I'm the CEO of Empower Global, which facilitates training on DEI and leadership, and hosts the Women's Leadership Challenge. Some of our clients include Slalom, RB, Cresa, Verizon, Coldwell Bankers, AWS, Insight Partners, and beyond. I am also a facilitator for the Neuroleadership Institute.
I've trained over 2500 people leaders from 38 countries on topics related to DEI and leadership.
I've spoken and facilitated training all over the world and am a TEDx speaker.
I also led Ashoka’s programming with women social entrepreneurs, built coalitions for the Hillary for America campaign, and managed the women’s issues portfolio for the US Embassy in Sarajevo, BiH.
I hold a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with a specialization in global gender analysis and conflict resolution from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
I've also studied at Yale University, Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard School of Education. I hold a certificate in Brain Based Conversation Skills from the NeuroLeadership Institute.
I've been published in the Washington Post, Conscious Company Magazine and Women2.0, and am a New America expert.
I am a Bellagio fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation. My upcoming book is Feminist Leadership: A Field Guide.
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Samantha has an amazing way of bringing joy and energy to a session all while making participants feel comfortable. Her ability to interject seamlessly with anecdotes of her own struggles as a woman searching for success and meaning is complemented by moments of real vulnerability that draws out the same out in all of us. - Emma
Samantha created a space for women to talk about our lives, challenges we are facing in the workplace and opened our eyes to different cultures & upbringings. In addition, she imparted her wisdom upon us, provided us reading material and videos to enhance our learning and gave us tools to help us handle certain situations differently. - Lakysha
Samantha is a fearless leader. Her guidance, curated materials and skillful moderation of the classes allowed me to begin to recognize the many constructs that play a part in holding me back. The Women’s Leadership Challenge has been instrumental in the process of self-discovery and embracing my inner feminist. It opened an entire community of fellow female leaders who strive to change the world for the better. The connections I’ve made have also deeply inspired me. Within them, I have found the courage to pursue my goal of rethinking development and sustainability by designing new systems to attain a more just and equitable planet. -Chanty
I really appreciate the fire that Samantha brings to the course and all the women that she brings through this. It’s so selfless. She's one hell of an amazing woman and I’m so glad our paths crossed. - Kellie
TEDx on women's leadership
Watch Samantha's Talk at Leading Entrepreneurs of the world on The Changing Face of Leadership