It’s 2014 and we still struggle. I know. It’s sad. We struggle with how we view ourselves in the world and we struggle with how the world views us. Regardless of the communities we live in, around the world, we are challenged. In different and extreme ways, granted, but we all struggle.
Having worked now with thousands of people and hundreds of young women in six countries I see the world with the glass half full. I see possibility, opportunity, and am extremely excited about our future. More people of our world are becoming educated, open to dialogue, and starting to see the light and possibilities of equality. We have a long way to go but it is happening. When we provide authentic leadership development to young women and women alike we provide a shift in our world environmentally, socially, and economically. The investment into leadership development for young women will grow companies, increase short falls in trades, and create a healthy future for all. (When we include men in this process we create an even greater ripple effect.)
Authentic leadership to me means living to my full potential for the purpose of being of service. Service to myself, service to others, and service to our planet. Not in a place of perfection and definitely not in a place of competition but from a space of unity.
I have had the privy of working with a wonderful leader in Kampala over the years. One of the many I am in such gratitude to have shared my journey with over the years. This young woman however, Xubie, is a young woman who is a phenomenal artist and has a spirit beyond her years. In 2010 she shared with me a word that forever stays in my mind when I think of where our world is headed. UBUNTU
‘I am what I am because of who we all are’
As we move forward with our Global Sorority initiative and reach out to hundreds of thousands of young women in communities across the global we carry ubuntu with us. The more we growth as individuals the more we have to offer. The more we have to offer others the more we grow as a global community creating change for all.
To the development of our humanity and the unity needed to create a space for all and in deep appreciation for all the amazing people we partner with us around the globe to support our efforts of providing sustainable leadership development to enhance our world.
And to my team of unbelievable Directors … Without you this would not be possible!
Loretta A. Cella
Founder, Passion Foundation
Co-Founder, Global Sorority