Malala Fund’s solutions are grounded in inspired innovation: they are girl-centric approaches to education that support the Fund’s goal of creating a world where every girl reaches her true potential.

Ms. Shahid’s presentation is open to the public, and no ticket is required. There will be a reception following the event.

Watch the livestream Oct. 19:


About the Sharp Series

The Richard L. Sharp Viewpoint Speakers Series was established in 2011 in honor of Richard L. Sharp, a nationally recognized entrepreneur, to present competing views on topics crucial to our nation and global society.

Sharp was a recognized thought leader and an exemplar of personal and professional integrity who served as a mentor to aspiring business and community leaders. His professional career included the founding of Applied Systems, Inc. in 1975. In 1982 he joined Circuit City as executive vice president and led its development as a national consumer electronics retailer from 1984 to 2002 and also served as president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the board. Under his leadership, Circuit City developed into one of the nation’s Fortune 500 businesses.

Throughout the 1990s he masterminded Circuit City’s venture into CarMax, which revolutionized the automotive retail industry, growing it into the nation’s largest retailer of previously owned cars. He retired as chairman of the board in June 2007. Most recently he served as chairman of the board of Crocs, Inc. from 2005 to 2010. He was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease in late 2010 but continued to demonstrate his values of leading by example, helping shape the landscape of Virginia through his personal philanthropy, and by inspiring and motivating others to give back to their community. Sharp passed away on Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his home.

Sept. 21: Sarah Singletary

Sarah Singletary, ’09: Country Desk Officer, Africa Region at Peace Corps

Sarah Singletary

Sept. 21, 2014
Jepson School of Leadership Studies

The Richmond Scholars Program Sharp Viewpoint Speakers Series opened our 2014-15 series with a presentation by National Peace Corps Association staff member Sarah Singletary, '09. Ms. Singletary spoke about the future of the Peace Corps and on her time in Niger and Cameroon as a Peace Corps volunteer.