Ellenore's Note -- Today A Reader, Tomorrow a Leader
It was a big month for Open Hearts Big Dreams. We had our best GiveBIG effort ever - thank you to all who matched, gave, or shared! None of this work is possible without the funding we receive through these types of efforts!
We hosted our first locally-focused workshop event organized and led by our team in Addis, Dr. Worku Mulat, Yoseph Ayalew, and Netsanet Kassahun. We were honored to have a special guest star and living long-distance running legend, Deratu Tulu, who read one of our books, Music of the City, and is featured in another, Cheetahs of Ethiopia. We also launched and completed orientation for our first US Embassy American Corners Computer Science and Leadership Boot Camp led by Ezra Negussie, Yonas Alemu, and others. My daughter and I shared our thoughts with both audiences virtually through interviews and videos. We were reminded of our beginnings, our roots, and our vision for our work. I founded this organization because I wanted to do my part to make the world more equal through collaborating with others who shared this goal and to connect my amazing daughter to her wonderful birth country and original culture. I wanted to share the answers to some frequent questions as well as some of the best advice I received over the years – both of which were part of our orientation efforts and are applied across our organization.
FAQ One: Why the name “Open Hearts Big Dreams”?
“Open Hearts” allow us to be open to new possibilities and connections. “Big Dreams” allow us to look beyond what we can do now to what should be or what we can imagine. Together, Open Hearts (Collaboration) plus Big Dreams (Vision/Innovation) equals Positive Impact
FAQ Two: Why do you have inclusive future technical and business/entrepreneurship leadership focus?
Leaders are those that step forward to solve challenges for themselves, their communities, their country, and the world. Technical and academic skills are tools, but leadership is a mindset that is required to use those tools to their greatest impact. The world needs all types of leaders, so we must be intentional to include a balance of genders and welcome those who are differently abled. When everyone is represented and given the opportunity to participate, the results are significantly better for everyone.
Read more on the blog.