Gretchen Ki Steidle named one of the Top 100 Leadership Speakers for 2018 on Inc.
Gracefully-Yours presents Life Lessons with Gretchen Steidle- Conscious Social Change and Mindfulness for Social Innovation.
Gretchen is Founder and President of Global Grassroots, a non profit organization that works with women and girls to be leaders of conscious social change in their communities. Visit www.globalgrassroots.org.
Every successful social movement has value-driven leaders who provide what Gretchen Ki Steidle characterizes as “a pathway to inner and outer transformation to contribute to a better world.” Leaders as well as those who aspire to become leaders will appreciate the abundance of information, insights, and counsel that Gretchen Ki Steidle provides in this volume.
What if you could retrain your brain to approach problems differently?
As leaders, thinking ahead is a huge part of the job. Yet it is often focusing too much on what’s in front of us instead of where we are that leads to missteps and frustrations. So how can you begin to stay in the present moment, and lead from within?
The way we diagnose issues, the way listen to people, the way we drop our ego and our agenda to really understand what's working, what's not working, and what people need so that we, instead of imposing ourselves or demonizing our opposition and creating more divisive tactics just to win—which we see all the times in politics—we also look at being more inclusive, more responsive, and more collaborative. At the end of the day the kind of solutions we result in are more sustainable because it involves everyone's input and ownership. That results in longer term real transformation.
Most of us who are juggling several jobs, children and hobbies find it challenging to pay attention on purpose in the moment. But experts are finding the more we pay attention to our lives, the more we may be able access wisdom, and decrease stress, anxiety and depression - and make us capable of building relationships. GRETCHEN STEIDLE, founder and President of Global Grassroots, says science is catching up to thousands of known human traditions and is author of Leading from Within: Conscious Social Change and Mindfulness for Social Innovation.
The most pressing concern for Seraphine Hacimana and a group of women in her Rwandan village was ending the sexual exploitation of disabled women who could not easily collect clean water near their home on their own. When they solved that problem with the help of Global Grassroots, a non-profit organization that University of Virginia alumna Gretchen Steidle created 12 years ago, it had a ripple effect that has helped with several other important community issues and spread to more villages in the area.
Sometimes defining moments come around. And they are undeniable. Right now, in the US, the land of my birth, a defining moment around women and girls is happening. It extends so far beyond a political campaign, an election, it extends into what the moral fiber of our nation, what our national identity will be surrounding treatment of women and girls moving forward.
Imagine walking for miles each day to bring water to your family for cooking and drinking, water that is not even clean, but it is all that is available. Now imagine that you are physically unable to do this, too poor to pay for someone to help bring it, possibly forced to trade sex for this water for your family. In parts of Rwanda, where the Portsmouth-based non-governmental organization Global Grassroots operates, this was many women’s reality.
Gretchen Steidle Wallace is the Founder and President of Global Grassroots Conscious Social Change for Women, an international organization working at the intersection of personal and societal transformation to catalyze the ideas of grassroots change agents working for women’s rights and well-being post-conflict. In 2007, Gretchen was honored by World Business Magazine and Shell as one of the top International 35 Women Under 35.