Hope • David Williams • s01e03

Hope • David Williams • s01e03

If we look, we can see missing hope in all kinds of places. Some parents lack hope because their child struggles with chronic illness, some families don’t even know if they can buy groceries next week, and some don’t even have a home. Throughout his career, David Williams has become an expert in giving people hope, and he’ll share what he’s learned so that all of us can be better at building hope in others and ourselves.

About Our Guest

David Williams has served as the Executive Director of the Houston Food Bank, COO of Habitat for Humanity, CEO of the national Make-A-Wish Foundation, and CEO of GenesisWorks. He currently works as CEO for Shelters to Shutters, a national organization addressing homelessness through the real estate industry.

Useful Links

A minute with David Williams: David Williams discusses what it takes to deliver inspiration to families with children faced with illness.

What Melts Your Butter is David Williams TEDx Talk about Hope.

GenesysWorks: GenesysWorks provides pathways to career success for high school students in underserved communities through skills training, meaningful work experiences, and impactful relationships. Our program consists of 8 weeks of technical and professional skills training, a paid year-long corporate internship, college and career coaching, and alumni support to and through college.

Batkid Make-A-Wish: It all began with a new superhero who rallied the entire world as he confronted evildoers in San Francisco. Today Batkid is a symbol of everything that is right and good with the world.

Houston Food Bank: Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. We distribute fresh produce, meat and nonperishables and prepare nutritious hot meals for kids in our state-of-the-art Keegan Kitchen.

National Make-A-Wish: An Interview With Make-A-Wish President &CEO David Williams.

Shelters to Shutters: We seek to change the trajectory of those experiencing homelessness in our country by providing two critical components- housing and employment.

Charles Snyder developed a psychological framework for hope, using ideas like pathways-thinking and agency-thinking.

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Written by

Aaron Miller

Aaron Miller

Provo, UT