Category Malala Yousafzai

Faith Matters: Foundations for Good Leadership

According to Entrepreneur Magazine, a foundation of faith can lead to good faith leadership practices! It’s a timely message, because we’re so often faced with politicians and other leaders who claim a faith that doesn’t “trickle down” to their actions.

Happy Birthday #Malala! We will not accept a world where decisions about our future are made in rooms girls cannot enter.

What does a Nobel Laureate do for her 19th birthday? Visit a refugee camp, of course… Here is an excerpt from her speech, a call for leadership from girls, and a celebration of that leadership role: “Yes, all girls—girls here in this camp and girls who return home. Girls who fear violence in their classroom […]

Democracy not Bombs: Meet the progressive Muslim women and girls who show us what courage is. They are the true face of Islam and the fight against political “religious” extremists.”

Meet the Progressive Muslim Activists fighting for Justice and Standing Up to Politicized Extremists: Pushing Conservative Oppression Off the Stage In the face of oppression, the arts are only one way of standing up against extremism in the name of God.   Women are stepping into battle against ISIS/Daesh, putting their lives on the line […]

Many Malalas: Muzoon Almellehan, Syrian Activist for Girl’s Education

Malala Yousafzai, the Nobel Prize winning education activist who survived an assassination attempt and has become a world-wide icon for democracy, is only one of many young leaders fighting for girls’ right to learn. Muzoon Almellahan, a Syrian refugee since 2015, is fighting the same fight from Newcastle, England. Muzoon has been dubbed “the Syrian […]

Carine McCandless and #IntotheWild: Challenging the Ungrounded Zombie Leadership Celebrity of her Brother’s Legacy

Sometimes leadership can be simply setting the record straight, challenging the myths that oversimplify the story of a leader or celebrity. Chris McCandless was neither a hero nor a fool; he was a troubled young man trying to find peace and live his principles. But we have turned him into an icon. Correcting that myth […]

A Call for Optimistic Leadership

OVERCOMING THE STEREOTYPES THAT KEEP US FROM OPTIMISTIC LEADERSHIP Why do we need optimistic leadership? In a dark time, a time of crisis (and are there any other kinds of times?), visionary leadership is rooted in optimism. If we do not have hope that change is possible, we cannot make the necessary changes or create […]

Update: Malala Yousafzai: Her Attackers Tried and Sentenced

Justice, Finally? At the end of last month, ten people were sentenced to life in prison for their roles in the 2012 attack on Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Malala Yousafzai, a judge announced Thursday. Pakistani antiterrorism judge Mohammad Amin Kundi said they could be eligible for release in 25 years. It is ironic that the […]

My Essay about Malala Yousafzai appears in new book, Women and Global Leadership!

Malala Yousafzai: The Paradox and Power of Global Celebrity I’m proud to announce that my article appeared last month in Information Age Publishing’s new collection of essays about women and global leadership! This collection includes essays by many respected leadership specialists, including Barbara Kellerman, Susan Madsen, and Nancy Adler, and was published under the umbrella […]

Malala Yousafzai: “When a Girl Is Not Aware of Her Rights, She Loses Her Identity”

Sometimes, leadership is speaking truth about the importance of being counted, especially when you represent millions of girls who lack fundamental rights. Here are MalalaYousafzai’s inspiring words, from an interview in the Guardian, Children’s section. “How important do you feel it is that young people are allowed to follow their own paths and make their […]

The Girl Who Lived: Reflections on Malala, the Middle East, and Feminism by Erin Seaward-Hiatt

As I return home from a busy day signing off on proofs and churning out cutesy paper patterns, I find my husband, Neil, at the kitchen table. He wears a complicated frown as he pores over a score of tiled browser windows telling various iterations of a singular story. “Come here,” he says, flipping to…