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On May 5, 2003, Suzanne F Stevens set out to start her own training business with partnering company Environics Communications. Suzanne is the Chief Edge Optimizer & Founder of Ignite Excellence Inc. [...]
Suzanne F Stevens and her husband, Michael K. Gingerich founded Wisdom Exchange TV in 2011 and traveled through Africa uninterrupted for twenty months. They have recently returned back to Toronto Canada from backpacking through Africa interviewing women leaders for Wisdom Exchange TV (www.wisdomexchangetv.com). This initiative is self-funded and [...]
Golf is a sport I have always found expensive, unphysical, a waste of time, and something you can never perfect. If I was not going to make money at it, win at it, or perfect it, why bother? Ernie Els may not agree with my evaluation [...]
Spending a lot of time amongst professionals, not to mention listening to interview grooming conversations with my nephews, I can’t help but share this blog from Leslie Everett a fellow professional speaker and a brand expert. If you are about to go on interview some things to consider…
Volunteerism: the principle of relying on voluntary action (according to Oxford).
Volunteerism according to Suzanne F. Stevens:
- Giving your intelligence, insight, and time to a cause.
- A social phenomenon that provides opportunities to rub shoulders with diverse individuals with similar interests.
- Exposing yourself to learning new skills, industries, or
Wisdom Exchange TV has recently unveiled some compilation of Leading Ladies at a recent REDI Business women event in Swaziland. After completing 41 interviews in East Africa we have ventured to Southern Africa to start interviews in many of the countries again with the same goals:
1. Celebrate African women [...]
On August 23, 2012 Wisdom Exchange TV celebrates our Fiftieth interview with African Leading Ladies and Leading Ladies who love Africa – it has been a true honour to interview 41 women from Eastern Africa (Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda) Several from Swaziland and now South Africa. There have been [...]
Many of us entrepreneurs have the skill, the spirit, determination and as I said in my previous entry, the helping hand, to grow our businesses to be a profitable thriving enterprise…. Or not.
One of the challenges women have internationally, and has been emphasized in many African countries, is [...]
We are now in Southern Africa interviewing Leading Ladies is Politics, Philanthropy, Business and Education. We want to thank the wonderful Leading Ladies in East Africa who shared their insight, knowledge, determination and spirit with us – and in many cased your hospitality.
We had many highlights including interviewing Bience [...]
Leah Ngini, Founder, @ St. Christophers School
When I started my business, Ignite Excellence Inc., nine years ago I was a woman with a vision, passion, determination and a helping hand. Without all four of these foundations of influence I know I would not have had the confidence or [...]
Siemen Mountains, Ethiopia
Traveling through Africa for over a year this trip has provided me with more understanding to expectations of societies and how people interact with visitors.
Ethiopia is a country that vastly surpassed my expectations; it is breathtaking particularly in Mescal flowers season (Oct to Nov) when they [...]
Time is running out! Thought I would share this for women who want to enter the business challenge.
Group: Sustainable Development Africa
Subject: 3 Reasons why you should apply to the African Women in Business Challenge
With the mission of increasing the number of female entrepreneurs in emerging markets, the [...]
When we look back on our life and we ask the philosophic question: “Why did I turn out the way I did?” Inevitably the answer almost always lies with how we were brought up. More specifically, what our mother did or did not do. Or what they said or did [...]
Your voice matters! Do you have an opinion, question or want to share insights on women in emerging countries? Provide your perspective on how they should conduct business, what are their obstacles and opportunities. And possibly, most importantly, how can we make those opportunities a reality? Join the conversation via linked […]
Imagine: you are a very accomplished woman who has built a very well respected organization. Your efforts produce a marketable business that is eventually bought out by a larger institution. After preparing for the next phase of the company’s development, you step down from your role, and the office moves […]
For the last eleven years I taught the most powerful word a salesperson could ask a prospect or client. ‘Why?.’ ‘Why is that?’ ‘Tell me why that is?’ These questions had two purposes:
- To gain a complete understanding of how a prospect/ client makes decisions. By asking why you gain
Dr. Jennifer Riria & Suzanne F Stevens
During my interview with Dr. Jennifer Riria, Group CEO, Kenya Women Holding, on Wisdom Exchange tv, she spoke of a mentorship program she implemented in Kenya that was unsuccessful. The concept was for a well-established African business to mentor women in […]
Find your purpose and the possibilities are endless
After interviewing 26 women for Wisdom Exchange TV, a web-enabled platform, I am compelled to delve into the fire in their belly that motivates these women to be a trailblazer in their field of expertise. In my pursuit of sharing the […]
I am very proud to announce that Wisdom Exchange TV (www.WisdomExchangeTv.com) is now being viewed in 49 countries and on 6 continents! This site was designed for African women to learn, lead and succeed. Wisdom Exchange TV has just been viewed in 19 African countries! This demonstrates the power and influence of the African Women [...]
I am very proud to announce that Wisdom Exchange TV (www.wisdomExchangeTv.com) is now is being viewed in 30 countries and on 6 continents. This demonstrates the power and influence of the African Women leaders and their ability to effectively communicate Leadership Lessons, Words of Wisdom, Leadership Legacies and Edgeness Insights. These are the women that [...]
Looking out on Kenya’s famous game reserve, the Masai Mara, at the millions of wildebeest, I could not help but be intrigued by their behaviour . To watch the wildebeest roam the vast open space with no semblance of order, to all of a sudden fall in line behind this […]
Wisdom Exchange TV interview at Africa International University, Nairori, Kenya
Recently I interviewed Katherine Ichoya, the Executive Director of FEMCOM (French for Federation of National Associations of Women in Business in Eastern and Southern Africa), for Wisdom Exchange TV. I couldn’t help but be affected by her enthusiasm […]
Gladys Muhunyo & Suzanne F Stevens after Wisdom Exchange TV interview
In May this year we launched Wisdom Exchange TV, which is a resource to help African women learn, lead and succeed in life, business and community. It is a forum where women of all disciplines will be inspired from […]
Recently on Wisdom Exchange TV, two women I interviewed provided the same advice: “As a leader, you must not take life too seriously.” Some of the leadership gurus, such as Jim Collins, also endorse this sentiment. He talks about Level Five leadership, which is when someone doesn’t take herself too […]
I am presently sitting at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. As I watch the sheer volume of water and the power of its force as it crashes down to Batoka Gorge, I am reminded of one of my favourite books, The Power of […]
Ted Horton & Hanne Howard
At the Hanne Howard and Ted Horton funded community for children, we were watching the children do their crafts, playing, conversing and looking you in the eye when they speak, you quickly recognize that they have been brought up with […]
As I depart from Kenya I cannot help reflecting on the diversity of the women I have met, and where some of their values intersect and where they are polarized. I came to Kenya from Toronto, Canada to hear the perspectives of Kenyan women from different backgrounds. These perspectives I […]
Leah Ngini & Suzanne F Stevens in Maasia Courtyard at St. Christopher's School
Often when people think of the Sub-Sahara, they conjure up images of starving children, slums, and corruption. Although these images are real, in many places […]
Suzanne F Stevens interviews Lois Shaw www.wisdomexchangetv.com
As my husband I arrive in the middle of the night to Kenya and then to Africa International University, I quickly remember the fresh African air, the monumental potholes, and the Kenyan hospitality. With each Karibu greeting, (Welcome […]
Welcome to the Ignite Excellence Foundation Blog! Since the inception of the foundation in April 2007 we have made some strides to develop the women leadership in Africa. • We have sponsored two potential women leaders through post-graduate educati…
June 26/12 Live YOUR Leadership Legacy, inspired by African Leading Ladies – 7 minute highlight video of African Leading Ladies.
President & Founder of Ignite Excellence Group Initiatives, Canada
Topics: Business Women – Pushing yourself to your personal and Professional Potential
Key Words Wisdom – In order to reach your potential we need to challenge what we are capable of doing. By becoming uncomfortable, pushing the edge of our comfort zone, we often meet a better version of ourselves.
The Women Leadership Blog is honoured to launch with the announcement of the successful summit of a group of 13 Canadian women who climbed Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a women’s leadership centre, Leah Ngini Community Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya. For the last year these women trained rigorously on weekends […]
Since the inception of the Ignite Excellence Foundation in April 2007 we have made some strides to develop the women leadership in Africa.
We have sponsored two potential women leaders through post-graduate education through the sales of photography.
We have donated the time and resources to train nearly 100 […]