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Finding Purpose Through Service, Stewardship, and the Courage to Speak Up

Finding Purpose Through Service, Stewardship, and the Courage to Speak Up

Guest Post by Belinda Rose Young, MSPH, CPH “What took you years to learn, could take someone else minutes.” This is a quote that encompasses the principles of service and stewardship, which go hand-in-hand. Service includes the actions that you render onto others. While stewardship includes an element of responsibility – it focuses on the duty each person has to ensure that they use and manage their abilities and knowledge well. My parents have been great examples of service and stewardship in their professional and personal lives. Growing up, I was taught to find great joy in giving to others. Being from various Caribbean islands, my parents understood the need for community and what it takes for the entire community to advance – service. There is a famous song in Jamaica, where a lot of my family is from, called “No Man is an Island.” The beginning of the song starts like this: “No man is an island, no man stands alone Each man’s joy is joy to me...

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The Male Perspective: My Own Empowerment Came Through Strong Women

The Male Perspective: My Own Empowerment Came Through Strong Women

Guest post on the strength of empowered women to empower men, by international development specialist, humanitarian and human rights activist, Gesù Antonio Báez There’s a question that really bothers me that is unceasingly asked to ambitious women; how will you do it all? The “all” implying she will be both mother, wife and career driven superstar which somehow seems not reasonable….to do it “all”. I don’t get it. I’ve rarely seen such a question presented to leading male professionals and I’m sure there are a plethora of them who juggle their careers in addition to their role as husbands and father. Yet society never asks this of men and by reiterating their question to women, we subconsciously indicate how we don’t expect women to become leaders and “Mavericks” in the boardroom. Women are needed in leadership roles as it is vital in order to eliminate antiquated gender roles which society has tattooed on the general psyche of this generation. We cause a great injustice to ourselves if we doubt and...

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Building a Lasting Legacy

Building a Lasting Legacy

Interview with Laura Roser, Founder and CEO of Paragon Road, on Building a Lasting Legacy for Generations to Come  [Editor’s Note: This past year I had the pleasure of being introduced to Laura Roser by a mutual friend and colleague, Bill Littlejohn, CEO of Sharp Hospital Foundation, both of whose work reflects the core values of the Global Girls Project. While many of the stories in this legacy series focus on the intergenerational aspect of legacy, particularly between grandmothers, mothers and daughters, in this interview, Laura offers a fresh perspective on how each of us, regardless of our familial history, traits or relationships, can take personal responsibility for building our own legacy of leadership through our daily choices and actions. It is this sense of personal accountability that is at the core of personal empowerment, enabling each of us to not only realize our own leadership potential, but to help pave a path of opportunity for future generations to come.]  (Sharon): What does the term legacy mean to you?  (Laura): To me, the term “legacy”...

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Empowering Girls and Fulfilling Their Human Rights is not a Choice, It’s our Responsibility

Empowering Girls and Fulfilling Their Human Rights is not a Choice, It’s our Responsibility

Guest post on International Day of the Girl Child by Shreya Mantha, Founder, Foundation for Girls; Founder and President, GirlUp Club, Providence Day School, Charlotte, NC The International Day of the Girl Child focuses attention on the need to address the challenges that girls face, to promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. We are fortunate to be born and brought up in America where, to a large extent, there is a parity between boys and girls. However, there are parts of the world where girls go through a very tough time from birth to death just because they are a girl. I want to do everything I can do to help girls both in my backyard as well as around the world. We have to come together, partner, and leverage the great work that is already being done in this area and build on it. Empowering girls and fulling their human rights is not a choice, it is an obligation of our society and we must...

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Influencing Change: Charting the Path From Personal to Economic Empowerment

Influencing Change: Charting the Path From Personal to Economic Empowerment

Interview with Anna Falth, manager for UN Women’s Knowledge Gateway for Women’s Economic Empowerment, on the challenges and opportunities for women’s global economic empowerment. [Editor’s Note: I was first introduced to Anna in July, 2014, when I was selected to serve as one of 44 Global Community Champions for Women’s Economic Empowerment through the Knowledge Gateway platform. Through my volunteer work and engagement with UN Women, I’ve had the opportunity to deepen my own learning and understanding of the various issues and complexities of women’s global economic empowerment, connect and collaborate with women and men from around the world, and share my own experience and perspective on the importance of personal leadership development in advancing gender equality. It is through these types of platforms, programs and opportunities that each of us can lend our own individual voice and expertise, creating a collective voice and force of change that can help enable women and girls from around the world to achieve their fullest potential.] (Sharon): As the manager for UN Women’s...

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Influencing Change: The Case for Women and Girls’ Empowerment

Influencing Change: The Case for Women and Girls’ Empowerment

Interview with George Ingram, Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at Brookings Institution, and Chair Emeritus and Senior Advisor to the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition [Editor’s Note: I first met George in 2012 through my involvement with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and advocacy work in support of a ‘smart power’ approach to foreign policy. A humble and gracious leader, George personifies the core values of this project in his own thoughtful approach, while consistently supporting others and creating openings for deeper dialogue and understanding. This is the first in a series of upcoming interviews that invites key thought leaders in the global development, gender and foreign policy arena to share their own insights and experience in advancing gender equality policies and programs. While the Global Girls Project is primarily focused on developing the inner character and resources that are essential to personal empowerment, this interviews series is intended to provide readers with a global context and framework for understanding the external challenges, issues and opportunities that many women...

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On Being a Man

On Being a Man

Guest post by Bruce Switzer My own visceral reframing of what it means to be a man and why the empowerment of girls and women is critical began many years ago. A friend (another man) suggested that the key to moral and ethical power was to embrace my feminine side. He was referencing the idea of Yin and Yang. He asked me to imagine my mind as a pool of water. He suggested that when I was in a male mode the water would be choppy. Any sunlight hitting the water’s surface would be diffracted in thousands of different directions. However, if my mind was still, the reflection would be clear. He was suggesting that power and accuracy were first dependent on stillness or perfect reflection, followed by action. After thirty years of testing this hypothesis it has remained one of my greatest teachers. It has taught me to listen until clarity emerges. It has also blurred gender roles for me significantly. In 2000 I attended a weeklong Quilt...

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