Retired World Bank administrator Anne B. Thomas will be the guest speaker at the League of Women Voters annual meeting Tuesday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Otterbein United Methodist Church on the corner of East Franklin and Locust streets in Hagerstown.
The event is open to the public and there is no charge.
Thomas has worked as a civil rights attorney with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington D.C., and at the University of New Mexico, after her first job out of law school as a Landman for ARCO in Colorado.
At her job at the World Bank, she ran its peer arbitration program for employment disputes and in her last position worked in leadership development. Her work took her to many different parts of the world.
Paralyzed in 1976 at the age of 18 at a time when children with disabilities were prohibited by law from attending public schools and many states still imposed involuntary sterilization on persons with disabilities, Thomas forged a new life for herself.
“Her story is truly one of self-determination, self-definition and adventure,” said League President Richard Willson.
Willson said the Washington County League’s invitation to Thomas followed the community’s enthusiastic response to their fourth annual storytelling event at the Hagerstown Women’s Club in March.
“Offering opportunities for outstanding individuals to share their life stories has been a powerful way for the League to showcase how we are all connected and the importance of understanding different perspectives as we work to improve our democracy,” Willson said.