A Blackout with Barack Obama

From the moment I had received the phone call only a few days earlier, Would you like to introduce the President? I had been living outside my own body, observing the surreal series events that had led to me sitting on that plastic chair behind the blackout curtains, feeling like a human sacrifice.

Meet the politician whose purpose it is to shape a better world for girls

Meet our latest Young Women to Watch from the Leadarise Brussels community: Assita Kanko, a Belgian politician, colummnist, author, human rights activist and advocate for gender equality. Originally from Burkina Faso, where she studied journalism and started advocating for human rights, Assita migrated to Europe in 2001 where she obtained a Master‘s degree in International…

We’re still unsure about how to react

I’ve been thinking about doing this for about a year. I’ve struggled with the fact that it might come across as attention seeking and I’ve struggled with the fact that these are memories that I either want to push to the back of my mind…

Arise to Lead Winter 2015

This month Leadarise reached the milestone of piloting our first peer training weekend in Brussels. 14 arising leaders from public administration, engineering, the private and the NGO sectors  joined our Brussels team to experience the fun that comes from doing something for the first time with inspiring and upbeat people. The weekend focused on leadership,…

Let’s talk about sex [in politics] – Making history with her story

When Hillary Clinton announced she would run again for president of the United States, the world began to talk about sex. About Clinton’s sex – the fact that she was a woman seeking one of the most powerful jobs in the world. American newspaper and magazine editor Donna Ladd said it would be “cool” to…

Insights from Kosovo’s First Woman Mayor on Career and Leadership

Ms. Mimoza Kusari-Lila, Mayor of the Municipality of Gjakova since 2013, is the first and only woman to be elected to the position of mayor in Kosovo to date. She previously served for over two years as the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trade and Industry in the Government of Kosovo. In a society…

Can we escape from the dinosaurs of EUrassic World?

In the week that dino-thriller Jurassic World has broken box office records, Politico Europe published a story about a group of dinosaurs running riot in another institution, the European Union. In a front-page article, Politico discusses the exploits of “the most exclusive dining club in Brussels”. Dubbed “the G5”, the dining club consists of Commission…

Exploring Leadership with Ash Bowland

Earlier this week we were lucky enough to have local artist and our April Young Woman to Watch Ash Bowland host a workshop in Brussels, delving into the art of “feminist” photography. Ash is a young artist with a passion for the female perspective in self-portrait photography. In 2014 she had a major breakthrough when…

Did you #AskWomenInPolitics? Yeah you did!

Leadarise London enjoyed a landmark event in Westminster Parliament last night. Over a hundred people joined a packed – and stunning – committee room to put their questions to a cross-section of female MPs, Sky News’ Anushka Asthana, the Fawcett Society and Leadarise. Leadarisers from all over the world joined in. Below are some of…

Q&A with Denise Restauri on Defining your 30’s

Ahead of our first NYC event of the year on February 19th at Wix Lounge with Denise Restauri, Leadariser Emily Pease asked Denise some of our burning questions after reading her excellent e-book, Their RoaringThirties: Brutally Honest Career Talk From Successful Women.  Check out Denise’s responses below and if you haven’t already, sign up for our panel event moderated by…

Be the architect of your own future

A new year has started and it’s time to review what we have achieved in 2014 and set goals for our new adventures. Our January Young Woman to Watch most definitely has a long list of achievements to be proud of and we can’t wait to see what shooting star architect Nasma Salhi has in…