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Together, We Will Change the World!

by Cheryl L. Brenn, HOBY Chief International Programs Officer This week two important, global events are occurring simultaneously. The 75th General Assembly of the United Nations and Global Goals Week. Both of these events are dramatically altered this year in the shadow of COVID-19, however, the work of both is more important than ever. The […]

Meaningful Leadership: Finding Coherence and Purpose in a Pandemic

Memes and social media posts jest that time and days of the week have no meaning during the pandemic. The structure that comes from commutes, bus rides, classes, and offices has practically vanished. On our calendars we mark the passing of events that would have been. We lack the usual rhythm of finals, graduations, and […]

Think Global, Act Local: The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2000, the global community came together to change the world through a series of 8 goals – the Millennium Development Goals  (MDGs) – all focusing on lofty ways to make the world better by 2015. In 2015, the global community realized that their original goals were not Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, or Time-bound enough, […]

Personal Leadership During a Pandemic

Diving into personal leadership requires we become more aware of ourselves – our strengths, weaknesses, values, identities, experiences, behaviors – and how these interact to form our unique leadership style. What does personal leadership look like in the face of a global pandemic? Put simply, it’s self care. It’s learning to be more in tune […]

Gratitude in a Time of Crisis

by Cheryl Brenn, HOBY Chief International Programs Officer There is no doubt we are in the midst of a global health crisis.  We are navigating, continually changing environments and situations, some of which we couldn’t even imagine just a week or two ago.  Ask any high school or college student if they thought they would […]

HOBY 2019 Volunteer Training Institute Highlights

Our annual Training Institute was held in the heavily air- conditioned Hyatt Winfrey Hotel in Birmingham, AL on Aug 15- 18th! Volunteers, DNPs and HOBY International staff from almost all corners of the United States flocked by the hundreds to participate in this highly informative training. Here are some highlights: Friday, August 16 was the […]

Including Introverts: Why “Introverted Leader” Is Not a Contradiction

What do you picture when you think of a great leader? You might imagine someone who is dynamic in a crowd, who loves talking with people, who is outgoing and charismatic and thrives in social situations where all eyes are on them. Certainly, someone who exhibits these skills and traits has the potential for great […]