An event with the Founder and President of the Kakenya Center for Excellence
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Voices in Leadership program will feature “Empowering Girls, Transforming Communities: The Power of Grassroots Leadership,” a live webcast conversation with Dr. Kakenya Ntaiya, Founder and President of the Kakenya Center for Excellence, on Thursday, March 8, 2018, from noon -12:30 pm ET. Dr. Ntaiya’s life was supposed to follow a traditional path. Engaged at age 5, the expectation was that she would then leave school and marry, but Kakenya had a different plan. She negotiated with the village elders to do what no girl had ever done: leave her Maasai village to go to college in the United States, promising to use her education to benefit the community. She went on to earn her PhD in education. She is now fulfilling her promise to her community. In 2009, she founded Kakenya’s Dream, an international non-profit organization leveraging education to empower vulnerable girls and uplift rural communities in Kenya. Today, Kakenya’s Dream is transforming communities, changing social norms, and empowering thousands of girls through its three programs: the all-girls’ Center for Excellence boarding schools, Health and Leadership Trainings, and the Network for Excellence, which supports boarding school alumnae as they continue their education in high school and beyond. Dr. Ntaiya was honored to receive the Global Women’s Rights Award from the Feminist Majority Foundation and the Vital Voices Leadership Award. She was named a Top Ten CNN Hero in 2013, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2010, and one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World” in 2011. Her story and vision is captured in her inspiring TED Talk, aired in 2013, which has more than 2.3 million views. On demand video of the webcast will be posted following the event at hsph.me/Ntaiya. Send leadership questions for consideration to be asked during the webcast to @VoicesHSPH using #VoicesHSPH or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Voices in Leadership webcast series at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health invites leaders to speak about their career experiences in global health. Participants share solutions that were effective, choices that failed, and which decisions, if any, could have been made differently. All sessions are available online via video with interactive downloadable transcripts, and via podcast.