Keynote Speaker for Cabrini Day
2018 Keynote Speaker:
Bhavna Shyamalan, PhD
Bhavna Shyamalan, PhD serves as co-founder and vice-president of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation. A deep belief in human dignity and freedom as a birthright, as well as in our joint responsibility to become participants in the fight for social justice, have been Dr. Shyamalan’s driving force in creating and steering the efforts of the foundation. With an international upbringing and global perspective, Dr. Shyamalan has developed a keen awareness of the power of poverty to determine the life course of individuals, families, and communities by severely limiting opportunity and choice. Through her stewardship and vision, the foundation focuses on leaders who work to eliminate those barriers. In addition, Dr. Shyamalan is driven to empower the most disenfranchised communities; the forgotten and “disposable" people entrapped and exploited by modern day slavery and human trafficking. Dr. Shyamalan oversees the foundation’s international grants, the implementation of its vision and mission, strategic growth, fundraising, and overall operations.
Earlier in her career, Shyamalan worked as a therapist in the counseling centers of Swarthmore College and St. Joseph's University. She earned her doctorate in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and her BA magna cum laude in Psychology from New York University. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters.