RAMA-CROP-2-MAY-09Rama Vernon has made the kind of global difference that only a heart full of love can offer. As founder of the Center for International Dialogue, Rama has traveled to organize counterpart meetings, exchange programs, events and conferences. She initiated the First and Second Soviet-American Citizens Summits as well as the first Conflict Resolution and Dialogue Roundtables between Armenia and Azerbaijan, Georgia and the Ukraine. During the Gulf War, Rama formed weekly Arab-American and Middle East Dialogues with citizens of the warring countries.

For the past 20 years, she facilitated women’s gatherings throughout the United States. In 1994, she organized the Women of Vision: Leadership for a New World Conference in Washington, D.C., attended by over 500 women. This conference led to the formation of the Women of Vision and Action Network, an international organization that embraces and supports spiritually motivated social action.

Traveling to the Soviet Union fifty-three times during the Cold War, she worked in Afghanistan to bring cultures together.

Rama not only captured my imagination, she also enthralled my two daughters, who loved experiencing her strength and her commitment. Rama, my daughters and I blended like family. We recognized kindred spirits in one another, learning about each other and more about ourselves from being together.

Knowing Rama is a gift I am happy to share, for she shares her love with the world in amazingly beautiful ways. We honor this magnificent woman who has influenced history with her own commitment to inner peace. Traveling to the Soviet Union fifty-three times during the Cold War, she worked in Afghanistan to bring cultures together.

On her journey, through the hills and valleys of her work, one thing that kept her going was a quote she found from Eleanor Roosevelt: “If our desire is to serve humanity, we will be crushed and broken hearted. If our desire is to serve God, no amount of ingratitude can keep us from serving our fellow human beings.”

I honor the work and spirit of this beautiful and courageous woman!