Flashback: Diana Rauner, Illinois’s New First Lady, Addressed SESP Convocation

Flashback: Diana Rauner, Illinois’s New First Lady, Addressed SESP Convocation

Diana Rauner will be front and center as first lady of Illinois when her husband, Bruce, becomes governor on January 12. In 2012, Rauner was front and center as keynote speaker at the Convocation for Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.

Rauner is president of the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a nonprofit that advocates for young children and families in poverty. At SESP Convocation on June 15, 2012, Rauner spoke to an audience of SESP graduates who have similar ambitions to improve people’s lives through policies and programs.

In her speech, Rauner welcomed SESP graduates as “new warriors” in the effort to support healthy development of children and close the achievement gap. “Your degree is from a school with a mission to improve all human development,” she noted.

“You’re entering a field where there’s no silver bullet, where the easy answers were exhausted long ago,” she explained. “An issue this complex requires different perspectives.” She advised the graduates to persist despite obstacles and if things didn’t work out, to acknowledge failure and try something different.

“Feed your curiosity, your enthusiasm and your mind. Make this work fun,” she urged the SESP graduates.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 1/8/15