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Center for Ethics In Action

In Alliance with Men

Art Image: Roserock (detail), 1982, by Nancy Hemenway Barton

Who We Are

The Center for Ethics in Action was established in 1996 as a non-governmental organization within the University of New England with a focus on women’s leadership. In 2002, the Center applied for and received its own tax exemption from the IRS.

Annual Reports:

2001 | 2003 | 2004 | 2004 Highlights | 2005 Highlights | 2006 Highlights

CEIA Board Members Include:

Lois Barber

Lois Barber is the founder of 2020 Action (previously 20/20 Vision), a national organization focused on peace and environment issues that began in 1986. 2020 has produced Action Alerts every month for 31 years that have mobilized millions of citizens to persistently communicate with their policymakers on timely, critical issues. Lois is also the founder/director of EarthAction, a global network of over 2,500 civil society organizations in 165 countries that was launched at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. Earth Action is focused on finding solutions to global environment, development, peace, and justice issues.  Lois also helped create the World Future Council, a global council of ethical leadership, and many other organizations. In addition, she is an artist and the author of an award-winning children’s book, The Twelve Days of Christmas North. She lives and works in Amherst, Massachusetts.

Martha Burk

is a PhD political psychologist and the co-founder /president of the Center for Advancement of Public Policy, the past chair of the National Council of Women’s Organizations (NCWO), and the current director of the Corporate Accountability Project for the NCWO.  She is the Money Editor for Ms. Magazine, and the author of two books, Cult of Power: Sex Discrimination in Corporate America and What Can Be done About It and Your Money and Your Life: The High Stakes for Women Voters in ’08 and Beyond.

Kathleen D. Hendrix

Kathleen D. Hendrix, a former feature writer with The Los Angeles Times, was a State Department political appointee during the Clinton Administration where she worked on policy preparations for and follow-up to the 1995 United Nations Beijing World Conference on Women eventually serving as associate director of the President’s Interagency Taskforce on Women.  Later she worked as a consultant to the Conrad Hilton Foundation’s Humanitarian Prize and as senior advisor to Vital Voices Global Partnership, an international women’s empowerment group based in Washington, D.C.

Marjorie Lightman

Marjorie Lightman earned a PhD in History from Rutgers University after taking a B.A. and M.A. from Hunter College.   She is a principal and founding partner of QED Associates LLC, which provides research, development and communications services for colleges and universities, museums, progressive public and private organizations.  She is the  co-author of A Biological Dictionary of Ancient Greek and Roman Women (1999)  and Since 1851: 160 Years of Scholarship and Achievement in the Nation’s Capital (2011).  In 2016 she co-curated a multi-media exhibition, Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-75, at the Anacostia Smithsonian Community Museum.  Among her many professional accomplishments, she held the original Ford Foundation grant to organize the National Council for Research on Women, and co-founded the DC Women’s Working Group on Human Rights in preparation for the United Nations Beijing World Conference on Women. She has been recognized by Hunter College Hall of Fame and Veteran Feminists of America.  She has been featured in Who’s Who in America and in four editions of Who’s Who of American Women.

Katharine Sreedhar

Katharine Sreedhar was the founding director of the Holdeen India Program, serving from 1984 until 2012.  She has worked in the United States and India for 60 years with women’s social change and donor organizations and has contributed articles to books and journals on India’s development and grassroots movements.  She has received awards from Radcliffe, the MS Swami Nathan Foundation and the Annie Margaret Barr Project for her work on human rights and the empowerment of women.  She is a graduate of Radcliffe College and attended the Columbia School of Social Work.

Mimi Wolford

Mimi Wolford, a graduate of Mills College is an arts educator and the founder/director of the M'Bari Institute dedicated to the promulgation of contemporary fine art by artists from African countries.  She has co-curated an exhibition at the World Bank and another in Cape Town, South Africa in connection with the Vital Voices Global Partnership Women’s Leadership Summit (2007).  Among the many exhibitions she has mounted are two exhibitions at the University of New England Art Gallery, Colors of Africa and Out of Bounds.  In 2016 She mounted an exhibition at the Embassy of Cote D’Ivoire in Washington.

Anne B. Zill

has been a program associate with the Stewart R. Mott Foundation for more than 40 years, and for more than 20 years she has also been the director of the University of New England Art Gallery.  Her traveling photography exhibition, Women on War has been mounted in nine venues around the country.  She has curated two United Nations exhibitions on the Progress of the World’s Women (2000 & 2001) as well as one at UNESCO in Paris (2011).   She is retiring from the UNE Gallery to complete the writing of the tales of her life.  She has a B.A. from Barnard College and an M.A. from American University.  She has been awarded an APSA Congressional Fellowship and has been recognized by Veteran Feminists of America and Who’s Who of American Women.

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