Africa Gender Institute Institute 2015 Leadership Talk

How Unlocking Leadership in Rwandan Women Makes Their Voices Resonate

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On an otherwise reasonable evening in July, over 600 people packed an auditorium in Boulder, Colorado, for the culmination of the 2015 Unreasonable Institute. They came to watch 12 ventures take the stage and present their solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

The entrepreneur in this video is Ayla Schlosser of Resonate.


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What urgent need do you address?

Women across the developing world express low levels of self-confidence—a pervasive problem that keeps them from unlocking their true leadership potential. Although 64% of Rwanda’s lower parliament is female, and the government supports women in leadership roles, only 8% of local leadership seats are filled by women. Before women can become leaders, they have to become advocates for themselves.

What solution do you propose?

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Resonate holds workshops with women to help them become leaders in their communities. We created a leadership development curriculum that draws on personal strengths and experiences, based on a proven methodology that was used to win the Obama campaign. The model is a simple three-step process. First, we ask women about their values and how they contribute to making choices in life. Second, we encourage the participants to tell stories about times when they have already overcome adversity. Third, we ask what leadership means to them and how they can contribute to their community. Confidence soars, and women learn skills to implement community-based solutions. Through our training of trainers model, we plan to train 10,000 women leaders in the next three years. If you invest $1 in a woman, it results in $10 of impact for her family. So what if we put women in charge of more than just their families? What if we invest in women leading their communities? Help us make their voices resonate.

Want to take action?

Help Train 450 Rwandan Women Leaders!

 

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Unreasonable Institute

The Unreasonable Institute arms entrepreneurs creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems with the mentorship, capital, and networks they need to do so.

  • If you are passionate about empowering women, check out Unreasonable Group’s latest work with Nike + leveraging entrepreneurship to impact the lives of millions of girls in poverty at the inaugural Girl Effect Accelerator – check out the series on UNREASONABLE.is here: http://unreasonable.is/girl-effect/

  • Thanks so much to the Unreasonable Institute for the amazing opportunity to participate in their fellowship, and for organizing the Launchpad. I couldn’t be happier and prouder to share our vision for Resonate from the stage of such an inspiring, thoughtful, and encouraging event.