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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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My Dream to Fly Free Like a Bird

My Dream to Fly Free Like a Bird

Guest Post by Silvija Mitevska I began flying with paragliders at the age of fifteen. It all happened so quickly; on a family vacation in August I was introduced to the paragliding instructor, in September I joined the local paragliding club for a try-out session and two weeks later I had my first flight. I flew only twenty meters above the ground, but it felt like I was high in the sky. I looked from above at the yellowish grass swaying gently, moved  by the wind coming from the east. I carefully circled around two tall trees next to a dried riverbed and landed softly on my feet. My whole body was shaking; it was not from fear but from true excitement. I had just experienced the feeling of complete freedom. I took off my gloves, my helmet and my flying suit and started jumping from happiness. I couldn’t believe that I was in the air by myself. I, the girl who never went out from her home-town could fly....

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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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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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The Birth of Hope and Purpose in Adversity

The Birth of Hope and Purpose in Adversity

Guest post by Reem S. Abu-Rustum, MD, FACOG, FACS Purpose. It is what keeps us going in life. What drives us to fight adversity. What instills courage and resilience within us humans in general, and women in particular, to keep going on, irrespective of how dark the world around us may be and how helpless we may feel… As a human being, I am forever in awe of “her”, the most delicate of living creatures, who has been entrusted to bear the gift of life, and whose noble role as the bearer, nurturer and protector of this life is the main purpose of her existence. She withstands the ultimate pain in bringing this life to life and she guards it with her life. In many parts of the world, she is still victimized, abused, neglected and unaccounted for. Nonetheless, she fights with resilience and courage, carries on with purpose and compassion and serves as the example of utter selflessness to humanity. For me, an obstetrician, it is the greatest...

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Finding Meaning From the Inside Out

Finding Meaning From the Inside Out

Guest post by DeAnne Wingate Bennett I began my career on a quest for the world’s view of success – money and power. I realized after I had it all that it wasn’t “enough”. I knew there was a purpose for my life but I didn’t know how to find it. I finally recognized that I needed to leave my identity in my career and look at myself from the inside out. This is how I discovered the meaning of life and my calling. Growing up, I was taught that money created happiness. My first exposure to impoverished communities began at my alma mater, Rollins College. Students and faculty joined together to build a medical center in Guatemala and a community center in the Dominican Republic. I was amazed to live for a month among people who had nothing financially, but were still filled with joy. My experiences in Guatemala and the D.R. were ironic to me because of the richness of our American society and the unhappiness that...

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