McMurry University Alumna Shannon Sedgwick Davis ’96 to Present Talks as Part of Ubuntu Theme

  Gary Ellison
  Wednesday, January 27, 2016 9:00 AM
  Archives 2014 - 2015

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McMurry University alumna Shannon Sedgwick Davis ’96, a prominent proponent for human rights worldwide, will be the featured speaker for the school’s second Ubuntu talk on February 17-18 at the Watt Matthews Auditorium in Old Main Building.

These free talks are part of McMurry’s Ubuntu series. Ubuntu is McMurry’s official three-year university theme adopted during the Fall 2015 semester. The term is from the Bantu Nguni language group in southern parts of the African continent. The concept emphasizes interdependence and community over rugged individualism.

Davis’ first talk will be “Justice for Kony's LRA: Seeking Peace in Central Africa” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 17, in Matthews Auditorium. Davis played a strategic role in the hunt for Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, who became an American household name with the Kony 2012 campaign.

The second talk "Global  Leaders and the Servant Leadership Model" at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 18, in Matthews Auditorium, will focus on her work with “The Elders,” a group of global leaders founded by Nelson Mandela in 2007 that include former President Jimmy Carter and Bishop Desmond Tutu among others.

Davis is CEO of the Bridgeway Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Bridgeway Capital Management, Inc. Bridgeway Foundation works toward the prevention of oppression, genocide and human rights violations around the world. An attorney, she is a passionate advocate for social justice and International human rights and a well-known strategist engaged in promoting peace and ending human atrocities across our globe.

Davis is a recipient of The Spirit of McMurry award, given annually to one of the University’s outstanding alumni, as well as Baylor Law School's 2011 Young Lawyer of the year award. Her work has been featured a number of times on radio, television, and through print media.

Davis previously served as Vice-President of Geneva Global, and Director of Public Affairs at International Justice Mission. She is currently a board member of several organizations within the US and abroad including The Elders, Humanity United, and Toms Shoes.

Here are several links for more information about Shannon Davis.

Shannon Sedgwick Davis (McMurry 1996)

 Shannon Sedgwick Davis--CEO of the Bridgeway Foundation, attorney, advocate for social justice and international human rights, native Texan and mother of two young boys is making change happen.  

She played a strategic role in the hunt for Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, who became an American household name with the Kony 2012 campaign. New Yorker Magazine; Christianity Today.

“We cannot ignore this tragic evil that is human trafficking. There is a responsibility that each of us has in the matter of justice. To bring forward what we have, our skills, our attentions, our resources and our time to bear on this great problem. This is the grand opportunity that is being placed before you and before each of us--to serve those who suffer.” -Shannon Sedgwick Davis, TEDx

This San Antonian philanthropist not only fights human trafficking and takes down warlords, but she also keeps a regular journal for her two boys. She wants them to one day understand why their mother spends so much time away in Africa. She was recently named the Rotary Club Young San Antonian of the Year.

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