As program staff, I never quite saw myself as a leader in my organization or my community. Being just a few years out of college and among the "Millenial" crowd at work, I saw myself in stark contrast to The Others—the managers and directors of each department. Here's how that changed.
Each August the American Express Leadership Academy 2.0 at the Aspen Institute takes place in the bucolic valley of Aspen, Colorado.
Not Everything is Illuminated: Creating Opportunity for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Zambia
Motivated by her brother's experience, Michelle Chimuka took a risk and left her job to start the Sani Foundation, to help adults with intellectual disabilities find work and a place in Zambian society.
What started as a small media campaign to support girls’ educational opportunities in 2009 soon became the nonprofit organization known as She’s the First. Today, She’s the First fights gender inequality through education and supports girls around the world who will be the first in their families to graduate high school. Co-founder of the organization, Christen Brandt, shared her journey with us.
Fatuma’s Voice is a Kenya-based youth empowerment organization that hosts forums where young people from different ethnic groups come together to express themselves through art, poetry, and music, while creating bottom-up solutions to social issues.
It’s not easy to confront challenging realities within ourselves or our work – but the results of "digging in" to difficult questions surrounding race, gender and diversity are worth it. Zeynep Dilek, Project Coordinator with LEAD international Summer School team, shares her candid reflections.
How I found myself in Algeria, telling a roomful of young activists, “As the new generation of leaders, we have to set the standards for who we define as leaders.”
By Abeer Pamuk, LeaderStories
Leadership in Times of Transition: Reflections from the 2018 American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit
Seth Cothrun shares his experiences from the fourth annual American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit in New York City, from April 2018.
This year, a group of about 20 leaders, myself including, traveled to South by Southwest, the festival of ideas and creativity in Austin, Texas.