Interview with Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) [Editor’s Note: I first met Susan during in her previous role as Director of Women’s Political Participation at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a time when the Global Girls Project was just a seedling of an idea. Still in the conceptual stages of the project, Susan helped refine my understanding of some of the challenges women face globally and the importance of women exercising their voice through the political process. I’m deeply indebted to her for her wisdom and generosity in sharing her knowledge and experience with others.] (Sharon): In...
The Global Girls Project™
At the Global Girls Project™, we believe that every female, regardless of age, culture, religious or socio-economic status, should be entitled to the basic human right to live her voice out loud and become a leader in her own life.
Looking through the lens of sixteen foundational principles of heart-aligned living and leadership, this collaborative writing project invites you to share stories and advice from your own journey toward empowerment and leadership.
Through this project, we hope this global collection of stories will not only inspire and uplift, but encourage and empower others to find their own voice, too, passing on the legacy of leadership from one generation of women to the next.
What is Heart-Aligned Leadership?
Heart-aligned living and leadership is about living and leading from our heart place…our heart space. It is about transparency, authenticity, integrity, and honor. It is about connecting with others, just as we seek to reconnect with ourselves, recognizing that we each have the unique and amazing gift of ourselves to share with the world. It is not defined or measured by external definitions of success such as title, fame, power or earnings, but by alignment with core principles of character that unite us all.
Sharing Our Story…
At the Global Girls Project™, we believe in the power of collaboration. We believe in the idea that each of us has something valuable to contribute to the advancement of women and girls’ around the world, and that together, we can achieve more than any one of us can do alone. We are eager to share the good works of others and consider it a privilege when we are invited to do the same.
Below are links to those who have lent direct support to our own efforts by inviting us to share a piece of our story with them. To read the stories, just click on the images below. We are grateful to each of you.
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The Global Girls Project is not about whether you can have it all, but whether you can become your all. Success, in this context, is not defined by external labels of achievement, but by internal alignment of values and the fullest expression of who you are.
Founder, The Global Girls Project
One thing that really drew my attention to this project is the fact that it will have an effect with women from all walks of life…A woman in a rural village in Cameroon can relate to it.
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Guest Post on Compassion by Allison Shorter When I was about 14 years old, I read a news magazine article that would forever change my life. I didn’t know at the time it would mark my destiny but now, 26 years later, I can absolutely say that learning about the one child policy in China marked me, and I found my lifetime calling as a result. As I read this article, I was saddened to learn that baby girls were left in front of police stations, orphanages, in the woods, and in the dump just because they were girls and not boys. Boys are the preferred sex in China...
Guest Post on Courage by Jaslin Kalsi I have been blessed to be brought up by my amazing parents who always taught me to be courageous and follow my dreams no matter how insanely out of reach they may feel. Steve Jobs once said, “people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that do.” This has to be one of my favorite quotes! It’s hard work to “change the world,” but the courage to me is in trying. It is inevitable that we will come across obstacles when we have ambitious goals; when obstacles arise, we must refuse to give up, using them as motivation instead. We must get back up stronger and carry on. To...
Guest post by Milinda Martin [Editor’s Note: I first met Milinda via social media, where we quickly discovered a common passion for and commitment to women’s empowerment, civic engagement and sustainability. A gracious and collaborative leader, she later invited me to participate in a national webinar for Time Warner Cable in collaboration with others from the TWC team, Anna Falth of UN Women’s EmpowerWomen.org, and Karen Peterson of the National Girls Collaborative Project. Always willing to support, uplift and engage with others, Milinda truly personifies what it means to be an authentic, humble and collaborative leader.] I have worked hard for my career, spending the better part of fifteen...
Interview with Allison Kahn, Mentoring Women in Business Programme Director for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women [Editor’s Note: I was first introduced to the Cherie Blair Foundation via a former EmpowerWomen.org Global Community Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment, Caro Cimador, who currently serves as a mentee in the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Mentoring Programme. An active and gracious partner of UN Women’s EmpowerWomen.org and the #iamwoman campaign, I’m pleased to share the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s perspective on the importance of mentorship in support of women’s empowerment and leadership development world wide.] (Sharon): Mentorship is at the heart of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s work to...
Guest post by Jeanette Coon [Editor’s Note: Originally conceived as a mother-daughter project, I’m honored to share my own mother’s story and contribution to the Global Girls Project on this very special Mother’s Day. While her story highlights her passion for learning, it is also a story of courage and resilience, and of using her own cancer walk to advocate, inspire and support others who have walked this journey, too. She is a true force of nature and my own personal hero and role model for what it means to truly thrive in the face of adversity, while staying forever open and curious along the way!] To have a passion...
Interview with Carla Goldstein, Omega Institute’s Chief External Affairs Officer and Co-Founder of the Omega Women’s Leadership Center, on the the power of giving life to a voice in advocating and advancing the agenda for gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment. [Editor’s Note: I first met Carla in 2014 at Davidson College’s annual Women’s Leadership Conference, where Carla served as keynote speaker. Inspired by her own advocacy work in support of gender equality and personally influenced by the work of so many of Omega’s instructors, I invited Carla to share her own thoughts on the power of voice and how we can leverage our voices to create positive, collective...