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Alyse Nelson is president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A co-founder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked with women leaders since 1996 to develop mentoring and training programs in over 140 countries and has interviewed more than 200 international leaders. She completed her graduate degree work at Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and she lives in Washington, D.C.
Vital Voices Global Partnership, founded by Hillary Rodham Clinton, is the leading nongovernmental organization that identifies, trains, and invests in emerging women leaders, enabling them to create a better world for us all. Learn more at www.vitalvoices.org.
FOREWORD BY the Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Founder, Vital Voices ix
1 A DRIVING FORCE OR SENSE OF MISSION 1
Introduced by the Honorable Michelle Bachelet
2 STRONG ROOTS IN THE COMMUNITY 39
Introduced by Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
3 AN ABILITY TO CONNECT ACROSS LINES THAT DIVIDE 83
Introduced by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison
4 BOLD IDEAS AND BOLD ACTION 125
Introduced by Diane von Furstenberg
5 PAYING IT FORWARD 171
Introduced by Ambassador Melanne Verveer
CONCLUSION: LEADERSHIP IS A JOURNEY, NOT A DESTINATION 207
Introduced by Sally Field
by Susan Ann Davis and Bobbie Greene McCarthy, Chair and Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Vital Voices additional information on the women featured in vital voices 225
about the author 263