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Alyse Nelson: Inspiration and a Global Perspective

Named one of “150 Women Shaking the World” by Newsweek, Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, will take the stage at this year’s Leadership Challenge Forum for what is destined to be a profound and memorable experience. An influential activist working to empower women around the globe, Alyse will provide a truly rare and awe-inspiring opportunity for attendees to hear first-hand how her dedication to helping others find their voice, to become agents for change, has made a profound difference in the lives of individuals, families, communities, and countries.


From her tenure as deputy director of the Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative at the U.S. Department of State (under the auspices of then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Secretary of State Madeleine Albright) to leading Vital Voices Global Partnership, Alyse has made it her and the organization’s mission to identify, invest in, and bring visibility to extraordinary women (and men) around the world.  More than 14,000 emerging leaders in over 144 countries have received vital support, training, and mentoring.  And they, in turn, have ‘paid leadership forward’—training and mentoring an additional half-million more women and girls in their communities. With the vision and passion of an exemplary leader, Alyse has helped unleash the leadership potential of women leaders and social entrepreneurs worldwide, enabling them to transform their lives and accelerate peace and prosperity in their communities. 


Frequently featured in international and national media, Alyse recently blogged at HuffingtonPost an article profiling15-year-old Malala Yousafzai who survived an attempted assassination because of her outspoken advocacy of education and empowerment of girls in Pakistan. Capturing the feelings of many who have been inspired by the bravery of young Malala, Alyse wrote, “Malala is a leader. She reminds us that leadership is not about title, position, or age. It's about the actions that you take and the decisions that you make on a daily basis. It's about values that endure, uncompromised. It's about conviction and sacrifice, about the resolve to take risks if they bring you closer to the shared progress you envision.”


It is that powerful and strong voice for change that participants at this year’s Leadership Challenge Forum will have the joy of experiencing. From working with global leaders to put an end to human trafficking to helping entrepreneurial women in the remotest regions of Africa create self-sufficiency and economic independence, Alyse’s fully-realized global perspective will engage everyone in exploring what it means to be a strong, inclusive, cause-driven leader—a leader who will stand up and take action to achieve the extraordinary.  

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