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?

Story of the Month January 2016: A Very Special Update ~ Focus on Young Leaders

In our STORY OF THE MONTH, meet Oluwadamilolla (Dami) Apena, a practical visionary. Dami is a young woman leader from Nigeria who is currently completing her Master's Degree at Antioch University Seattle.


“Omode gbon agba gbon lafi da ile-ife.”  This proverb, from her tribal language in Nigeria, expresses Dami’s leadership philosophy that if we are to create the future we want, we need the leadership of both youth and elders, both women and men.

In our last update Alene Moris challenged us by asserting that “We are Engaged in a Revolution.”  In this update we are bridging from her story to a focus on Youth Leadership, and themes of:

  • a global world community
  • interdependence, and
  • collaboration

At about the same time we were interviewing Alene, in Seattle, Burkina Faso, a West African Country, held a very significant election in which power was peacefully transferred from one group to an opposing group.  A year before, when the then-President of the country sought a Constitutional amendment that would enable him to potentially remain in power for another 15 years, the populace responded with a resounding “NO” as thousands of protestors took to the streets.  In the 2015 elections 47% of those registered to vote were between 18 and 35 years of age.

Clearly, if, as Alene reminded us in her story, we are engaged in a revolution and over 50% of the humans on the planet are saying “NO” to violence, what kind of leadership do we need?   What skills are required?  How are young leaders developing these skills and what can all of us learn from them?

In addition to Dami’s story of her leadership, in our NEWS post, Learn about Y-WE and the creative model they have initiated for nurturing young women in developing their leadership competence, and meet Tam Nguyen and learn how she assumes responsibility for continually enhancing her leadership impact.   

In this Update we have a precious opportunity to learn from some of these young leaders.  First of all their presence with us teaches us – how very connected we are as a global community.  Dami, from Nigeria, is currently in Seattle.   Y-WE is an organization in Seattle that brings together young women who live in Seattle now but who come from many cultures around the world.  And Tam, who is Vietnamese, has participated in training in the U.S. and India, and is currently seeking a scholarship to pursue her Ph.D. in Australia.  Young leaders are helping forge a new future that builds on the unique contributions of diverse cultures to create a thriving global community.


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 >





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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. 

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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>>