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Timothy Shriver

"The last thing you expect or want in life is often the first thing to take you on your journey to life."

How He Empowers Others

Timothy P. Shriver is the Chairman & CEO of Special Olympics. In that capacity, he serves 2.5 million Special Olympics athletes and families in more than 165 countries. He has helped transform Special Olympics into a movement that focuses on acceptance, inclusion, and respect for individuals with intellectual disabilities in all corners of the globe.

As part of his passion for promoting the gifts of the forgotten, Shriver has harnessed the power of Hollywood to share the stories of inspiration and change, co-producing DreamWorks Studios' 1997 release, "Amistad," and Disney Studios' 2000 release, "The Loretta Claiborne Story." He is Executive Producer of "The Ringer," a Farrelly Brothers' film, and he has produced or co-produced shows for ABC, TNT, and NBC networks.

Before joining Special Olympics in 1995, Shriver was and remains a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors in learning. He created the New Haven Public Schools' Social Development Project, now considered the leading school-based prevention effort in the U.S., and co-founded and currently chairs the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading research organization in the U.S. in the field of social and emotional learning.

Shriver earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University, a Master's degree in Religion and Religious Education from Catholic University, and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut.