With “Women Emerging from Isolation,” Julia Middleton Plans for Leadership Post-COVID

Julia Middleton, the founder of Common Purpose UK, is sparking a new movement, focusing on leadership after the pandemic. “Women Emerging from Isolation" is about coming together to have a stronger combined voice in the world.


Women's March

When Leaders “Choose to Challenge”: 6 Women to Watch

Across the globe, March is Women’s History Month, or Women’s Month. This year’s theme is “choose to challenge,” and the organizers are posing this question: “How will you help forge a gender-equal world?” 

Here at LeaderStories, we don’t just profile the accomplishments of women’s leaders one month a year. We celebrate and spotlight for-purpose leaders of all genders, all year. For this year’s International Women’s Day, we’re uplifting a few of our favorite 90-second narrative profiles of leaders who have focused on strengthening their leadership as a way to deepen their impact. They are transforming communities and cultures, and have not shied away from challenges in front of them. Here are six videos of women whose work around the world inspires us to tackle obstacles and take action.

Kimberly Gube

Reflections on Our Year of Conferencing Virtually

Planning on hosting or attending a virtual conference in 2021? (And as of now, who isn’t?) Kimberly Gube reflects on what 2020 can teach us about holding engaging convenings that really work to connect, inform and move us all forward.

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An Interview with Shawn Rene Graham

Shawn René is a dramaturg in New York City. In May, she shared reflections on her work, and how the pandemic is affecting the artists and theaters she supports.

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“Agile Accountability” in the Face of Uncertainty: An Interview with Blair Glencorse

How do you empower a global team in the midst of uncertainty?

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Supporting Rural Communities in India: An Interview with GRAVIS Founder Prakash Tyagi

Dr. Prakash Tyagi, Executive Director of GRAVIS and Founder-Director of GRAVIS Hospital, works with communities in the Thar Desert region of India, supporting development of water, access to education, food and health care. Here’s how he and his team are adapting to work in the time of COVID-19.


Ten Tips for Working from Home—from Someone Who Usually Works Outside

I have been working successfully from various homes and temporary offices for more than five years. Here are ten simple tips that I hope are useful as most of us continue to work from home.

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Letting Go to Get Things Done: A Conversation with PressureValve Founder Julie Smith

Julie Smith, founder of PressureValve Coaching, shares insights for finding calm when the stakes are high – and pausing to let things drop as a way to actually do more.

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It’s Never Too Late to Prioritize and Prepare: An Interview with Wesner Pierre

The Harlem Children’s Zone’s Wesner Pierre shares his insights on leading mindfully, finding your why, and being a student of happiness.

"Remember What You Already Know": An Interview with Alison Wagner

Working for the largest nonprofit hospice in the United States, Alison Wagner’s work has been overwhelming since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but she’s drawing from lessons she’s learned to get through.