THE POWER TO TRANSFORM
Ms. Mozella Perry Ademiluyi - Mountain Peak Strategies, LLC [USA]
Mozella teaches that an extraordinary life is possible when you fully embrace and take the steps that get you there!
This is her third time speaking at WLEC, and she is fondly known by some of us at this conference. She brings with her today, and every day, so much energy and passion for her work. In fact, she is contagious, as those of you attending her retreat on Wednesday will fully discover.
Ever listened to a speaker that has the ability to change your mindset to believe that your destiny is so much more in your hands than you ever imagined? Next thing you know, you have accessed your inner wisdom, and, you don’t even know how she helped you do it?
Ever smiling, light on her feet and oh such powerful energy!
When Mozella was nine years old, she and her family moved from Miami, Florida, to the African continent to fulfill her father’s lifelong teenage dream. Cultural exposure and friendships filled Mozella’s young mind with unforgettable experiences. These led her to develop a deeply wired global perspective and helped her evolve to the person she is today.
An international speaker, author and poet, Mozella is also an attorney and a mountain hiker. Her first attempt at climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro when she was 50 years old was unsuccessful. And then, 10 years later she returned and reached the mountain’s 19,341 ft peak.
Mozella recently published an inspiring book called RISE! which is a metaphorical adventure that guides change and transformation.
It’s a must read … you feel as though you took that life-changing climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro with her.
Mozella relaunched Global Women Story Circle last year at WLEC as an online vehicle for women to stay connected and engage in conversations that matter.
She believes in a head, heart and hands approach that delivers the right thinking, beliefs and actions to achieve our personal and professional goals.
Evaluation of Women Empowerment and a success story
Ms. Rukhsana Jahan - Rangpur Cadet College [Bangladesh]
The overall purpose of the study is to investigate the condition of women empowerment from ancient time to present days based on different religion, race, economic condition, customs and gender, how it resists the feminist identity development and how it should be removed from the society. Data was collected from different schools, colleges, articles, internet sources and prevailing condition of the society. It finds that historically, women have been regarded as constituting a weaker section. Extension of the voting right to woman in Britain and America in the beginning of the 20th century brought about a series of changes in the status of woman especially in the western world. Now a day’s, few countries show the successful implementation of women empowerment. Women education, gender equality, social reform, participation in different profession, political empowerment is the factors for the success. But still a variety of reasons like socio-economic, socio-cultural, stereotyped mentality, Sexual harassment factors still stand as big barriers to ensure gender friendly environment as well as for women empowerment. Finally it was recommended to contain proper co-ordination between governmental and non-government organizations to increase the equality of woman. It was hoped that with the help of literacy and participation in every sphere of life, women would be able to lead a life of self -reliance.
Spirit of Success
Ms. Lynn Anne Howard - Asentiv Global [USA]
People and possibilities. These are the two words that motivate Lynn Howard, COO of Asentiv Global and owner of Asentiv Hawaii.
She has three young adult children and 4 grand-babies, spread across the US.
She lives by the motto, No excuses, only solutions , with a little tough love, intuitiveness and perseverance mixed in. Her clients appreciate the clarity, transparency, systematic approach to things and accountability that she provides to them and their businesses, not to mention the expenantial growth that they have achieved with her on their team.
Lynn believes in using difficult situations and the skeletons in your closet as inspiration and motivation to create change and live a purpose driven life. She is a true testament of survivor.
Lynn is a serial entrepreneur and self described life-long learner junkie. She has started successful businesses in Illinois, Hawaii, and in Saudi Arabia. An adventurous spirit, Lynn became a full-time digital nomad in 2019. She enjoys speaking and sharing her story at conferences and events around the world, most recently in Colombia and rooms as large as 6000 participants.
Financial Empowerment Frees Women to Make an Impact Worldwide
Ms. Moira Ni Ghallachoir - www.moira.ie [Ireland]
The ultimate path to empowerment, impacting others and the world, in my opinion. What better way to empower yourself than to take an idea you believe in and not only make it the source of your own empowerment, but use it to create possibilities
all around the world for other women like you Worldwide?
When a woman starts to generate her own income from her own idea with her own talents and skills, everything changes not just in her world but in the worlds of those around her and even beyond her.
Financial empowerment is easily attained through success in business, yet so many struggle and the reason I believe is because too many women are relying on complicated skills that are beyond their gifts and talents and they forget that
personal connection, trust, and reaching the people that need you most through speaking is the fastest, most powerful way to make an impact, grow our businesses and enjoy financial empowerment.
3 Keys To Higher Self-Esteem and Confidence
Ms. Michelle Melendez - Women Being Fit [USA]
Michelle Melendez is the founder of WomenBeingFit.com and has been a live in a body you love specialist and weight loss expert since 2009. She is the author of the double award winning and best-selling book, End Dieting Hell: How to find peace with your body and release the weight. Her speciality is helping women understand their emotional conditioned patterns that keep them stuck in a body they don’t love. When you struggle with low self-esteem it is not because of what you think. It’s because of what your heart and body are vibrating. The cells of your body vibrate at the frequency of your thoughts. If you think a thought long enough, your cells become conditioned to that frequency and will signals to the brain to think thoughts that release that conditioned frequency everyday. That is why you sabotage yourself and your life never changes. In order to have lasting change you must recognize the emotional frequencies your body is conditioned to and accept them as part of who you are. You do this by emotionally expanding toward peace and full self-acceptance of your life’s trauma. That is the journey of being human. When you create a higher emotional conditioned frequency in your body you evolve and experience your life in a new way. Your evolution helps the world evolve.
Archetypes of Successful Women in Myth and History
Dr. Joanna Kujawa - Kaplan Business School [Australia]
In this presentation I examine the hidden and repressed archetypes of a successful and empowered woman in Greek and Hindu mythology, and explore women in history who boldly, against their times and misogyny, embodied those powerful archetypes in their lives. I will also examine how these archetypes and the women who embodied them were demeaned and ridiculed as being unsuitable for what was deemed ‘virtuous women’. I will focus especially on women of great intellect and women of wisdom in antiquity and the Middle Ages who were pushed by mainstream histories to the edges of history and forgotten. In this presentation I will use the following classifications of this process by Joan E Taylor (2003):
1. Woman identified only as sexual partner (and thus her intellectual achievements were ignored or added to her partner’s achievements)
2. Woman as honorary male (and thus allowed into the arena of male intellectual accomplishment if she let herself be stripped of her femininity)
3. Woman as bearer of secret knowledge (and later coined a ‘dangerous heretic’)
4. ‘Bad’ woman (a woman who dared to transgress the lines of what was permitted for her gender)
The purpose of this presentation is to bring archetypes and examples of successful women back to our collective awareness as a tool for women’s empowerment.
Patricia Nell Warren: Promoting the Legacy of a Leader that Empowered Millions
Dr. Nikolai Endres - Western Kentucky University [USA]
At WLEC 2019, I presented on Patricia Nell Warren and her leadership as a novelist (The Front Runner of 1974 is her blockbuster, the first text to deal sympathetically with athletics and homosexuality), as a runner, as a political advocate, and as a publisher. Shortly before the conference, she passed away. At WLEC 2020, I therefore would like to continue with her legacy. First of all, with almost her dying breath, she finished the fourth installment in The Front Runner series, entitled Virgin Kisses (the third sequel to The Front Runner, after Harlan’s Race and Billy’s Boy). I was instrumental in promoting the book, which was not an easy task. Warren, although widely admired and extremely popular in the Seventies, died largely forgotten and indigent, but through social media, gay and sports websites, and fundraising, we were able to advertise Virgin Kisses. Second, because twenty five years ago, Warren founded her own press, Wildcat, her books will remain in print through the efforts of her literary executor. Third, the worldwide Front Runner clubs continue the keep the flame alive, and fourth, there is always the possibility of The Front Runner movie (according to The Celluloid Closet, “the most celebrated failure to produce a film from gay fiction”), a saga that dates back to Paul Newman and includes porn stars, loved ones lost to AIDS, the heterosexualiztion of a gay relationship, a lesbian version, Robert Redford, Clint Eastwood, Larry Kramer, and many more. Let us hear more about Patricia’s empowering story.
Women – here there and everywhere; - A study on the successful Indian women who made foray in to the field of their choice
Dr. Dinesh Kapadia - Government of Gujarat [India]
"Man for the field and woman for the hearth:
Man for the sword and for the needle she:
Man with the head and woman with the heart:
Man to command and woman to obey."
The relegation of woman to heart and hearth reflects a common belief that woman's special nature fits her for her domestic role.
Of course, the ancient India was known for its rich culture and inclusive growth. The women were treated with reverence and they enjoyed freedom to such an extent that some of them carved a niche for themselves in the field of education and religion too and found a place on the pages of the ancient treatises as, scholarly and erudite women. However, with the passage of time many evils permeated in the Indian Society resulting into declining status of women. They started to be treated as “Secondary” to male members of a family. The women’s status was virtually reduced to that of “a chattel’’ labouring hard for many hours. In the beginning of the 20th century social revolutionaries took up cudgels for the oppressed women and feminist movements in the 21st century has brought about a Sea Change in the status of women. In the 21st century the women in Indian have started joining Armed Forces, Navy, Police, Administrative Services/ Corporate sectors and politics too. In the present paper, the author has included success stories of The Indian Women who have triumphantly made inroads in to the fields which were, hitherto, considered men’s citadel.
India’s missing working women: Tracing the journey of women’s economic contribution over the last seven decades
Ms. Mitali Nikore - Independent Economist [India]
India, today, is an economic powerhouse on the global stage, however, it faces a queer conundrum – despite considerable gains in female education, decreases in fertility rates, and increasing economic growth, only a quarter of its women are in the labour force – amongst the lowest in the world. Based on analysis of time series data over the last five decades (1970-2018), this paper finds that women’s labour force and workforce participation rates have declined to their lowest levels since Independence. Women’s average wages have consistently remained below that of men. The fall in labour force participation has been led by women in rural areas, while female unemployment rates have remained higher than men in urban areas. A high proportion of working women are in casual employment. Lack of control over assets such as land, and reluctance to engage with formal financing only worsens women’s economic condition. Occupational segregation and concentration of women in low growth sectors, income effect of rising household-incomes, increased mechanisation and automation are leading factors giving rise to these trends. The persistent notion that women’s primary responsibility lies in domestic duties, manifests in them being viewed as second income earners, lacking family and institutional support. In the absence of targeted policy interventions to support workforce participation, women are likely to continue being excluded from India’s spectacular growth story.
Gender Equality Education for College Students: Constructing Core Gender Knowledge and Competency-Based Learning
Prof. Hsing-Chen Yang - Kaohsiung Medical University [Taiwan]
The change of education or knowledge has never been a vacuum in a social state, because learning is constantly being influenced by social trends and situations and has a new look. In recent years, Taiwan has once again carried out major reforms in education policy, introducing the concept of competency-based education into the innovation of curriculum and teaching. In the process of education reform, gender equality education is also towards competency-based teaching and learning. In Taiwan, gender equality education is often topic-oriented, developing courses in a thematic way or incorporating them into the curriculum. If the gender teaching topic in the curriculum is an important basis for building gender knowledge and gender competency for students, this study believes that vice versa. This study believes that it is necessary to understand and construct core gender knowledge or concept as the basis for curriculum content planning and promotion of students' gender competency. Therefore, this study uses the perspective of competency-based education to explore the gender competency that college students need to learn in college education. The topics discussed in this study include the core gender knowledge and gender concepts that university students need to learn in order to respond to the topic of what gender education should teach and what to learn in the process of university general education and professional education.
Language as a Tool for Reproduction of Gender Inequalities in the Labour Market
Ms. Jasna Mikić - University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences [Slovenia]
The primary aim of this paper is to demonstrate the historical role of language as a fundamental tool for the reproduction of power relations and inequalities in the labour market. Many studies have shown that gender stereotypes are automatically activated in word processing and that language used in job titles is associated with cognitive identification of women and men as members of certain occupational groups, which further reflects and justifies vertical and horizontal gender segregation in the labour market.
The research is based on my doctoral thesis where I am focusing on language used in job advertisement in the time period of the last 60 years in Slovenia in order to detect (historical) changes in the usage of forms in which job titles are presented. For this purpose, job titles will be classified according to the ISCO (International Standard Classification of Occupations) code and grouped into different categories (e.g. grammatical form – masculine, feminine, neutral – word pair), which will provide an overview of main characteristics of language in the labour market in certain time period and will allow for comparison across periods. I anticipate that the findings will point to co-working of specific linguistic and socio-economic changes, which are affecting the positions of women and men in the labour market.
Wives let Husbands make her Decisions: Intra-household Decision Making in Hausa in Northern Nigeria
Dr. Kiyomi Kaida - Bunkyo Gakuin University [Japan]
This study tries to reveal how wives can influence on intra-household decision making which their husbands usually control and are expected to control. Earlier studies on intra-household decision-making have revealed that the one who has the stronger bargaining power dominate the decision-making within a household, and factors to improve one’s bargaining power have been illustrated. It is however that in Hausa society in Northern Nigeria married women put their priority on having respect and dignity rather than having economic power, which is one of the most influential factors of bargaining power to make a final decision. The qualitative data from in-depth individual interviews and questionnaires with thirty-four Hausa couples in Northern Nigeria were analysed by the cooperative conflict model (Sen 1990). The research findings suggest that wives have strategies to fulfil their desires without making a final decision. When the wives disagree with their husbands, they tend to make a concession to their husband’s opinion to maintain their good relationship. No matter how wives increase their economic power, they exert their strategy of keeping a stable relationship with their husbands. What wives want is to have benefits from husbands’ decision, not to make a final decision by her. The wives obtain their desired outcomes by letting their husbands make decisions which are influenced by the wives’ opinions.
Deviating From The Traditional Gender Role: Who Is Bringing Home The Bacon?
Ms. Lina Shouman - Lebanese International University [Lebanon]
According to Eagly’s social role theory, similarities and differences in social behavior and workplace result mainly from the distribution of men and women into social roles within their society. For instance, in traditional industrialized economies, women are more often encountered as the primary homemakers and caregivers to children or in occupations similar to their domestic role such as kindergarten teacher or nurse also known as reproductive work. Conversely, men are expected to take the role of the breadwinner by assuming full time jobs within the occupational hierarchy, often ones that encompass assertiveness, physical strength, or leadership skills. However, over the past few decades, researchers in many countries have denoted the substantial, gender roles transformation in modern relationships, based on the massive entry of women into the labor market. This emerging social phenomenon of masculine and feminine roles in relationships is manifested in the form of breadwinning mothers and stay-at-home fathers. Therefore, the aim of this research paper is to test the social role theory by asking both genders if they still believe that women are associated with warmth and men with assertiveness and task competence.
CLAIMING YOUR SELF ESTEEM
Carine J. Ferreira - Aurora by Carine Ferreira Ltd [MAURITIUS]
Dr. Carine J. Ferreira is the founder of Aurora by Carine Ferreira Ltd which is a privately held company specialized in different services notably Marketing Communications Services and Solutions, Interpretation and Translation Services and Management Consultancy.
Her proficiency in four international languages has led her in being appointed as a legal interpreter and translator of the Supreme Court of Mauritius.
Dr. Carine received her PhD in Management with high honors from the Michigan State University. She also graduated from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators under the Governance Institute of the United Kingdom.
Her expertise and experience in Management have placed her on different international platforms to speak on effective management and to provide leadership expertise and mentoring services to various multinational corporations worldwide.
Alongside her profession, Dr. Carine is also a domestic violence advocate. Her latest book, The Legacy of Hope, is an auto biography that speaks on mental and physical abuse. Dr. Carine is fully committed to empower women to be economically independent to be able to escape from destructive relationships. This is a mission which is truly dear to her heart and for which she is often requested to act as a motivational speaker during different empowerment events worldwide.
Her company Aurora Ltd is also engaged in social activities aiming to provide educational facilities to people, regardless of age in rural and remote areas of Mauritius and Indonesia respectively.
Dr. Carine is also a former beauty queen who has represented her country, Mauritius and was placed in the top in three international pageant contests.
Last but not the least; not only was Dr. Carine Ferreira nominated for several professional awards but she has indeed won some of them notably the Leader of the Year Award 2017 in China, the World Woman Icon of the year Award 2019 in
India and most recently the Outstanding Women Leadership Award 2020 and the Pioneering Women Award 2020 at the 7th World Women Leadership Congress and Awards last month in India.
Her motto: “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle’’
A Review of the Challenges Associated with Women Leadership in STEM Education and the Strategies Adopted for Enhanced Women’s Representation
Ms. Mahwesh Arif [Australia]
Women, over the centuries, have always been considered as the lesser gender until the turn of this century, which has seen a forceful uprising of women in all facets of life. Women are contributing equally, if not more, and standing shoulder to shoulder with men in many diverse fields nowadays. However, the same cannot be claimed for women in science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) education leadership positions. Several studies have been done over the years to understand this lack of female representation in STEM education leadership roles. There are several reported challenges to this lack of female representation such as cultural impacts, gender bias and psychological barriers. In order to overcome the lack of women’s STEM education representation, several studies have been conducted globally to address the issue, including the implementation of innovative ideas such as holding leadership-specific workshops for women and having women mentors for aspiring female leaders. Positive results have been witnessed due to such exercises; however, a lot of work still needs to be done to get female representation at par with men. This report identifies the reasons, from literature, responsible for the global women empowerment movement not having the same effect on women in STEM education leadership roles in the form of challenges faced by women to perform well in STEM education field; with a particular focus on women in leadership positions.
EQ-Powerment: Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Ms. Sandy Lamb - Altitude Business Coaching, LLC [USA]
Emotional Intelligence is the ability to sense, understand and effectively apply the power and acumen of emotions to facilitate high levels of collaboration and productivity. This presentation will help you to learn how others see you versus how you see yourself and the impact of your choices on personal and professional success. We will explore the five dimensions of Emotional Quotient assessments and teach you some strategies to manage them effectively for the benefit of you and your organization.
Compassionate Leadership and Healing the Workplace
Prof. Lisa Morgan - Director School of Midwifery, Laurentian University [Canada]
Although compassion is difficult to define, it is widely thought to include the recognition of and response to another’s suffering, making it a complex process which links emotions, motivations and behaviours. Evolutionary psychology views compassion as pro-social, mammalian, and nurturing, providing a possible theoretical basis for the benefits of compassion between humans, as it appears to be related to survival; reproduction; socialization, and bonding.
Compassionate leadership is about people as individuals, as members of a team with differing needs, wants, and emotional requirements. It leads to collective intelligence which results in inspiring ideas, motivation, and actions, while fulfilling people’s lives.
Research on high performing organizations reveals that we need to spend 2/3 of our time developing the quality of our people, ourselves, and our relationships. People are not mere resources, people are people too! Healthy, happy workplaces are not accidental and applying the principles of compassionate leadership not only leads to excellence but ensures that successes can continue to be realized through a stable and fulfilled workforce.
The Critical Necessity of Effective Communication in Leadership Development
Ms. Khandicia N. Randolph - Regent University [USA]
Being in a position of leadership requires effective communication. Non-profit, member-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, for-profit entities, and educational institutions can struggle to communicate effectively. Specifically, they fail to understand the critical nature of utilizing communication as a necessary tool for leadership development. This study will show the critical linkage between the necessity of effective communication in leadership development in non-profit, member-based organizations, the educational system, and in the private sector. The study consists of three subject groups and three measurements used to show the correlation between effective communication and leadership development. The results show that effective communication is required to have a collaborative team environment needed for leadership development. Finally, the study proves that in the absence of effective communication, positive, and progressive leadership development cannot exist, although the existence of effective communication does not guarantee effective leadership itself.
“I don’t belong here!” Imposter Feelings – the threat is real for women in leadership!
Dr. Victoria Kain - Griffith University – [Australia]
Do you ever feel that you don’t deserve your success? Do you feel like you are waiting for somebody to tap you on the shoulder and tell you: ‘you don’t belong here!’ You may be suffering from impostor feelings (syndrome). Also referred to as ‘impostor phenomenon’ or ‘fraud syndrome’, this is a term used to describe the psychological experience of feeling like you don't deserve your success. In a recent study conducted at Heriot-Watt University in Scotland, it was found that 36% of leaders experience frequent or high levels of ‘impostor feeling’(IF). Female leaders experience IF to a higher degree than men. In this study, 54% of women scored frequent or high versus a quarter (24%) of men. In this interactive session, delegates will learn that although not a diagnosable mental health condition, feeling like a fake can be linked to anxiety and depression. We will explore why impostor syndrome tends to be more common in women, and in those who are high achievers. Delegates will also have an opportunity to undertake a quiz to explore their level of imposter feelings, and we will examine strategies about what can be done about this negative self-talk and potential self-sabotage as female leaders.
Lose some battles to win a final war
Ms. Shikha Nag - Indian Academy of Public Speaking [India]
Talks address the issue of in spite of many reforms women empowerment is not happening and statistics has also proved that more and more women are leaving the workforce. This talk address the issue from grassroots level. The crux of the talk is if as woman you want to do well and your daughter to do well than stop fighting these small battles to be the pleasing wife and perfect mother and keeping silent.. there will be lapse there will be gaps there will some frowns when you will raise your voice or will ask for your right. Change brings unrest but this unrest is required to set the system right.
What seems like a problem today will be solved and gone tomorrow for sure, Both men and women have to balance work and life. So don’t live in the shadows of people’s judgement. Make your own choices in the light of your own wisdom.
Creating Professional Relevance: What It Takes to Advance Your Career Goals Today
Ms. Mary Despe - MK Despe Consulting LLC [USA]
Many people are taught that to get ahead professionally, the formula is simple – you go to school, get a degree, land a job at a good company, and perform well. Traditions teach that to keep progressing through the ranks of an organization, repeating this sequence of activities, as well as securing a mentor or helpful ally in one’s professional pursuits serve as the keys to continuing one’s career mobility. However, advancing one’s career in today’s fast-paced world of social media and digital technologies present unique considerations to shaping a successful career trajectory. While characteristics such as achievements, reliability, and tenure remain important to constructing a successful professional path, advancing career goals for professionals today require a different focus. In this presentation, we take a look at the skills, experience, and trends driving the marketplace today, examining relevant ways to advance career goals and ambitions.
THE BEST WAY TO EMPOWER WOMEN IS TO EMPOWER YOURSELF
Ms. Giselle Rufer Delance - DELANCE Swiss Watches for Women [Switzerland]
Giselle Rufer Delance was born in 1946, a year after the end of the Second World War. Europe was in a state of devastation and slowly recovering from the destruction. She was the child of immigrants. Her parents fled Paris as refugees during the war and settled in French-speaking Porrentruy, Switzerland, near the border with France.
Her family brought a different, more metropolitan culture to the small provincial town. Her mother was a strong independent and entrepreneurial woman, as were her two grandmothers, and she owned her own business on the main street of Porrentruy. Undoubtedly, these three role models helped shape Giselle’s life and her determination to succeed, despite the context of where she grew up.
While advanced in many ways, Switzerland was, during that time, socially backward in relation to the rest of Europe. Swiss women generally stayed at home and in their husbands’ shadows. For those who did work, they were mostly relegated to a few professions, namely teaching, secretarial, nursing, or childcare. Even the schools were organized to keep women in the house. The long lunch hours, when children returned home for the noon meal, plus one day a week off from school virtually ensured that women did not or could not enter the workforce.
The ideal Swiss family was a father who went off to work every morning and came home for lunch, and a mother who stayed at home and took care of the house and the children. Most women did not even have their names on the family bank accounts, or control or even understand the family finances.
There were, however, a number of women’s organizations that were fighting to change this, to gain rights taken for granted in the rest of Europe. Following the 1960s counter-culture movement in the United States and the Cultural Revolution in France during May 1968, a new feminist movement was born in Switzerland, bringing with it a wave of righteous anger that flooded over the entire country and demanded equal opportunities in all domains of life. Women also were resolute on having the right to vote, which finally came only in 1971. As a young mother, Giselle was part of this feminist rebellion.
With this as a backdrop, Diana S. Zimmerman deftly leads us through Giselle’s life, illuminating her determination to fulfill her dreams and to make a difference in the world, especially for women, while overcoming her own sorrows and disappointments.
This book is a must-read for all women.
Giselle will tell you more about her story during the conference and answer your questions. She will also be happy to sign her book for you.
Ms. Ni Komang Sariadi - USADA [Indonesia]
Ibu Sari will lead us in how to face the challenges that woman face in society. Her mission is helping women become healthier in mind, body and spirit while bringing emotional and financial stability into their lives.
After suffering from severe depression, Ibu Sari turned her adversity around and created KIM Women’s Centre to help others overcome similar challenges by practicing the 5 K’s:
Kasih sayang (love)
Independence and women empowerment programs provides options
Ms. Angela Arbab - Boo & Westley Clothing [Australia]
At Boo & Westley our core focus is women's empowerment. By helping preserve and share the art of batik making, especially in rural villages has given many women the means to survive independently and contribute to community growth. Throughout our search we have found skilled artisans hidden in their home workshops. It is an honor to support their art. Once we have found the fabric we designed modern garments for global tastes that are high quality and ethically made. To create the garments, we collaborate with as many women focused organizations as possible. KIM Women Center, One love Sustainable Manufacturing, Role Foundation, Soraya Foundation (kids focused ORG from Lombok) to name a few. Our aim is to get as much recognition as possible to support the education of women in learning the art of batik or tailoring and collaborate with them fully.
Other projects we are involved with include environment and CFP tracking as we move toward becoming a plastic free company and reduce waste as much as possible. Socially we do this as an ethical and slow fashion company that supports artisans from everywhere and focusing on women owned businesses through our physical and online shop.
Your Story Can Change the World: How Connecting to Your Story Transforms Your Confidence, Business and Impact
Ms. Laura Reid – Storyforth [USA]
Gandhi said, “If you want to change the world, start with yourself.” Everyone has a story to tell and that story has the power to connect us not only to others but also to ourselves. Humans are hardwired for story in a way that aids our memory and enhances empathy; no wonder an effective story can make people fall in love with your mission and spur them to action. What impact would that have on your reach and business growth?
When we learn how to connect with, craft and share our story we shift mindsets that have been holding us back and allow for a more authentic, clearer message that will stand out among a sea of marketing. But how does one get started? How do we find our most powerful stories? What if nervousness and anxiety holds us back from public speaking and sharing our stories? How can you breakthrough the barriers of fear and be comfortable with your vulnerability?
We will delve into the deeper aspects of our stories, and explore how owning our stories impacts our work. We can change the world for the better. We will begin with ourselves.