Wilkes University


Activist, Artist and Author Mary Fisher Delivers Allan P. Kirby Lecture on March 16 at Wilkes University

Mary Fisher, activist, author and artist, will speak on “Freeing the Entrepreneur for the Global Good” at the Allan P. Kirby Lecture in Free Enterprise and Entrepreneurship on March 16. The lecture will be in the Dorothy Dickson Darte Center for the Performing Arts at 7:o0 p.m. The lecture is c0-sponsored by the Wilkes University Family Business Alliance, and is free and open to the public.

Fisher is a global leader in the arena of social change. Diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and with breast cancer in 2012, Fisher is an outspoken advocate. She delivered a keynote address following her HIV diagnosis at the 1992 Republican National Convention that is ranked among “the best 100 American speeches of the 20th century” by Oxford University Press.

Her early experience was first in public and commercial broadcast media and then in high-profile positions that included being the first female “advanceman” for a U.S. president, Gerald R. Ford. These experiences equipped her to urge transformation in health care, revise perceptions and responses to AIDS, and enable women’s global empowerment.

Her sculpture, handmade papers, jewelry and fiber arts, have earned praise as she has refined a design aesthetic that is elegant and accessible. Her designs are commercially available in her named line within Lee Jofa's Groundworks collection. Fisher also has trained women world wide to use her original concepts to find pride and dignity in work. This work has included a line of bracelets produced by women in Africa. 

Fisher is the author of six books, including her current best-selling memoir, Messenger, and is launching the latest expression of her creative philosophy, The 100 Good Deeds Bracelet, sold in partnership with Macy’s.