A Rock Paper Scissors Championship to Break the Ice

Insights from the Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit

We live in a time characterized by an accelerating rate of change and an increasing interdependence of systems, making the world around us more complex than ever.

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.

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Setting an Intention for Social Change

Michelle Cho, co-founder of Gladeo, a digital media platform providing career exploration for young people, reflects on how intention guided and informed her 2018 Upswell experience.

Upswell Sunil Oommen

5 Insights I’ve Learned from Two Decades in the Social-Impact Sector

Sunil Oommen, founder of Oommen Consulting, a firm specializing in fundraising, events, and project management, shares key reflections on what it takes to be a leader in the nonprofit sector and how to voraciously seek new opportunities. 


The ABCs of Moving Managers to Leaders

How can we help our staff, or ourselves move from working as managers to working leaders? Clues to effective leadership management can actually be found in each letter of the word L-E-A-D-E-R.

Lillygol Sedaghat

Lessons on Leading from Influence Nation 2018

During the 2018 Influence Nation Summit (previously known as MCON), LeaderStories spoke with some of the participants about their thoughts on effective leadership, and what emerging social purpose leaders need to know. Here are our favorite short inspirational video clips.

Upswell 2018 LeaderStories

Tapping into Shared Purpose and Value at Upswell 2018

Aminata Gueye shares her experiences from Upswell 2018 and how being surrounded by other changemakers helped her find confidence and clarity in her vision for her organization and project Blueprint for Footprints. 


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

"We are constantly inspired. We regularly connect with some really amazing people doing some really great things. We learn all the time. We collaborate with like-minded individuals. We create solutions to real problems. How many people get to feel these things in each work day? It’s a phenomenal experience."

Kofi Annan

A Lifetime of Leadership: What I Learned From Kofi Annan

He was not my boss, not my mentor nor someone I worked with. He is, however, someone whom I regard as one of the greatest leaders of our time. The three times I met the man are still as vivid in my mind as they could be.

#Passion2Action Twitter chat

#Passion2Action Twitter Chat Recap

During the Twitter chat we c