"Live your life in such a way that when you die even the undertaker will be sorry," Mark Twain.
Charlene Smith is a multi-award winning writer, editor, lecturer, and management consultant. An authorized biographer for Nelson Mandela she teaches writing in the USA, UK and South Africa. She has been profiled twice by Time magazine and every major news network in the world including CNN, CBS 60 Minutes, BBC, Le Monde, etc. She has consulted to the World Economic Forum, Fifa, Coca Cola, and others.

An expert in HIV and AIDS, and gender violence, she was instrumental in getting the Centers for Disease Control to research a protocol for Post-Exposure Prophylaxis after Sexual Assault that was released in 2004.

Charlene Smith is an internationally sought after public speaker who has twice been the guest of the Swedish government, has chaired sessions and delivered papers by invitation of the World AIDS Conference in South Africa, Thailand and Spain. She has also addressed conferences across the United States from Georgia to Iowa, Massachusetts to Washington, DC (including the National Press Club), and New York law firms to elementary schools in Sudbury. Children are her favorite audiences, "they ask open and surprising questions, they are unafraid of being considered foolish, and I'm always astonished by their insights and common sense."

She has a Masters of Fine Arts Interdisciplinary Arts (Advanced Narrative Non-Fiction) and lives in Massachusetts. A keen photographer she loves art, photography, cooking, and gardening.

CBS 60-Minutes producer, Randall Joyce:
10 Plus ... 2: Ode To Joyce
Oct 13, 12:55PM by Hillary Profita Topics 10 Plus 1


Randall Joyce generated some of the most feedback yet for our 10 Plus 1 feature.
So, what do you do for a living?

I'm a producer in the CBS News London Bureau. In television news, the producer is the person behind the scenes organizing coverage of the story.

Who is the most fascinating person you've covered and who is the biggest jerk?

On the positive side I would have to mention Charlene Smith, a South African woman who survived a brutal rape and then went on to launch a campaign against the epidemic of sexual violence in her homeland. She successfully avoided falling into self-pity in part because she always had so much empathy for others. The best way to make her angry was to refer to her as a rape victim.

On the negative side I would have to put Tuta, the war crimes suspect. He bookends with Charlene Smith as well because he and his colleagues made history by being indicted in a case based solely on rape as a war crime. He was a common criminal in jail before the war and was let out to terrorize the Muslim population of his town. Strangely his group justified its violence by defiantly clinging to victim status for the Serbs in a long line of Balkan atrocities. A tattoo on Tuta's forehead summed up his view of life. It read: "Before I was born I was dead."