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Building Resilience & Leadership Capacity: Finding the Gifts in Struggle

June 16, 2020
Sherry Richards

Leading in Extraordinary Times Webinar Series

Thanks to everyone who joined us on June 12th for the forth installment of our Leading in Extraordinary Times webinar series. In this session, Lorelei Higgins and Wanda Krause explored “Building Resilience & Leadership Capacity: Finding the Gifts in Struggle.”


To access the recording, click here.


Thank you to Sam Bradd from Drawing Change for his beautiful graphic recording of the presentation. We are pleased to offer this image as a gift to all participants and will take this opportunity to remind you of Sam’s invitation for us all to find our own creative ways of documenting this moment in history.


Graphic Recording by Sam Bradd, Drawing Change

We are also pleased to share the following resources from the session for those who would like to explore further:

  • Glossary of Arabic words referred to by Wanda Krause
    halakas = religious study circles
    khair = good doing
    nafs = the ego
  • Word cloud co-created in response to the question “if you were to release that story (the one you are holding on to about yourself), what is one word that captures how you might feel”?
  • Wanda’s book: Civil Society and Women Activists in the Middle East: Islamic and Secular Organizations in Egypt (I.B. Tauris, 2012)


And finally, for those who may have missed them, these quotes were shared by fellow participants via the chat box…thank you for your engagement!

“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.”
-Martin Luther King

“The idea of absolute freedom is fiction. It's based on the idea of an independent self. But in fact, there's no such thing. There's no self without other people. There's no self without sunlight. There's no self without dew. And water. And bees to pollinate the food that we eat...So the idea of behaving in a way that doesn't acknowledge those reciprocal relationships is not really freedom, it's indulgence.”
-Peter Coyote


We hope you can join us again for the last webinar in our spring series!






Our webinar series is free and open to the public. For those who have the means to do so, we are encouraging donations to your charity of choice.