Many people deeply long to make a positive impact and a difference in their lives and in the world around them. They want to leave the world a better place for both women and men, and leave a legacy behind that lasts well beyond their physical existence. But how, exactly, can we do that?

Today, Claudia Chan joins Finding Brave to share her personal experiences, strategies and insights on how we rise above our current situation and become a positive change agent in our lives and work.

Claudia is a recognized expert on leadership and social entrepreneurship dedicated to activating individuals and organizations to lead change in the world and advance gender equality. She is the founder of the award-winning global leadership conference, S.H.E. Summit, which has made advancing women’s leadership accessible and actionable.

Each year the event connects, educates, and activates women’s empowerment champions; speakers have included Deepak Chopra, Kelly Clarkson, Morgan Stanley’s Carla Harris, Sallie Krawcheck, Gabrielle Bernstein, Soledad O’Brien, and UN Ambassador Samantha Power, among others. She also leads S.H.E. Globl Media, a corporate initiative that helps Fortune 1000 companies modernize and accelerate their diversity initiatives with the goal of achieving gender parity by 2030 through various programs and services.

Listen in as we discuss complex issues including:

  • What is gender equality, really?
  • What holds us back from listening to each other, and how does that, in turn, block us from being more effective in our leadership
  • How can we all do more of what we’re passionate about, and discover our life’s purpose amidst all the distractions
  • Is it necessary to engage our life’s purpose in our paid work?
  • Who, specifically, do we need to get help from in order to bring about the changes we care most about?

Highlights from this Episode:

  • Where Claudia’s passion for gender equality comes from and why she’s made it her mission to have this conversation [3:35]
  • Why she feels that it’s the destiny of everyone to be a change agent [9:08]
  • The approach Claudia has taken to make her Summits more inclusive for others [13:14]
  • Why she now focuses on the term “Gender Equality” instead of “Women’s Empowerment” [14:25]
  • Practical strategies for becoming an agent of change and the role that passion, purpose and your vision will play in this [17:50]
  • What a people working in the corporate world can do to lead change, without quitting their jobs [25:45]

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Resources mentioned in this podcast:

Claudia’s Book, This Is How We Rise: Reach Your Highest Potential, Empower Women, Lead Change in the World

Kathy’s Amazing Career Project

Kathy’s Forbes Post, What Is Feminism, And Why Do So Many Women And Men Hate It?

Thrive Global

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“Regardless of your gender, your color, your background or your culture, all people should be treated equally.” [5:15]

“My message is to first motivate you that everything has happened for you in your life to actually lead change for something bigger than you.” [9:05]

“To be really good leaders and to actually effect change for something, we need to take a more inclusive approach.” [10:56]

“I had all these stories of all these people, that didn’t necessarily fit the profile of S.H.E. Summit, but it helped me curate and market and really design my programming in a way that was inclusive of those women.” [12:53]

“How can we create a more inclusive culture? Are we being inclusive and are people being treated equally and fairly? I’m starting to really change our wording; I think that’s important.” [16:37]

“Spearhead a project for a cause. Do it within the framework of your organization and the impact can be enormous.” [31:11]


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