The Inaugural EmpowerHer Speaker Series

Ana Carolina González-Peña • May 30, 2024

The Inaugural EmpowerHer Speaker Series
A Recap of Dr. Emelia Timpo’s Inspiring Presentation

In May 2024, we proudly launched the EmpowerHer Speaker Series, a platform created to amplify the often-overlooked contributions of women worldwide. From the quiet resilience of caregivers to the leadership of international organizations, this series aims to highlight the significant roles women play in shaping our world.

It sometimes seems necessary to remind ourselves that women have played fundamental roles in society. I believe that many of the challenges we face today could be addressed by listening to the voices of mothers, daughters, grandmothers, and indigenous leaders.

Our first talk featured Dr. Emelia Timpo, who brings a wealth of experience in agriculture, HIV/AIDS, gender, and educational policy, with seventeen years of leadership within the United Nations. Her expertise in project management, monitoring and evaluation, and policy development, combined with her academic background and commitment to global development, makes her a remarkable addition to our series.

Dr. Emelia Timpo opened our EmpowerHer series, sharing invaluable lessons from her extensive career and personal journey. Here are some of the key takeaways from her powerful talk:

  • Embrace Acceptance: “Since a very young age, I learned that not everyone is going to like you. You have to find a way to move on.”
  • Value of Hard Work: “If you do the hard work, people are going to value it—not because it’s easy, but because it’s persistent.”
  • Challenges and Opportunities: “Opportunities always come with challenges.”
  • Positive Perception: “Believe and see the good in everyone.”
  • Diversity as a Blessing: “Diversity is a blessing.”
  • Embracing Change: “Change is going to happen, whether we like it or not. We have to be ready.”
  • Positive Influence: “If we want to stop many of the problems we are facing right now, we have to make positive noise for our younger generations.”

Dr. Timpo’s insights set a powerful tone for the EmpowerHer series, reminding us of the strength and resilience found in diverse female voices.

We look forward to continuing this journey with you!

Note to Readers: If you know a woman whose inspiring story would make her a great guest for an upcoming EmpowerHer session, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are always eager to spotlight the voices and experiences that can inspire and uplift our community.

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