Dr. Dilshad Dayani
Dilshad Dayani is a Mother, Educator, Feminist Activist, Author, Broadcast Journalist and a Diversity and Leadership Trainer. She is the founder of World Women Global Council, a local and global initiative to empower girls and women with a deep focus on immigrant cultural transition. She has served as a co-chair for Women of Color and media outreach chair for Asian American and Pacific Islander at the Executive Women for Her- an organization dedicated to elect a woman president. She has been a frequent consultant and speaker at the UN events.
Jean Blaydes Madigan
Jean Blaydes Madigan is an internationally known educational consultant, speaker and author on the subject of how brain research supports the link of movement to enhanced learning. Jean Blaydes Madigan has made hundreds of presentations internationally in 10 foreign countries and nationally in all 50 states. Jean Blaydes Madigan taught for 27 years in the classroom, in Physical Education and as a college professor. Her excellence in teaching is recognized by awards such as Richardson ISD Teacher of the year, Texas AHPERD Teacher of the Year, and one of six National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year representing 13 states in the Southern District. Jean received the 2005 PE4Life Advocacy award.
Dr. Desiree Leigh Thompson
I am a Holistic Life Coach, Registered Counsellor, and Spiritual and Lifestyle Consultant. Initially, I wanted to pursue a career in Natural medicine focusing on mental and emotional wellness with complementary medicine. Although this program is very fascinating, passion was non-existent; and, it felt as though I was running away from something closer to my heart. My passion is with sexualization and exploitation and the repercussions that follow as we mature. As I continue my studies in the sociology and psychology sciences while learning how to be an advocate for others that have been wrongly treated, I will share my experiences and insights with you on various ways to heal the heart.
Kausar Z Ahmed
With over 20 years of experience in television, advertising, food, and education related services, Kausar Z Ahmed is a Karachi based TV producer and host, food and table top stylist, and educationist. Her experiences range from working as Head of TV1’s morning transmission, Creative Consultant for Geo, Senior Producer and Head of Content at Masala TV, educationist at various institutions including the Karachi Grammar School, and food and prop stylist for various brands including Pepsi, Unilever, and Nestle. Kitchen Craft was inspired while Kausar was on a culinary tour of Los Angeles – the “City of Angels” where cultures from all over the world converge and mouth watering cuisine from all over the globe can be found. While taking classes with Chef Martin of Sur La Table on a variety of topics including “foodscapes” that apply concepts of design to colors, textures, and flavors of food, Kausar realized that she could converge her passions for food, design, and beauty and utilize her wide range of skills to enhance the quality of food related products and services within Pakistan.
Sharbari Zohra Ahmed
Sharbari Ahmed was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and raised in Connecticut, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and New York. She recieved her MA in Creative Writing Fiction, from NYU. Her fiction has appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Caravan, The Asian Pacific American Journal, Catamaran, All Genres Literary Magazine, Sticks and Stones and in the anthology A New Anthem (Tranquebar Press, 2009) and in the upcoming Penguin India/Zubaan anthology (2012). Her play Raisins Not Virgins was produced in NYC, Boston, LA, and Dhaka. In 2008 the screenplay version was chosen for the Tribeca All Access program at the Tribeca Film Festival. Since 2007 she has written a column for The Daily Star , the largest English Language newspaper in Bangladesh. She teaches writing and literature at Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, CT. She lives in Darien, CT with her son.
Esperanza Garcia is a candidate of Columbia University’s Master of Science in Sustainability Management program and President of Columbia University Coalition for Sustainable Development. She blogs at Ecohope. She was born & raised in Cebu, Philippines and a mother of a 6-year who is her inspiration. She was Co-Founder & Member of Executive Board of the International Youth Council which has provided educational resources & leadership opportunities to young global leaders. She has studied renewable energy at Yale University and finished her post-baccalaureate at Columbia University. She has worked as a consultant for South-South News, which works with UN agencies in helping South-South countries develop programs. She founded the Philippine Youth Climate Movement awarding climate heroes & raising climate change awareness in Philippine schools to 50,000 students. She served as a consultant for the Philippine Senate Climate Change Committee. She worked as consultant for Friendship Ambassadors Foundation, where she focused her efforts in organizing the Youth Assembly at the United Nations attended by hundreds of young global leaders.
Danya Alkhatib, 20 years old passionate dreamer, was born and raised in the USA and is of Palestinian descent. She is an English Major. Apart from being an active Student Government member, she has contributed her literary work at ‘M’ Magazine for her college, served on the board of Muslim Students Association, and is a Duchesne Scholar at Manhattanville. She wants to be a part of WWGC because she feels it is her responsibility to amplify the voices of those who can’t be heard; extend a hand to those that haven’t found their footing just yet; and to stand beside those who feel alone and unseen.
Donna Morton is the CEO and co-founder of First Power she builds the social and economic aspects of projects and builds our diverse partnerships. In 2003 Donna was awarded an Ashoka fellowship and the Women and Spirit of the Crane award for business leadership through her work with the Centre for Integral Economics. She has a more than 20 year track record developing projects, communications and consulting with numerous First Nations and First Nation organizations, large and small businesses, governments and NGO’s. Donna is very experienced keynote speaker in Canada and internationally. She was featured as 1 of 30 global leaders who use the power of the market to deliver on the environment in the international TV series – First Power, with a mission to put clean energy, jobs and equity in the hands of first nations and other communities. Elected an Unreasonable Institute fellow for building one of the worlds best social innovation start ups, she is also an Ashoka fellow for her work with the Centre for Integral Economics (CIE). CIE promotes market-based solutions to social and environmental sustainability.
Dr. Ann Corwin
Dr. Corwin has made it her life’s work to develop practical parenting programs for parents and children. With a Ph.D. in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy and Masters Degree in Education and over twenty five years of experience in parenting consulting and child development education, she has helped thousands of parents – with children ages birth to five years and beyond.Her parenting skills development workshops and parent coaching programs have immediate solutions to child discipline behavior issues such as hitting and biting, respect and discipline, poor sleeping habits, relationships and school, toilet learning, new siblings and sibling rivalry, separation anxiety and much more.She has appeared in television on PBS station KCET-A Place of Our Own, COX Cable, and call-in consulting with viewers. In addition, her work has been published in Journals, Cookie Magazine, Simple Life Magazine, and newspapers across the country. Known as an authority in her field of parenting counseling, she has worked with professional national groups.
Annesha Edwards-Carter began her academic career at Manhattanville College in the fall of 2009. She is a senior with a double major in Sociology and Political Science and is currently a member of the Student Government Association as well as the Castle Scholars Honors Program. It was through Manhattanville College that she began to take women’s studies courses and was enlightened about lives of so many women throughout the world. Through these many courses she has gained an understanding of gender and has since helped promote empowerment amongst women. Since becoming enlightened she has devoted a large amount of time and research to not only educate herself but others about the stratification of women in society. She admires World Women Global Council forum as it truly leverages the wisdom of the elderly and energy of the youth, and she feels blessed to be a part of an entity so passionately dedicated to making a change by thinking globally and acting locally. Annesha plans to contribute by sharing her blog entries so that her voice can be heard. It is her hope that by promoting awareness to the many issues that impact women across the world, will help establish a more sustainable society for the countless generations of girls and women to come.