What I learned from a United Nations week …

Most people don’t know that I went to middle school at the United Nations International School (UNIS). These last few days have been a full circle week reconnecting with the UN.

Last week on Tuesday I gave a speech on great companies for the 40 global leaders of UNICEF and was truly inspired by the vision and passion of its leaders and mission. Then on Thursday I was speaking at the Harvard Club about Ideagen – a visionary organization dedicated to helping implement the 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030. The panel I moderated was put together by IBM where four women CEOs talked about the importance of the #5 goal, Gender Equality.

On Friday I was interviewed by George Sifakis, the CEO of Ideagen, at the United Nations. What was most exciting was looking at the audience of about 400 and seeing what I believe is the future of our world — young international women all focused on the common objective of building a better world.

When I asked George what inspired him to start Ideagen, he shared, “After working at the U.S. Senate I saw an incredible need for dialogue across sectors, to convene individuals and organizations that typically would not be sitting in a room together, to address the world’s most vexing issues.”

As I think about my week, what is most interesting is how joyous I felt being reconnected to, not only my roots, but an issue way, way larger than I.