Ambassador James A. Joseph, Professor Emeritus at Duke University is being honored this month for his work as the chairman of the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation (now called the Foundation for Louisiana). The foundation was established immediately after Hurricane Katrina to assist recovery efforts by focusing on education, housing, health care, legal assistance and jobs. Here he discusses how he “felt a passion to do something” in the aftermath of the storm.
Joseph has just published his memoir, Saved for a Purpose: A Journey from Private Virtues to Public Values. In the book he shares the development of his philosophies of morality and leadership through his work in the civil rights movement, corporate America, and government, including as ambassador to South Africa. He sees Katrina and 9/11 as major challenges and opportunities for Americans to build community and unity. Read the prologue and preface here and order the book on our website for 30% off with the coupon code E15SAVED.