Episode 24: Leadership Transitions, Feminist Dilemmas, Soft Winds and the Roses


Episode 24: Leadership Transitions, Feminist Dilemmas, Soft Winds and the Roses

G@W has a new Executive Director  – madeleine kennedy macfoy. Welcome, madeleine!

In this episode, we introduce madeleine and invite the past EDs of Gender at Work to think about what the opportunity and challenge mix has been over the decades at G@W and what learnings and dilemmas they have to share with madeleine as she steps in. We build on a theme that we’ve explored over the past episodes of the podcast: feminist leadership transitions. Like many of those we interviewed, we tried as much as possible to interject feminist principles into the leadership transition and were somewhat successful while also learning in the process. The EDs speak of early choices about co-leadership, the virtual structure of G@W, and dilemmas and questions connected to the emergent nature of the work and how that shaped power dynamics, ownership, accountability, and culture. Join us in our praxis of reflection-action-reflection and share with us your feminist dilemmas.

This is inspired by a Gordon Lightfoot song and Joni’s “for the Roses”

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Introducing madeleine kennedy-macfoy

The same day in March that the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a global pandemic, my Gender at Work colleagues and I were in a meeting room in Hyderabad. Oblivious to this fact, we were diligently planning for what promised to be a busy year for the next phase of the Project funded by Oak Foundation. After successfully executing phase 1 of the project, our first larger collective planning session for the second phase was scheduled for April 2020. We drafted a broad agenda to be finalized after our discussion with Civil Society Academy (CSA), co-grantee in this project. Needless to say, things did not go as we had planned.