Women are leading the way in building self-sustaining communities worldwide. These women are on the front line, and will share their inspiring stories of courage, determination and the world-changing progress being made by ordinary and extraordinary women. Paola -“A very moving talk that totally set the stage for tapping into the feminine spirit, the feminine genius.” Maudi – “Her messages were profoundly important - she is brilliant. Such compelling and important information.” Pamela - “Inspiring to have someone break down all these huge problems into action steps! And, a little humor goes a long way.”
Muadi Mukenge | Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, Global Fund for Women non-profit grant making foundation advancing women’s human rights worldwide
Muadi Mukenge is the Program Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at the Global Fund for Women and oversees strategic grant-making to women’s movements of up to $1.8 million per year. She brings a background in women’s health, and African politics and economic development, and frequently advises donors on their Africa programs.
Mukenge presents often, including at international conferences and media outlets such as NPR and Pacifica Radio Affiliates, and has contributed chapters to edited volumes as well as written opinion pieces. Since joining the Global Fund in 2004, Mukenge has increased support in the areas of women’s movements in conflict regions, empowerment of rural women, and expansion of grants to French-speaking countries. She has facilitated grantee convenings in multiple countries to foster enhanced coordination of women’s movements.
Mukenge previously worked at the Pacific Institute for Women’s Health and the African Studies Center at UCLA, where she earned a master’s degree. She is fluent in French and is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. She serves on the Boards of Priority Africa Network and the African Studies Association and is active in volunteer organizations focused on human rights and development in the Congo.
Pamela Hawley | Founder and CEO of UniversalGiving, award-winning social entrepreneurship non-profit
Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving™ an award-winning non-profit that helps people give and volunteer with vetted, quality opportunities all over the world. Visitors simply choose a region (such as Africa) and an issue (such as education or the environment) and receive a list of quality ways to give and volunteer. 100% of each donation goes directly to the cause. Pamela’s global experience includes volunteering in microfinance in remote villages of India; crisis relief work in the 2000 El Salvador earthquake; sustainable farming in Guatemala; digital divide training in Cambodia; and indigenous community preservation in Ecuador. Ms. Hawley has a political science degree cum laudé at Duke University and a Masters on scholarship at the Annenberg School of Communications, USC, in International Communications. Pamela is a recipient of the Jefferson Award (the Nobel Prize for public service), a Finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and a Colburn S. Wilbur Fellow through the Institute for Global Ethics. She was recently chosen as a Fast Company Expert Blogger and has been invited for multiple events on innovation at the White House. UniversalGiving™ has been profiled on CBS News, Fox Business Network, BusinessWeek, WomanEntrepreneur, Oprah.com, NBC News, The Christian Science Monitor, The New York Times, The Financial Times, CNNMoney.com and Change.org. UniversalGiving’s vision is to “Create a World Where Giving and Volunteering are a Natural Part of Everyday Life.”™ Prior to UniversalGiving, Pamela was a co-founder of VolunteerMatch. She speaks on a number of topics including global philanthropy and volunteerism, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, and leadership. She has spoken at Harvard, Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and USC. In her free time, she loves spending time with her family, her #1 priority. Her parents, who have been married 47 years, are two of her best friends. One of her greatest joys is taking care of her two nephews and niece.
Paola Gianturco | Award-winning photojournalist and author of “Women Who Light the Dark,” and “Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon”
For the past 16 years, Paola Gianturco has worked as a photojournalist, documenting women’s lives in 55 countries. She has published five books, all of which bring together inspiring stories and gorgeous photographs that motivate her readers to engage with, learn from and support women around the world. Paola’s photographs have appeared in Marie Claire, Essence Magazine, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, and the Washington Post, among others. She has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, NPR and Voice of America programs as well as many other television and radio programs across the country and around the world. Her involvement with women’s issues is long standing. She has lectured about them in the US, Canada, France and Spain. She spoke at UNESCO International Headquarters in Paris on International Women’ s Day 2008; her photographs were exhibited there in 2009 and 2011. Paola co-developed and taught Executive Institutes on Women and Leadership at Stanford University, and served on the Board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). She was a principal in the first women-owned advertising agency in the United States and is a current member of The International Women’s Forum. Paola’s newest book, Grandmother Power, A Global Phenomenon (powerHouse Books, 2012), documents a new, unheralded international women’s movement. Grandmother Power features 120 activist grandmothers in 17 grandmother groups in 15 countries on five continents who are fighting courageously and effectively—against poverty, disease, illiteracy, and human rights abuse—to create a better world for grandchildren everywhere. Grandmother Power won the ForeWord Reviews’ 2012 Book of the Year Gold Award — Women’s Studies category, 2013 About.com Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Grandparenting Book, and the 2013 International Book Award for Multicultural Nonfiction.