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One of the goals of the Women’s Initiative Fellowship is to teach the Fellows to cascade what they have learned from the Fellowship to others in their network, therefore creating a multiplier effect. On February 15th, the 2013 Women’s Initiative Fellows did just that. The Fellows facilitated a training session where they imparted the most important skills they gained to others. They are creating a ripple effect which will affect their communities and country. Below is a reflection from Mariz Doss (one of the Fellows) regarding the recent session.
By Mariz Doss
Getting closer to the end of an outstanding year of the fellowship, we recently had the chance to host a leadership workshop followed by a networking event, where we were privileged to deliver just a glimpse of what we’ve learned and pay back to our community.
Each fellow invited some of her network, including men, women and youth. Four sessions were held mainly focusing on initial skills to: find their own purpose, how to talk about it and introduce themselves, how to make an action plan, and finally how to get the best use of their networks through networking.
What I personally found common among people here is that it’s hard to find your passion, and at some point you find yourself lost with no passion, no action plan to work on, and accordingly no goal or vision.
All four topics were new to most of the audience, which was the main reason for the event’s success.
The day went very well. Almost 100 guests attended the sessions which included workshops and trainings. The sessions gave the attendees the chance to practice as well as the fellows the opportunity to guide, explain, brainstorm, and teach.
Overwhelming joy is what each and every fellow felt throughout the whole day! Looking back at us in Dallas during those exact sessions last year, having the same struggles that our guests were having…and us standing there that day, helping out, teaching and cascading our knowledge.
We tasted what success really means, having that great feedback from our guests, asking us to make other events with different topics, telling us how organized and professional we were, how this event impacted them and their way of thinking…and other great feedback.
Behind all this was a great team back in Dallas helping out the fellows and making sure we got all that was needed to make this day a huge success; and it happened!
Charity N. Wallace serves as the Senior Advisor to the Women's Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute and is in an executive graduate program in pursuit of a Global Master of Arts degree in international relations from The Fletcher School at Tufts University. Most recently, Ms. Wallace served as the Vice President of the Global Women’s Initiatives and Senior Advisor to Mrs. Laura Bush. In this role, Ms. Wallace was responsible for setting the vision and managing the policy engagement for the women’s initiatives, including Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon global health initiative, empowering women in the Middle East and working with First Ladies from around the world. The Women's Initiative aims to improve access to education, health care, and economic opportunity for women and children in Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.
From February 2009 through September 2010, Wallace served as the Chief of Staff to Mrs. Laura Bush. Wallace oversaw Mrs. Bush’s initiatives - from her wide ranging policy agenda to her the publishing and promotion of Mrs. Bush’s bestselling book, Spoken from the Heart. Wallace served in the Bush Administration from January 2001 to January 2009. During her tenure in the administration, she served as Deputy Chief of Protocol of the United States (2007-2009), Director of Advance for First Lady Laura Bush (2004-2007), and worked in public liaison positions in Presidential Advance, the U.S. Department of Education, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, and USA Freedom Corps. During her tenure in the Bush Administration and in her current role, Wallace has traveled to 70 countries.
Ms. Wallace serves on the Board of Advisors for the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University, the Advisory Board of ARZU Studio Hope, the Advisory Board of 4word Women and the Advisory Board of All In Together, an bi-partisan organization that promotes women’s engagement in political and civic life. Ms. Wallace is an ex-officio member on the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the Bush Institute. Ms. Wallace wrote the foreword for the book Work, Love, Pray, which was released in 2011. A native of California, Ms. Wallace graduated magna cum laude from Pepperdine University with a Bachelor of Arts in political science, with a focus in international relations.Full Bio
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