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Leaders as Influencers of Change: The Power of Voice in Advocating & Advancing Gender Equality

Leaders as Influencers of Change: The Power of Voice in Advocating & Advancing Gender Equality

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 change in support of gender equality. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, I hope each of you will take a moment to explore and consider the ways in which you might leverage your own voice to support gender equality and work to advance opportunities for women and girls world wide.] (Sharon): As an attorney with 25 years of experience in...

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Influencing Change: The Role of Radical Collaboration in Women’s Empowerment

Influencing Change: The Role of Radical Collaboration in Women’s Empowerment

Interview with Professor Linda Scott, DP World Chair for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford, on the power of collaboration in the fight for gender equality and women and girls’ empowerment. [Editor’s Note: I first connected with Professor Scott through my online engagement and advocacy for women’s economic empowerment — recently inviting her to lend her own voice to the Global Girls Project and share her perspective on the important role collaboration plays in both women’s leadership and empowerment. A leading author, authority and voice for gender equality, women’s economic empowerment, and entrepreneurship, Professor Scott’s innovative and collaborative approach has enabled her to forge key partnerships that have resulted in meaningful and impactful change — addressing key development issues ranging from access to sanitary care to mobile technology, while advancing economic opportunities for women worldwide.] (Sharon): In a panel discussion you participated in earlier this year, you spoke of ‘radical collaboration’ as a route to empowerment of women worldwide. What does collaboration mean to you and why is it...

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Leaders as Learners: Humility is at the Heart of Great Leadership

Leaders as Learners: Humility is at the Heart of Great Leadership

Interview with Paulette Ashlin, executive/business coach and Founder/President of Ashlin Associates, LLC. [Editor’s Note: It was a pleasure to interview Paulette for Leaders as Learners — a series of in-depth interviews with global thought leaders that explore the significance of each of the sixteen principles of the Global Girls Project and their application to women and girls’ empowerment. A veteran business and executive coach, Paulette truly exemplifies humility in her own leadership and approach, consistently modeling a quiet confidence that enables others to shine.] (Sharon): What does humility mean to you? (Paulette): It’s a measure of character that differentiates great leaders and great people from the rest. It’s the recognition and acknowledgement that a person is codependent on the world and other people, and the ability to understand that they cannot stand alone, whether in a community or in a business context. It’s understanding that it’s not all about them, and that in order to succeed, they need others. Very arrogant people tend to be super independent and want...

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Leaders as Learners: From Surviving to Thriving — the Role of Resiliency (Part III/III)

Leaders as Learners: From Surviving to Thriving — the Role of Resiliency (Part III/III)

Interview with Eileen McDargh, motivational speaker, author and Founder/CEO of The Resiliency Group [Editor’s Note: A world-renowned speaker on organizational, business and personal resiliency, Eileen McDargh shares powerful stories and offers key insights on how we can cultivate a spirit of resiliency in our lives, moving from a mindset of survival to truly thriving. Divided into three parts, this interview is the fifth in the series, Leaders as Learners, that invites global thought leaders to take a deeper dive into the 16 principles of the Global Girls Project and their application to women and girls’ empowerment.]   (Sharon): In part I of this interview, we talked about what resiliency means – the ability to grow through a challenge or opportunity and into a mindset of possibility than enables us to truly thrive. In part II, we explored sources of resiliency and the role strength, courage, hope, faith, purpose, gratitude and forgiveness play in building resiliency. You emphasized the importance of being able to not only ‘choose’, but also ‘un-choose’ those thoughts,...

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Leaders as Learners: From Surviving to Thriving — The Role of Resiliency (Part II/III)

Leaders as Learners: From Surviving to Thriving — The Role of Resiliency (Part II/III)

Interview with Eileen McDargh, motivational speaker, author and founder/CEO of The Resiliency Group   [Editor’s Note: A world-renowned speaker on organizational, business and personal resiliency, Eileen McDargh shares powerful stories and offers key insights on how we can cultivate a spirit of resiliency in our lives, moving from a mindset of survival to truly thriving. Divided into three parts, this interview is the fourth in the series, Leaders as Learners, that invites global thought leaders to take a deeper dive into the 16 principles of the Global Girls Project and their application to women and girls’ empowerment.] (Sharon): In Part I of this series, we talked about resiliency as more than merely surviving — growing through and beyond a set-back, challenge or opportunity, and into a mindset of possibility that enables us to truly thrive. As you suggest, part of that process involves the art of reframing our circumstances; daring to ask ourselves, “What is good about me? What do I want in my life? What is no longer acceptable? Is...

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Leaders as Learners: From Surviving to Thriving — The Role of Resiliency (Part I/III)

Leaders as Learners: From Surviving to Thriving — The Role of Resiliency (Part I/III)

Interview with Eileen McDargh, motivational speaker, author and founder/CEO of The Resiliency Group   [Editor’s Note: A world-renowned speaker on organizational, business and personal resiliency, Eileen McDargh shares powerful stories and offers key insights on how we can cultivate a spirit of resiliency in our lives, moving from a mindset of survival to truly thriving.  Divided into three parts, this is the fourth interview in the series, Leaders as Learners, that invites global thought leaders to take a deeper dive into the 16 principles of the Global Girls Project and their application to women and girls’ empowerment.] (Sharon): As I reflect on my own journey and the challenges I’ve had to overcome, I have tended to view resiliency as a marriage between both strength and perseverance. In your writing and speaking, you define resiliency as not only the ability to find the inner strength to survive a setback, but to ultimately grow through and beyond a set-back, challenge or opportunity. How do we shift our mindset from one of merely...

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Leaders as Learners: Cultivating Confidence

Leaders as Learners: Cultivating Confidence

Interview with Alli Polin, certified leadership coach, consultant & speaker [Editor’s Note: As founder of the leadership consulting and coaching firm, Break the Frame, Alli’s work and personal life philosophy epitomize authentic, heart-based  living and leadership, as she teaches clients how to make the leap to a more powerful and purposeful future. Recognizing that it takes tremendous confidence to ‘break the frame’ and step up and into one’s own voice and leadership, I invited Alli to share her own thoughts on confidence and specific steps women and girls can take to develop the self-confidence necessary to overcome challenges and follow their dreams. This is the third interview in the series, Leaders as Learners, that invites global thought leaders to take a deeper dive into the 16 principles of the Global Girls Project and their application to women and girls’ empowerment.] (Sharon):  Alli, how do you define confidence? How is confidence cultivated? (Alli): Fantastic question, Sharon! Confidence is not about having all the answers, that’s arrogance. It’s recognition that no one...

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