Against Indifference


Published December 6, 2018

Stephanie Ansaldo is founder and president of The Echo Foundation, an education foundation for humanity and peace. The Echo Foundation invites world-renowned humanitarians to deliver messages that inspire citizens to action on behalf of humankind. Stephanie previously served as a family therapist at Charlotte Latin School and led her own private practice in family therapy. She is a recipient of several honors and awards, including the Mayor’s International Cabinet Richard Vinroot Achievement Award, the inaugural UNC Charlotte Bob Barrett Social Justice Award and the State of North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in child development from Virginia Tech University and master’s degree in clinical counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

This episode is perfect for anyone interested in humanitarian service, inspiring students to make a difference, bearing witness against inhumanity, and what one person can do.  


  • Stephanie talks about Elie Wiesel and the founding of The Echo Foundation.

  • She shares how she learned about Elie Wiesel’s death and how his death affects her and the future of The Echo Foundation.

  • She discusses how she managed controversy over the presentation of former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to The Echo Foundation.

  • Stephanie considers the work of historian Yuval Noah Harari and the two most important things that we can teach students today.

  • She shares how her father and mother met in Dachau after World War II, how she was raised religiously and the values she learned as a child.

  • Stephanie recalls her work as a family therapist at Charlotte Latin School.

  • She answers how she bears the witness of crimes against humanity.

  • Stephanie shares her three favorite quotes that guide her and reflects on what can one person do.

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  • What can you do to change the world?

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This episode is sponsored by Blumenthal Performing Arts, celebrating its 25th year presenting the best in performing arts. 

Further support is provided by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, one of America’s leading urban public libraries, delivering exceptional services and programs, with a mission to improve lives and build a stronger community. 

And by the Arts & Science Council, Charlotte-Mecklenburg's resource hub and lead advocate for the regional cultural community, providing Culture for All.

Additional support is provided by the UNC College of Arts + Architecture, celebrating a decade of creative education in the arts and design.