Breakout Session | Stage 2

Host: Sesame Workshop, LEGO Foundation

The COVID-19 crisis has brought unprecedented disruption to the lives of millions of children around the world, compounding the risks for those most vulnerable, including the 31 million displaced children worldwide. In 2018, the LEGO Foundation made a landmark $100 million grant to Sesame Workshop to deliver early education to children affected by the Syrian and Rohingya refugee crises, through the power of educational media and learning through play. Now, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the LEGO Foundation, Sesame Workshop, and their partners are rapidly adapting to continue to reach and teach the world’s most vulnerable children – and laying the foundation to transform how the world responds to children in crisis for generations to come.



Clarissa Ward - Moderator
CNN Chief International Correspondent and author of 'On All Fronts'

Clarissa Ward is an American television journalist who is currently chief international correspondent for CNN. She was formerly with CBS News, based in London. Before her CBS News position, Ward was a Moscow-based news correspondent for ABC News programs.

Sherrie Westin
President of Global Impact and Philanthropy, Sesame Workshop

Sherrie Westin is President of Social Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. She leads the Workshop’s efforts to serve vulnerable children through mass media and targeted initiatives in the United States and around the world. Westin serves as Sesame Workshop’s chief mission ambassador, raising awareness, developing strategic partnerships, and cultivating philanthropic support to further the Workshop’s mission to help children everywhere grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. Westin has held leadership positions in media, nonprofit, and public service. She was Assistant to the President for Public Liaison and Intergovernmental Affairs for President George H.W. Bush. Westin serves on the board of directors of UNICEF USA, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Communities in Schools, and Vital Voices Global Partnership, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was named a “Leading Global Thinker” by Foreign Policy Magazine and one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business”.

Sarah Bouchie
Vice President of Global Programmes, The LEGO Foundation

Sarah Bouchie is Vice President, Global Programmes at the LEGO Foundation, leading the Foundation’s diverse portfolio of global initiatives that seek to promote learning through play in early childhood and primary school. Prior to the Lego Foundation, Sarah served as Vice President of Program Development at ChildFund International. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eureka College and a Master’s degree from American University.

September 22, 09:00
09:00 — 09:45EST(GMT-4) (45′)

People, Youth

| Host: Sesame Workshop / LEGO Foundation |, Clarissa Ward (CNN), Sarah Bouchie (LEGO Foundation), Sherrie Westin (Sesame Workshop)