Posts in "Global Initiative" tag

Musimbi on Building Movements

Musimbi Kanyoro, Ph.D., is Power in a small package.  Make sure you capitalize the “P” in Power here.  Look her up.  Go ahead…

Her big voice leaves you no choice but to pay close attention — don’t look away to take notes, because you want to understand her and not miss something, not even a single thought.  My highlights are not complete here, but the feeling she left me with is.

Once the audio is posted on the Womenetics site I will add that link here.

“We want to work with women who are leaders, who are digging deep.”  She is speaking of the Global Fund for Women.  They support organizations that advance women’s rights all over the globe.  She anchored the talks for me at the the Global Women’s Initiative hosted by Womenetics this month in Atlanta, GA.

“We have the knowledge.  We have possibilities for government policy.  And we need behavioral change.”  

“Privilege comes with responsibility.”

Her potent words on resiliency, specific to those in difficult situations…and the spirituality of not giving up,  left me spellbound.  Even more motivated than I thought I could have become, prior to this event.  She was talking to ME, as if she knows what we are up to with My Advocate Center in our behind-the-scenes work.



Marching Orders from a Media Guru

There is no better way to launch a new venture than to hear your marching orders from some true world leaders in the women’s empowerment movement.  So attending the Global Women’s Initiative event hosted by Womenetics  this month was perfect timing for laying the groundwork for My Advocate Center.

“Better solutions have to come from us,” was one of my favorite validating statements from Pat Mitchell, the President and CEO of the Paley Center for Media.

Another strong theme of hers that excites me is “transforming…with transparency and accountability.”  Being able to relate to a speaker named by the Huffington Post as one of the Powerful Women Over 50 left me feeling I was in good company with the objectives we have outlined for M-A-C.  Okay, I thought, we are on the right track…

If women can take charge and make momentous changes for the citizens of the Congo and for Kenya, using new technology, including mobile technology, then what should we be able to do with it here in the U.S.?  What should I be able to do with the privileges and comforts and connections that I have?  (I’m not daring you here; I’m daring myself.)

“When in the hands of women, we do so much with it.”  I hear you, Pat.

“Create change we want to see, but not for ourselves alone.”  For me in founding M-A-C, that would mean other parents, both mothers and fathers, and for our children.  It IS possible to interrupt harmful cycles, for example as in family violence, if we know where to look and what to do with what we’ve learned.

Carrying her message out the door, we remember these principles:

1. Find a mentor, and be a mentor
2. Take risk.  Worth repeating: Pat’s Native American grandmother said, “Falling on your face is at least a move forward.”
3. Be fearless
4. Be impatient

     I think I started with number 4 and am working my way up the list!  Actually I have found a couple pretty amazing mentors – so thank you if you are reading this.  Nothing is lost here.
     We appreciate Womenetics for lighting up Atlanta, Georgia with the minds of women like Pat.  And, for the great door prizes such as the one I happened to win – tickets to another thought-provoking event which I can’t wait to attend.  So look for another post like this one following the Chic-Fil-A LeaderCast in May, 2013!