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Alyse Nelson
Alyse Nelson is president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for 15 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Alyse has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international forums in over 140 countries and has interviewed more than 200 international leaders, including Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former presidents Mary Robinson and Bill Clinton, as well as Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Wangari Maathai, and Muhammad Yunus. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has tripled in size and expanded its global reach to serve a network of over 14,000 women leaders in 144 countries. Alyse has been featured in international and national media, including the Washington Post, Financial Times, the Miami Herald, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Reuters, and has appeared on BBC, PBS, CNN, NPR, FOX News, and CNBC. In 2011 she was featured in Newsweek as one of ''150 Women Shaking the World,'' and in 2012 she was The International Alliance for Women (TIAW) World of Difference 100 Award recipient. In 2013, Alyse was invited to speak at the UK Government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office and at the Department for International Development’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Entries by Alyse Nelson

From a Statistic to a Story: How Mentoring Can Change the Way We Talk About Women in Africa

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 3:34 PM

When it comes to the fight against HIV/AIDS, women around the world have faced a particularly formidable adversary. AIDS is the second leading cause of death among adolescents globally, and in sub-Saharan Africa it has become the number one cause of death among young people. In particular, it...

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Countries Can No Longer Afford to Keep Women on the Sidelines

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 3:25 PM

For years the international development community has been counting down to 2015. Now it's here. The Millennium Development Goals, or MDGs, that have driven development policy and practice since 2000 will expire, and a new set of goals will be created for 2030. 2015 must be a year of reflection,...

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On Mentoring

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2014 | 4:03 PM

Melanne Verveer, Vital Voices Co-Founder and Chair Emeritus and Alyse Nelson, Vital Voices President, CEO and Co-Founder at a press conference before the 2008 Global Leadership Awards.

For seventeen years, I have been in the business of investing in women's leadership,...

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Invest in Women. Improve the World

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 11:55 AM

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday season is officially underway. This is a time for looking back. We look back at the year that's passed; at the goals we set; at triumphs and accomplishments; at challenges faced, and at the miles we've traveled. It is also a time to look...

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Girls Leading Change: Malala Yousafzai

(1) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 12:05 AM

This post is part of the Global Mom Relay. Every time you share this blog, $5 will go to women and girls around the world. Scroll to the bottom to find out more.

Leadership is not about title, position, or age. No one reminds us of that more than Malala...

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Malala Yousafzai's Message: Every Girl Needs Access to Education

(2) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 2:34 PM

Today Malala Yousafzai sent a bold message to the world: I want every girl to be educated.

When the world heard about what happened to Malala, we came together in solidarity and support. This was not a random act. This was a targeted attack on a girl who was speaking...

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