Highlights from Our 10-Year Anniversary Event
What a night! World Pulse celebrated 10 years of connecting for impact this month with our hometown community in Portland, Oregon, and our global community online. To those of you who attended in person—and those who stayed up late or woke up early to watch the live stream in different time zones—a heartfelt thank you!
We would like to offer special thanks to our speakers Beatrice Achieng, Chi Yvonne Leina, and Kara Lozier, our MC and storyweaver S. Renee Mitchell, our Global Conversation moderator Allison Frost, and all of our community supporters and participating partners. Without them, this event would not have been possible.
For those of you who missed it—or if you want to relive the experience or share with friends—we are thrilled to present some of the highlights of a magical night filled with stories, inspiration, connections, and unforgettable moments.
Watch the Global Conversation with Jensine, Beatrice, Kara, Leina, and moderator Allison Frost:
Our founder and CEO Jensine Larsen opened the night with a whirlwind tour of the birth and growth of our organization. Reflecting on the World Pulse vision of a global uprising powered by women, Jensine emphasized technology as crucial to the urgent work of “unmuting the souls of women.”
We had the honor of welcoming back to the stage Ugandan youth leader, Beatrice Achieng. Beatrice drew the audience into her orbit as she described the power of the words that first attracted her to World Pulse’s online community: “Nobody speaks for me. I speak for myself.” Beatrice’s bold voice has met with transformative listening and engagement from our global online community to make her dream of educating rural girls and boys in Uganda a reality. Connect with Beatrice.
Kara Lozier from the US spoke of the impact her role as a World Pulse Listener has had on others in the community—and on herself. Quoting Edith Wharton, she said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” In a mirrored Afghan dress reflecting light all around the room, Kara spoke movingly about how the friendship she formed on World Pulse with an Afghan young man, Ali, has helped Ali go to college and strengthen his role as a women’s rights advocate. Connect with Kara.
Our third speaker, Cameroonian journalist and advocate against the practice of breast ironing, Chi Yvonne Leina, moved the audience with the story of her resistance on the day her grandmother came to her to iron her breasts. Standing up to her grandmother and saying “No, you can’t do that to me,” Leina was overcome with the power of her own voice. She continues to raise her powerful voice against gender-based violence and harmful traditional practices, while strengthening the voices of women around the world and promoting digital literacy for grassroots communities. Connect with Leina.
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Watch the story of World Pulse community members Vweta of Nigeria and Stacey Rozen of South Africa meeting in person for the first time:
The theme for the evening was connection. We saw connections sparking in the lounge before and after the event, and all throughout the night. And we continue to see connections flourish in our online community. As Jensine said on stage, “It’s not just a dream. It’s a revolution that has already begun.” By raising your voice, listening, and connecting across borders, YOU are building a global movement that will propel World Pulse into the next 10 years and beyond!