2016

Young Women Leaders Making Their Mark in Northern California

In this video clip Val Swan and Patty Burke present a gift on behalf of Center for Creative Leadership to the Girl Scouts of Northern California at the Watermark Entrepreneur Conference.

On October 6th Patty Burke, Business Partner and Val Swan, Societal Advancement Project Director represented the new Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) Northern California team at Watermark’s Entrepreneur Conference 2016 in Mountain View, CA. CCL has an exciting developing partnership with Watermark, the largest women’s membership organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. Watermark’s mission is to increase the number of women in leadership positions by empowering their members to make their mark in their companies, careers and communities. More to come in November about another major project that CCL and Watermark will sponsor together.

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Patty Burke, Val Swan and Watermark CEO Marlene Williamson

Watermark and CCL’s missions are closely aligned and both organizations are committed to growing and developing the pipeline of young women leaders. To that end, a portion of the proceeds from this conference was donated to the Girl Scouts of Northern California, and Annie Cai, University of California-Berkeley student and Girl Scout alumna shared her Gold Award project at the event. On behalf of this emergent partnership, the CCL team presented Girl Scouts of Northern California with a gift as a special surprise. You will be hearing much more from our Northern California team as our work grows, so stay tuned!

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Early Leadership Stories from the California Frontier: This series follows Val Swan, Societal Advancement Project Director who recently moved to Northern California, USA to advance the Leadership Beyond Boundaries’ movement and pave new trails for early leadership development on the west coast. This post was written by Val Swan originally for www.leadbeyond.org.

Talkin' Bout My Generation

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In working with the Center for Creative Leadership's Leadership Beyond Boundaries (LBB) early leadership programs, we like to think back to what it was like when we were around 16 years old, the approximate age of many of our youth participants. In this recent BILL (Big Ideas in Leadership and Learning) Talk on inter-generational leadership I share my experience growing up as Gen-Xer and a notion I call Generational Nationalism, encouraging us to think about how we can foster inter-generational relationships in our own lives.

The Center for Creative Leadership’s staff gives homage to TED Talks by presenting their own rendition in sessions they call BILL Talks (Big Ideas about Leadership & Learning). BILL Talks presenters are asked to prepare a 5 minute presentation following the two IGNITE format rules: 1) You get exactly 20 slides.  2) You get exactly 15 seconds per slide that transition automatically. I presented my BILL Talk at the April 21, 2016 session.



BILL Talks - Val Swan from Center for Creative Leadership on Vimeo.


*Originally written for www.leadbeyond.org by Val Swan

Calling all high school girls!

I am thrilled to announce our 2016 Young Women’s Leadership Institute in partnership with Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest council in Charlotte, NC. Join us for an exciting opportunity to be a part of a diverse cohort of young women on a leadership journey of a lifetime.

Applications for our inaugural cohort and more information is available here. Watch the video below to learn more about our work and hear from some of our participants.  Click here to watch an extended version of this video.


*Originally written for www.leadbeyond.org by Val Swan

Stories From the Leadership Frontier

Leadership Beyond Boundaries team member Val Swan was asked to be the keynote speaker on behalf of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) for Rotaract’s first ever Young Leaders Summit hosted by the Rotaract Club of Queens University and Rotary District 7680 Rotaract, held at Queens University in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, April 9th, 2016. Rotaract is a global community of young adults sharing ideas and taking action for positive change. They offer clubs for adults ages 18-30 that meet twice a month to exchange ideas, plan activities and projects, and network, and are sponsored by a Rotary club.

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This inaugural event’s theme was Serve, Lead and Inspire, and provided an opportunity for participants to leverage personal and professional leadership skills. Five diverse speakers shared via a TED Talk program format in addition to several panel discussions. Val Swan’s presentation provided an overview of CCL and our work, mission, and pedagogy. The participants engaged in a mini-program experience using CCL’s Explorer tools to reflect on effective leadership and connect with others in a meaningful way around how we show up as leaders, the impact of others on our lives, and the legacy we leave behind.

We are looking forward to exploring possibilities to support Rotaract in the creation of a leadership program for their group in the future, building on our strong relationship and outstanding programming with Rotary District 7680, Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders.

*Originally written for www.leadbeyond.org by Val Swan