Story: Joanne Berger-Sweeney | Hartford

Joanne Berger-Sweeney, the first woman and first African-American president of Trinity College, explains how a simple, yet incredible, gift from her mother—a daily affirmation of courage—inspired her to live a life full of empowerment and humility.

Joanne’s story was recorded at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in Hartford on Thursday, March 26. See more photos from that day >


  1. Chrissy 5 years ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I whisper these words to my daughter each night. I sometimes wonder if I say it so much that it has lost it’s meaning. Hearing your story warmed my heart and filled me with hope for all my daughter can choose to become.

  2. Aisha McClary 5 years ago

    I love the story by Joanne Berger-Sweeney. As a mother of a young African American little girl, this story touched my heart. My daughter has dreams of becoming a doctor and I will continue to up-lift and inspirer her to never give up on that dream!!

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