UN Women Leader Tsegga Medhin is Paving Diversity Pathways for Corporations and Schools

In Africa, Diversity, Education, Empowerment, Publisher Channel by Mary Kurek

Tsegga Medhin fills the leadership role of UN Women President in NC and that of founder and president of The Pearl Leadership Institute – both with a mission of women’s empowerment. Tsegga will tell you that SDG2030 is her human GPS; a focus she’s had since 2015 when she addressed the UN as a business and impact leader in collaboration with the International Chamber of Commerce. During her work with computer giant, IBM, she received the First IBM RTP site Diversity Inclusion Manager Award. Though you’ll find in her profile lots of work in education and STEAM activities, there’s no denying that her focus is on the diversity and inclusion space, and that was a primary area of discussion in this interview with Frontrunners Innovate Producer and Host, Mary Kurek, and her co-host, FIGHR Ambassador, Ghazala Khan.

Meet Tsegga Medhin.  (45-minute video)

Tsegga Medhin’s Bio:

Tsegga Seyoum Medhin is a global relations expert, giving voice to all women and girls. she is the President of the UN Women US NC as well as the founder of The Pearl Leadership Institute, an organization focused on “transforming women/girls and economies forward faster.”  She was invited to address the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goal strategy plan on poverty eradication for women and girls; such plan/roadmap has been adopted by all nations.

Ms. Medhin is a speaker, consultant on corporate social responsibility, social innovation, and impact investing. Her passion and focus are to help emerging women leaders and girls create sustainable personal and professional growth. How? By building strong leadership cultures to demonstrate direction, alignment, and commitment to the execution of their business/personal strategy.

Tsegga’s business success and leadership have been recognized with multiple honors and awards including the US presidential volunteer gold award of President Obama and President Bush, the IBM Diversity and Inclusion Leader, The Raleigh City Police, DUKE UniversityDUKE Africa Students MBA  NCSU University STEM education advocate to name a few.

Tsegga retired from IBM with over nineteen years of executive leadership experience in operations, marketing, and human capital. Most recently, she led the development of emerging global leaders for Africa’s skills gap initiative, LEADING to AFRICA, and worked at the Obama YALI summit, (Young Africa Leadership Initiatives) in DC. 

As the first IBM Corporate Service Corps Alumna, a top global talent development initiative for emerging markets; she created economic development marketing strategies for local NGOs and Universities in Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Mrs. Medhin successfully achieves her goals in the emerging market, by partnering with US State Department Diaspora programs, International Visitors Leadership Program, Women in technology, Center for Creative Leadership, Duke and North Carolina State University.

With her creativity and leadership as the IBM charitable campaign leader, she raised over $9M for local NC charities.

She serves on the board of the NC State University Science House STEM youth outreach programs, Boundless Impact, and RTP STEM High School. Tsegga has an MBA from Stayer University, she is a mother of two girls and lives in Raleigh with her spouse

Tsegga Medhin’s Contact:

Website: https://thepearlleadershipinstitute.org/

Linkedin:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/tseggamedhin/

Link to Youtube: IBM Corporate Service Corps – Team Visits School in Tanzania

Special thanks to Ambassador Ghazala Khan

FIGHR Ambassador Ghazala Khan, our partner in diplomatic consulting, policy, and business development


Mary Kurek

President & CEO Frontrunners Development, Inc.
Global Business Developer 

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