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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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Ecos of my Compass

Ecos of my Compass

Guest post on leadership from Karla Wheelock, the first Ibero-American to summit the 7 highest peaks of each continent My name is Karla Wheelock and I’m a Mexican mountain climber. When I think about what it means to lead from the heart and be authentic in my leadership, I think of the heart as the compass that guides us to where we need to go. When it beats is as if it were signaling our true North—the direction we should follow. The truth is that in the beginning, I didn’t pay much attention to it. I liked to climb trees, I liked to stand on the roof of the house—not the normal things most little girls like to do. But I did them anyway and noticed that I was happiest when doing them. I dutifully complied with what I was told to do all my life, which was to study and prepare for my future within the parameters of what had to be done. But it wasn’t until I...

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Influencing Change: Advancing Women’s Voices Through the Political Process

Influencing Change: Advancing Women’s Voices Through the Political Process

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 your role as Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, you oversee efforts to integrate gender equality and female empowerment into USAID’s policies, programs, and strategies. How do you achieve this and what role does gender equality and female empowerment play in ending poverty and promoting resilient, politically stable societies?  (Susan): We cannot achieve USAID’s mission of ending extreme...

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Influencing Change: Mentoring, Role Models and Global Leadership Development

Influencing Change: Mentoring, Role Models and Global Leadership Development

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 develop sustainable solutions in support of women entrepreneurs globally and is widely recognized as essential to women’s advancement. How do you define mentorship? How do you distinguish mentorship from role models, sponsorship, and coaching?  (Allison): Over the last five years, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Mentoring Women in Business Programme has built a model that approaches mentoring as a supportive...

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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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Diversify Yourself to Success (Women Make the World Go ‘Round, Too!)

Diversify Yourself to Success (Women Make the World Go ‘Round, Too!)

The Male Point of View:   Interview with UK-based consultant, Dr. Marc Lawn, on gender stereotypes, the value of diversity,  and finding one’s own voice in the world.   [Editor’s Note: I first connected with Marc on Twitter via a global tweet chat on women’s economic empowerment, hosted by the Knowledge Gateway, a UN-managed open global community for knowledge mobilization, innovation and partnerships for women’s economic empowerment. Recognizing the critically important role men play in bridging and advancing the dialogue on gender equity and women’s empowerment, I invited Marc to share some of his own perspectives and advice on women’s leadership from the male point of view.] Too many stereotypes in the modern world mean that women and men still play too many traditional roles, yet we do not recognize that with few exceptions women are as capable, if not more, than men. Women bring diversity to a world screaming out for change. The sense of calm that a mother, for example, can bring to a room of executives is profound....

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