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Melinda Gates – Philanthropist and her Vision for a Global Success for Women.

“All women, everywhere, have the same hopes: we want to be self-sufficient and create better lives for ourselves and our loved ones.” ~ Melinda Gates

In May 2016, Melinda Gates announced her latest pledge to the No Ceilings Project, a partnership with the Clinton  Foundation at Women Deliver conference in Copenhagen. She pledged to contribute $80 million to collecting data on women in developing countries over the next three years, a project that will to aid efforts to achieve gender equality. The project will analyze and visualize 20 years worth of data, from over 190 countries to inform the public of the gaps and gains in women’s global development.

“Our humanity is the one thing that we all have in common.” ~ Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates, born Melinda Ann French, was born in Dallas, Texas in 1964. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and economics and an MBA, both from Duke University. Her illustrious career began at Microsoft when she joined the multimedia products team in 1987, with whom she developed offerings such as Publisher, Microsoft Bob, Encarta, and Expedia. She eventually grew to become the General Manager of Information Products. Melinda’s time at Microsoft was defined by both career and personal success as it was at the Fortune 100 Company where she met her husband Bill Gates, its co-founder. Bill and Melinda married in 1994 and had three children together, Jennifer, Phoebe and Rory.

“Philanthropy is not about the money. It’s about using whatever resources you have at your fingertips and applying them to improving the world.” ~ Melinda Gates

Although Melinda eventually left Microsoft in 1996 to focus on raising her children, Melinda’s business education and dedication led her to take on positions as a member of Duke University’s board of trustees, the board of directors of the Washington Post company and the board of Drugstore.com. Her most important feat however was the founding of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, the largest, and most financially transparent private foundation in the world. It is operated and controlled by its three trustees: Bill and Melinda Gates, and Warren Buffet. As of December 2014, it had a recorded endowment of 44.3 billion dollars.

The foundation’s original goal was to place computers and Microsoft products in libraries all over the United States. However, Melinda has since expanded the philanthropic mission of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to include visions of worldwide improvements in education, poverty and healthcare. In 2003, after Buffet’s groundbreaking donation of 30 billion dollars, Melinda took on the challenge of restructuring the foundation into three branches: worldwide health, global development, and U.S. community and education.

“When you invest in women, you invest in the people who invest in everybody else.” ~ Melinda Gates

While the foundation as a whole pays special attention to global health initiatives such as developing preventative strategies, vaccines and treatments for diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, including controlling insects that transmit diseases, Melinda has personally focused her time and efforts to issues that specifically effect women and girls. In 2012, she led the London Summit on Family Planning, allocating $560 million from the foundation with the aim of delivering contraceptives to 120 million women in developing countries by 2020. She launched storytelling platform Better by Half, on which she shares stories about people and organizations working to empower women and girls. She believes that if women are given the tools for success the world is “not just better by half, it is twice as good.”

Melinda Gates is my hero and I am thrilled to have had the opportunity to turn a focus on her humanity during “International Women’s Month” – She is truly a remarkable woman, and global generosity will never go unnoticed. 

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Written by: Emily Sheiner

About GC4W:  The Global Connections for Women Foundation is not-for-profit charity organization that believes in women and girls — and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.

 

 

La La Land, Emma Stone’s way to the Oscars. #WomensHistoryMonth

“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself.” ~ Emma Stone

Emma Stone just won the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award and for the best actress for playing La La Land in 2016. She is also one of highest-paid actress in Hollywood. It is worth mentioning that she is only a 28-year-old who achieved such high award and gain high reputation. Even though her life story is too long, it inspires me: no matter what good background you have, pursing dreams is a life- long things; people who are better than you make better efforts, therefore, you do not have any excuse to give up your dreams.

Unlike many of Hollywood’s stars, Emma stone was born in a happy family. Her childhood was blessed with full support of her parents. It is precious that you win the full support from your family especially when you choose a totally different career from your parents. Her acting career started when she was four. In order to pursue her acting career, she has studied at home for two years for acting. However, she still failed the audition of a role in All That. Nevertheless, she never gave up. Fortunately, she got the support of her parents. Later on, her parents sent her for private acting lessons with a private coach.

Emma Stone held on to her dream of acting even her career went back and forth in her early life. Finally, she knocked on haven’s door. Her career ascent sharply by the horror comedy film Zombieland which acquired more than a hundred million gross revenue. It does make sense that Emma Stone play a perfect role in La La Land. Just like Stone’s real life experience, in the film, even if Mia’s way of pursuing dreams was filled with misery, she still carried on the dream.

Certainly, success cannot live without others’ support.  Stone’s surely does not forget supporting her family back. After her mother’s recovery of triple-negative breast cancer, Stone got a tattoo of blackbird together with her mother for memory and started promoting breast cancer awareness. In 2011, she worked with Star Wars and Stand Up to Cancer for raising funds for cancer research and after that, worked with another organization, Gilda’s Club, for the same purpose. What’s more she hosted the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Revlon Run/ Walk, focusing on fighting for women’s cancer.

As a young and successful celebrity, Emma Stone inspired me not only the persistence of her dream, but also the way she gives back the society. She currently helps people in movie industry with limited or no resources. She encourage paparazzi in a humorous way to focus more on building awareness of Causes such as Autism (as the picture below).

Her life story is not too complicated but she is inspiring enough that: have a dream and go for it; be a nice person to help people who needed the most.

 

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Written by: Mengling Yuan

About GC4W:  The Global Connections for Women Foundation is not-for-profit charity organization that believes in women and girls — and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.

Karlie Kloss is a Role Model for Millennial Women. #WomensHistoryMonth

Karlie Kloss is truly a representation of the leading millennial woman. Karlie Kloss is the epitome of a young woman with both beauty and brains. Not only is she a role model for many women of her generation, she also uses her fame and influence to support and empower other women. In fact, she made it into the list of Time 100 Most Influential People in 2016.

Best known for her career as a supermodel, Karlie has been on the cover of Vogue Magazine for more than 30 times and walked on runway shows for numerous designers such as Victoria’s Secret, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and more. Vogue Paris even named her one of the top 30 models of the 2000s.

However, Karlie’s profile doesn’t just stop at being a supermodel. Passionate and fearless, Karlie is also a full-fledged entrepreneur, coder, student, baker, philanthropist and vlogger. She shares her stories on her YouTube channel Klossy, supports hungry children with the sales of her cookie brand Karlie’s Kookies, and inspires young women to learn coding through her scholarship program Kode with Klossy.

Despite her impressive resume, Karlie’s life had not always been so glamorous and she certainly was not born with the confidence she has today. Ever since middle school, she was constantly bullied by her peers because of her unusually tall, slender frame and long limbs. Even though these features made her on top of every designer’s wishlist, they made her the subject of mockery when she was growing up and made her school years difficult.

Karlie, now 24 years old, came a long way to develop self confidence to be able to walk on runways and live under the spotlight. Knowing how difficult it could be, she shared her thoughts and advice on developing self confidence on her YouTube channel and encourage others to try their hardest and learn to turn the anxiety of being on stage into fuels of productivity.

Aside from helping girls her age to become more confident through sharing her own experiences, Karlie is also a huge advocate on women education. She believed that in a digital age, it is not only important for people to use social media such as Twitter and Facebook, but also to understand the codes and algorithm behind them. As an avid programmer, she developed a scholarship program Kode with Klossy for women and girls with no coding backgrounds to learn coding.

With more than 6 million followers on Instagram and 2 million fans on Twitter, Karlie is no doubt an influencer in the digital world. However, Karlie doesn’t just connect with her generation – she leads it. She is a role model for girls her generation and she actively inspires young women around the world to become the women they want to be.

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Written by: Tae Yun Mario Kim

About GC4W:  The Global Connections for Women Foundation is not-for-profit charity organization that believes in women and girls — and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.

From Aspirations To Inspiration, Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo. #WomensHistoryMonth

In honor of “International Women’s Month,” the Global Connections for Women Foundation is spotlighting Indra Nooyi, the Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. Indra Nooyi is a self-made woman whose story is inspiring and will give rise to more powerful women in the future.

“Leadership is hard to define and good leadership even harder. But if you can get people to follow you to the ends of the earth, you are a great leader”- Indra Nooyi, Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo

How often do you see a woman at the top of the ladder in the corporate world? However, inspiring fellow-women to change this trend are some dynamic women taking the corporate world by storm. One such contributor is, PepsiCo’s CEO, Indra Krishnamurthy Nooyi, ranked 14th at the Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women 2016. She was born on 28th October 1955 in Chennai, India. Indra Nooyi is credited for changing the Face of PepsiCo

She earned her degree of Bachelor of Science Madras Christian College in 1974. Following which she received an MBA in Business Management from Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. She moved to the United States, in 1978, to get her master’s degree in Public and Private Management from Yale School of Management graduating in 1980. Indra landed her first job as a product manager at Johnson & Johnson and MetturBeardsell in India after getting her MBA.

On graduating from Yale, she secured a job at Boston Consulting Group and worked harder than her counterparts. She felt as a woman she had to prove her worth in a male dominated environment and because she wasn’t an American. Indra joined PepsiCo in 1994 and was promoted to CFO in 2001 and eventually designated the President and CEO in 2006. She has held on to that position for a decade now. She has been pivotal in the massive expansion of PepsiCo. Nooyi initiated restructuring strategies that helped boost the company’s worth and brand reputation. She focused on health of her consumers and launched range of products which are nutritious. Which led to her segregating PepsiCo’s products as ‘fun for you’, ‘better for you’, and ‘good for you.’

Indra credits her mother for the position she is in. Every day, in her childhood, her mother would ask Indra and her sister to write a speech imagining themselves as a leader, politician, president, CEO, etc. The role would vary each day. The speech had to be delivered post family dinner each night. This galvanized her into being an extremely ambitious woman and she knew she wanted to conquer the corporate world- which she did.

Her belief system is three folds- do your current job very well, have a hip-pocket spill, and be courageous. This practice contributed in her winning many prestigious awards. She was honored with the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award of India, in 200. She was ranked 1st in Fortune magazine’s list of Most Powerful Business Women for 5 consecutive years from 2006 to 2010.

She writes personal letters to her top-level employee’s parents congratulating them for supporting their children. Her own success made her realize the significant role parents play in their children’s success and believes it must be appreciated.

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Written by: Pranali P. Gotpagar

About GC4W:  The Global Connections for Women Foundation is not-for-profit charity organization that believes in women and girls — and their rights to create new opportunities for themselves and their communities.

 

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