Wendy Sternberg, MD

Wendy Sternberg, MD

Founder and Executive Director, Genesis at the Crossroads,

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 surrounding Campus Peace Hubas 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 quintupled its applicant pool in less than four years and is now drawing applicants from over 26 countries.

Under her leadership over the past 19 years, Genesis at the Crossroads has created and produced over 150 peacebuilding programs, attracting the engagement, support, and partnership of renowned universities and institutions in Chicago, nationwide and around the world including: The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern and American University, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, The Kennedy Center, The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, US Department of State, the US Institute of Peace, Kingdom of Morocco, Rotary International and the United Nations.  In recognition of Genesis’ unique brand of arts-diplomacy, Genesis participated in the United Nations’ 60th Anniversary celebration.

Sternberg has been featured on NPR, The BBC, Al Jazeera, Israeli and UN Radio and appeared as a guest on CBS, ABC 7, Channel 5 News, and The Australian Broadcasting Company.  She is a Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow and a Rotary Peace Fellow. 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 Woods Fund and Kellogg Foundation ‘s Truth, Racial Healing, Transformation Task Force.

She received both her Bachelor of Arts and Doctor of Medicinedegrees from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her Internal Medicine Residency at the University of Chicago. She recently had her original work published in the chapter entitled, For the Sake of Humanity; Research on Cross-Cultural Collaborative Arts for Public Health (The Oxford Handbook of Methods for Public Scholarship, Oxford Press, Sept. 2019)Affectionately called, A Doctor Without a Border, her medical career informs the healing aspects at the heart of Genesis at the Crossroads.



Day 1: Evening of Media and Creativity

Opening Night Dinner