Legendary Primatologist & Environmentalist

Dr. Jane Goodall

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Jane Goodall, dubbed by her biographer "the woman who redefined man," has changed our perceptions of primates, people, and the connection between the two. Over the past 45 years, Goodall herself has also evolved — from steadfast scientist to passionate conservationist and humanitarian.

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share. The Jane Goodall Institute works to protect the famous chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania, but recognizes this can’t be accomplished without a comprehensive approach that addresses the needs of local people who are critical to chimpanzee survival. Our community-centered conservation programs in Africa include sustainable development projects that engage local people as true partners. These programs began around Gombe in 1994, but have since been replicated in other parts of the continent. Likewise, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, which Jane started with a group of Tanzania students in 1991, is today the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program for young people from preschool through university with nearly 150,000 members in more than 130 countries.

  • Sowing the Seeds of Hope: An Evening with Dr. Jane Goodall

    In Sowing the Seeds of Hope, Dr. Goodall will provide insight into the person behind the globetrotting international icon: a UN Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire, and the subject of countless articles and television programs around the world. She will also discuss the current threats facing the planet and her reasons for hope in these complex times, encouraging everyone in the audience to do their part to make a positive difference each and every day.
  • Making a Difference: An Evening with Jane Goodall

    More than 50 years ago, a young Jane Goodall first set foot in what is today Tanzania's Gombe National Park. Little did she know at the time that she was about to embark on a groundbreaking chimpanzee behavioral study that would rock the scientific community and redefine our understanding of animals and, ultimately, ourselves. Likewise, she probably never imaged that she would one day leave Gombe and begin a quest to empower others to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.

    In her speech, Making a Difference, Dr. Goodall will first bring her audience into the world of the Gombe chimpanzees -- from her early observations and experiences to the latest news and stories from the field.

    Dr. Goodall will also share information about the work of the Jane Goodall Institute, which continues her pioneering research and celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall's Roots & Shoots, the Institute's global environmental and humanitarian youth program.

    In Making a Difference, Dr. Goodall will provide insight into the person behind the globe-trotting international icon: a UN Messenger of Peace, Dame of the British Empire, and the subject of countless articles and television programs around the world. She will also discuss the current threats facing the planet and her reasons for hope in these complex times, encouraging everyone in the audience to do their part to make a positive difference each and every day.
It was amazing!! Everyone had the best time – she was funny, the message was perfect…just awesome.

—Clif Bar & Company

One word - phenomenal. We sold out of tickets (3000) almost two weeks in advance of Dr. Goodall's lecture. Our phones didn't stop ringing for weeks. Her lecture and book signing were amazing and truly inspirational. ... In all sincerity, I would work with you, your staff, and your agency again in a heartbeat.

—Oakland University

Jane was (and is) fantastic! Thank you, Emily and the JG team for your work to help make this a fabulous event for the YWCA. After her keynote, it looked like every book was sold ... and signed by Jane. She is quite a woman and a wonderful inspiration. Thanks for helping us make the YWCA's dream to have Jane Goodall as their keynote a reality.

—YWCA

Jane Goodall Keeps Going, With a Lot of Hope (and a Bit of Whiskey)

Jane Goodall nursed a glass of neat Irish whiskey. It was the end of a long day of public appearances, and her voice was giving out. That’s what…

by New York Times

Jane Goodall Calls for Billions of People To 'Make Ethical Choices' To Save the Planet

People around the world need to take urgent action to protect the planet and all of its living in habitants, famed conservationist Jane Goodall told the TIME 100 Summit Tuesday. “We have to get together and take ... Read more

by Time Magazine

Jane Goodall’s Original Tale of Chimpanzees Still Astonishes Today

Up on the mountains the midday sun glared fiercely, but down in the valley near the swift-running stream it was cool and still. I stood listening until I heard a faint rustling of leaves—the only sound to betray the ... Read more

by National Geographic

Compelling Speakers that Grab Attention & Keep It

*Pictured above is Jane Goodall. Photo credit: Michelle Valberg   Who is going to keep your audience staying through the end of your conference? Who is going to stand out in an information-packed agenda? How ... Read more

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