|Helen Hunt and Melanie Harris with me at the book signing|
But for me, one session stood out from all others, perhaps because I know I will be doing a session on philanthropic leadership in the fall at the University of Wisconsin's Women's Philanthropy Council. The panelists were asked what one leadership quality they had and their answers were:
- The ability to listen
- Passion for the cause
- Collective action
- Bodacious and risk taking
- Ability to take constructive criticism and change
- Sense of humor
- Physical energy
When considering women's philanthropic leadership, these qualities really got me thinking. Would men have responded in the same ways? I really don't think so.
In any case, I look forward to working with these eight leadership qualities in preparing for the November session and thank you to the following panelists for sharing their thoughts: Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, The First Lady of Ekiti State, Nigeria; Jamie Allison-Hope, S.H. Cowell Foundation and Spark; Emilienne de Leon, International Network of Women's Funds; Tiffany Dufu, The White House Project; Sara Gould, Foundation Center; and Becky Sykes, Dallas Women's Foundation.