Our Story

The Compassion Summit was co-founded by ACS, Amman and ISG, Saudi Arabia through a series of fortuitous events. Larry McIlvain, Head of School at ACS, and Tara Waudby, at the time Assistant Superintendent for Learning at ISG and presently Superintendent at RVIS, envisioned the event while meeting at ASB Unplugged 2016 in Bombay, India. Both were interested in compassion, collaboration and creative-problem solving. Larry has extensive experience inspiring service programs and hosted a Water Summit in Oman. Tara had recently met a nun whilst on an accreditation visit who noted so simply that "peace begins in schools." Shortly thereafter, she met the Charter for Compassion and was inspired by their community Peace Salons. Through storytelling and passionate dialogue, the Compassion Summit was born and launched in March 2017.

The Compassion Summit is a wonderful story of collaboration. Jennifer Suleiman and Mo Hourani, both at ACS Amman, are also members of the founding team and, together with Larry and Tara, organized workshop sessions, keynotes, and logistics of the event. Marilyn Turkovich, Director of the Charter for Compassion, assisted with planning the agenda and was extremely generous in her resources and inspirations. The 11 schools who sent teams of students based on their belief in our idea were instrumental to the success of the inaugural Compassion Summit 2017.

The inspiration and response from participating students, teachers and community members motivated us to make this event happen again in March 2018, and yet again in March 2019. In 2020, the Compassion Summit will begin rotating throughout schools in the region, beginning with Riffa Views International School in 2020.

We believe we can build a more peaceful future. We believe peace begins in schools. We believe that by inspiring continuous, compassionate action, we can shift a generation of thinkers and create a more compassionate world. We believe in service. We believe in kindness. We believe.

We hope you will join us in our journey to building peaceful, accepting and compassionate communities.

The Compassion Summit was founded by

With incredible support from

We are also grateful to the Charter for Compassion for its support, inspiration, ideas and keynote speaker Marilyn Turkovich, to the Fetzer Institute for the wonderful giveaways, to Voices for Creative Nonviolence for the ideas, support and keynote speaker Kathy Kelly, and to NESA and David Chojnacki for your support, collaboration and passion for compassion.

Thank you for believing in an idea...

...because Peace is born in schools!