Lili Fournier is a visionary leader, a renaissance woman whose career path in television has garnered awards, respect and a peerless global network of business and social leaders. She is a philanthropist, social activist, serial entrepreneur, who after a couple of decades of a successful career in television, decided to dedicate her life to help realize the potent potential of women and girls.
Her powerful personal success programming has brought her recognition as a leading pioneer in the human potential movement. She is an award-winning producer, director and host of the Quest series of specials on PBS which featured some of the world’s most influential spiritual and business leaders and best selling authors on how to achieve success with significance: Nobel Peace laureates the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, Russell Simmons, Stephen Covey, Jane Goodall, Gloria Steinem, Joan Borysenko, Sir John Templeton, Deepak Chopra, Thomas Moore, Sam Keen, Marci Shimoff and Jack Canfield and many other luminaries.
Critically acclaimed as the best of its genre for its in-depth approach to contemporary life issues, the Quest is widely credited with playing a leading role in pioneering spirituality on the airwaves across America, when the mind/body/spirit connection was anything but mainstream. It’s hard to imagine now. The Quest successfully raised millions of dollars for PBS’s fundraising efforts and expanded syndication to a reach of 90 million households. When the leading ad agency at the time, Chiat Day (Apple’s Think Different Campaign) did its vanguard study on Mega Trends in America they concluded it was spirituality and chose the Quest, published by Simon & Schuster, as the best product on the U.S. marketplace. Lili is renowned for never ever giving up on her dreams.
After producing the award-winning 3 hour “Women of Wisdom and Power” specials on PBS, (plus 2 hour live studio broadcast from New York) and seeing the great impact that the shows had, Lili became a passionate advocate for the empowerment of women. She was flooded with stories from women across the U.S. and elsewhere who said the shows lit a fire under them, and gave them the courage to go for their dreams. An inveterate adventurer, who had traveled to over 85 countries and lived amongst women in the grassroots around the world, Lili was amazed that she hadn’t discovered that it was the severe subjugation of women in most parts of the world that kept poverty in place. Then the World March of Women marched in 159 countries in 2000 and it barely made the news. When they did it again in 2005 Lili volunteered on her own coin to reach out to all the TV networks and powerful leaders in media to make sure they knew. It never made the news at all. It was as if it never happened.
Right after 9/11, she flew to Washington, D.C., and stood on Washington Mall with Eleanor LeCain and made a vow that she would produce Live Aid for women and put International Women’s Day on the map which was not well known in North America at the time. Funding for women and girls to achieve their potential was and is vastly inadequate. So she decided to do something about it. She believes that it is only by working together in full collaboration will we be able to help realize a brighter future for women and girls.
Actualizing the equal status of women and girls is the most profound imperative of the 21st century. She committed her legendary energy to achieving the dream of WOMEN’S DAY LIVE, a bold and exciting Global Women’s Empowerment Initiative that would harness the power of media, celebrity and technology to accelerate investment in the education and empowerment of women and girls worldwide. Music has always been at the heart of every social justice movement. Lili has worked for over a decade taking one step at a time to bring reality up to meet her vision. She’s gone the distance and put everything on the line and says that this challenging journey will have all been worth it, if we seize this significant moment.
Women’s Day Live
WOMEN’S DAY LIVE is a live global multi-venue Benefit Concert and Music Festival, and a digital film that will give voice to women worldwide on one day. This live global mega-shed event will celebrate women’s leadership on International Women’s Day (IWD), on March 8, 2018. This is Live Aid Women. Global reach. Local impact. We invite everyone to step up now to help realize this bold mission. Together we can open the heart of humanity to the plight of women and children during this looming humanitarian crisis.
To see that transformational change is possible during this extraordinary time in the world, and to have it coming from Canada is simply breathtaking. The Minister of International Trade just announced Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy, committing $150 million to invest in women’s funds in the grassroots, putting power into the hands of women for the first time where it can have the greatest impact. This is historic. It’s never been done before. This is a game changer.
The concerts are timed to precede the G7 Summit which Canada is hosting in May 2018. We will ignite a Global Call to Action to make poverty history by empowering women and girls, calling on world leaders to follow Canada’s lead and put women and girls at the heart of their International Development agenda. Given the confluence of world events we have a historic opportunity to move billions in International Aid into the hands of women in the years to come. Now is the time to invite world leaders to take action on their promises to women and girls. Eighty nations pledged equality for women in 2015, promising bold actions over the next five years and equality by 2030. Time for change.
Now that Canada has stepped up, positioning itself as the gender equality leader on the world stage we stand poised with a once in a lifetime opportunity to unite people around the world to support Canada’s ambitious global leadership effort to champion the tremendous potential of women and girls.
WOMEN’S DAY LIVE is now uniquely positioned to offer a convergence of globe-spanning philanthropy with a world class production team that can deliver a spectacular all-out celebration and first-of-its-kind immersive global social networking event to support the cause of equal opportunity, inclusion and diversity. A unifying day for humanity. Women’s Day Live Patron, Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu invites the world to make this humanity’s finest moment. It’s up to us now.