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Know Your Wroth- Sunday June 10 @3 – 5 pm

If you’re in the DC metro area, don’t miss this inspirational and empowering event organized by Empowering Ethiopian Women Group on Sunday, June 10th @3 – 5 pm (the program starts on time).

Using the platform, I’m going to talk about how each and every woman has the potential to become one of the great world changers, how leadership is their birthright, and some of the skills necessary for women (of course, men too  to demonstrate confidence. I’ll cover some of the soft skills necessary for women to succeed in the work and marketplaces such as communication and feedback giving. For instance, how to communicate like a pro, how to ask for a raise or promotion, and how to provide feedback. In the latter case, for example, how to provide feedback (without damaging the relationship) to a co-worker or boss, especially if you feel like he is crossing certain boundaries, and more.

The presentation is going to be motivational and at the same time interactive and dynamic. The contents and tools are taken from my latest two books (Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success, and The Highest Level of Greatness).

Men are also welcome! You may join us, or at least, invite your sisters, girlfriend, or spouse.

For details, please see the attached flyer.

Assegid Habtewold, Bridge Builder

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PRO Leadership Global Inc. (www.proleadership.org) is a non-profit organization based in Maryland, US. PRO Leadership PROmotes the right kind of Leadership, PROduces great leaders to bridge the leadership gaps (including gender leadership gap) worldwide one community at a time. If you would like to support what we do, feel free to reach out to us, and be part of the movement.

Know Your Worth conference on June 10 @3 – 5 pm in Virginia

Empowering Ethiopian Women Group arranged a gathering on June 10, 2018, @ 3 – 5 pm. The mission of this meetup is to help women in our community to advance in the workplace and become leaders. This meetup is for all Habesha women who are starting a career or need more support building their confidence to become leaders in this competitive market and not be limited to reach our highest potential because our Cultural barriers are getting in the way.

In this meetup, we will discuss how to bridge the leadership gaps in our community. We will cover how to know our value and feel equal with anyone we interact with and to improve our lack of confidence.

Dr. Assegid Habtewold is the guest speaker. He is a speaker, host of Pick Yourself Up TV show, wrote 4 books on leadership, founder of PRO Leadership Global- a Non-Profit Organization that focuses on immigrants, women, and youth.

Organizer: Adey Hambissa
Contactahambissa@gmail.com
RSVPwww.eewg.eventbrite.com
Place: Ambassel Restaurant
Address: 5820 Seminary Rd D, Falls Church, VA 22041
DateSunday, June 10th 2018
Time3pm-5pm

Entrance: Free
Offer: light refreshments & cash bar

Killing 2 Birds Using 1 Stone, Developing the Leadership Capacity of Women

Women’s rights advocacy groups should continue to engage in increasing the awareness of both women and men concerning the existing gender inequality and things to be done to bridge the gap.

However, the existing advocacy works aren’t adequate. The advocacy works shouldn’t be left to women and to those organizations that represent women alone. Both women and men who understand the inequality that exists, and the dire consequences of this disparity should continue to push regional and global institutions, governments, companies, and community and religious organizations to make changes- Tangible changes in their perceptions, policies, and systems.

While continuing to promote gender equality, the long-term and lasting solution is to raise competent women leaders at all levels. In my humble opinion, it’s possible women advocacy organizations to kill two birds using one stone if the lion share of such organizations’ priority, focus, and investment is directed toward building the leadership capacity of women.

The more women become leaders at home, in the neighborhood, work, and marketplaces, the more they will have real chances to influence and ultimately bridge both the gender inequality, and the leadership gap that exists at all levels.

Myself as women’s rights advocate, leadership expert, and our non-profit organization- PRO Leadership Global Inc., we are committed to playing our share. We look forward to partner with all concerned stakeholders to bridge the gender leadership gap, and in turn empower women to play their contributions in tackling local, national, regional, and global challenges we are facing. It’s possible. We can use 1 stone (developing women’s leadership capacity) to kill 2 birds- gender inequality and leadership gap.

Assegid Habtewold, Bridge Builder

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Three takeaways from Oprah Winfrey Golden Globes speech

75th ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS — Pictured: Oprah Winfrey, Winner, Cecil B. Demille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018 — (Photo by: Paul Drinkwater/NBC)

Oprah Winfrey’s acceptance speech when she received the Cecil B. DeMille award at the Golden Globes was inspirational. Here are three significant takeaways from her speech:

    1. Those who watched her shine on the stage today are tomorrow’s candidates in whatever field they may choose to dedicate their lives
    2. Time is up for those who undermine the dignity of any human being regardless of their gender, ethnicity, and race.
    3. A new day is on the horizon.

I. Tomorrow’s candidates
Winfrey had been on the bench and watching while other stars before her were honored to receive this the same award. These awardees inspired her when she was young. Now, this happens to be her turn to inspire millions of kids who watched her make this historic speech. Her story especially resonates to those who are wondering whether they too have what it takes to reach the height she attained in their respective field and industry. We strongly believe that, if they develop her mindset, dedication to grow continually, the courage to take bold actions, and determination to outlast the setbacks she had been facing, no doubt, today’s spectators are tomorrow’s candidates to inspire many others. Wherever you may be in life right now, don’t listen to the little voice within that belittles you. Don’t bow down to the noise around you that tries its best to lower your expectations. You have the seed of greatness within. You have the potential. You will be one of the great world changers in the area of your passion. You have a purpose unique to you. Find that cause and give it your best. It’s your ticket to attain personal fulfillment, serve others with excellence, and inspire many others with your story of overcoming seemingly unbeatable odds. Your hour of greatness will undoubtedly come at the right time. Don’t give up…

II. Time is up
Winfrey said, “For too long, women have not been heard or believed if they dare speak the truth to the power of those men. But their time is up. Their time is up.” ‘Time’s up’ is a movement. Movements don’t just happen. Multiple factors lead to a particular movement. This is one of the proudest moments in the history of humanity where courageous women and men stood against abuses. We’re in the 21st C, and we should never tolerate abuses against any human being because of their gender, race, ethnicity, and so on. A human being is an image of God. God is Spirit, and a human being is a spirit housed in a bio suit. Many use the outside body to think that they’re better than others and belittle others who don’t have the same physical attributes they have. That is superficial. The inner man/woman doesn’t have gender or color or cultural affiliation. A just God equally created us all in His own image. The least we can do to others is to give them the same respect we have for ourselves. Discriminating, and abusing another human being shouldn’t be tolerated in the 21st C. Time’s up!

III. A new day is on the horizon
Winfrey finished her speech on a high note. That is awesome. Yes, there are many troubles around the world. These afflictions of humanity seem insurmountable. It’s easy to feel helpless, down, and give up altogether. However, we are humans. We have come a long way. We have beaten so many unspeakable odds and overcame many tragedies collectively. We have the ability and what it takes to overcome, and Winfrey is hopeful that a NEW DAY is on the horizon. No doubt! Our better days are ahead. Let’s all contribute our share wherever we are for the advancement of humanity, to overcome poverty, diseases, violence, discrimination, and abuses. Here is how she concluded her speech: “I’ve interviewed and portrayed people who’ve withstood some of the ugliest things life can throw at you, but the one quality all of them seem to share is an ability to maintain hope for a brighter morning, even during our darkest nights. So I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day finally dawns, it will be because of a lot of magnificent women, many of whom are right here in this room tonight, and some pretty phenomenal men, fighting hard to make sure that they become the leaders who take us to the time when nobody ever has to say ‘Me too’ again.”

Oprah Winfrey’s speech inspired us because, at PRO Leadership, we firmly believe that leadership is the birthright of all. Each individual has a unique place to take the lead according to her or his purpose in life. However, though there is a leadership gap in every society in the world, we have focused on raising leaders in developing countries. The simple reason is that leadership is more needed in developing countries that are more affected by the major ills of the world.

We also believe that though women shoulder more responsibilities in their communities, organizations, and nations, they aren’t at the front where they have the passion and ability to lead. That is why we advocate for women’s leadership. We cannot address the challenges we face in our communities, organizations, and societies without removing barriers such as discrimination, abuses, and biases against women, and without empowering them to the fullest.

We also believe that the future is for the youth. The destiny of every community, organization, and nation is in the hands of its youth. Unfortunately, many institutions and societies don’t invest in their youth proactively. There is a huge generational gap, which needs serious attention.

Accordingly, PRO Leadership aims at bridging the three (Geographic, gender, and generational) leadership gaps. Join this movement and let’s bridge these gaps and tackle the major ills your community, organization, and society are facing.

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Bridging the Gender Leadership Gap is OUR collective RESPONSIBILITY

The gender leadership gap shouldn’t be just a right issue that only matters to women alone.

When more than half of your productive population that shoulders 75% of responsibilities are discriminated, stereotyped, and prevented from leading according to their passion and talent, you’re in crisis as a team, community, and society.

This disparity has serious economic and social implications at multiple levels. That is why we at PRO Leadership doing our best to increase the awareness of both men and women concerning the consequences of failing to bridge the gender leadership gap.

We’ll soon release a book that provides data, and most importantly, approaches to bridge the gender leadership gap.

What are you doing to bridge this gap? Are you interested to join hand with PRO Leadership and be part of the movement?

Let’s know how you would like to contribute your share in bridging the gender leadership gap in your community and the world at large.

Assegid Habtewold, Bridge Builder
PRO Leadership Global Inc. (www.proleadership.org) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in Maryland, US. PRO Leadership PROmotes leadership, PROduces leaders to bridge the leadership gaps (Geographic, Gender, and Generational gaps) to tackle the major ills worldwide one community at a time. If you would like to support what we do, feel free to reach out to us, and be part of the movement.

Uber’s Board member forced to resign for his unsubstantiated disparaging remark against women

New York Times reported that David Bonderman resigned from Uber Board after sexist remark.

What happened was that “At an Uber staff meeting to discuss the company’s culture, Arianna Huffington- another board member, talked about how one woman on a board often leads to more women joining a board.”[i] In response, David Bonderman- a fellow Uber Board member, made a disparaging comment against women, “Actually, what it shows is that it’s much more likely to be more talking.”

Because of this spillage, Bonderman was forced to resign.

Interestingly, his bias toward women was unsubstantiated. A recent study shows that “Men talked far more than women did at meetings.”

This shows that many men (some Women) may have both conscious and unconscious biases that discriminate women but far from the truth. This requires actions at multiple levels. It calls to take proactive measures than just reacting when these kinds of biases surface. We at PRO Leadership are committed to contribute our share at all levels.

[i] https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/technology/uber-sexual-harassment-huffington-bonderman.html?_r=0

 

PRO Leadership Global Inc. (www.proleadership.org) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in Maryland, US. PRO Leadership PROmotes leadership, PROduces leaders to bridge the leadership gaps (Geographic, Gender, and Generational gaps) to tackle the major ills worldwide one community at a time. If you would like to support what we do, feel free to reach out to us, and be part of the movement.

The new French President delivered on his promise- Gender equality

The new French President Emmanel Macron announced that half of his cabinet members are women.

 

In 2015, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau too did the same.

 

These bold moves by French and Canadian leaders should be followed by other nations’ leaders.

 

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Gender equality, however, should not be limited within the sphere of politics and government. It should trickle down. Businesses, community organizations, local and international organizations too should follow suit to empower women to lead.

Our hats are off to President Macron!

To read the full story, check out Huffington Post’s article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/macron-pulls-a-trudeau-and-fills-half-his-cabinet-with-women_us_591c78dfe4b041db89662d03

 

PRO Leadership Global Inc. (www.proleadership.org) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in Maryland, US. PRO Leadership PROmotes leadership, PROduces leaders to bridge the leadership gaps (Geographic, Gender, and Generational gaps) to tackle the major ills worldwide one community at a time. If you would like to support what we do, feel free to reach out to us, and be part of the movement.

More Women in Decision Making

One of the leadership gaps that PRO Leadership is committed to bridge, in partnership with other stakeholders, is gender leadership gap.

Researches show that women around the world are marginalized from taking leadership regardless of their number (more than half in most cases) and shouldering the lion share responsibility in their respective community. It’s not a rocket science to understand the dire consequence of such a disparity.

Without the full participation, and leadership contribution of women, no community could be able to tackle its acute and chronic problems, and bring lasting changes.

Let’s just pick one sector, politics.

Latest data show that women are underrepresented at national decision making level all over the world. Why we should go far. Let’s take the superpower nation, the US. In the US, only 19% women are in the House of Representatives. 

This is sad!

That is why PRO Leadership (is PRO Women) is committed to raise awareness, and most importantly empowering women to succeed in their leadership roles.

You should do something about it whether you’re a woman or man. The question is, what should be your practical role in bridging this gap?

You can team up with us to play your share. Together- the journey may be a protracted and twisted one, we could bridge the gender leadership gap and in turn tackle the major ills that are afflicting the world at large, your nation, and community in particular. Say something, do something about this!!!

PRO Leadership Global Inc. (www.proleadership.org) is a non-profit organization based in Maryland, US. PRO Leadership PROmotes the right kind of Leadership, PROduces great leaders to bridge the leadership gaps (including gender leadership gap) worldwide one community at a time. If you would like to support what we do, feel free to reach out to us, and be part of the movement.

PRO Leadership, PRO Women!

Today, millions of people- the majority of whom are women, around the world marched to defend women’s rights. They chanted: “Women’s rights, human rights!”

Though women constitute more than half of their respective communities, shoulder 75% of responsibilities, women are paid less, and systematically denied taking leadership positions. This inequality and discrimination is sad and unacceptable in the 21st C. This injustice doesn’t just affect women alone but also their communities, organizations, and the entire human race. Each community and nation is paying dire prices for failing to empower women to take leadership in the areas of their passion…

 

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PRO Leadership aspires to bridge the gender leadership gap, in partnership with those who are working tirelessly to empower women, one community at a time!

PRO Leadership is PRO Women!

 

PRO Leadership Global Inc. (www.proleadership.org) is a non-profit organization based in Maryland, US. PRO Leadership PROmotes the right kind of Leadership, PROduces great leaders. PRO Leadership aspires to contribute its share in bridging the leadership gaps (including gender leadership gap) worldwide one community at a time. If you would like to support what we do, feel free to reach out to us, and be part of the movement.

The Necessity of Women’s Leadership in Ethiopia (Full content of the presentation on March 20, 2016)

A paper presented by Assegid Habtewold

Center for the Rights of Ethiopian Women (CREW) 5th Annual Conference

In memory of Dr. Miagenet Shifferaw

Theme: Women in Leadership

Place: Resident Inn Marriott Hotel

Date: March 20 2016

 

I. Introduction: Interview with Dr. Miagenet Shifferaw

Last year, almost this time around, I was looking for an interviewee to talk about why Ethiopian women aren’t at the front and leading. Everywhere I asked that question, Dr. Miagenet’s name came up again and again. After a few phone and email conversations, we did set a date to conduct the interview.

When I met her the first time, I found her a very considerate and fair leader who listens intently. She was fair because she was not angry with men and blamed them for everything J. Even if I never had any more chance to meet and work with her, the leadership qualities that I witnessed prior, during, and post interview convinced me that she was an extraordinary leader, and we all are going to miss her.

II. Who are (is) the culprits for gender inequality?

Coming back to the interview, for my first question: Who is (are) responsible why women are not at the front and leading, she pointed out that the culprits are our culture first, and then some men, and women themselves too.

Dr. Miagenet enlisted the culprits:

2.1.Our men dominated and patriarchal culture, the school system that favors boys over girls, men over women, and the different religious institutions that undermine the leadership participation of women.

2.2.Conscious and unconscious biases from men who think women aren’t capable to lead like men

2.3.Lack of awareness, education, and organization of women. She pointed out that only 33% women older than 15 years are literate.

III. What should be done to narrow and finally bridge the gender inequality?

Concerning the question: What should be done, she emphasized the importance of education. In this regard, she admired the teaching model of the Brazilian educator Paulo Freire. She briefly explained his model:

3.1. The first stage of his model is creating awareness,

3.2. This in turn generates anger in the oppressed,

3.3. The latter leads them to organize themselves, and

3.4. Demand their rights.

IV. What women should do to bridge the gender inequality?

I agree with Dr. Miagenet, awareness and education are very critical. On top of that, I suggest the following recommendations for women to liberate themselves:

4.1.Be proactive

Women should be proactive in the process of narrowing both the gender inequality, and gender leadership gap. They shouldn’t wait until they are given the right to lead. They should take it by force J. They shouldn’t expect men to give them their rights on a silver platter. This is an insult to women. They can lead their own battle to claim their birthrights of leadership. Men’s main role should be supporting women in ways they could, especially those influential men in high places. What I’M saying is that women should lead the liberation by organizing themselves. Otherwise, as Paulo Freire said, “Attempting to liberate the oppressed without their reflective participation in the act of liberation is to treat them as objects that must be saved from a burning building.” 

4.2.Avoid Albright’s syndrome

In one of Hillary Clinton’s rallies, Madeleine Albright said, There is a special place in Hell for women who don’t help each other. As you may already be aware, it backfired. Women shouldn’t be supported because of their gender, rather, because of their competency, personality, and character. If women start to show gender prejudice, men too may follow suit, and that doesn’t help women’s right advocacy work at all. This alienates many men.

4.3. Don’t be neutral while others are oppressed

It’s a plain fact that the majority of Ethiopian women are absent from the struggle against oppression in Ethiopia orchestrated by the tyrannical government in Ethiopia. Except a few heroines, most women are at the sidelines and watching gross repression in the name of being neutral. Paulo Freire has been known worldwide for his pedagogical methods designed to educate the oppressed. Dr. Miagenet Shiferraw admired this scholar a lot. Concerning neutrality, here is what he had to say, “Washing one’s hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.”

While the dictatorial regime in Ethiopia uprooting indigenous people from their ancestral land without their consent nor compensation, and while unarmed protesters including mothers and children are killed by live bullets, and citizens in thousands are jailed and tortured because of their ethnicity, and political views, women’s silence and taking neutral position is appalling, to say the least.

It’s understandable if women’s organizations taking non-partisan position to serve all women of diverse political viewpoints. They don’t need to endorse one single political party’s ideology and program. However, Fascism, Nazism, and Dictatorship are not parties, they are oppressors. Thus, those women who aren’t siding with the oppressed are siding with the oppressor. Complaining that they’re oppressed but failing to stand by the side of other sections of the society who are oppressed is paradoxical. It obviously denies them authenticity. They cannot rally a wide array of support from others in their fight against gender inequality.

V. The 3G Leadership Gaps

That being said let me give you quick background information about why I began showing interest in the necessity of women in leadership. PRO Leadership in its 2015 annual conference, which was held at Prince George’s Community College, recognized the 3G (Geographic, Generational, & Gender) Leadership Gaps.

5.1. Geographic Leadership Gap

No one disputes the existence of leadership gap in the Southern and Eastern Hemispheres than in the West.

5.2. Generational Leadership Gap

There’s a huge generational gap globally. Research shows that, in just the US alone, 33 million baby boomer leaders are going to retire by the year 2020. The same is true in our case. Who are leading both in Ethiopia and here in the Diaspora? The Ethiopian version baby boomer leaders J are in charge everywhere. Whether it’s within the ruling party or in the opposition camp; whether it’s in the NGOs or in the religious institutions, the dominant decision makers are members of the older generation. There’s nothing wrong with this as far as the contemporary leaders are conscious about the existence of the generational gap and proactively raising their successors. Unfortunately, that is not what is happening.

5.3. Gender Leadership Gap

Likewise, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that we’re plagued by gender leadership gap. Regardless of their number, which is more 50% and their lion share contributions at family, community, and national levels, enough women aren’t at the front and leading.

VI. Prices we pay due to gender leadership gap

We pay dire prices at many levels.

6.1.   Individual

When individual women unable to take leadership, they couldn’t maximize their potential, and that means we are wasting more than half of our national potential.

6.2.   Family

What an opportunity for children to be raised by their mom who is a leader? They learn what it means to take leadership by watching her do it. And, it’s obvious that a leader mom raises her children teaching them practical lessons as they grow up. When they go out to the world, nothing could be able to make them put their head down. They claim their leadership birthright and serve their community using their unique talents boldly. No barrier could stop them.

6.3.   Community

Our community has so many issues that need the leadership contributions of women. We have a disintegrated community with so many challenges, and these cannot be tackled and defeated without the active leadership involvement of women.

6.4.   National

Ethiopia has been inflicted by constant famine, food insufficiency, conflict, and the lack of freedom, democracy, justice, and good governance. Bringing a lasting change through smooth transition require the leadership of women.

VII. What is next?

What should be the roles of women’s right groups like CREW, and other organizations like PRO Leadership that aim at empowering individuals including women to bridge the leadership gap?

7.1. CREW should

1. Continue to raise the awareness of both women and men about the gap

*      By arranging Leadership Conferences like this one

2. Build capacity by arranging

*      Workshops

*      Mentoring programs to raise women leaders in collaboration with other stakeholders

7.2. PRO Leadership could provide

*      Leadership Experts to speak at the conferences, and facilitate during workshops,

*      Leadership Mentors (both men and women) to mentor, especially emerging women leaders,

*      Frameworks and Models,

*      Contents,

*      And more…

Both CREW and PRO Leadership should team up and

  1. Arrange Conferences,
  2. Workshops, and
  3. Mentoring Programs by themselves or in partnership with other stakeholders

VIII. Killing 2 Birds, Using 1 Stone

CREW as a Women’s right advocacy group should continue to engage in increasing the awareness of both women and men concerning the existing gender inequality and things to be done to bridge the gap.

The existing advocacy works, however, aren’t adequate. The advocacy works shouldn’t be left to women and to those organizations that represent women alone. Both women and men who understand the inequality that exists, and the dire consequences of this disparity should continue to push regional and global institutions, governments, companies, and community and religious organizations to make changes- Tangible changes in their perceptions, policies, and systems.

While continuing to promote gender equality, the long term and lasting solution should be to raise competent women leaders at all levels. In my humble opinion, it’s possible women advocacy organizations like CREW to kill two birds using one stone if the lion share of such organizations’ priority, focus, and investment is directed toward building the leadership capacity of women.

The more women become leaders at home, in the neighborhood, work and market places, the more they will have real chances to influence and ultimately bridge both the gender inequality, and the leadership gap that exists at all levels.

Myself as women’s right advocate, and leadership expert, I’m committed to play my share. Our non-profit organization- PRO Leadership Global Inc. is also dedicated to play its share. We look forward to partner with you to bridge the gender leadership gap, and in turn empower women to play their contributions in tackling local, national, regional, and global challenges we are facing. It’s possible. We can use 1 stone (developing women’s leadership capacity) to kill 2 birds- gender inequality and leadership gap.