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In Her Own Words: Erin Lewellen learned about the power of ‘we’

2022-10-27

By Ellen Sherberg, Bizwomen Contributor The pandemic cut off a myriad of programs designed to help youths around the world. Erin Lewellen, CEO, Global Citizen Year, found herself having to find out her team could continue to reach out to young people — and how to keep her employees together. View Article on BizJournals.com “I...

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It’s not impostor syndrome if it really looks like this

2022-10-26

Erin Lewellen, the CEO of Global Citizen Year, maintains that this label is a way of shaming, and perpetuates the very type of oppressive leadership we need to change.   View Article on FastCompany.com On my first day as CEO of Global Citizen Year, I looked in the mirror and did not see a CEO looking...

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A new chapter at Global Citizen Year

2022-05-02

Dear friends, After 12 years building and leading Global Citizen Year from a seed of an idea to the thriving institution it’s become, the time has come for me to pass the baton. I’m enormously proud of what we have built, and we wouldn’t be here without your support. Today, we have a network of...

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With A $12 Million Investment From MacKenzie Scott, Global Citizen Year Is Shaping The Next Generation Of Leaders

2022-03-21

By Amy Shoenthal The benefits of a gap year between high school and whatever comes next has been equally encouraged and criticized over the past century. Global Citizen Year seeks to formalize the curriculum in that gap year using the power of a global immersion to inspire curiosity, conviction, and courage among the next generation....

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The mysterious MacKenzie Scott: How the secretive billionaire quietly worked to give away $12 billion in just 2 years

2022-03-31

Since divorcing Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott has set her sights on changing the world. She’s not your typical billionaire philanthropist. Scott has moved fast, given big, and shunned the spotlight.   Learn more about MacKenzie Scott’s philanthropy and her $12M investment in Global Citizen Year.   Read the Full Article    

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Launching the Next Generation of Global Leaders with Abby Falik

2022-04-04

Abby joins host Mike Palmer to talk about what led her to found the organization and what it’s been like leading it through these challenging times. She describes Global Citizen Year’s mission to create a new generation of global leaders who learn through travel experiences after high school and before college. It’s all about using...

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Chobani’s secret to scale: Tap into community

2022-04-05

In this Masters of Scale episode — featuring a cameo by Abby Falik — host Reid Hoffman explores the power of community in an interview Chobani Founder & CEO, Hamdi Ulukaya. Your local community can be the power behind an epic scale story — because smart community investment always maximizes returns.   Listen to the...

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Setting a Trajectory for Impact

2022-03-16

  For Kristen Lee, applying to Global Citizen Year was an early step towards forging an authentic, meaningful path.    Kristen grew up in North Carolina in an area with a renowned university and high-performing public schools. She grew up in an environment with pressures to succeed academically, and attend a competitive college. Kristen often...

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Leadership in Action: Q&A with Laurene Powell Jobs

2022-02-07

This interview has been condensed for clarity and is shared here in transcript form as taken from a live event conversation hosted by Global Citizen Year.   Abby Falik [AF]: I have really been looking forward to this conversation, Laurene. I don’t know whether you’ll remember, but we first met when I was a freshman at Stanford....

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