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In the Lead: Melanie Goodchild

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Earlier this month, we commemorated International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (August 9), which shines a light on the unique indigenous cultures and languages around the globe. To help celebrate, we are highlighting the work of indigenous activist Melanie Goodchild. Melanie is a Senior Indigenous Research Fellow, Ambassador and Suncor Fellow at the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience, founder of Turtle Island Institute, and an IWF Fellow alumna. She is a member of the Anishinaabe community, and utilizes that background to inform her research around sustainability and systems thinking.

At the IWF World Leadership Conference in Toronto, Melanie will speak on a panel about entrepreneurship, economic development and social innovation. Here, we asked her about using indigenous knowledge to combat climate change, how the IWF Fellows Program influenced her professional journey, and what it takes to join a group called the Iron Butt Association.

For this edition of In the Lead, we sat down with IWF member, and indigenous activist, Melanie Goodchild.
In the Lead: Melanie Goodchild

In the Lead: Reflecting On 45 Years

Above, IWF founders Muriel Fox (left) and Eleanor Holmes Norton
are honored at the 2019 Elly Awards in New York City.

For this edition of In the Lead, we’re looking back at the people and stories that converged to create the International Women’s Forum 45 years ago. In the following video, Women’s Forum of New York founder Muriel Fox provides an oral history of the organization, including her relationship with fellow founder Elly Guggenheimer, her own professional journey and her role in the larger women’s movement.

In the Lead: Reflecting On 45 Years
In the Lead: Reflecting On 45 Years

IWF Remembers IWF South Africa Member Veronica Devine

The IWF community mourns the passing of IWF South Africa member Veronica Devine, a champion for equality, entrepreneur, mentor and inspiration to many. Veronica was passionate about women’s issues and leadership development. As a young female professional who faced sexism, she became her own boss and thrived as an entrepreneur. She founded Justine Cosmetics in 1973, which became a household name. Through its direct selling concept, Justine Cosmetics developed, educated and assisted women to become financially independent. Justine was eventually acquired by Avon Cosmetics Inc.

IWF Remembers IWF South Africa Member Veronica Devine
IWF Remembers IWF South Africa Member Veronica Devine

IWF Louisiana Member Maura Donahue Selected as U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board Chair

U.S. Chamber Elects Business Leader Maura Donahue Board Chair”

- U.S. Chamber of Commerce press release (read full article)

IWF Louisiana Member Maura Donahue Selected as U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board Chair
IWF Louisiana Member Maura Donahue Selected as U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board Chair

IWF Game Changers - Major General Linda Singh

 

This episode of "IWF Game Changers" features a conversation with Fellows alumnae and IWF D.C. member Major General Linda Singh. Linda is the first African American and first woman to hold the role of adjutant general for the Maryland National Guard. She made news earlier this year when her leadership team became the first all-female National Guard command staff in the United States.

 

IWF Game Changers - Major General Linda Singh
IWF Game Changers - Major General Linda Singh
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