Striving for Change: Inspiring Women Leaders, 2021

From This Issue

It’s no secret that women have historically faced greater barriers than men when it comes to fully participating in the economy. Across geographies and income levels, disparities between men and women persist in the form of pay gaps, uneven opportunities for advancement, and unbalanced representation in important decision-making.

The value of gender diversity particularly in the workplace—is widely acknowledged. Women bring different perspectives and approaches to business, resulting in a more inclusive workplace and often better performance for the company. Yet today, only
few women are at the helm of Fortune 500 Companies.

The only way to address and overcome these preconceptions and barriers is to have more women in positions of leadership; providing the support and role models women desperately need to advance in their careers, and bringing about much-needed changes in the workplace benefitting both genders.


The biggest challenge for leaders is very often to be willing to have a hele-view of what’s going on, rather than being involved in the day-to-day management.


Mel Gollan, Founder & Owner of RIPA Global. A Simple Solution to an Extraordinary Problem

Being of Maori descent and the first woman in my family to have soft hands is humbling. Each generation wants to do better for the next—my ancestors did their job, now it's my turn to do mine.

Manju Mastakar: Facilitating Wealth Management by Investing in People

Women bring determination and focus to the table that fuels the fight for survival and innovation in the long run.

Elyse Flynn Meyer: A Skilled Marketer Offering Multi-faceted Inbound Marketing Solutions

Women need to have their voices heard, speak up when they have ideas, and most specifically if they disagree with something.

‘The Will to Succeed’ helped Sheri Atwood build the first-ever automated child support payment platform

I had no one who would save me or my daughter if this big idea failed. I had no choice. It had to succeed.

Betsy Wiersma: Empowering women to impact the world

I always begin with shared ownership, inclusion, and opportunities for people to stretch their wings in a safe environment for all.

Gina Rivera: Creating a wave of growth by leading intentionally

As your leadership abilities evolve, more confidence emerges and it becomes easier to express ideas and share opinions.

Lindsey Myers: Personifying Strategic Leadership

I’ve worked with women in every possible role imaginable and I’ve yet to find a job that a man is capable of accomplishing that can’t also be executed by a woman.

Amanda Tegtmeyer: Transforming The Digital Marketing Industry With The Power of Passion

I started proactively stepping forward before anyone else and putting my hand out first to set the stage.

Annabel Biggar-David isn’t just bringing a holistic approach to health, she is rebuilding lives and the planet

Remember start-ups default state is a failure, as an entrepreneur we have to work to un-fail it.

Lisa Orloff: Empowering communities to save themselves

I love working with women from around the world. We seek them out and provide training and support so that they can do more.

Driving Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare

Kelly Simpson-Angelini: Driving Disruptive Innovations in Healthcare

We are proud to be both a B Corporation and to be the Best Place to Work in Connecticut, where living our purpose is our lifestyle.


Cellphone with miniature figurines on top of it

How technology goes mainstream. A discussion

The story of military investment in technology becoming game-changing commercial products and services has been repeated again and again.

People in a street in Ghana

Blockchain offers a solution to Ghana’s land acquisition process.

Ghana’s ineffective land administration system has serious implications

The Rise and Rise of Drone Warfare!

Strategically, autonomous weapons are a military dream. They let a military scale its operations unhindered by manpower constraints.


Facebook is blocking access to data about how much misinformation is out there and who is affected

Facebook says it’s combating COVID-19 misinformation on its platforms, but without knowing the scope of the problem, there’s no way to judge the company’s efforts.

Michelangelo painting on the Basilica

The politics behind Joe Biden’s meeting with the Pope

Meetings between U.S. presidents and the pope have been a staple of politics since Kennedy's era, whether the president was Catholic or not.

World leaders prepare for the Glasgow climate summit. 4 key issues to watch for

The world isn’t on track to avoid dangerous climate change, and this year’s climate conference, COP26, is crucial.


How entrepreneurship can reverse industrial decline

How entrepreneurship can reverse industrial decline

The experience of former industrial heartlands offers lessons in how to revitalise communities when big industries close.

A coal plant at sunrise

Could carbon capture technology solve industry's CO₂ shortages?

Point-source carbon capture our best option, and involves scrubbing CO₂ from exhaust gases in the chimneys of factories and power plants.

Industrial policy is back on the agenda — and it’s needed more than ever

Manufacturing sectors are especially important to the country’s regional hinterland, where they are key sources of innovation and growth.


A group of Maori women standing in traditional dress

What can the Māori can teach us about sustainable management

Māori businesses often prioritise more than financial results, have multi-generational strategies and put community at the centre of planning. Other businesses could learn from this.

Why pandemic-driven job loss may be the next health crisis

The health harms of pandemic-driven mass unemployment will persist for decades, even after people find new jobs.

Climate crisis is transforming the meaning of ‘sustainability’ in business

Businesses tend to value profit over people and planet. Climate change is forcing an evolution, a business strategy expert writes.




The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

Children of Light

Our fathers wrung their bread from stocks and stones
And fenced their gardens with the Redmen’s bones;
Embarking from the Nether Land of Holland,
Pilgrims unhouseled by Geneva’s night,
They planted here the Serpent’s seeds of light;
And here the pivoting searchlights probe to shock
The riotous glass houses built on rock,
And candles gutter by an empty altar,
And light is where the landless blood of Cain
Is burning, burning the unburied grain.

-Robert Lowell

Children of Light

Over the surging tides and the mountain kingdoms,
Over the pastoral valleys and the meadows,
Over the cities with their factory darkness,
Over the lands where peace is still a power,
Over all these and all this planet carries
A power broods, invisible monarch, a stranger
To some, but by many trusted. Man’s a believer
Until corrupted. This huge trusted power
Is spirit. He moves in the muscle of the world,
In continual creation. He burns the tides, he shines
From the matchless skies. He is the day’s surrender.
Recognize him in the eye of the angry tiger,
In the sign of a child stepping at last into sleep,
In whatever touches, graces and confesses,
In hopes fulfilled or forgotten, in promises

Kept, in the resignation of old men,
This spirit, this power, this holder together of space
Is about, is aware, is working in your breathing.
But most he is the need that shows in hunger
And in the tears shed in the lonely fastness.
And in sorrow after anger.

-Elizabeth Jennings


Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.

I ‘ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

-Emily Elizabeth Dickinson

A Prodigal Son

Does that lamp still burn in my Father’s house,
Which he kindled the night I went away?
I turned once beneath the cedar boughs,
And marked it gleam with a golden ray;
Did he think to light me home some day?

Hungry here with the crunching swine,
Hungry harvest have I to reap;
In a dream I count my Father’s kine,
I hear the tinkling bells of his sheep,
I watch his lambs that browse and leap.

There is plenty of bread at home,
His servants have bread enough and to spare;
The purple wine-fat froths with foam,
Oil and spices make sweet the air,
While I perish hungry and bare.

Rich and blessed those servants, rather
Than I who see not my Father’s face!
I will arise and go to my Father: –
“Fallen from sonship, beggared of grace,
Grant me, Father, a servant’s place.”

-Christina Georgina Rossetti


“The success of every woman should be the inspiration to another. We should raise each other up. Make sure you’re very courageous: be strong, be extremely kind, and above all be humble.”

-Serena Williams

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes… and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.”

-Eleanor Roosevelt

“Women should do for themselves what men have already done—occasionally what men have not done—thereby establishing themselves as persons, and perhaps encouraging other women toward greater independence of thought and action.”

-Amelia Earhart

“I raise up my voice—not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard… We cannot succeed when half of us are held back.”

-Malala Yousafzai

“Have no fear of perfection; you’ll never reach it.”

-Marie Curie

“Don’t ever make decisions based on fear. Make decisions based on hope and possibility. Make decisions based on what should happen, not what shouldn’t.”

-Michelle Obama

“You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.”

-Indira Gandhi

“I don’t have a feeling of inferiority. Never had. I’m as good as anybody, but no better.”

-Katherine Johnson


Even after 500 years, Machiavelli remains politically relevant

Machiavelli’s contributions to the tradition of political realism are enduring. They include his admonition to take the world as it is, rather than it should be; his recognition that power and self-interest play a paramount role in political affairs; his insight that statecraft is an art, requiring political leaders to adapt both to enduring structures and changing times; and his insistence that the dictates of raison d’état may conflict with those of conventional morality.