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The Leader Within You

Week of December 23, 2023

Workshops will focus on Leadership and how each of us has the ability to be a leader within each of ourselves.  Lessons from women world leaders will be seen through the presenter’s PBS documentary, along with discussion of the myths we hold about who is entitled to lead.  The power of diversity, opportunity, inclusion and belonging is the theme of a session and why society, individuals, non-profits, governments and business are better off if these powers are embraced.  Practical tools and guides will be provided.

Women World Leaders – Lessons of Leadership Stories of Women Presidents and Prime Ministers
30-minute PBS documentary and discussion

Lessons and Myths of Leadership
What are the myths of leadership that some women (and men) believe, and how do these myths pose challenges for women in their leadership roles? What arethe best practices of excellent leaders, and what additional lessons can we learnfrom women who have led their country? Offering a unique perspective onenhancing opportunities to successfully lead an organization and shape a career, Laura Liswood, former Senior Advisor to Goldman Sachs and Secretary General ofthe Council of Women World Leaders, shares insights based on her work which became a book and video documentary entitled Women World Leaders-15 Great Leaders Tell Their Story (Harper/Pandora).

Finding the Leader Within You
The session looks at great leaders and how to see yourself in them and their actions and traits. We all potentially have traits of leadership-courage, energy, emotional intelligence, communication styles, ability to listen, be curious, create trust and hope in others. This session allows the participants to look at their own life experiences and find the leadership behaviors in themselves.

Women and men display their ambitions differently. Public recognition for performance is more likely to go to men, and women don’t get, or they give away, that recognition to their detriment. We will discuss how each of them deals with ambition and the challenges they face.

Men and women are rated equally successfully when measured as effective leaders but women don’t make it to the top in equal numbers. What is happening? The pipeline is full but the number of men leaders still far exceeds the number of women. How can women claim their authority to lead and feel entitled to lead?

The Power of Diversity, Opportunity and Inclusion in Society
What is the case for diversity in organizations and society, why society, individuals, non-profits and business must embrace this power but why it isso hard to do in reality. A discussion of Liswood’s books, The Loudest Duck and The Elephant and the Mouse™.


Laura Liswood, JD/MBA is a passionate advocate for leadership, diversity and inclusion and is a sought-after speaker, author, and global thought leader on these topics.  She particularly enjoys highly interactive sessions with her audiences and uses humor and research to convey her message. She created a PBS documentary and book on her interviews with women presidents and prime ministers and was appointed Managing Director for Global Leadership and Diversity at Goldman Sachs.  After 9/11 Laura decided to become a first responder, and became a police officer in the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department, retiring as a sergeant. She is the author of four books, including The Loudest Duck: Moving Beyond Diversity, and The Elephant and the Mouse: Moving Beyond the Illusion of Inclusion.