Are you discovering World Academy for the Future of Women for the first time? Please listen to the first interview below for a synopsis on the mission of the Academy given by its founder, Jerrie Ueberle. Listening to the second interview, with Dr. Shawn Chen, will give you the perspective of a university hosting the WAFW program on its campus. Interviews further below offer perspectives from students & facilitators participating in the program, as well as members of the business community.
First interview launching World Academy Radio. Listen to World Academy for the Future of Women’s Founder, Jerrie Ueberle, as she explains the mission of WAFW.
"Let's Accelerate Women Leadership Around the World!"
Interview with Dr. Shawn Chen, President of Sias International University, Henan Province, China
"Because they cannot control the world, women students cannot change the bias and prejudice against women everywhere. But they can change themselves, and when they become better, tougher, more capable and strong leaders, then society’s prejudice against them will be reduced."
Dr. Shawn Chen
Interview with Zoe Song, WAFW Alumni
“I came for the first time to the Academy during the Symposium and was so inspired by the speakers and the Academy members, that I wanted to join. Because I was attending another university, 12 hours away by train, I traveled to the Academy every other week to learn from the facilitators and the other students”
Interview with Devin, Academy Member
“My most rewarding experience is that I meet lots of different facilitators, who awaken a point in my life that makes me discover that I have so much potential inside myself.”
Devin - Sunshine Angels Project Member
Interview with Cathy, Academy Member
“The World Academy makes me become more confident and a better version of myself.”
Cathy - Warm Hearts Project Leader
Interview with Elaine Li, Academy Member
“I like very much that there are many different facilitators who bring their individual experiences and points of view. This enables me to learn many different things.”
Elaine Li - Sunshine Angels Project Leader
Interview with Crystal Yin, Academy Member
“Before I joined the Academy I was active but not good at sharing my ideas and opinions, I was following others. Now, I am more brave, I found myself, I can stand out and take action.”
Crystal Yin, Project Manager
Interview with Bingo Zhang, Academy Member
“I find World Academy for the future of women to be an amazing organization; it gives us a platform to help other people.”
Interview with Dora Ding, Academy Member
“I chose this project "Give Voice to Women" because I want to find my dream and goals, and I want to help others find their dream and goals.”
Interview with Sonia Megias & Eva Guillamon, Artists, Spain
Interview with Lynn Li, Academy Member
“I joined the Academy because I think it is a special organization that can build a platform to challenge myself and there are many excellent programs that can teach me many skills.”
Lynn Li, Nourishing Life Project Leader
Interview with Suzanne Scherr Steger, Professor
“Attending some of the Academy events and reading about the mission, something about it just really touched my heart strings and I thought, if there is anything I can do to connect further the World Academy with SIAS in my particular field which is music, tell me how, when, where and I’ll do it.”
Suzanne Scherr Steger
Interview with Jerry Liu, Academy Member
“I love the Academy because we have classes together, we have project activities together, we have fun together. We help each other and we inspire each other. For me it is my most meaningful experience in college”
Interview with Jim and Kim Sorensen, Videographers
“Every year as part of our giving back our company does a passion project, and this year we chose to produce a mini video documentary featuring the work being done by World Academy for the Future of Women. Now that we are in China at the Academy we realize the scope of their work, and its benefits to young women are much larger than we ever could imagine!”
Jim & Kim Sorensen
Interview with Maxine Guo, Academy Member
“When you are a member of the Academy time management is very challenging, and it is very important for me. I made a commitment to the Academy so I must keep it, and I grow up very quickly in the Academy, so it is very worth it.”
Interview with Amy Cao, Academy Member
“Before I joined the Academy I was lacking courage, I was not brave. In high school I seldom raised my hand to answer questions and I wanted to change that, so I joined World Academy for the Future of Women to learn to have more confidence.”
Interview with author Warren Salinger
"I am a great advocate for gender equality. I have three daughters of my own, who I always taught to become all that they can be, and they have become all that they can be and I would love to see that happen for as many women as possible, and of course World Academy for the Future of Women is a vehicle for that.”
Interview with Juno Liu, WAFW Alumni
“Since I joined WA I found my purpose and what I want to do, and I recognize I can do more. Not just study, get good grades, graduate and get a good job. In world Academy I learned I can make a difference to this world, I can help people with needs, I really learned a lot. And because we have so many excellent facilitators from abroad, all our classes are taught in English so I practiced my English and opened my mind because of the facilitators, and was able to take risks and go to work in a big city: Shanghai.”
Interview with Jerrie Ueberle, Founder WAFW
"There are over 61 million left behind children in China, so I would like to see all students at Sias University be a part of the One on One project, and be a buddy to somebody left behind in a village."
Interview with Acqua Shui, WAFW Alumni
“I joined the United Nations Peace Keepers in South Sudan because I want to make a change. I always wanted to do something to change the world. Those are big words, I know, but I did not believe that I could do this before I joined the World Academy for the Future of Women. I thought it was too big, and I am so small.”
Interview with Marianne Green, Chief Executive – St James Place International
“It is important for businesses to make sure that they are recruiting as evenly as possible from men and women, and to really think about how to give women the most opportunities because otherwise, you are turning away half your workforce.”
Interview with Taylor Zhang, WAFW Alumni
“I learned a lot from the Academy, but for me, the most important thing I learned is team work. One person may be able to bring changes, but a group of people can indeed bring changes."
Interview with Carina Guo Danqing, WAFW Alumni
“The three years I studied at World Academy for the Future of Women transformed me into a totally different person. I was shy and full of fear, but now I am confident and I live beyond my personal and geographic boundaries. I have widened my vision for what is possible."
Carina Guo Danqing
Interview with Simon Dewei-Xiang, WAFW Alumni
“The most important thing I learned from the Academy is confidence. My confidence level really improved a lot, and because of my new confidence lots of things have happened to me, beyond my expectations!"
Simon Dewei Xiang
Interview with Alice Gao Aijing, WAFW Alumni
“Before I went to Sias University and joined the Academy, I never had the vision I would be able to go abroad for further studies and get more skills. and improve my English. I can put the text book knowledge and leadership skills into practice through the World Academy platform, so that’s a good combination…”
Alice Gao Aijing
Interview with Agatha Zhao, WAFW Alumni.
“I feel studying in the USA is a miracle which started with my choice to attend Sias University. As the only girl in 3 generations of my family, I always had the desire to be listened to and to be heard by men, and the emphasis in the Academy on listening to women’s voices attracted me, and that is why I decided to go to Sias University and join the World Academy for the Future of Women program.”
Interview with Gloria Pan, WAFW Alumni
"...Working on Academy projects has enabled me to develop the passion & capacity to think critically and creatively."
Interview with Mandy Tao, WAFW Alumni and Administrative Assistant for WAFW
"...The word leadership was first introduced to me by academy members; I was curious, I wanted to know what is leadership, and how does leadership matter to women in China and in the world. I could not wait to see more and do more, so I joined the World Academy for the Future of Women."
A few members of the U.S. delegation of speakers at the 9th Annual Symposium of World Academy for the Future of Women held in May 2015 at SIAS International University in Xinzheng, China.