10 Questions: Vivian Glyck’s mission is improving the lives of mothers

Vivian Glyck is an author, entrepreneur, humanitarian and mother. Passionate about parenting and dedicated to improving the lives of mothers and children globally, in 2007 Glyck founded the Just Like My Child Foundation (JLMCF). The nonprofit is dedicated to empowering women and children worldwide to achieve their potential, beginning in rural Uganda, where its programs and funding have attained far-reaching results.

JLMCF uses an approach of deep development to empower communities, village by village, to move toward self-reliance and the creation of their own long-term solutions to healthcare, education and microenterprise. The organization strives to reach 1 million girls in the underdeveloped world by 2017.

She wrote “The Smart Mamma Parenting Guides” and “The Tao of Poop: Keeping Your Sanity (and Your Soul) While Raising a Baby.”

What brought you to La Jolla?

After 13 winters in Boston, and one in Minnesota where I got married in 2001, I decided to give up on living through another winter. My husband agreed.

I used to work for Deepak Chopra, whose Center was on Fay Avenue at the time. Because of the Deepak connection, I had several close friends, including Arielle Ford and Debbie Ford, who lived in La Jolla. This made the move quite a bit easier.

I arrived in La Jolla on Dec. 5, 2001 and found out that day that I was pregnant, so my whole life in San Diego has been as a mother!

What might you add, subtract or improve in the area?

I would like to see consistent bike lanes that don’t appear and disappear randomly. I’ve always said that bike riding in San Diego is a non sequitur — La Jolla is no exception.

Who or what inspires you?

I’m inspired by parents whose love for their children compels them to learn and grow as individuals, enabling them to be conscious and resourceful parents. I’m inspired by kindness, too. In the end, it’s the only thing that matters.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

Hillary Clinton, Sheryl Sandberg, Osama bin Laden, Idi Amin, Mother Teresa, Wangari Maathai, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Tony Robbins, so he could help me manage all those personalities and shift some attitudes.

What are your five favorite movies of all time?

“Casablanca,” “My Left Foot,” “The Way We Were,” “The Constant Gardener” and “The Last King of Scotland.”

What is it that you most dislike?

That would be an obsession with “things,” and people whose self-absorption keeps them small and immature.

What is your most-prized possession?

My 11-year-old son. Although he would strongly disagree that he’s a “possession,” I like to delude myself that he’s mine until I have to let go!

What do you do for fun?

I do yoga, I hike, I beach-walk and I connect with friends.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

In the end, only kindness matters.

What would be your dream vacation?

Attending cooking school in Tuscany in early September for two weeks, while my son learns Italian, and my husband gets to relax and drink great wine at the beautiful villa we are living in. Of course, we tour around Tuscany and Umbria every chance we get and pay homage to St. Francis of Assisi at the Cathedral — it’s one of the most peaceful and harmonious places in the world.