An entrepreneur, consultant and public policy advocate, Valerie's career spans industries and sectors. She has raised more than $100M USD and led start-ups from urban revitalization real estate developments to healthcare facilities and social services.
Q. What inspires you?
A. People who overcome crazy obstacles and who show deep compassion: Ghandi, Nelson Mandela, my grandmother. Right now I am compiling a book of personal stories from women leaders around the world. These women are beautiful blends of grace and grit that inspire me and I’m excited to help their stories inspire others.
Q. What advice would you give to women in business education?
A. For one thing, I would advise women to GET a business education. I was stunned when I walked into my EMBA class and could count the women on one hand. I started digging and found woeful ratios are common in EMBA programmes globally.
This does not appear to be a clandestine “No Girls Allowed” conspiracy. The reality is that schools are looking for quality women candidates. And in my class, rather than failing, 50 per cent of the women graduated with honours, a higher percentage than the men.
Q. How do you deal with male-dominated environment?
A. Personally, I think a male-dominated environment is not bad, but it is sad. Organisations or initiatives lacking diversity are handicapped; prone to groupthink disasters. Wherever I’ve been - in politics, NGOs, business or school - I just assumed equal respect and trust with my male counterparts. I believe we often get what we expect in life - and what we give.
Q. How do you deal with pressure?
A. Yoga. Stepping back to pause helps me remember that I can let go of fear, anger or anxiety and choose a more powerful response to whatever is stressing me. Plus, when I do yoga, watching my 6-foot self wobble on one leg while twisting into a silly pretzel makes me smile and reminds me to not take myself or situations too seriously.
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Interview with Valerie Keller originally published in Rewiring Business and the Global Leadership Post, by Anne Ravanona:
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Veritas Partnership has taken Every Three Seconds, a documentary film as a pro-bono client because we feel compelled to contribute to its goal.
Every Three Seconds is a film that reminds us that every one of us has the potential to make a change. Award-winning director Daniel Karslake tells the inspiring stories of amazing individuals that have taken action to end the number one risk to health worldwide, hunger.
The film also analyzes the issue by bringing the insight of experts such as Muhammed Yunus, Nobel Peace price and founder of the Grameen Bank, and Josette Sheeran, the eleventh Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) amongst others. Through these testimonials, Every Three Seconds informs the viewers about this pressing issue and pushes us to start action.
How is hunger affecting the world?
According to the World Food Program,
- · there are 925 million people in the world who do not get enough food to lead a normal life. 98% of these people live in developing countries.
- · Since 2001, the number of malnourished people has grown steadily.
- · One in four children from developing countries are underweight.
This map from the World Food Programme visualizes the levels of hunger in the world as of 2011.
For more information visit the World Food Program’s site
Ending poverty and ending hunger go hand in hand. In 2000, the United Nations Member States adopted the Millennium Declaration. This document sets a series of clear goals in order to fight poverty and its consequential problems.
GOAL 1 | Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
GOAL 2 | Achieve universal primary education
GOAL 3 | Promote gender equality and empower women
GOAL 4 | Reduce child mortality
GOAL 5 | Improve maternal health
GOAL 6 | Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
GOAL 7 | Ensure environmental sustainability
GOAL 8 | Develop a global partnership for development
Earlier this year the UN released a document revealing the progress on reaching this goals. The goal is to reach them by 2015.
It is important to bear in mind that each one of us has the potential to contribute to these goals. Every Three Seconds reveals five life changing stories that show us that we too can start to make a change in our communities or in communities we care for. Where ever you live there is a way to provide tools to empower communities that are fighting hunger and poverty. Every Three Seconds portraits every day people who have taken initiative . These are the stories:
The summer after being an intern in a small clinic in Malawi Josh returned with 100 recycled cell phones and taught an army of health volunteers how to use texting technology to communicate in a land without phones and roads, saving hours of travel time and thousands of lives.
Charlie Simpson, a seven-year-old boy from London, was deeply moved and insisted to his parents that he must do something to help after witnessing the earthquake in Haiti on Television.
Lisa Shannon was the first national grassroots activist in the US working to raise awareness of the forgotten humanitarian crisis in DR Congo.
Ingrid Munro shares with us “one cannot lift a person out of poverty. What we offer…is access to a ladder that they can climb up to take themselves out of poverty. But the climbing they must do themselves.” — Ingrid Munro
In an interview with director Dan Karslake Gloria says, “I hope it help(s) make other people aware of the hunger that’s in America, and maybe it will inspire someone who’s not involved to get involved.”
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