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The Vital Voices Podcast highlights women leaders and change-makers from around the world. Hosted by Vital Voices President and CEO, Alyse Nelson, the Vital Voices Podcast provides a space for extraordinary women to be heard. To learn more about Vital Voices, visit www.VitalVoices.org. Follow us on Twitter (@VitalVoices), Instagram (@VitalVoices) and like us on Facebook (facebook.com/VitalVoices)! You can also donate to Vital Voices by texting VITAL to 41444.
 
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Owner of the Amar Singh Art Gallery, Human Rights Activist and Solidarity Council Member Amar Singh, sat down with Host Alyse Nelson to discuss men’s critical role in the fight for gender equality and his work in bridging the gender gap and championing women within the art space. As an art gallerist, Amar saw the blatant lack of representation of w…
 
Civil rights activist and the CEO and founder of Rise, Amanda Nguyen sat down with host Alyse Nelson to discuss the recent rise in hate crimes against the AAPI community and how she uses her activism to advocate for more informed and collaborative change. Amanda reflects on how she got involved in activism, her work with Rise Justice Labs and the i…
 
Advocate and disability and inclusion expert Sara Minkara sat down with host Alyse Nelson to discuss her approach to framing inclusivity as a value-based proposition and how we can all lead with empathy and without assumption. Sara, the founder of the non-profit Empowerment Through Integration (ETI), draws from her experience as a blind, Lebanese-A…
 
Activist, Social Impact Strategist, co-founder of Freedom March NYC and all-round icon Chelsea Miller joined Host Alyse Nelson for a special Black History Month episode of the Vital Voices Podcast series: Power to Empower. Tune in to hear Chelsea share her thoughts on everything from mobilizing youth last summer following the murder of George Floyd…
 
‘Leap and the net will appear.’ Vital Voices network women Jessica Hubley, CEO of AnnieCannons, and Leah Lizarondo, co-founder of Food Rescue Hero, sat down with Alyse Nelson to discuss the power of pivoting. In both of their careers, Jessica and Leah each took leaps of faith, changing their trajectories to make an impact in their communities. Desp…
 
President of the non-profit Reinserta, Saskia Niño de Rivera, and social worker and co-founder of the non-profit Prerana, Priti Patkar, sat down with Vital Voices Podcast host Alyse Nelson to discuss current barriers to achieving human rights for children around the world. Saskia and Priti explain their efforts to break the cycle of intergeneration…
 
Young women will lead the way. That much is clear when speaking with women like Faith Florez, founder of the Latina Legacy Foundation and creator of the Calor App. Faith reconnected with podcast host Alyse Nelson to discuss the way that Faith’s family inspired her work protecting farm workers and informing them of their rights through technology. F…
 
Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, joined Vital Voices Podcast host Alyse Nelson to talk about her journey from intern to Chairman, and how she forged her way through challenges by making a plan and pushing herself to the next level. Donna shares stories from her childhood, catalyzing moments from her career and how sh…
 
Artist and activist Tronja Anglero joined Vital Voices President and CEO Alyse Nelson to disucss the new portrait of Kamala Harris Vital Voices commissioned from Tronja. The two discussed the power that art like this has to showcase the positive and strong side to women and their contributions, the deep impact representation at high levels can have…
 
Last month, we gathered our network of supporters– virtually – to celebrate and recognize the launch of our book, Vital Voices: 100 Women Using their Power to Empower. At that event, we brought together two women leaders, Global Leadership Awards Honoree, humanitarian and CanDo founder Dr. Rola Hallam and VV Board of Directors member, Cameroonian p…
 
Secretary General and co-founder of the Council of Women World Leaders, Laura Liswood joined Vital Voices Podcast host Alyse Nelson to talk about her leadership journey, the lessons learned along the way and how she uses ethics and empathy in leadership to empower others. Tune in to hear how Laura’s theories on power and leadership that can exclude…
 
VVEngage Fellow and current Interim President of Peru’s Council of Ministers, Violeta Bermudez spoke with host Alyse Nelsonabout building a career fueled by a passion for creating change. The staunch gender equality advocate discusses her goal for gender parity in politics, and the cascading impact of seeing women in leadership positions. Tune in t…
 
Human rights advocate Ravi Kant joined the Vital Voices Podcast series: Power to Empower with host Alyse Nelson to talk on the importance of men’s allyship and his fight in breaking the silence around violence against women and children in India. In this episode, Ravi shares how his mother raised he and his brothers to be advocates in the fight for…
 
Author and Activist Chessy Prout joined the new episode of the Vital Voices Podcast series: Power to Empower with host Alyse Nelson to talkabout her journey as a survivor of sexual assault and how critical the allies around her were as she and her family worked through the draining process of seeking justice. Chessy reflected on the importance of c…
 
VV Woman Leader Kiran Bir Sethi joined the new episode of the Vital Voices Podcast series: Power to Empower with host Alyse Nelson to talk about the turning point for her leadership journey: becoming a mother. In this episode, Kiran shares how - through role as a mother - she learned the importance of empathy, ethics, excellence, elevation and evol…
 
Biologist, entrepreneur and founder of Wakami, Maria Pacheco, joined the Vital Voices Podcast new series: Power to Empower with host Alyse Nelson to talk about her work as a bridge between communities and the larger world. Maria spoke about her focus on channeling positive energy to make change happen for people and the environment, and how the 20-…
 
Climate change and indigenous rights activist Hindou Oumaru Ibrahim joined the Power to Empower series to discuss the way she brings the unique perspective of the Mbororo community to the international stage to inform global climate change efforts with on-the-ground experience. With Host Alyse Nelson, Hindou shares her path to leadership, her conne…
 
Managing Director of Sosai Renewable Energies, VV GROW Fellow, Global Ambassadors alumna, WE Empower Awardee and Global Leadership Awards Honoree Habiba Ali joined this episode of the Vital Voices Podcast new series: Power to Empower. Habiba joined host Alyse Nelson to talk about her work in the renewable energy space in Nigeria, how her past has b…
 
Christine Lagarde, President of the European Central Bank, joins this week’s episode of the Vital Voices Podcast new series: Power to Empower! President Lagarde joined host Alyse Nelson for a thoughtful and dynamic conversation about being the first woman in a role – and both the responsibility and motivation that comes with the title. She offered …
 
Tunisian human rights activist, global technology entrepreneur and founder of Mos.com, Amira Yahyaoui joined the second episode of the Vital Voices Podcast new series: Power to Empower. Amira joined host Alyse Nelson to talk about her past, present, and future as an advocate for change and what it means to be a trailblazing human rights advocate, a…
 
Inaugural US Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman joined the debut episode of the Vital Voices Podcast new series: Power to Empower. Amanda joined host Alyse Nelson to talk about building her confidence as a poet and leader to overcome her speech impediment and raise her voice as an agent for change. Amanda talked about the lessons she’s learned as sh…
 
Street artist, human rights advocate and survivor Panmela Castro gave us a first-person update from Brazil on how the country is handling the pandemic - from concerns of inequitable healthcare and crowded housing, to increased domestic and gender-based violence. But despite it all, Panmela is energized by the artistic options still available and th…
 
Former Marine and Congressional Candidate Claire Russo joined Vital Voices' Alyse Nelson to share her harrowing story of sexual assault, and discuss the deeply difficult journey she had to undertake to fight for justice within the armed forces. Claire's courage didn't stop there - she not only shared her story to get justice, but also as a part of …
 
In this conversation, Data2X's Emily Courey Pryor outlines the crucial points as to why gender data matters in building a more equal world. Biased data leads to biased policies, which widen economic and opportunity gaps and leave women behind when pushing for progress. From the way data is gathered to how questions are structured to how it's analyz…
 
For Women's Equality Day and the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in the United States, we're joining RepresentWomen's Cynthia Richie Terrell to discuss voting access and best practices for election systems to bring better gender balance and representation into politics. Find out more about RepresentWomen: https://www.representwomen.org/ See t…
 
VVEngage Fellow Joelle Abou Farhat spoke with VV President and CEO Alyse Nelson about the devastating impact of not only the explosion in Beirut, but the lack of formal response in the country. She offered perspective on the government's response, and shed light on why Lebanese women - at the center of recovery efforts today - are always ready to s…
 
Business leader and philanthropist Mona Sinha joined Vital Voices President and CEO Alyse Nelson for a passionate conversation about women's role investing in causes that matter and why authentic representation will make the world a better place for more people. Mona discussed her journey and drive to prioritize issues that advance equality, and wh…
 
Last week, the world lost an unparalleled human rights activist, Dr. Hawa Abdi. Hawa gained international attention when she was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2012, but spent a life long before that committed to overcoming obstacles so that she could care for those around her. After losing her mother at a young age to maternal mortality, Haw…
 
Entrepreneur and restauranteur Aline Kamakian was hosting a staff meeting in her restaurant near the port when the explosion in Beirut went off. The restaurant she worked to create for 20 years was immediately destroyed, and the 25 members of her team in the space were all injured. She joined the podcast to update us on the disaster, the quick work…
 
Renée Brinkerhoff is breaking records as a rally racecar driver with a mission. She shared her journey from homeschool teacher and stay at home mom to racing around the world on all 7 continents. Renée is on a global tour to bring awareness and raise funds to fight child trafficking, and scheduled to race on her 7th and final continent – Antarctica…
 
Anna Phearman from Mobility4All joined Vital Voices President and CEO Alyse Nelson to discuss the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the disabled community. The additional considerations that people with disabilities range from difficulties wearing masks to issues masks pose to reading lips and gathering facial expressions for deaf people…
 
Three Vital Voices women leaders have come together in South Africa to join their artisanal forces to create masks and other goods to sustain artisans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear directly from Eswatini Founder Kerry James and Signhild Brosvik on their work to sustain business throughout closures in South Africa, how they’ve seen strengths in…
 
Cameroonian activist and former Presidential candidate Kah Walla joined the podcast for an insightful conversation on anti-Blackness and racism in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many more. Kah reflects on the legacy of colonial control and its design for power held by few and oppression of the masses - and how that's…
 
VVEngage Fellow and Venezuelan Member of Parliament Tamara Adrian joined Vital Voices President and CEO Alyse Nelson to talk about why her career as a politician is centered on her activism. As the country continues to face multiple crises, from oil to economy to COVID and more, Tamara continues to fight for her community. Tune in to hear her persp…
 
Vital Voices Board Member Sherrie Westin, President of Social Impact at Sesame Workshop – the nonprofit behind Sesame Street – works to transform early childhood education and ensure kids around the world are equally prepared to learn and grow. Tune in to hear her discuss Sesame Street’s work in ensuring kids identify with the characters they see o…
 
After survivor and activist Amanda Nguyen learned her rape kit could be destroyed even if the statute of limitations on her case hadn’t yet been reached, she took action. That action led her to create RISE – an organization dedicated to helping ordinary citizens pen their own rights into laws. She joined the podcast to reflect on her journey, some …
 
Vital Voices' Solidarity Council member and Promundo founder Gary Barker joined Alyse Nelson for this episode of Voices of Resilience to discuss ways the COVID-19 pandemic impacts gender based violence and gender roles, and the changes we need to make long-term to end gender based violence. Tune in. To learn more about Vital Voices, visit www.vital…
 
Honored to be joined by Ann O’Leary, Chief of Staff for California Governor Gavin Newsom, on our #VoicesofResilience podcast today! Tune in to hear her first-hand perspective on leading through #COVIDー19, how #California is working through the pandemic and the crucial qualities leaders demonstrate in crisis. Subscribe now. To learn more about Vital…
 
"A leader doesn’t have to be a president or prime minister, it’s someone with courage & strength." Global Leadership Awards honoree and GAVI Board Chair Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala joined Vital Voices’ CEO Alyse Nelson for an honest conversation on the women front-line workers and political giants showing leadership during the COVID crisis, and the way…
 
This Pride Month, Transgender India founder Neysara joined Alyse Nelson to discuss the struggle transgender people in India go through to not only come out and become their authentic selves, but to be considered human by their families, their communities and their governments. From threats on their lives to losing their personhood to laws that don’…
 
The COVID pandemic restricts already limited resources and opportunities for refugees and migrants. This Refugee Awareness Month, learn more by turning into this Voices of Resilience episode, where Global Freedom Exchange Fellow Heidy Quah sat down with Alyse Nelson to discuss how she’s getting food, housing, protection and more to refugees through…
 
Honor the Juneteenth holiday with Jessica Smith Hebron, Interim Executive Director Prince Georges' African-American Museum. She joined us to talk about Juneteenth, its history, ways we can change culture with how we educate our children and how the change must continue. Be sure to look into Juneteenth Celebrations near you. To learn more about the …
 
VV woman leader, social justice advocate and youth activist Jamira Burley discussed the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others. Jamira shared her perspective from the frontlines of the protests and talked through what protesters are calling for, anti-racism and the systematic work t…
 
Former Red Cross, Girl Scouts and US Navy leader Rear Admiral Marty Evans joined Alyse Nelson on this episode of Voices of Resilience to share leadership lessons from times of uncertainty. Tune in for her perspective on qualities effective leaders need to have in crisis! To learn more about Vital Voices, visit www.vitalvoices.org. Invest in women, …
 
Tune into #VoicesofResilience with CEO of Women Corporate Directors, Susan Keating and hear her chat with Alyse Nelson about the importance of attaining true diversity in board rooms, and ways #COVID will impact business long-term. To learn more about Vital Voices, visit www.vitalvoices.org. Executive Producer: Lizzie Kubo Kirschenbaum. Editor and …
 
Tune in for this discussion moderated by Alyse Nelson on media bias and online violence against women in politics, featuring: Lucina Di Meco, Wilson Center Fellow; Soraya Chemaly, Women's Media Center; Moira Whelan, Blue Dot Strategies and more. Note: this previously-recorded conversation was taped in the fall of 2019 To learn more about Vital Voic…
 
Longtime VV woman leader Lara Ayoub knows that care is crucial, especially the care economy, which has been impacted by the ongoing #COVID19 pandemic. Tune in to hear her discuss the importance of dialogue and listening when building the world we want with Alyse Nelson. To learn more about Vital Voices, visit www.vitalvoices.org. Invest in women, i…
 
HERlead Fellow and Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, joined the latest #VoicesofResilience episode, where she discussed the uncertainty new grads may feel, how to inspire the next generation, and how women lead differently. You do NOT want to miss this inspiration! To learn more about Vital Voices, visit www.vitalvoices.org. Invest in women, impro…
 
VV's own Zoe Dean Smith sat down with Alyse Nelson for today's #VoicesofResilience to talk about how trusting the process and manifesting positive intentions guided Zoe through her varied career. Listen in for guidance on sticking to your mission & goals! www.vitalvoices.org/resilience To learn more about Vital Voices, visit www.vitalvoices.org. In…
 
"It is so normal to to feel anxious right now." Global Ambassadors Program mentor and Harvard Business Review Podcast host Morra Aarons-Mele joined Alyse Nelson to discuss leading through anxiety and uncertainty - a critical listen during #COVID. Tune in! www.vitalvoices.org/resilience To learn more about Vital Voices, visit www.vitalvoices.org. In…
 
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