President and CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership
Author, Vital Voices: The Power of Women Leading Change around the World
Featured in Newsweek in 2011 as one of ''150 Women Shaking the World,'' Alyse Nelson is president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership, the preeminent non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe.
A co-founder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for 15 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Alyse has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international forums in over 140 countries and has interviewed more than 200 international leaders, including Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former president of Ireland Mary Robinson and former U.S. president Bill Clinton, as well as Nobel Peace Prize laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Wangari Maathai and Muhammad Yunus. Under her leadership, Vital Voices has tripled in size and expanded its global reach to serve a network of over 12,000 women leaders in 144 countries.