Welcome to Women Leading the Way

women leading the wayThank you for taking time out of your busy life to join us on this web site. This is a place where we celebrate the many ways that women lead. Each month we feature a story of a woman stepping up to lead the way - in her community, workplace, country, or tribe. We also offer capacity building activities and resources for nurturing all women in continuing to enhance our leadership skills and extend our influence. Knowing that we amplify our power when we connect with others, this site provides ways for women to learn with and from one another across cultures. We invite you to send stories of women you know who are making a difference in the world, and to submit methods and strategies you find effective in your own work as a leader.

What is the intention of this site? What will you find here?

What do leaders do?

In this case, the leader develops herself...and develops other leaders.

Meet Frankline Nadembega, selected as one of Africa's Most Outstanding Emerging Women Leaders by Moremi Initiative for Women's Leadership in Africa in 2013 and most recently selected as a Mandela Washington Fellow. Learn how she is developing her leadership skills by leading.

Claudine and FrankineMeet Claudine Zongo, selected by the US Embassy in Burkina Faso as mentor for Frankline. This is a role she takes very seriously and with great joy. To have the opportunity of building a relationship through which she can help guide a younger woman - as she discerns how she can best contribute her skills in service to the greater good - is a sacred role.

BettyMeet Betty Kagoro, a multi-talented woman, who most recently has initiated a Pen-Pal relationship between the teens with whom she works in Entebbe, Uganda and teens in Seattle, Washington. This enables youth on both sides of the globe to learn from one another, a much richer experience than movies and news, a real opportunity to build relationships across cultures.

Articles and News

Betty Kagoro and TEUWhatever other leadership we may provide in our communities, parenting or leading children is probably the most important impact we have.   Betty Kagoro’s article in our site's Articles & Essays section provides insight and practical strategies for helping the children in our lives develop healthy self-esteem.  High self-esteem means we trust ourselves to be able to influence our future, that we “bounce back” from disappointments, and that we appreciate diverse perspectives. 

Learn more about Betty, founder of Teen Empowerment Uganda >


In our News section, in Talking Out-loud About Menstruation see how Heather Watson, Britain’s top female tennis star, inadvertently opened up a taboo subject.



Amplifying Women's Impact

Visit the  "Developing Women's Leadership ~Around the Globe" page to learn about building community across cultures at the Women's Leadership Summit. or click here to watch video highlights of the Summit.

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Visit the Blog: Women's Voices: Creating a New Story

The role of women in global leadership – in our homes, communities, organizations and our countries – is emerging in powerful ways every day in locations all around the globe.  Recent Blog posts reveal how Weub (Ethiopia), Betty (Uganda), and Claudine (Burkina Faso) are leading. 

Read about them >


About Barbara Spraker

Barbara SprakerBarbara Spraker, an educator, is a catalyst for transformation. She is passionate about drawing out and amplifying women's power.

Our future depends on women's leadership - leadership based on creating space  for diverse voices to be heard, nurturing creativity and compassion, building relationships of trust where shared vision can emerge, and collaborating in action to bring those visions into reality.

Barbara teaches in the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle and has led capacity-building workshops for women for more than 20 years. Read Barbara's bio>>