SPECIAL FEATURE: Meet the Dynamic Duo!

Posted on March 23, 2015. Filed under: My Lemon Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Meet the Dynamic Duo changing the game in Women’s Leadership globally.


2015 has many initiatives taking place in the realm of women’s leadership, but one platform and movement in particular is standing out, and people are noticing. Janet C. Salazar and Constance J. Peak are the founders of IMPACT Leadership 21, leadership architects for inclusive, high growth economies. As a global social enterprise, the organization is committed to inclusive and sustainable leadership at the top level. This commitment is the driving force behind their core mission: ACCELERATE women’s leadership at the highest levels of influence in the 21st century.

Janet: Constance and I have a wealth of experience in many sectors. We have operated in corporate, governmental, non-profit, diplomatic, and entrepreneurial arenas. We observed that there were gaps across all sectors hindering the pace of advancement. We developed discussion forums and targeted training modules to address these gaps.

Constance: We grew tired of the same dialogue and not seeing the needle move very much. We grew impatient and decided to take action.

Janet: IMPACT represents the core values and principles required for transformational leadership. I – Innovation, M – Multiculturalism, P – Passion, A – Attunement, C – Collaboration, and T – Tenacity.

Together with our partners, we:

  • Convene catalytic conversations and forums that revolutionizes global leadership.

  • Provide tools, resources, opportunities and channels that equip leaders to succeed in a global, hyper-connected world.

  • Inspire emerging global leaders to be catalysts for change.

  • Engage men as powerful ambassadors for change and a gender balanced leadership at the top.

Constance: We provide discussions forums and trainings to assist companies and individuals. Through our framework, we help clients identify challenges, then structure actionable step to help them overcome those challenges. Our forums are designed to identify, build, and engage business/social ecosystems that are industry specific to accelerate leadership. If you want to build strong leadership, we are your architects.

Starting in 2012, IMPACT Leadership 21 has introduced 3 core programs: the Leadership Acceleration Training Program/High IMPACT, the Emerging Global Leaders Program, and Conversations with Men. The Emerging Global Leaders Program was taught at Columbia University (School of International Public Affairs and Teachers College) and as an academy at the United Nations. Conversations with Men was a featured content segment at the 2014 California Women’s Conference in Long Beach, CA and the 2014 GOLD Symposium in Tokyo.

Janet: I created these programs to address a need seen worldwide. Conversations with Men has a very special place. Women’s initiatives make the mistake of not including men in the acceleration of women’s leadership. The men hold the majority of the cards, you need dialogue to have people understand the importance of gender parity.

Constance: If you examine any great movement in history, you’ll see that the success come from the efforts of those immediately affected, partnering with those bystanders that are sympathetic to the cause. I mentioned this in 2012. We launched our first Conversations with Men in April 2013. We held it at the United Nations in February 2014. After that, others started developing like minded initiatives, such as He for She and Lean In Together. Many dismissed us at first, but history leaves clues to success. It’s hard to dispute the history. We’ve pioneered this level of forum and training for the 21st century.

A movement and platform cannot go far without support, and this couple has some remarkable people in their corner. Constance and Janet are also U.N. Representatives of a non-profit, the Foundation for the Support of the United Nations (FSUN U.N. Office) and both are Observers in General Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Their work at the United Nations brought in mighty advocates.

Janet: We are very humbled to have such incredible pillars to our success, very high profile supporters that have really rolled up their sleeves to help us. Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury ( Fmr. Undersecretary General of the UN), Ambassador Josephine Ojiambo (Dep. Secretary General of the Commonwealth States) and Ambassador Edita Hrda (Czech Republic Mission to the UN), and Michaela Walsh (Founding President, Women’s World Banking) are some that have been in our corner from the beginning. Leslie Grossman, founder of Women’s Leadership Exchange emphatically joined us immediately after our first event and now served as Vice Chair of our Global Advisory Council.

Constance: They are our “salmon swimming upstream”. Unheard of for most other fish, but second nature to the salmon. They are our mentors and guides as we challenge the status quo, as we challenge the ways it’s always been done, challenge the seemingly impossible. We’ve caught the vision of a changed world, now we are helping others see it. Someone always has to dream.

Janet C. Salazar and Constance J. Peak are the founders of IMPACT Leadership 21, a global movement and platform to accelerate women’s leadership at the top decision-making levels, and leadership architects for inclusive, high growth economies. You can meet the leadership architects of IMPACT Leadership 21 on March 25, 2015 at the United Nations, convening their original program, Power of Collaboration, now in its second year. For more information please visit www.impactleadership21.com or email communications@impactleadership21.com .

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