Support the Breakfast Leadership Network! Contribute on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/bfastleadershipOr PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/bfastleadershipBreakfast Leadership Network Merchandise: https://teespring.com/stores/breakfast-leadership-network------ Feeling different can be commonplace among kids and today’s digital age certainly isn’t helping. But, what’s important, is the choice that our kids make to let their differences dictate their lives or take advantage of those differences to find success. Michele L. Sullivan knows this all too well. Michelle was born with a rare form of dwarfism, and realized that she had three choices to make at an early age: She could tailor her differences into something more suitable for the world. She could hide from the world and live on the fringe. Or, she could embrace her differences, turn them into assets, and come to recognize that there was a strength within them that could help others. Michele chose to embrace her differences, which led her to become the first female president of the Caterpillar Foundation, a TEDWomen speaker with 1.6 million views and a prominent philanthropist. In her new motivational book, Looking Up: How a Different Perspective Turns Obstacles Into Advantages released on February 25, 2020 (HarperCollins Leadership), she outlines her story and roadmap for kids to turn their differences into strengths. The book has received high praise and endorsements from Sheryl Sandberg, Bono, and Michael Bloomberg. We've all had moments when we felt like we didn't belong. But for Michele, who was born with a rare form of dwarfism, fitting in was never an option. Michele's acceptance of not filling anyone's shoes but her own led her to become a force to be reckoned with in corporate philanthropy. Standing at just four feet tall, and perpetually looking up, Michele transformed her perceived disability into an advantage—using it as fuel, a source of insight, and a relentless drive that allowed her to establish an extraordinary career. Her passion took her from the Oval Office alongside President Barack Obama to the halls of one the biggest philanthropy powerhouses in the U.S., the Caterpillar Foundation—where she would ultimately become the first female President— to the villages of Uganda where she sought to eradicate poverty. Michele's book: Looking Up: https://amzn.to/2zeVUjd Michele's website: https://www.michelelsullivan.com/about
Michele L. Sullivan, How to Succeed In The Face of Your Unique Challenges
Michele L. Sullivan is a globally recognized leader and advisor on social impact, TED speaker, and author. During her 30-year career at Caterpillar, she served as President of Caterpillar Foundation and Director, Corporate Social Innovation, Caterpillar Inc. In her TED talk, she speaks candidly about the challenges she has overcome in life, highlighting the importance of acceptance, and helping others succeed in the face of their unique challenges. Michele will share how to focus on our strengths instead of our weaknesses and the power of vulnerability.
Michele L. Sullivan on Turning Obstacles into Advantages and Cross-Sector Collaboration for Sustainable Impact
In this episode of the Ideation Podcast, Michele L. Sullivan, social impact advisor and former President of Caterpillar Foundation and Director of Corporate Social Innovation at Caterpillar, shares her story of being a young person born with dwarfism and overcoming personal and professional challenges in her career to create significant impact in our world. In spite of being looked down upon by others, Michele learned to look up: to lead with an elevated view of others, a philosophy that landed her at the helm of one of the world most prominent philanthropy organizations and ultimately changed the course of millions of lives. While Michele’s height presented challenges that are different from those most have experienced (including uniquely humorous moments), it allowed her to see things, literally and figuratively, that others do not. With inspiring style, she offers unique takeaways for individuals that attest to the fundamental role one’s perspective plays in becoming a better person and more influential leader who makes a big impact on the world. Michele is the Author of “Looking Up: How a Different Perspective Turns Obstacles into Advantages. She is also a globally recognized leader and advisor in social impact. Michele has also inspired millions through your talks on stages like TED, Dreamforce, SXSW, The Atlantic Festival, and Global Citizen Festival. She was named by Inside Philanthropy as one of the 50 most powerful women in philanthropy and also served as a U.S. delegate to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Helpful Links: Michele’s Website: https://www.michelelsullivan.com/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/followmichelel/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Michele-L-Sullivan-Looking-UP-385745471985840/ Ideation’s Website: https://theideation.com/ Charles’ Links: https://linktr.ee/charlestlee