Posted on May 17, 2017
“The finish line is in sight!” says R.I., V.P. Jennifer Jones in this TED Talk – PurdueU video. Watch this 15 minute talk to learn how Rotary got into the business of the eradication of polio, the sheer magnitude of organizational effort required to save millions of lives, and how threats and violence have been responded to by those doing the immunization in the three countries that remain.
Polio is a disease on the brink of extinction. How it got there is a complex tale complete with heroic and deadly twists and turns. Discover what the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is doing to eliminate this paralyzing disease and in turn, keep a promise to the children of the world.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


Jennifer is the President and CEO of Media Street Productions Inc., an award-winning television production company in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Jennifer is also the Vice President of Rotary International. At Rotary International, she along with sixteen global directors, oversee the policy, governance and fiduciary responsibilities of the organization's 1.2-million members in more than 35-thousand clubs. One of Rotary International's most recognized communicators, Jennifer has presented keynote addresses and training workshops at hundreds of conferences across North America and overseas. Jennifer also contributes much of her energy to local organizations. She is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Governors at the University of Windsor and the past Chair of the Board of the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce. She has been recognized for Rotary’s Service Above Self Award and the Citation for Meritorious Service, the YMCA Peace Medallion, the Queen’s Diamond Jubi