Jane Receives Minerva Award

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 - 3:00am

On Tuesday, Jane took part in the one-of-a-kind California Women's Conference hosted by Maria Shriver. Over 25,000 women from around California - and the world - joined together for 2 days to celebrate and speak about the power of women to transform our world. From Madeleine Albright to Katie Couric to Sir Richard Branson, Jane joined an A-list line-up of conference speakers. Jane, along with 3 other pioneering women, was selected to receive the special Minerva Award this year.

The Minerva Award is named after the Roman goddess of wisdom who graces the California State Seal, and was created to celebrate "women who work tirelessly on the frontlines of humanity to make this world a more compassionate, tolerant and just place."  If you missed the conference, be sure to watch the video of the ceremony on the Women's Conference website.

Upon accepting the award, Jane said: "Thanks to the Minerva awardees and all of you out there...this is the hope for the future - that wherever we see this appeal for help there is somebody, or a group of people, ready to go and try and put it right.  And that - the indomitable human spirit - is my greatest reason for hope."

All photos by John Trybus.


Jane was one of only 4 women to receive the 2009 Minerva Award. She spoke last and received not 1 - but 3 - standing ovations and truly energized the crowd. Here, she is joined by Maria Shriver right before giving her signature pant-hoot chimpanzee greeting in front of 25,000 women! 



Jane meets Captain Scully, the brave pilot of US Airways Flight 1549. He successfully landed his plane in the Hudson River in January, after a malfunction. Billy Campbell, new member of the JGI board, was on that particular flight! Nick Vujicic, a 26-year-old young man born without limbs, meets Jane. He is an example of strength through adversity and now shares his message through the Life Without Limbs organization.
Annie Leibovitz and Jane met during the book signing.  Annie is a supporter of Jane's work and said she was so happy to meet her!  Like Jane, she is an example of a woman who changed history through her work. Jane and journalist Linda Elerbee share a moment prior to Jane's breakout session, Beating the Odds: Profiles of Inspiration.  Among other topics, they spoke about Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots and the power of young people to promote change around the world.

The Jane team! Jane joins her support staff - Mary Lewis, Susana Name, and John Trybus at the JGI booth. Over 25,000 women passed by the booth to learn about JGI and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots. 

Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife interview Jane for Oprah Radio in the press tent. 
Jane waves to the crowd after receiving the Minerva Award. 

"Where do I get the energy, at 75, to travel around the world over 300 days a year like I do?  From the young people I meet everywhere I go," Jane told the crowd. 



Two Janes!  This huge poster of Jane graced the conference hall.




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