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Loreen Arbus

Loreen Arbus is currently the President of the Loreen Arbus Foundation, The Goldenson-Arbus Foundation, and Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc. Her philanthropy supports a broad scope of interests, including advocacy for women and girls, and for the world’s largest minority, people with disabilities. She has established and funds many scholarships that both enhance and elevate social consciousness around her philanthropic interests—scientific and medical research, public policy, the arts, media responsibility, human and animal rights. Arbus holds the distinction of being the first woman to head programming for a U.S. network, a feat accomplished twice (both at Showtime and Cable Health Network/Lifetime). Arbus is the author of six nonfiction books, has written countless articles for many national publications, and was twice nominated for an Emmy. She serves on over a dozen nonprofit boards. Arbus is the daughter of Isabelle and Leonard H. Goldenson, Founder and former Chairman of ABC, who helped shape modern mass communications and transformed ABC into one of the world’s greatest media empires. Ms. Arbus, widely recognized for her humanitarian and professional accomplishments, has received The Heart of Giving Award, presented by President Bill Clinton in 2001, and was chosen as one (of 40) Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World 2002. She lives in New York, Los Angeles, and Buenos Aires. She is a high-profile Argentine Tango choreographer and professional dancer.

7 Responses to Loreen Arbus

  1. Loreen, I produced the telethon for UCP for 6 years in Palm Springs, CA. During that time I read your article about your mother going to NASA etc., that you wrote for the one sheet you put in the Merv Griffin Tennis Tournament for UCP, program. I was so impressed I did a tribute to them at the Annenberg Center in Rancho Mirage, CA. I would love to talk to you about your mothers’ being the person who started the Handicap Parking spaces as well as the medical info from space. I believe I still have the video package I put together for the tribute. It’s a story I’d like to see get out there…so to speak. Everytime I now park in the the “blue” spaces I think of your mother and father who were so good to me. I truly hope I hear from you. UCP programm dept said I was the only one, at that time, who was using that information to raise funds. Thanks in advance for taking time to read this missive.

  2. Anne M. Rogers says:

    Loreen, I am 50 years old, and have finally persued my lifeloing dream of going back to school to get my R.N. I had to watch a TEDx Women’s Event, for my Ethics Class. I randomly chose yours, and am so glad that I did! You are truly an inspiration to me! After surviving a lifetime of abuse, at times, I question my abilities and whether or not I have what it takes to tackle all of this at my age. Your honesty is so refrehing as well as inspirational. Thank you for sharing your life’s struggles about your personal life. You have given me a whole new outlook about where I am presently, and where I want to go in the future. I never thought that all the “disruptions” in my life, could be the stepping stones to a brighter future tomorrow. Until I watched you speak about this, I had been unable to let go of my past hurt, blame, resentment and guilt. My past was literally like an anchor tied around my neck, slowly sinking me. I truly feel a sense of relief and encouragement. The difference of daylight and dark. I cannot thank you enough! Words cannot describe how you have reached me. Thank You, and may God bless you for sharing your story with us!!

  3. Michael S. says:

    Loreen, I often gain insight from the TED and TEDx Women talks and was thrilled to see you in this timely piece on the benefits of disruptions. The open and gracious candor that you display in recalling your own course through tumbling tempests toward personal and artistic achievement reminds me of some searching and heartfelt conversations that we shared at some of your hosted events. You are a beautiful sounding and sending board for all of us, and I, through practice, now appreciate the implications of dancing in your life as well. May blessings (however seemingly disruptive at times) lead and follow you always!

  4. Hi Loreen, I met you at a few of the non-profit events you are active in this past November and December. You are so beautiful and such an inspiration. Your message was so amazingly incredibe and inspiring. Hope to see you at the next event, tomorrow (Saturday, Feb 8th). Will you be there? My best wishes for continued successes & disruptions,
    Gloria

  5. Francine says:

    Wow! I think it was incredibly brave for Loreen to reveal so much about her personal life. I was in awe. What are you working on now in the production realm?

  6. Loreen, I worked in the NY programming dept at Cable Health…you were my boss! Came across this and wanted to let you know how incredibly inspiring I found both your courage and your message. I strongly agree with you about disruptions. And you look amazing! Thank you.