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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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Tapping was done for Grads Career Festival

I just finished the tapping for this year’s Grads Career Festival that attracts hundreds of thousands, if not millions of college graduates.

My presentation will be the first from the Soft Skills track and is based on my third book Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success (

The recording will be available on June 28th by going to this link:


Assegid Habtewold, Bridge Builder

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PRO Leadership Global Inc. ( 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
Place: Ambassel Restaurant
Address: 5820 Seminary Rd D, Falls Church, VA 22041
DateSunday, June 10th 2018

Entrance: Free
Offer: light refreshments & cash bar

Press Release: Grad CareerFestival designed to help unemployed Grads land jobs quickly

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                       Press Release

Assegid Habtewold is a Featured Presenter in the Grad CareerFestival Designed to Help Unemployed Grads Land Jobs Quicker!

Free Grad Career/Festival scheduled for June 26th-29th from 11 am – 7 pm daily (EST) seeks to help college grads land a job 2.4 months quicker! 36 hours of career advice!


Silver Spring, MD, May 14, 2018 (Success Pathways Press) With nearly two million students graduating from college this summer, it’s not surprising that it will take the average graduate 7.4 months to find employment.   While some of that time is a result of the economy not being able to absorb so many graduates at one time, much of it is a result of the fact that college grads simply do not know how to look for a job!

The Grad CareerFestival is designed to give graduates the fundamental skills they will need in their first professional job search. The massive four-day event will introduce graduates to 36 of the nation’s top career authors and a dozen career coaches, hiring managers, and career experts who will offer strategies on how to launch and lead successful careers. The event has been organized into four tracks:

  • Career Management
  • Job Search
  • Soft Skills
  • Post-Graduation

According to Assegid Habtewold, author of Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success, and a featured presenter in the Grad CareerFestival:

“Research by the National Association of Colleges and Employers has shown nearly 61 percent of graduating seniors either NEVER go to the career center or will only visit once or twice. It’s no wonder then that the average grad thinks the proper way to look for a job is to load their resume onto 100 websites and wait for someone to contact them!   We know, given the right knowledge and skills we can help grads find jobs quicker!”

Each author is offering three tips based on their niche area of expertise. Graduates will learn relevant, contemporary strategies to create an elevator pitch, build their online brand, use social media to land a job, as well as learn traditional networking, resume, interviewing, and job search techniques. Authors will share the importance of creating a career plan, managing their career, and staying current on job search strategies.   The authors will give a 25-30 minute presentation on their area of expertise and then take 10-15 minutes of questions.

Time has been set aside to introduce graduates to innovative online career tools designed to improve their resumes, as well as their interviewing, networking and job search skills. Students and grads will also hear from experts who will give insights how to refinance student loans, manage their credit score, and their personal finances.

According to Assegid Habtewold,

“I’m concerned that college graduates are not receiving the knowledge and skills they will need for the dozen job searches they are expected to have by the time they turn 38 years old.   We are excited about the possibilities of putting thousands of dollars in the pockets of graduates by giving them simple insights on how they can not only find a job quicker but help them launch and lead successful careers!”

The cost to participate in all 36 hours of live career presentations is $67. However, students and graduates that register using the code – Habtewold – will get free access to the four-day event. It’s Assegid Habtewold’s graduation gift to graduates!

Parents, guardians, friends, or extended families are encouraged to share this opportunity with the graduate(s) they know!

Students and graduates can register at:

Participation is limited.

The Grad CareerFestival is produced by TalentMarks, a nationally recognized firm that provides scalable career and professional development programming to career centers, and alumni associations. Participation is limited!

Author Info:

Assegid Habtewold

Author, Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success



Phone: 703-895-4551





For details and interviews, contact 800-849-1762 x 205

The founder of PRO Leadership was interviewed by a local media

Great leaders have personal mastery. They first conquered self before attempting to conquer the outside world and others. They know who they are, their strengths, weaknesses, blind spots, and clear about their values. They regulate their emotions, manage their time, energy, resolve the problems they face, and also make ethical decisions they face on a consistent basis…

Not only that, extraordinary leaders get along with diverse people successfully. They know their place in their community, team, and organization. They play their unique roles. They communicate effectively, turn conflicts into opportunities, and have high cultural intelligence.

Outstanding leaders lead others successfully because they first developed personal mastery, they first led themselves successfully. They’ve got along with people from diverse backgrounds, priorities, cultures, religions, political ideologies, and so on. They are good in inspiring their people to aim high. They develop their team by giving them individual attention, by mentoring and coaching. They are skillful negotiators for win-win deals. They also know how to lead change smoothly.

If you would like to join these elite group of unique leaders, you need to develop personal mastery, get along with and lead others successfully. And, the new book of Dr. Assegid Habtewold, founder of PRO Leadership, provides you the 12 top soft skills that are vital to take your life, career, and business to the next level.

Go to, New Book page, and download the first part of the book for free by subscribing at the middle of the page. If you like what you read in the first 40 pages of the book, well, you can go to Amazon to purchase the book only 9.99 USD.

If you have young kids, siblings, relatives, colleagues, and friends, this is a gift worth giving. You’re investing in this future. Plant this seed in their life, it will give them latest insights and tools to develop their soft skills that make or break their future.

If you have a business, team, and leader of your organization, well, why don’t you invite the author to come and facilitate workshops for your team based on all or some of the soft skills.

In the meantime, consider watching his interview with a local media based on his new book. The interview was conducted in Amharic (not in English):…/esat-yetsehafian-dimtsoch-reeyot-dr-a…/

If you’re the DC Metro area (invite also leaders who may be interested), attend the upcoming two events. On Agust 19th, this coming Saturday, Assegid is going to facilitate a 2-hr FREE workshop at Sholla, downtown Silver Spring. On Sep 2 -3, he also facilitates a 2-day boot camp style workshop at Sholla, 300 USD per person. For more, check the attached flyer…

Presentation based on my new book on Aug 4th- @6 pm- Silver Spring MD

If you’re in the DC metro area and available, this is great news. I’m going to facilitate an interactive workshop based on my new book entitled ‘Soft Skills That Make or Break Your Success: 12 soft skills to master self, get along with, and lead others successfully’. In this one hour fast paced but engaging presentation, I’ll empower my audience to take their life, career, and business to the next level by sharing with them key insights, processes, and tools they can immediately use in the work and marketplaces.

Please note that as leaders, we need to work on our soft skills on a consistent basis. We need those soft skills vital to achieving personal mastery. Leaders who succeeded to lead (master) self, lead others better than those who lack personal mastery. Leaders who developed self-leadership can lead others successfully.

Though personal mastery is a foundation, it’s just the first step of a protracted journey. As leaders, not only we are expected to get along with our team members, but also we are obliged to get along and work with our peers, internal and external customers, and other diverse stakeholders successfully.

Besides, we need to equip ourselves with the soft skills that enable us to lead our team by motivating them to aim high, empowering them through coaching and mentoring, engaging them in constant win-win negotiations, and transforming the team to handle changes.

In short, if your desire is to take your leadership ability to the next level, you cannot afford to neglect your soft skills. And, this presentation provides you a high-level overview of the 12 soft skills that make or break your leadership.

The event is organized by 21st C Community. It’s going to be at the Civic Building, Veterans Plaza, Downtown Silver Spring (One Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910) @ 6 pm.

By the way, two of my books are door prizes. The first two persons who will come first will be rewarded. Be one of them!

For more info about the event, please check out this link:


PRO Leadership Global Inc. ( 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.

Community Forum Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                    Press Release


Gabe Hamda


Phone: (904)382-5471


Tebabu Assefa


Phone: (301) 802-2812


Building Community Resilience for Uncertain Future in the USA and in Ethiopia
The Ethiopian-American community is holding a series of forums to create awareness and build community resilience.

Alexandria, VA – December 2, 216 – Community and business leaders in the Ethiopian American community in Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland, are organizing the second community forums on Saturday, December 10, 2017, 3 pm to 6pm, at the Lincolnia Senior Center, 4710 N. Chambliss Street, Alexandria, VA, as a follow up to the forum held on November 26, at the Sholla IT Training Center in Silver Spring MD.

The forum is designed and conducted to create awareness, empower and build resilience for Ethiopian-American community who are very concerned about the anti-immigrant political discourses ensued during the U.S. presidential campaign and the post election policy shift, uncertainties, and worries. The Ethiopian-American community is also concerned about potential further instability in Ethiopia; Fear of their families in Ethiopia being under the risk of arrest and extra judicial killings; the Ethiopian ruling party sympathizers fear their families and properties may be in jeopardy.

The workshops include: managing change, giving back to community service, success stories of civic activism, managing stress and anxiety during uncertain times, civic engagement, mixing technology and proverbs to advance civic advocacy. The 3-hour forum is uniquely designed by training facilitation experts to be fully interactive, where the audience members play active part in the forum.

Samplings of quotes from the panelists: Dr. Assegid Habtewold, presenter on managing change said “Understanding the phases of change (ending, the neutral zone, the new beginning) and what to do during each phase enables our community’s leaders & our people to make smooth transition, overcome anxiety, fear, uncertainty, and tap into the possibilities & opportunities that may come with the change we are experiencing here in the US & back home in Ethiopia.” Mr. Kone Fseha, presenter on history activism in social change, said “If we don’t know the history of social movements then we miss the next big social movement. It takes one to start a social movement. The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of history. Gabe Hamda, presenter of giving back to community and event chair, said “expected outcomes for the Ethiopian-American community in the region is that it will feel like a victor and not a victim and will live by faith and not by fear.” A sampling of participant responses from the first forum included, “I will start volunteering in community activism.” “I will transform myself.” “I will use breathing techniques to better manage stress.” “I will be actively giving back to my community.”

The forum organizers are: Dr. Assegid Habtewold of PRO Leadership; Mr. Tebabu Assefa of US-Africa Diaspora Business Council, Dr. Gabe Hamda of 21st Century Community; Dr. Lishan Kassa of Live & Learn Wholestic Health Services; Mr. Kone Fseha of Tsega Publishing; Dr. Asmamaw Mengistie of Sholla Technical Center; Mr. Abebe Belew of Addis Radio Dimts. END

Community forums to cope with anxiety and build resilience

Local community organizations including PRO Leadership are going to organize three community awareness forums in the DC Metro area.

These community organizations recognized the fact that uncertain times are in the horizon in the US and in Ethiopia.

They are convinced that they should arrange such platforms to prepare Ethiopian-Americans to cope with the anxiety that followed the recent US election, and ultimately to build the resilience of our community for such uncertain times.

The first forum is going to be on this coming Saturday Nov 26, 2016  between 3 – 6 pm.

Don’t miss this opportunity.

Don’t forget, you’re born to lead, and this challenging time calls upon you to step up your game as a leader.

Take leadership wherever your talent and experience is needed. But first, come and equip yourself to strengthen yourself so that you could be able to strengthen and support others.

For more info, checkout the flyer below:


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.

Bridging the Leadership Gap: For Smooth Transition and Successful Post Conflict Ethiopia

VE Conference on March 26 2016Following its last year’s annual conference, PRO Leadership determined to play its share in bridging the 3G Leadership Gaps. Accordingly, the Founder of PRO Leadership spoke on Saturday March 26 2016 morning at Georgetown Marriott Hotel in DC. The theme of the presentation was: “Bridging the Leadership Gap: For Smooth Transition and Successful Post Conflict Ethiopia”.

Check our website to watch the video when it’s released…