Antigone Ty Jones

In New York, Tackling Bias and Taking Leadership Tips from Antigone

Each August the American Express Leadership Academy 2.0 at the Aspen Institute takes place in the bucolic valley of Aspen, Colorado.

Sani Foundation Dice bar

Not Everything is Illuminated: Creating Opportunity for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Zambia

Motivated by her brother's experience, Michelle Chimuka took a risk and left her job to start the Sani Foundation, to help adults with intellectual disabilities find work and a place in Zambian society.

Christen Brandt and Nayda

Supporting Girls through Education and Love: Christen Brandt’s Journey with She’s the First

What started as a small media campaign to support girls’ educational opportunities in 2009 soon became the nonprofit organization known as She’s the First. Today, She’s the First fights gender inequality through education and supports girls around the world who will be the first in their families to graduate high school. Co-founder of the organization, Christen Brandt, shared her journey with us. 

Fatuma's Voice

In Kenya, a Metaphoric “Fatuma” Gives Young Leaders and Artists a Voice

Fatuma’s Voice is a Kenya-based youth empowerment organization that hosts forums where young people from different ethnic groups come together to express themselves through art, poetry, and music, while creating bottom-up solutions to social issues.

LEAD summer school

When Your Organization isn’t As Diverse as Your Mission

It’s not easy to confront challenging realities within ourselves or our work – but the results of "digging in"  to difficult questions surrounding race, gender and diversity are worth it. Zeynep Dilek, Project Coordinator with LEAD international Summer School team, shares her candid reflections.

Arthur Cutler Algeria

Emotional Intelligence and Results-Based Leadership: Reflections from a Delegation to Algeria

How I found myself in Algeria, telling a roomful of young activists, “As the new generation of leaders, we have to set the standards for who we define as leaders.”


#WorldRefugeeDay 2018: Let’s Honor this Critical Work

By Abeer Pamuk, LeaderStories

Alumni Summit

Leadership in Times of Transition: Reflections from the 2018 American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit

Seth Cothrun shares his experiences from the fourth annual American Express Leadership Academy Global Alumni Summit in New York City, from April 2018.

Monica Kang SXSW

Show Up and Ask Why: #SXSW Alumni Reflections Series

This year, a group of about 20 leaders, myself including, traveled to South by Southwest, the festival of ideas and creativity in Austin, Texas. 

Elizabeth Maloba

“My Work Found Me”: Elizabeth Maloba’s Leadership Journey

“I am a ‘recovering teller.’ I like to be in control and solely responsible for a result. And yet business leadership is about achieving results through people.”