The Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI 2021
It’s always a wonderful experience to speak with young people who are filled with passion and excitement for the future and the world around them. As a speaker for this year’s YSEALI Women Leadership Academy, I was honoured to share my experiences in public health and join the conversation with this year’s cohort. They included 55 emerging Southeast Asian women leaders working on public health-related issues, from community outreach, NGO workers to medical workers. This year is the second year of the Academy to be held virtually, allowing the participants to join weeks of interactive online sessions which include webinar series, mentorships, peer dialogues, reflection sessions, professional development and skills assessment, and more.
This year the programme was supported by WEDU, an organisation that provides leadership development programmes, opportunities, and funding for education to nurture the lifelong leadership development of women changemakers around the world. It’s the first year that the Academy has covered the public health theme – a timely topic given we are in the midst of an ongoing global pandemic.
The U.S. – ASEAN Women’s Leadership Academy for YSEALI is a program funded by the U.S. State Department for young leaders in Southeast Asia, managed by the U.S. Mission to ASEAN since 2015. The Academy aims to be an avenue for participants to advance their leadership skills, to create a network of young Southeast Asian women leaders who work across national borders and drive collective action, and nurture a strong ASEAN identity and community.