Beyond boundaries: Leadership in diverse environments

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11 Février 2013

How do leaders in Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting enable and value the WLDP logodiversity within their Associations and in the broader community? Is having a decision-making position still enough to change the world? What would inclusiveness and equality mean from a management perspective?

50 leaders from 35 countries gathered in Ishøj (Denmark) and are taking the opportunity to exchange with each other and WAGGGS, and interact with actors outside Guiding and Scouting on these and many more questions.

The WLDP event “Beyond Boundaries: Leadership in diverse environments” is the result of a cooperation between WAGGGS and the Joint Committee of Girl Guides in Denmark. The event was opened on Friday 8 February by the WAGGGS World Board Chair, Nadine El Achy.

She said: “Let’s challenge the status quo and let’s together look at the answers we need to find as a movement to enable our members to be the leaders of today and tomorrow”.

The 50 participants are representing Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Associations working in different settings and targeting a variety of groups in WAGGGS Member Organizations’ countries. The variety of approaches and perspectives brought by participants, guests, and speakers is adding value to the exchanges on major issues currently impacting the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting movement.

“The financial crisis has changed how people choose the companies or organizations they want to engage with. Today it’s about being local and global at the same time, and connecting with people’s value”.

This was presented as an opportunity for Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting Associations by Soulaima Gourami, selected as a Young Global Leader 2012 by the World Economic Forum.

Today challenges for women in leadership, strategies to break the glass ceiling, work-life balance approaches with Associations, market segmentation strategies to reach out for diverse target of young people, inclusive management, equality policies and mainstreaming are just some of the main themes addressed so far.

The event is financially supported by a number of partners and sponsors amongst which the Olave Baden-Powell Society (OB-PS) and the Youth in Action programme of the European Commission.

Follow the event on the WAGGGS Facebook page or on Twitter (#wldpdk).

“The people who change the world are those who have a vision and are passionate enough to take action. We need to enable our leaders and members to be the change they want to see” (Nadine El Achy, WAGGGS World Board Chair). 

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