Keynote Speaker for Cabrini Day
2018 Keynote Speaker:
Bhavna Shyamalan, PhD
For more than 15 years, Bhavna Shyamalan, PhD, has served in her role as Co-founder and Vice President of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation. The foundation focuses on discovering and supporting grassroots leaders around the world who are moving depressed communities out of poverty and oppression. These global leaders are empowering their communities by supporting social justice, equality, and access to basic needs such as food, water, and education.
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 equity and justice, have been Shyamalan’s driving force in creating and steering the efforts of the foundation. With an international upbringing and global perspective, 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. The foundation leaders work to eliminate those barriers. More recently, Shyamalan has focused her foundation on helping the most disenfranchised communities; the forgotten and “disposable’ people entrapped and exploited by modern day slavery and human trafficking.
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. Shyamalan earned her doctorate in Clinical Developmental Psychology from Bryn Mawr College and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from New York University