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Concordia Language Villages director receives international recognition

Christine Schulze, executive director of Concordia Language Villages, was recently honored with an award from the 6th Global Thinkers Forum at a ceremony recognizing “Women of Passion and Purpose” hosted in London. Submitted photo.

LONDON—Christine Schulze, executive director of Concordia Language Villages, was honored with a prestigious award from the sixth Global Thinkers Forum at a ceremony recognizing "Women of Passion and Purpose" in London on Dec. 9.

The GTF Awards are given to "exceptional individuals who have a proven track record of integrity, accountability and positive change across their nominated category," a press release said. The award recognizes some of the most intelligent, innovative, accomplished and socially responsible thought leaders, the release added.

"It is a privilege to be included with such creative, competent and world-minded women," Schulze said in her acceptance speech. "I thank Global Thinkers Forum for this significant honor. A global thinker must choose a noble goal for the betterment of society, and then courageously act on that goal in the face of potential challenge or the pursuit of worthy opportunity. My fellow nominees embody this characteristic."

Schulze was one of eight women from around the world who were recognized for their contributions to entrepreneurship, business, women's empowerment, global thinking, leadership, positive change and African female leadership.

Other awardees were:

• Her Royal Highness Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan

• Dame Helena Morrissey, Non-Executive Chairman, Legal and General Investment Management and founder 30 % Club

• Abla El Badry, Secretary General, Hope Village Society

• Annabel Karmel MBE, UK's No. 1 children's cookery author and best-selling international author

• Dr. Rama Mani, Founder, Theatre of Transformation Academy

• Elsa Marie D'Silva, Founder and CEO, Red Dot Foundation

• Teresa Njoroge, Founder Clean Start

Global Thinkers Forum's mission focuses on the areas of fostering accountability in leadership, promoting women's empowerment and creating opportunities for young people's professional development.

Schulze has served as executive director of Concordia Language Villages since 1989, according to her bio on the CLV website. She's been with the organization for 40 years and has built the organization, based at Concordia College in Moorhead, with a large presence at the CLV site in Bemidji, into "a complex networked organization with an annual operating budget of about $12 million, serving 10,500 participants from across the United States and over 30 countries," the bio said.

Jordan Shearer

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