20th Anniversary of Institute for Global Leadership Event
October 21, 1-3 p.m. on Zoom
Honoree and Speaker Dr. Sarah Sayeed, Chair and Executive Director, New York City Civic Engagement Commission and Member, first municipal Racial Inclusion and Equity Task Force
The Institute for Global Leadership announces the 2021 Life Leadership Service Award Recipient is Dr. Sarah Sayeed. Dr. Sayeed has been dedicated to an inclusive public square for two decades. She will speak and respond on “Building Trusting Community Relationships” after Mayor Joseph Petty awards her the Key to the City of Worcester on October 21 at 1 p.m. Congratulatory notes from Congressman James McGovern and Sen. Edward J. Markey will be announced.
The award honors Dr. Sarah Sayeed for her significant contribution to the interdisciplinary practice of Reconciliation Leadership, her practice of “leadership from the inside out,” her application of Reconciliation Leadership to build communities and to write papers on Reconciliation Leadership she co-authored for conferences convened by the Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies at Columbia University.
“As an American Muslim woman,” Dr. Sayeed has said of her life after the events of 9/11, “I experienced myself as a container of the conflict in the world around me. America and Islam were being defined as being at odds, and yet, both make me who I am. I knew that I needed to bring these dimensions of me into harmony, and that I wanted to be a peace-builder.”
She was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to be Chair and Executive Director of the Civic Engagement Commission, and be a member of the first American municipal Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity in New York City. Sarah was previously a Senior Advisor on Muslim Engagement in the Mayor’s Office. Her public service extends from years of grassroots experience with the Interfaith Center of New York and Women in Islam, Inc.
Dr. Sayeed is a graduate of Princeton University and the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sayeed holds a certificate in Reconciliation Leadership from The Institute for Global Leadership.
The event will also mark the launch of a new coalition to build trusting communities in Worcester, America and around the world, incorporating Restoring Faith in American Leadership next online first Monday monthly meeting planned for November 1, 2021: Learn more at VirginiaSwain.com/upcoming-events.
Tickets and more information may be found here. The prices range from free to $35.00, depending on participants’ means. The Zoom link will be emailed to all participants the day before the event.
The Institute for Global Leadership (IGL) (www.global-leader.org) began in the months following September 11, 2001, when Virginia Swain was in New York City and the United Nations. The IGL trains Reconciliation Leaders, practical idealists for community, spiritual and faith traditions from all career paths, cultures, disciplines, and age groups. They are ready to gain leadership, trust building and conflict transformation skills based on mission-focused service combined with an academic curriculum. The program was developed and implemented at the United Nations over 30 years and is now offered to restore faith in leadership and in America. Virginia has professional experience on five continents.