Mary Fisher first came to national attention with her trailblazing speech at the 1992 Republican Convention demanding compassion for HIV/AIDS patients, herself included. These days the activist is better known as a visual artist, with a sideline training women across the globe to make a living as artisans. Her latest endeavor, a range of textiles for Lee Jofa’s Groundworks that benefits Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), reflects her personal inspirations—from the comforting symmetry of geometric lines and shapes to the beauty of a branch bursting into flower. leejofa.com
Mary Fisher says, "Some folks think joy falls from the right opportunities in life: good school, splendid career, perfect spouse. But, perhaps, how we respond to life's injustices and crises determines not only the value of our lives but also the amount of joy we'll have." In this talk, Fisher cites reasons to choose to respond, not as a victim, but in service to others.
A true renaissance woman, Mary is best known for her stunning keynote address speaking truth to power at the 1992 Republican National Convention – a speech since ranked by Oxford University as one of “the best 100 American speeches of the 20th Century.” Diagnosed with HIV in 1991 and with breast cancer in 2012, she shares her experience, strength and hope with boundless energy.
Who knew that counting beads could help change the world? Mary Fisher had a notion it would. The AIDS activist and author immediately saw the power of connecting beads to good deeds after meeting a filmmaker who told her about a game he played with his children to track their anonymous acts of kindness.
Feb 01 - Mar 24
Mary Fisher: Words to Silence