What It Takes to Be a Courageous Woman Leader

Jan 24, 2019

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World-renowned Fortune 500 business consultant Bonnie St. John has noticed an alarming degree of ambivalence among women about seeing themselves as leaders and being fully committed to achieving leadership roles.  Even her teenage daughter, Darcy, has harbored reservations and voiced surprisingly stereotypical criticisms of women as leaders. 

In this powerful program, Bonnie will share the rich wisdom and insights she and her daughter Darcy gleaned from their conversations with such fascinating role models as Hillary Clinton, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Geena Davis, Condoleezza Rice, and many more.

  • Hillary Clinton’s views on the timeless value of mentorship, and how women are particularly suited to benefit from mentoring and being mentored.
  • What Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia, who risked death many times to emerge as the first female elected head of state on the continent of Africa, told Bonnie about how to flex your “courage muscles.”
  • How Dr. Condoleezza Rice shared her hard-won wisdom about the importance of delegation, and the irreplaceable value of face-to-face conversation. 
  • Co-Chairman of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal’s secrets to getting the best out of people through her “no-fingerprints” leadership style.
  • How Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach For America, navigates her team to create unprecedented breakthroughs by finding the intersection of optimism and realism.
  • Lessons from Sharon Allen, former Chairman of Deloitte, LLP, on the importance of authenticity and the pitfalls of trying to model one’s leadership style too much on those of the male leaders around them.
  • How Lisa P. Jackson took the “mommy track” and ended up with a Cabinet post in the White House as Barack Obama’s Administrator of the EPA.



Bonnie St. John is the author of six books including her most recent, How Great Women Lead. Despite having her right leg amputated at age five, Bonnie St. John became the first African-American ever to win medals in Winter Olympic competition, taking home a silver and two bronze medals at the 1984 Winter Paralympics in Innsbruck, Austria.  Today, Bonnie travels the globe as a highly sought after keynote speaker, Fortune 500 business consultant, television and radio personality, and business owner.

Bonnie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard, earned a Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford, and served in the White House as a Director of the National Economic Council during the Clinton administration. She has been featured extensively in both national and international media including: The Today Show, CNN, CBS Morning News, PBS, NPR, and The New York Times, as well as People“O”Essence, and Success magazines.