Reimagining Power and Leadership

Thursday, September 24, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 PM ET
Online Webinar

The purpose of this event is to galvanize the movement of liberatory consciousness for our community by exploring the intersectionalities of gender, leadership and power. As the first event in our CGIA Fall series, we seek to foster awareness, share creative solutions and inspire transformative acts in pursuing social justice and thriving COVID-19 responses.

This moment calls for transformational leadership, particularly from bodies who have historically been excluded from decision-making spaces. The conference and our kick-off panel will focus on collaboration and the elevation of diverse voices, emphasizing the necessity of intersectionality in understanding the gendered dimensions of politics and international affairs. As we explore and challenge perceptions of leadership, we will create a space where everyone will have the opportunity to participate in dialogues and inspire action to lead to positive change.

Panelists will address:

The gender dynamics of power and leadership; the ways marginalized bodies, both physical and institutional, can make their voices heard under dominant hierarchies of power; the ways in which COVID-19 has highlighted and/or shifted traditional notions of leadership


Bushra Amiwala

Bushra Amiwala is a Skokie native and daughter of immigrants who truly appreciates diversity in its many beautiful forms. As communities across our nation – the working poor, religious and ethnic minorities, and young changemakers who are ignored by political establishments – are pushed aside, Bushra is a committed voice for underrepresented citizens. She seeks to ensure that our nation’s future is in good hands by building a compassionate, politically-engaged generation.

Mouna Ben Garga

Mouna Ben Garga is a Tunisian, Pan African Human Rights activist and Community organiser that works on shifting the narrative around the role of civil society and on developing Human Rights-Centred Innovation that supports CSOs agenda. As the Innovation for Change (I4C) Lead at CIVICUS, she currently heads a multi-stakeholder partnership that supports the I4C network. The network is a community-led initiative that brings together CSO, technologists, social entrepreneurs, and the private sector from 7 regions- Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, the Pacific and South Asia- to defend and strengthen civic space and overcome restrictions to the fundamental freedoms of assembly, association and speech. 

Liz Haber-Zambrano

Liz Haber-Zambrano is a certified ontological life coach with International Coaching Federation and certified transformational trainer specializing in women’s development. Over her career, Liz has worked with hundreds of women and men and has logged over 1000 hours in combined coaching and workshop training experience. Liz’s coaching and training style, propels you in creating extraordinary results in your life and have your dreams realized, while assisting you in mastering communication and leadership skills to effectively inspire others. As a coach and trainer, Liz supports women and their families to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe. Liz has a passionate heart for possibility and a desire for every woman to know the true gift they are to our world, the people around them and themselves. Liz is the owner of a private coaching practice, Living in Zen Coaching, LLC and works as a 3rd level trainer and facilitator of The Sacred Feminine workshop with Gratitude Training, LLC. She also worked as a trainer, teaching ontological style coaching to students at the Gratitude Coaching Academy, LLC. In her free time, Liz enjoys spending time with her family, being in the ocean, and traveling.

Rosebell Kagumire

Rosebell Kagumire is a feminist writer, award-winning blogger and socio-political analyst with her writing in international media like The Guardian, Al Jazeera, Quartz and Mundo Negro. She is the editor of African Feminism- AF, a platform that documents narratives and experiences of African women. Her experience spans gender and governance, peace and conflict, migration and media studies. Rosebell was honored with the 2018 Anna Guèye Award for her work on digital democracy, justice and equality by Africtivistes. The World Economic Forum recognized Rosebell as one of the Young Global Leaders under the age of 40. She holds a Masters in Media, Peace and Conflict Studies from the University for Peace in Costa Rica. She has also done short term studies on Global Leadership and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Nonviolent Conflict at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Her undergraduate degree is in Mass Communication from Makerere University in Uganda.