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.

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"My biggest “haha” moment was the realization that WAFW students are more generous with their participation and want to be leaders within their communities, showing that the work of the facilitators does make a difference in the lives of the students."

Ruth Anne Wood

Interview with WAFW Facilitator Leslie Karen Hammond – Opening of new sites in Nepal and Bangladesh

"We as human beings make so many assumptions with our thoughts and words that can get people into trouble more times than one could imagine. So the most important thing is to clarify anything that could be interpreted the way we believe or define it to be".

Leslie Karen Hammond

Interview with WAFW Facilitator Leslie Karen Hammond – Sharing first time facilitator experience in China and Nepal

"I had a very gentle acclamation into the Chinese culture and into the country, and it was so  profoundly welcoming. There is something to be said about experiencing the culture from the perspective of small villages and not going to tourist areas".

Leslie Karen Hammond

Interview with Jerrie Ueberle, WAFW Founder – Update on WAFW Bangladesh

"It is always available to have a conversation about women because women are eager to support and come on board to change the condition of women around the world."

Jerrie Ueberle

Interview with Jerrie Ueberle, WAFW Founder – Update on WAFW Nepal

On the academy member in Nepal No Child Bride project:

"This condition must stop.  If women are to become equal and have full expressed lives, they cannot get married at 13."

Jerrie Ueberle

Interview with Jerrie Ueberle, WAFW Founder – Update on WAFW China post 2018 Symposium

“The Facilitators each year seem to understand at a deeper level the opportunity they are to producing tomorrow’s leaders.”

Jerrie Ueberle

“We are change makers!  Let's impact one million young men and women to become change makers and change one billion lives!

Elim Chew

“My experience as a student in the Academy gave me the basic knowledge I needed. When I later worked in Beijing I realized how important that acquired knowledge was.  In my work for the Academy, my prior Academy experience has been crucial in my ability to see things from the perspective of the students, the facilitators and the alumni, and has enabled me to support them well."

Mandy Tao

“There is a huge benefit from thinking about being a changing agent in the world and actually going to another country, sharing your expertise, your experience, and your commitment to young women and young men to make the world better. I don’t know how people can get it unless they do it!”

Jerrie Ueberle

Interview with Jerrie Ueberle, WAFW Founder – Update January 2018-part 1 – Nepal

“There is a huge benefit from thinking about being a changing agent in the world and actually going to another country, sharing your expertise, your experience, and your commitment to young women and young men to make the world better. I don’t know how people can get it unless they do it!”

Jerrie Ueberle

Interview with Jerrie Ueberle, WAFW Founder – Update January 2018-part 2 – Bangladesh

"The Academy is very fundable because the return on your investment are these magnificent young people who are going out of their communities, who DO things.  A young woman currently in her 4th year of the Academy has started a library in her village, and she already got funding on her own!"

 Jerrie Ueberle

“I want to say to the students who hesitate to join WAFW that the Academy is a place where you can fully express your life and where every moment is an opportunity to grow up fast “

Jessie Huang   

“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”

Zoe Song

“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

The World Academy makes me become more confident and a better version of myself.” 

Cathy - Warm Hearts Project Leader

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

“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

“I find World Academy for the future of women to be an amazing organization; it gives us a platform to help other people.”

Bingo Zhang

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.

Dora Ding

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

“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

“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

Jerry Liu

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

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.

Maxine Guo

“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.”

Amy Cao

"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.”

Warren Salinger

“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.”

Juno Liu

"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."

Jerrie Ueberle

“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.”

Acqua Shui

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.”

Marianne Green

“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."

Taylor Zhang

“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

“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

“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

“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.”
Agatha Zhao

"...Working on Academy projects has enabled me to develop the passion & capacity to think critically and creatively."
Gloria Pan

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."

Mandy Tao

2015 – 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

2015 – 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!"
Jerrie Ueberle

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.