"Maggie is changing the world and there’s nothing predictable about that or Maggie’s life. One day she’s one of the youngest people speaking at the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy, receiving a standing ovation from some of the most powerful people on the planet, including Warren Buffett. But back in Nepal, she’s in the emergency room, without a powerful person in site ... Maggie’s speech that brought everyone to their feet.” -Denise Restauri, Forbes.com
From New Jersey to Nepal: A High Schooler’s Journey to CEO, School Founder and Mom to 55 Orphaned Children
Maggie Doyne graduated high school in Mendham New Jersey and left on a gap year of travel abroad. It was her first trip outside the United States. She started out volunteering in India, but soon found herself in Nepal where a recent civil war had left thousands of orphans. Walking by a river, Maggie met a 6 year old little girl named Hima breaking rocks and selling them to support herself. The two connected as Maggie realized that, except for the luck of being born in the US, she could have been that little girl. With her lifetime savings of $5000 from babysitting, Maggie adopted Hima and soon started a charity called BlinkNow. Maggie’s gap year has extended over a decade, adopting over 50 children and starting a school for more than 300.
No is No Option: Climbing Poverty, Failed Infrastructure and Inexperience for Success in Developing Countries
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, noted for mountain climbing and wilderness trails. Its physical infrastructure lacks paved roads and its political infrastructure mirrors tribal origins. Like Nepal’s Mount Everest, it’s a steep climb to the top with diminishing oxygen en route. Maggie Doyne will tell her story of overcoming the greatest obstacles with many lessons for success and humility.
Leading in the Dark: A Story of Vision, Determination and Very Little Sleep
Maggie will tell her story of how a high school graduate with no international, educational or business experience has led one of the fastest growing and successful organizations in the developing world.
Caring for the Most Damaged Children and Learning Love Without Losing It
Every family faces challenges in raising their children from scraped knees to life-threatening events. The parent has to get through it with the child and family intact.
Maggie Doyne is the 28 year old mother of over 50 orphaned children in Nepal. Many of these children were abandoned during the civil war in Nepal, and had been abused, sold into slavery or suffered from serious illnesses. Having only graduated from high school in New Jersey with no training, Maggie started BlinkNow to care for these children. Maggie will tell her story of finding any path, anyone, anywhere to help her kids and the learning the deepest love while doing it.
Maggie Doyne: CEO, Company Founder, and Mother to 55 Orphaned Children
Every parent wrestles with how to give each child the attention they need. Working moms have the greatest struggle as they seek to balance the demands of the job with nurturing at home.Maggie will tell her story of how she juggles being mom to over 50 orphaned children and the needs of running one of the world’s fastest growing international charities. It’s a story of overcoming fears, many tears and much to cheer.
Traveling outside the United States for the first time after graduating high school, Maggie Doyne wandered into Nepal and faced horrors she never imagined: children orphaned by Nepal’s civil war left to fend for themselves.
Only 19 years old, Maggie felt compelled to act. She used babysitting money and funds raised in her community to begin a home for orphaned children in war-ravaged Nepal. Today, Maggie (now 28) is mom to over 50 children. In 2010, she opened a school for Nepal’s most impoverished children. The school now serves 350 students and is rated top in the region. She was honored as a Forbes ”Top 30 under 30” Social Entrepreneur and by the Dalai Lama as an Unsung Hero of Compassion.
The New York Times Magazine featured Maggie and her work as founder and CEO of BlinkNow.org in a cover story by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof. In writing about Maggie, Kristof marveled: "As for her own needs, Doyne is blasé. When she had an infected tooth in a remote village far from any doctor, and her face swelled up so that she couldn’t even see, a local man obligingly took a chisel and pliers and pulled the tooth — without any painkiller.”