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Weekly Leader Podcast Episode 32 – Global Women’s Leadership Network Interviews


This special holiday week, Pam interviews three special leaders participating in the Global Women’s Leadership Network event in Santa Clara, CA.
Women Leaders for the World December 2009 Participants

For Women Who Dare to Shape the Future
The Fifth Women Leaders for the World (WLW) program is being held December 6 through 11, 2009 in Silicon Valley, California in association with Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business.

WLW is a transformational leadership program designed for women leaders who dare to transform the future of their organizations, communities, and the world.  Global in scope, the program brings together women from multiple sectors including business, government, civil society organizations, and academia.  It is unique in its promise to equip participants with the innovation, creativity, and breakthrough thinking they need to implement a visionary project they bring to the program.  WLW includes classroom and small group sessions followed by three months of coaching to support the participants in putting their plans into action.  After completion of the program, the women are launched into global leadership roles with expanded leadership capacity and capability for creating networks, coalitions, and alliances to become part of a global network of committed and compassionate innovators.

Participants are carefully selected for their potential to impact their communities from a pool of international nominees. Since its first offering in 2005, the Women Leaders for the World program has been instrumental in accelerating the results of global women leaders. There are 81 graduates at work in 27 countries.

Esther PERALEZ-DIECKMANN – San Jose, Calif., USA
Eliminating Recidivism among Formerly Jailed Women by Providing Transition Housing and Jobs. Having survived a childhood ravaged by domestic violence and an incarcerated parent, Esther is keenly aware of the challenges facing women who leave San Jose, CA’s Elmwood Correctional Facility.  About 85% are victims of domestic violence; almost 80% are mothers and 30% have children under five years old; many are repeat offenders.  As Director of the Office of Women’s Policy in Santa Clara County, Calif., Esther is creating coordinated, trauma-informed, gender-responsive transitional housing, training, and jobs—the highest requests from the women inmates.  Esther believes this approach will help the women and the many affected children finally break this recidivistic cycle and walk a path to independence and success.

Patricia EIYO-ELOTU – Northern Uganda
Teaching Ugandan Women Farmers to Grow Sustainable Cash Crops. As a child, Patricia and her Ugandan family lived in Sudan as refugees, continually threatened with starvation.  Patricia’s role with Purchase for Progress, a program made possible through a partnership between the U.N. World Food Program in Uganda and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will educate and empower small women farmers who are responsible for 60 percent of Uganda’s crops. Through Patricia’s work, these women will have the opportunity to upgrade their skills, apply greater knowledge to sustainable farming and gain access to higher paying markets. The results: education for their families, better paying jobs and healthier lives.

Pamela KAMPIRE – Kampala, Uganda
Reducing Domestic Violence Against Women at the Grassroots Level.  Starting her career as a Gender Development Officer with an NGO in a remote district in Uganda, Pamela has seen the heavy price her country pays for the endless violence perpetrated against women by the men in their intimate relationships. Through the experience of her first job combined with her work at Self Help Africa, Pamela has created the Domestic Violence Prevention Project (DVPP) to mobilize Ugandan communities against domestic violence.  By training local leaders and professionals, Pamela will change the attitudes, behaviors and the environments that perpetuate this misery for women and children.

About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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