Children’s Rights Board member Megan Shattuck — president of talent at Teneo, a global corporate advisory firm — took time to discuss why supporting CR is important to her.
CR: Why did you decide to join the CR Board and what fuels you to be involved with child welfare reform?
Megan: The heart of the mission is what drew me to Children’s Rights. Thinking about young kids in difficult situations — who want bright futures but are struggling with feeling safe and loved — it’s impossible not to think about the impact that has on too many children. It’s important to me to be a part of an organization that’s looking to help kids be better positioned to make a positive impact on the world and lead happier lives.
CR: Having worked at CNN for nine years, do you feel that child welfare issues get enough media coverage?
Megan: We live in a 24/7 news environment and breaking through that is hard. I think there’s a huge opportunity to shine a light on children who not only deserve better and have tremendous potential but are already incredibly strong kids doing something extraordinary every day.
CR: What is your biggest takeaway, having served on the CR board since 2013?
Megan: Hearing the personal stories is heartbreaking — children are so vulnerable. I was surprised to learn there aren’t more organizations like Children’s Rights given the number of children in tough circumstances. It’s been gratifying to see how many people working within child welfare welcome Children’s Rights and its mission. This is an organization that stays with the cases and children all the way through.
CR: You also serve on the board for Arch Street, a teen center in Connecticut. Have children’s issues always been important to you? Why?
Megan: Yes, I grew up all over the world (Indonesia and Saudi Arabia, among other places) and saw a lot, including children living in very difficult circumstances. It’s important to not only shed light on those who don’t have a voice but to also facilitate true change. Children should feel safe and loved, and to be a part of two organizations with that mission is a great privilege.
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