Supportively Encircled for Sustainable Impact

Olanike
Posted November 6, 2016 from Nigeria
Advacing a greener world one woman at a time
Giving all to make green living achievable.

The Impact Leader award remains a much welcomed game changing recognition! The day I received news that I had been named a 2016 World Pulse Impact Leader marked another turning point in my life, the history of my work and my connection with World Pulse. “Yes!!! Yipeeeeeeeee!!!” I screamed out in reaction to the heartening news.

From that moment, I knew and became reassured that my life and work had gained a further lift, which would set my vision up for tangible and sustainable success. Women Initiative for sustainable Environment (WISE), a grassroots non profit organization I founded in 2009 has been that formidable platform and tool through which I have been advancing that towering dream. The Impact Leader Award is certainly a whole new level of elevation and visibility for WISE. Yes, yes, yes!

I remain super excited about all that has been unfolding. The outpouring of very warm congratulatory messages from the World Pulse Founder, Board, Staff and my fellow Impact Leaders; celebrating me as a World Leader has been a momentous confidence booster. What a formidable giving circle of support I have come to have and ecstatically take delight in!!!!!!

Once I was introduced to my Impact Team members- Ellen Wasyl, Sabiha Hasan, Tina Petrone and most recently, Jan Emerton, and I became acquainted with their experiences, expertise and achievements by the day, there was no doubting the fact that it was indeed a new dawn for me; in my quest to advance women’s empowerment and leadership in the local and global drive for environmental sustainability and a greener world! I could never thank each of these game changers for believing in me enough to come on board.

Connecting with my Impact Team has doused the isolation I often experience.Same for the disquiet that creeps up within me from time to time, as I think about the way forward for WISE. Having such a highly motivating clique of uniquely versatile women commit to supporting me on my journey of advancing women’s environmental leadership in my community and beyond truly is game changing and transformational. It undoubtedly feels good to be encircled by such an amazing group of go getting women, who are given to listening, inspiring action and helping scale up the impact of my work. I love this global sisterhood of support! Wow!!!!!!

So much has shifted for me and WISE before, during and after our kick off call! It is so stirring and powerful to have a support team that really cares, is full of possibilities, dedicated and geared up to walk my talk and talk my walk with me. As I daily reflect over the words of Ellen Wasyl that “WISE is in good hands”, I am fully reassured that I am no longer alone. Yes, WISE and I are in good hands and all looks set to take us to the next level.

Together, we are walking a noble and novel path towards creating lasting impact in the lives of women and we are an unstoppable winning team! All hands are already on deck to bring WISE’s long standing dream Women’s Eco Learning Center to reality. Together we can, and together we will! “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world: indeed it is the only thing that ever has.”- Margaret Mead.

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JaniceW
Nov 06, 2016
Nov 06, 2016

Olanike, your post makes me want to dance with joy. This is exactly why we created the program. I am so happy for you and know that indeed, WISE is in good hands. 

Individually, your ideas and commitment are changing lives, and communities. But when we all go in together, we can change the world. 

In sisterhood, Janice

Olanike
Nov 07, 2016
Nov 07, 2016

Thank you for putting WISE in good hands, Janice. I cannot but thank and applaud you for patiently piecing the puzzle together. It has no doubt paid off. When we walk and run together the change we want to effect in the world will certainly happen  more quickly! With the circle of support I have, it is certainly dancing time! Yipeeeeee!

Sabiha Hasan
Nov 06, 2016
Nov 06, 2016

Its an amazing way to show the path towards success and fulfilment of the goal which we set. Lets make sure to make this dream a reality.

Thanks,

Sabiha

Olanike
Nov 07, 2016
Nov 07, 2016

Dearest Sabiha,

It's only the beginning, and so much possibilities has been unveiled. Every step you've already taken remains reassuring, and I know too well that we will fulfill every goal set. Thank you for all you have done already and continue to do to make things happen. I am so happy that we are a team!

Much love and appreciation, Olanike

Nakinti
Nov 07, 2016
Nov 07, 2016

Dear sis Ola,

WISE has the wisest minds working to make her better, and you are just one of the wise minds. I am proud of the extent that you have reached with your green solutions, dear Greengirl. Like you, the Impact Leader awards appeared like a dream to me and I had to pinch myself several times to make sure I wasn't in a long dream. Keep firing from that end sister, I am learning from us all as I fire on from my end.

With love

Nakinti

Olanike
Nov 19, 2016
Nov 19, 2016

My very dear sister,

Your courageous efforts speak volumes and will continue to speak, inspire and create meaningful impacts! No doubt!!!! Thank you loads for your heartwarming words of acknowledgement and encouragement. I sure know that together we are better, wiser and stronger. There's certainly so much we have all learned from each other and will continue to learn as we press on individually and collectively. You rock, courage filled game changer!

Love and hugs, Olanike

Celine
Nov 15, 2016
Nov 15, 2016

Hey sis,

I trust your wise 'sense' and green mind. Keep moving and don't stop until we reach that place we are called to.

I remain loyal, green and praying ma,

Celine

Olanike
Nov 19, 2016
Nov 19, 2016

Hmmmmm Sis,

Your words just swept me of my feet!!!!!! I  just couldn't stop smiling; even as the warmth stirred in my heart by your words overflowed and radiated all through my being. Yes, I just couldn't stop smiling..... Thank you, thank you and thank you for your long standing solidarity and support! Thank you for being there.... Sure, together we can and will!!!!!!

Loads of love and gratitude,

Olanike