O’Bannon Institute to culminate in conversation with Shiza Shahid, co-founder of Malala Fund

BLOOMINGTON – Ivy Tech Community College’s Bloomington campus is hosting its 12th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service on April 29-30 and May 1. On May 1, the three-day Institute, focused on the theme “Be the Change: Discover Your Super Power” will close with a conversation with Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund and Bob Zaltsberg, editor, The Herald-Times.

Shahid is an entrepreneur and social activist of Pakistani origin. She is the co-founder and global ambassador of the Malala Fund, the organization representing the young Pakistani activist who was shot by the Taliban for her campaign for girls’ education.

“Recently named one of TIME magazine’s ’30 Under 30 World Changers,’ we’re looking forward to Shiza’s engaging conversation about strengthening the global community through youth education, specifically for girls,” said Chancellor Vaughan. “As an open-access, comprehensive community college, we have a common goal with The Malala Fund– to change lives through the power of education, and to ensure access to it.”

The closing conversation with Shahid and Zaltsberg will take place after a day filled with an opening panel discussion focused on this year’s event theme, an Ivy Tech-Bloomington youth leadership presentation, a provided lunch, and related conference workshops.

Reservations are required for attendance to Friday Institute activities on Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s main campus, and admission is with canned goods or a monetary donation made at entry for Hoosier Hills Food Bank.

Tickets are still available for the O’Bannon Institute fundraising dinner on Thursday, April 30 with singer, songwriter, political activist, philanthropist, and author, Sir Bob Geldof, at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center on Thursday, April 30. Individual tickets are $100 and are tax deductible. Proceeds benefit the Ivy Tech-Bloomington Center for Civic Engagement.

To reserve seats for Friday’s Institute activities on Ivy Tech-Bloomington’s main campus, or to purchase tickets to Thursday’s fundraising dinner, log on http://obannon.ivytech.edu/tickets, contact Tina Phelps at (812) 330-6001, or email tphelps@ivytech.edu.

Event sponsors for the 12th annual O’Bannon Institute for Community Service include, Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, Bloomington Ford, Inc., City of Bloomington, CFC Properties, Cook Medical, The Herald-Times, Inc., IU Credit Union, Markey’s Rental and Staging, Sterling Real Estate, Inc., Smithville, and Linda and John Whikehart.

O’Bannon Institute for Community Service at Ivy Tech-Bloomington was established in 2004 as an annual opportunity for the community to come together to discuss issues of importance. Previous speakers of the Institute include U.S Senators, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, Governors, political advisers and columnists, a presidential candidate, former first Lady of the United States Laura W. Bush, and former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell. The event has grown from a one-day event to a now three-day event that includes a civic engagement awards ceremony, a day of volunteering in the community, a fundraising dinner, panel discussion, workshops, and a closing conversation.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College (www.ivytech.edu) is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.


Geldof Bio

Rising to fame thanks to his music career, which began with The Boomtown Rats in 1975, Sir Bob is known for the hit albums and singles he has recorded. He continues to be a prolific recording artist. During the 1984 famine in Ethiopia, he turned his attention to charity work, organizing Band Aid and the fundraising event Live Aid.  In light of his charity work, he received a knighthood in 1986. He has written a number of articles for publications including Time Magazine and completed a series for the BBC titled Geldof in Africa, during which he traveled through West, Central, and East Africa.

The Live 8 concerts, undertaken in 2005 and performed in the same spirit as Live Aid 20 years previously, were a huge global fundraising event, and cemented Geldof’s place as a tireless campaigner for global charities. Sir Bob continues his charity work today and on November 13, 2014, commemorating the 30th anniversary of Band Aid and to assist in suppressing the current Ebola crisis in West Africa, recreated the original song with the artists of today including One Direction, Alt-J, Elbow, and others.

He has received a number of awards, including the Nobel Man of Peace Award, several Honorary Doctorates, and received seven Nobel Peace Prize nominations.

Shahid Bio

Shahid_CAASpeakers_photoA graduate of Stanford University, Shiza was previously a business analyst at McKinsey & Company in the Middle East. She is now leading Malala Fund in its work to empower girls through education. Shiza was recently named one of TIME magazine’s “30 Under 30 World Changers” and to Forbes “30 Under 30″ list of social entrepreneurs.

Around the world, over 600 million adolescent girls are denied a formal education because of social, economic, legal and political factors. And in being denied an education, society loses one of its greatest and most powerful resources. The Malala Fund aims to change that. Education empowers girls to raise their voices, to unlock their potential, and to demand change. The Malala Fund’s solutions are grounded in inspired innovation: they are girl-centric approaches to education that support the Fund’s goal of creating a world where every girl reaches her true potential.

Shiza currently lives in New York City.

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