You Have To Know What Sparks The Light In You

Oprah Winfrey

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"You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world."

Oprah Winfrey (1954-) is an American talk show host, actress, television producer, media executive, and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, which ran for 25 years from 1986 to 2011, and was the highest-rated TV programme of its kind in history.

Oprah is often referred to as the "Queen of All Media". She was the richest African American of the 20th century, and North America's first Black multi-billionaire. In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame, and in 2004 she ranked the greatest black philanthropist in American history by Businessweek. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard.

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Nikol Chen (she/her)

Digital Content Manager, Laidlaw Foundation

Hello! My name is Nikol and I look after the Laidlaw Scholars Network.

I am originally from Kazakhstan and I studied Human Sciences at UCL. My final research explored the potential effects of design on patient wellbeing in hospitals, and I also took modules such as Ethnographic Documentary Filmmaking, Anthropology of the Built Environment, Art in the Public Sphere, and other less interesting-sounding things :)

Drop me a line if you have any questions about the site, or if you'd just like to chat! I am always down to meet interesting people, so let's get [virtual] coffee ☕️