Whole woman, whole leader, whole worldIn July 2006 I graduated from the Women Leaders for the World (WLW) program presented by the Global Women's Leadership Network. It was a life-altering event and has had a major impact on Citara's.
From their website:
"The Global Women's Leadership Network (GLWN) is an international network of women leaders who dare to transform their organizations, their communities, and the world. Worldwide, women represent the largest untapped source of leadership. Through training, community building and in-country mentorship programs, GWLN is liberating women leaders to create a new world, built on human rights, gender equality, sustainable development and global integrity."
Originally we simply intended Citara's to be a commercial enterprise. Following my participation in the WLW program I became much more atuned to the potential of Citara's to be a socially responsible business - having a beneficial influence on the community we operate in. Since then, all of our decisions come from a place which respects all the areas we touch - the artisan, the art, the customer, the families, the community. We are also much more aware of our impact on the environment and our responsibility as global citizens not just to operate in the world, but to improve it.
It is with great thanks and appreciation that I acknowledge the Global Women's Leadership Network and the impact it has had on my own work.