Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World

ISBN: 978-1-118-18477-6
304 pages
June 2012, Jossey-Bass
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May 31, 2012
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Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World

Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World
By Alyse Nelson,
President and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership 

With Foreword By Hillary Rodham Clinton 

“This timely book tells the story of a movement that is transforming our world and of an organization—Vital Voices—that is clearing the path…If you are looking for inspiration about what is possible, and for a challenge about what is still necessary, here is your guide.”

Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State 

In her new book, Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change Around the World (Jossey-Bass; June 2012; 978-1-118-18477-6; $27.95), author Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership—the leading nongovernmental organization that identifies, trains and invests in emerging women leaders around the world—shares a unique and innovative model of leadership, illustrated through the stories of 32 remarkable, world-changing women whose leadership has had a significant impact in their communities and beyond.

International voices and vision for progress in our world—shared here for the first time—are deeply authentic and essential.  From the mothers of Northern Ireland who came together to end violence, to entrepreneurs creating economic opportunity to rebuild Haiti, women are

agents of progress, and their leadership is not qualified by title, salary or social standing, as Vital Voices makes clear.

This book is about a new order of leadership and a global network of women who are bravely improving the world for us all. Their courageous, trailblazing stories will ignite anyone's potential to lead the way to transformational change.

Vital Voices features essays and commentary from global leaders including: Vital Voices Founder U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, former President of Chile Michelle Bachelet, Nigerian Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, as well as Vital Voices Board Chair Susan Ann Davis and Board members designer Diane von Furstenberg and actor Sally Field.

Alyse Nelson interweaves her own personal journey, from her life-changing experience at the historic 1995 United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing to the establishment of Vital Voices as an organization, with compelling accounts of brave, visionary women willing to risk everything to improve the lives of those around them.  The author focuses on five qualities of leadership:  a driving force or sense of mission; strong roots in the community; an ability to connect across lines that divide; bold ideas and bold action; and a mindset of paying it forward.

For 15 years, Vital Voices has trained and mentored a network of 12,000 emerging women leaders advancing economic opportunity, defending human rights and promoting political participation in 144 countries. These women have gone on to mentor and train more than 500,000.