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Blog: Leadership Journeys

Terri B. Williams

You Don’t Need a Pedigree to Become a Lobbyist

I call people who do amazing things big or small #Firestarters. A #Firestarter is someone who sees an opportunity for change in their community and digs down deep to make it happen. They are leaders who turn moments into movements.

Njeri Muturi at the American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit in Washington, DC in April

Approaching Leadership as a Community Act

In this Leadership Journey, Njeri Muturi, Curriculum Developer at Points of Light, shares her pathway into the "for purpose" sector and how she learned to approach leadership with a team.

Upswell Janine Lee

How Radical Vulnerability Fuels Life as a CEO

Successful leaders may not feel they can be radically transparent and vulnerable about the barriers or struggles they encountered along the way.

setting intention at upswell

Setting an Intention for Social Change

Set an intention, emphasize technique, and practice


Love What You Do: Jessica Van Thiel's Leadership Journey

My colleague Shivani and I founded PATHFINDER, in 2015, as an international social enterprise based in Canada and France. PATHFINDER consults with business, academia and policy for innovative solutions in the world of sustainable development.

Elizabeth Maloba

“My Work Found Me”: Elizabeth Maloba’s Leadership Journey

Elizabeth Maloba is an expert facilitator who focuses on organizational planning, business model creation and leadership. She has worked with over 20 organizations in more than 22 African states, supporting them to make decisions, solve problems, exchange ideas and information, and learn.

Marcus Scurry CAMBA

Improving Lives and Strengthening Communities: Marcus Scurry's Leadership Journey

Q: Why did you decide to go into the nonprofit/social purpose sector? 

Jaclyn Boyes Lodestar

“We All Have Our Own Stutter”: Jaclyn Boyes on Embracing Authentic Leadership

Jaclyn Boyes knows a thing or two about interviewing. She works at Arizona Women’s Education and Employment (AWEE), which, as part of its mission, trains people to interview.

Aneri Pradhan

My Leadership Journey: Aneri Pradhan, ENVenture

Aneri Pradhan is the Founder of ENVenture, an incubator which offers seed financing and training for rural clean energy entrepreneurs in Uganda. In October 2017, she attended the American Express Leadership Academy in New York City.

Oyindamola Johnson

Elevate Your Game: On Taking Leadership Lessons Home to Lagos

Last September, I returned to my hometown of Lagos, Nigeria after a yearlong Atlas Corps Fellowship. Atlas Corps functions similarly to a “reverse Peace Corps,” where social purpose professionals from around the globe come to America to work with and learn from nonprofit organizations.


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