Team

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Board of Directors

 
 Katherine Conway

Katherine Conway

 Keith Cobell

Keith Cobell

 Tamma Carleton

Tamma Carleton

 Priya Bishen

Priya Bishen

 Katie Bunten-Wren

Katie Bunten-Wren

 

Our Story

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Ayla Schlosser first became familiar with the Storytelling for Leadership framework in 2010, when she discovered the difference between standing up for an idea and having the confidence to stand up for herself. Ayla searched for opportunities to use storytelling to break down leadership and confidence barriers for women internationally but was unable to find the approach being used in this way. She reflected on one of her favorite quotes:

“If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” – Rabbi Hillel

Deciding to take action, Ayla founded Resonate and moved to Rwanda in 2013 to pilot the use of Storytelling for Leadership for women’s empowerment, in a country that is a strong advocate for gender equality and women in leadership.

Shortly after arriving in Rwanda, Ayla met her co-founder, Solange Impanoyimana. After the genocide of 1994, Solange did not have family or close friends with whom to talk about her experiences. When she became familiar with the Storytelling for Leadership framework, it helped her understand and talk about her own experience, and she saw it as a critical piece of empowering others with the strength and courage that comes from the ability to tell one’s own story. She joined Ayla and together they successfully adapted the Storytelling for Leadership tool from political campaigns and issue organizing to women’s empowerment and development. Since then, Resonate has continued to grow and work towards catalyzing women leading change.

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Our Values

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Turi Kumwe: We work as a team and are aligned toward our goals. We trust in and care for each other in and out of the office.

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Believe in Yourself: We engage in our work with confidence, knowing that each of us brings unique skills to the table. We see strength in authenticity and lead with the best, most honest version of ourselves.

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Believe in Others: All people deserve respect, equality, and the freedom to reach their full human potential. We serve others by listening to and supporting them to create positive change and impact.

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Welcome Challenges: We proactively face challenges. We take risks to solve problems creatively with the resources we have available.

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Keep Learning: We always have more to learn in our pursuit of impact. We see adaptation and innovation as opportunities for growth.

Participant Advisors

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Advisors

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Solange Impanoyimana

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George Deriso

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Greta Cowan

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Wanjira Maathai

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Marshall Ganz

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Jonathan Kaufman

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Gretchen Wallace

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Manu Kabahizi

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Felicite Rwemarika

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Cynthia Ryan

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Julie Carney

Teri Eyre