Featured Speakers

The conference’s featured speakers are Barclay Martin, a Kansas City-based singer/songwriter, who will open the conference on Thursday evening. Friday will feature a luncheon keynote by Meg Gardinier, Chair of the Campaign for US Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as a breakfast keynote by Lillian Pardo, Professor Emerita in Neurology and Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center. Below are bios for our featured speakers.

Barclay Martin, Musician and Philanthropist

Kansas City-based singer/songwriter Barclay Martin has spent his career as a recording artist and performer since 2000. Martin’s other projects include a hand-washing initiative in Mali, West Africa through Medical Missions Foundation, and recently served as the coordinator for Social Justice and Sustainability at Kansas City Academy.

From 2007-2009, Martin took multiple trips to the Philippines with the Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) to work with Filipino musicians and students. The result is was a documentary film entitled Rise and Dream, which recently won the Audience Choice award at the Thin Line Film Festival in Denton, TX. In 2012, Martin joined CFCA as the Coordinator of New Channels, taking a primary role in distributing the documentary.

Meg Gardinier, Chair of the Campaign for US Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Meg Gardinier serves as Chair at the Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and is currently the Director at Arigtatou International Office in New York. In this position, she provides strategic direction and is involved in development of a three-year action plan to stop violence against children, representing the Office of the Special Representative of the U.N. Secretary General on Violence against Children. She also launched the World Day of Prayer and Action for Children, a global campaign partnering faith-based organizations, civil society, intergovernmental organizations and governments to achieve child development goals.

For more than ten years, she was Managing Director, Education and Community Partnership at United States Fund for UNICEF and also Executive Director of the International Catholic Child Bureau.  In addition, she has served as a consultant with Save the Children.

Ms. Gardinier is a graduate of Fordham University with an M.A. in International Political Economy and Development.

Lillian Pardo, Professor Emerita in Neurology and Pediatrics, University of Kansas Medical Center

As a community leader who wears many hats , Dr. Lillian Pardo has had a long-standing career in medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center as a pediatric neurologist. Upon her retirement in 2006 she was bestowed the Professor Emeritus appointment  in neurology and pediatrics.  She  brings a perspective of multiple dimensions to the topic of women’s rights as human rights. As a minority in medical school, in post-graduate training and as a faculty member at the university, she has learned to fight for her right to be heard, and sensitive to injustice to others.

An active board member of the United Nations Association of Greater Kansas City and Zonta International of KCMO, she has sought attention of CEDAW in a recent letter to the editor in the Kansas City Star, in pursuit of passage of the UN initiative by the United States.

Dr. Pardo is also active in the FIlipino Association of Greater Kansas City where she has served many leadership roles, but currently as Executive Director of the Sinag-tala Performing Arts Troupe. She and a Kansas City based group of physicians and nurses also serve indigent people by providing medical and surgical services and free medicines, to over 65,000 patients in the Philippines over its 19 year-history. She is coordinating their 20th medical mission in 2013.

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