Must-Read for Executives in the Global Marketplace

The World Happiness Report 2021

This year’s World Happiness Report looks through the lens of COVID-19’s effects with this uplifting note:

“Global life evaluations have shown remarkable resilience in the face of COVID-19.”

If you are fan of Sonja Lyubormirksky and her thought leadership on human happiness, check out Chapter 6, Social Connection and Well-Being During COVID-19.

“…multiple factors that may account for individual differences in well-being and social connection across the globe, such as seeking out COVID-19 -related information, experiencing flow during the pandemic, using social media, being from a vulnerable population, living with a partner, and having positive psychological characteristics like gratitude or resilience.”

The Edelman Trust Barometer 2021 Report

Edelman’s Trust Barometer® is an annual global survey measuring attitudes about trust in business, government, NGOs and the media. You can find the full report here. These are informative and thought-provoking. However, I’ve found that they don’t stand alone–important context doesn’t convey.  Youtube videos with panel discussions may be your best source for fleshing it out.

Foreign Policy Interrupted Newsletter

While this should probably go under Women Leaders and Gender Parity Resources below, FPI’s weekly newsletter highlights what’s going on around the world and in my favorite format: quick-read descriptions so you can pick and choose where to do a deeper dive. FPI is on a mission to help women foreign policy experts get by-lined.

Women Leaders and Gender Parity

Beth Hand’s Letter to U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment Act of 2018

I advocated for passage of this bill to “improve programs and activities relating to women’s entrepreneurship and economic empowerment that are carried out by the U.S. Agency for International Development” in developing countries. The bill is the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Economic Empowerment (WEE) Act of 2018 (H.R. 5480).

Why? Because we are humanitarians, for increased peace and security, and because if you, like me, are a female and lead a business, it’s important to advocate for other women just as others advocated for us and made our lives and businesses possible. Read my letter of thanks and encouragement to the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to pass this bill. As of January 10, 2019, it passed. Thank you to the White House, the Senator Committee on Foreign Relations, and my Virginia senator, Senator Tim Kaine, for passing this important bill.

Women Leaders and Gender Parity Resources

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