Founder & Exec. Director, Genesis at the Crossroads, Physician
The creative engine behind Genesis, Sternberg forged national/international partnerships with over 45 institutions on four continents and founded Saffron Caravan. Genesis’ professional cross-cultural collaborative world music ensemble. She masterminds the creative development and management of inquiry-based salons at the nexus of human rights and the arts as well as the future Genesis Academy for Global Leadership, a boarding high school embedding art throughout an interdisciplinary curriculum. Her Clinton Global Initiative commitment configured the Academy, and its social justice incubator along with its surrounding Campus Peace Hub as a scalable global model for peace education. Under her leadership, the Genesis Academy Summer Institute, a leadership training and peacebuilding educational program for youth from international conflict areas has quintupled its applicant pool over the last four years, and is now drawing applicants from over 21 countries.
Rotary International selected her as one of 22 world leaders for their 2009 Peace Fellowship. In 2014, marking World War I’s 100th anniversary, she was chosen to be a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow with 59 others to participate in a symposium on the transformational power of arts and culture. She was named a 2011 Charles Bronfman Prize Nominee, A Woman to Watch by Today’s Chicago Woman magazine, and was featured as one of the 10 Jewish Chicagoans of the Year. She is a member of the Kellogg Foundation ‘s Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation Task Force. Wendy received both her Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicine degrees from University of Pennsylvania and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at University of Chicago. Affectionately called, A Doctor Without a Border, her medical career informs the healing aspects at the heart of Genesis at the Crossroads.