Stories

You Are Not Alone

SOS, SOS … two amazingly gifted people recently did something that shook us to our core. The outward appearance of glamour, wealth and fame, of having it all was stripped bare by the most horrifying of acts. As TV, print, and social media have all honored and memorialized both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I think we are all left wondering: how did this happen? And yet, the numbers are staggering. More than half of the nation’s state suicide rates have risen more than 30% in 15 years. Most... more...

The Season to Fly

And so there they were with their rainbow capes tied neatly around their shoulders, the 15 or so 5-year old soon to be Pre-K graduates were ready to fly. Their teachers, holding the rainbow aloft, gave the signal and the kids took off in their “flying away” ceremony. With capes streaming behind them and the rainbow above them, they were flying away to their next school. It was sweet. It was momentous. The field was filled with smiling and proud parents, friends and family, and I couldn’t... more...

Changing the Definition of the Word Refugee

I grew up in Baghdad, Iraq. It’s a beautiful city. I had wonderful neighbors, a warm family, supportive parents. I enjoyed a rich culture and delicious food. My dad normally woke me up with Fairoz music and the smell of the Gardermoen tea. I loved my school and had a lot of friends. Though I was born in the middle of the war between Iraq and Iran, I don’t remember much about it. But I do remember the 1990 war between Iraq and Kuwait. I remember the darkness and the sound of the air raid sirens.... more...

Personalizing the Immigration Story

We could not be more excited for Captain Rahmani. For those of us who got to meet her and hear her story first hand, her bravery, perseverance, and commitment to pursuing her dream at any cost inspired us. Her incredible story brought us to our feet in appreciation of her hard to believe journey that brought her from the skies over Afghanistan and to the shores of America. You too will have the chance to experience her remarkable life. Take a moment to watch her incredible journey here. We felt privileged... more...

SIGA Launches Action Plan Against Child Abuse in Sport

Following a special session organized by the Sports Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA) at Miami Dade College in Florida, SIGA has launched an action plan against abuse, smuggling, and trafficking of children and young people in sport. The session gathered together a wide range of sport and government stakeholders including Generation W speaker Shellie Pfohl, President & CEO of the U.S. Center for SafeSport. “Every child, every adult around the world has the right to participate in sports free... more...

Jamaican Immigrant I Am, Resilience is my Name

‘Immigrant’ is becoming a dirty word. The word conjures either images of lazy outsiders who seek to use up the resources of hardworking Americans or large groups who seek refuge from battle-torn or disaster-ravaged regions, offering nothing in return. True stories, deeply personal stories are hidden behind scary statistics. So as American immigrants, we have lived in the shadows for generations, seeking to quickly integrate into American culture and not trigger the rejection that so often shifts... more...

Afghanistan’s First Female Pilot Granted Asylum

We are excited to announce that Niloofar Rahmani, Afghanistan’s first female airplane pilot who spoke at Generation W, has been granted asylum in the United States. Niloofar left her native Afghanistan in 2015 to receive training in the U.S. and to escape death threats directed at her and her immediate family. Now, U.S. authorities have recognized it is too dangerous for her to return home. “I’m really happy and thankful to all the people who made this happen,” Niloofar said, during an interview... more...

Megha Parekh Featured in FSU’s Sports Talk Series

Generation W Speaker Megha Parekh Featured on Sports Talk Series         Generation W speaker Megha Parekh, senior vice president and chief legal officer for the Jacksonville Jaguars, was recently featured in Florida State University’s Sports Talk Series. Megha discussed her role as a woman in a male-dominated sports industry and her responsibilities as a young professional in a high-level executive position. Click here for more information about Meha and FSU’s Foundation... more...

Rasheda Ali Honored by AHRC

Rasheda Ali Honored with Spirit of Humanity Award         Congratulations to Generation W speaker Rasheda Ali on being honored by the American Human Rights Council (AHRC). Rasheda, who will be a speaker during the organization’s Dinner Gala on May 4th, will receive the Spirit of Humanity award as well as be part of a Special Tribute honoring her late father, Muhammad Ali. “Just like her late father, she works tirelessly to benefit all humanity,” said ARCH executive director... more...

Training Women to Ask for More Money at Work

“There were just two words I uttered after job offers early in my career: ‘Thank you’”, writes our friend and Generation W speaker Kelly Wallace. “I never negotiated for money. If I did think about it, I quickly worried that I would anger my future employer if I even asked.” According to this great piece that Kelly wrote for CNN, women have received salary increases of 5% or less in the past five years and nearly half of the women surveyed said women are less likely to ask for raises... more...