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Audrey Hepburn
April 4, 2016

Audrey Hepburn

For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.

Audrey Hepburn

Born in Brussels, Belgium on May 4, 1929, Audrey Hepburn became one of Hollywood’s best style icons.  A trendsetter in the 60’s, she played the role of Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s which made her a household name. She then won various prestigious acting awards like Emmy, Tony and Academy Award to name a few. When she became a mother, she decided to put aside acting and raised her children instead.

Audrey Hepburn - UNICEF
‘The Third World is a term I don’t like very much, because we’re all one world, I want people to know that the largest part of humanity is suffering.’ – A Visit to Ethiopia (Photo by: UNICEF)

In her later years, most of her time was dedicated to helping the hungry children in Asia, Africa and South America, of which she could relate to as she and her mother went through such difficulty during the German Occupation and Nazi’s invasion in The Netherlands.  In the late 1980s, she became UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassador. In 1993, she was given a special award by the Academy for her humanitarian work but was not able to receive the award as he died on January 20, 1993 of colon cancer. The Audrey Hepburn Society was established by her sons, Sean Ferrer and Luca Dotti with the help of Robert Wolders, her companion on 1994, to continue Aubrey’s humanitarian work.

Moving up from the ranks, some may forget how one started. We forget to thank those who helped us or who educated us on millions of things we need to know about leadership or processes. We strut around as if we learned everything by ourselves. We forget the we struggled in the journey and survived by winning over the challenges. We succeeded because someone believed in us.

Have we paid forward? Have we fully empathized with our peoples’ challenges or are we being impatient? We may no longer be wearing the usual cheap clothes but are we ready to roll our sleeves, put away our stilettos and help our people with the groundwork? Can we still relate to their challenges? Maybe no longer.

As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others, she said.

Attributes: Compassionate, Humility,  Poised


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Fran Saguindang Riego de Dios, MS has been in training and leadership development for more than a decade now. In earning her Master of Science in Biology degree, she joined the College of Science and Mathematics faculty of MSU-IIT and published her studies in Asia Life and Philippine Scientists Journals. For her, moving into the corporate world felt odd at first but with the scientific method and discipline in her backpack, it has become a fulfilling experience. You may also visit her personal Science Blog Site at Live Well. She also enjoys music (sings and plays the piano) and art (portrait sketch).
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