From the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 60s to the most recent Black Lives Matter protests of 2020, we have reached yet another crucial point in the fight for equality and social justice. This episode of the Game Changers podcast features IWF Louisiana Co-Founder Sybil Morial. She is a civil rights activist, educator, community leader, and author of Witness to Change: From Jim Crow to Political Empowerment. In this interview she shares her powerful story on life in the Jim Crow South and the efforts she made as a leader to create change.
The global food supply is under intense pressure from COVID-19, which is affecting nearly every aspect of human life. In this episode of “IWF Game Changers,” we hear from two members on the front lines of global food production and distribution about how this crisis is impacting availability around the world. Karen Caplan is President of IWF Southern California and CEO of Frieda’s Specialty Produce. Karla Chambers is Treasurer of IWF Oregon and co-owns Stahlbush Island Farms.
To help celebrate the first International Day of Mathematics, we’re highlighting a leader in mathematics and advocate for girls’ education. IWF Israel member, mathematician, neuroscientist and professor Mina Teicher is the former Chief Scientist for the Israeli government and former Vice President for R&D at Bar Ilan University, among other leading positions. She tells us about being fascinated by numbers at an early age and encouraging women and girls to enter mathematics.
To celebrate Mentoring Month in January, we wanted to highlight a relationship that bridges both cultural and geographical barriers. Samar Nassar is a member of IWF Jordan, an Olympic athlete and changemaker for women athletes. She mentors American basketball player Brianna Salvatore Dueck as part of IWF’s elite athlete mentoring program. In this episode, both women discuss sports diplomacy, leadership and growth through their friendship.
As President of IWF Bahamas, Sonia Brown helped lead an IWF Intensive program that provided a leadership development experience for members and professional women. For this episode of “IWF Game Changers,” Sonia describes her many other impressive endeavors, including founding her own engineering firm and fighting for climate justice.
To help commemorate Women in Small Business Month, we’re talking to a game changer in community banking. This episode of “IWF Game Changers” features an enriching conversation with IWF Oklahoma member Jill Castilla, the President and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond and an “Innovative CEO of the Year” according to American Banker magazine. Throughout her career, she has brought small business banking into the 21st century, using social media to increase accessibility and meeting customers where they are.
The IWF game-changer featured this month has worked in science and space for nearly 30 years. Ersilia Vaudo Scarpetta is a member of IWF France and the Chief Diversity Officer for the European Space Agency. She proposes initiatives that enhance ESA’s diversity, striving to ensure that inclusiveness is part of the its practices. Here, she talks about learning chemical compounds as a child and why she believes studying science gives you super powers.
The latest episode of “IWF Game Changers” features a compelling discussion about service, sacrifice and leadership. Fellows alumnae and IWF D.C. member Major General Linda Singh made news earlier this year when her leadership team became the nation’s first all-female National Guard command staff. Linda’s journey, her experience and the advice she has for younger leaders are sure to inspire.
Broadcasting from the IWF Cornerstone Conference in Barcelona, Spain, the second episode of “Game Changers” features an important discussion about girls’ access to education. Two panelists and IWF members – Shamim Jawad and Totsie Memela – discuss their personal ties to the cause and how society can address the lack of girls in school.
In the inaugural episode of IWF Game Changers, IWF Michigan President and host Anne Doyle sits down with Donna de Varona, named by Sports Illustrated as one of the greatest female athletes of the 20th century. Outside of her storied swimming and sports broadcasting career, Donna has been a fierce supporter of women in sports, becoming the co-founder and first president of the Women’s Sports Foundation.