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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...

How Much Joy Are You Letting Go to Waste?

I was taking a walk the other day, mentally replaying a couple of coaching calls I’d had that morning and thinking through everything I had to do the rest of the day. I turned the corner, and suddenly right in front of me was the most beautiful cherry blossom tree in perfect bloom. It was stunning. I reflexively stopped to admire it, and my mind went completely blank for a moment. It was just me and the tree and nothing else. I felt warm, content, and totally at peace. After a few moments, I snapped... 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...

Maryam Banikarim Shares Insight in New Book

Maryam Banikarim Shares Insight in New Book         Generation W opening speaker Maryam Banikarim, Global CMO of Hyatt Hotels, is one of 18 CMOs of leading global brands sharing insights in the new book Global CMO: Best Practice in Marketing Effectiveness & Efficiency Around the World. The book examines the challenges arising out of digital transformation and how it has changed the modern marketing playbook. Click here to read more about the book.

Laticia Rolle’s Brand TRESS Featured in Brit + Co

Laticia Rolle’s Brand TRESS Featured in Brit + Co         Loved seeing Generation W speaker Laticia Rolle’s brand TRESS featured in Brit + Co. “Anyone with curly hair — whether it be braided, kinky, or wavy — knows the serious struggle that is finding a baseball cap that actually fits. Like everyone else, curly-haired babes want to enjoy the luxury of tossing on a hat and being on their way but instead, they’re forced to battle unruly strands and too small toppers.... 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...

Wendy Borlabi Inducted into SWOSU’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame

Dr. Wendy Borlabi inducted into SWOSU’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame       Dr. Wendy Borlabi, who led one of this year’s Generation W breakout sessions, will be inducted into Southwestern Oklahoma State University’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame during its 2018 graduation ceremony on May 5th. Dr. Borlabi is a member of the class of 1994 and studied psychology at SWOSU. Wendy currently serves as HighPerformance Coach for the Chicago Bulls and as an independent consultant... more...

Giselle Carson Completes 2018 Boston Marathon

Giselle Carson Completes 2018 Boston Marathon         Generation W speaker Giselle Carson was one of 51 competitors from Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia to complete the 122nd running of the Boston Marathon. Giselle finished the course in just a little over 4 hours. Giselle who is an attorney at Marks Gray, has completed triathlons and marathons on six of the seven continents and is an Ironman athlete. You can see the results of all 51 local runners here.