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Women Leaders in Global Health & Development: Challenging Stereotypes and Sharing Challenges

By Annie O’Donnell


Photo: Hanna Hwang/WGHA

This last Thursday, over 100 women, and a few champions for women, gathered at Global Washington for an event jointly hosted with the Washington Global Health Alliance to discuss the unique challenges that women face in pursuing careers in global health and development. Topics included survival skills for balancing family and career, the importance of mentorship, and how to know whether an opportunity is right for you.

Panelists included Emily Bancroft, president of VillageReach; Willa Marth, vice president of equity & global programs for Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest and the Hawaiian Islands; and Fatema Sumar, regional deputy vice president (Europe, Asia, Pacific and Latin America) for the Millennium Challenge Corporation. The event was moderated by Dena Morris, president & CEO of WGHA. Read More

What It Means to Be “Global” in Seattle

Photo by @GregJeffersonPhotography via Twenty20.

After the Global Washington conference last month, the two of us have been going back and forth about something that came up during the opening keynote discussion.

The discussion, moderated by Akhtar, included UW President Ana Mari Cauce; John Kelly, Starbucks Senior Vice President of Global Public Affairs and Social Impact; and Richard Stearns, the president of World Vision U.S.

Several of the speakers argued that we need to immediately address several pressing problems in Seattle, including homelessness. Some in the audience and media took that to imply an “America First” attitude. What they seem to have missed, as we later learned in conversations with other attendees, was the point several speakers made that we must tackle these issues BOTH globally AND locally. This is not an “either or” scenario. Read More

Global Leadership Demands We Break the Silence

Renewing Global Leadership is the theme of Global Washington’s upcoming conference. We are very excited to have extremely accomplished global leaders as our speakers for the conference, ranging from corporate, non-profit, academic, foundations and development agencies. As we talked about at last year’s conference, we are going through some interesting times politically, and we have seen major shifts in attitudes around America’s role as a world leader. Read More