Feminist Leadership is “a marriage of competence and humility. Feminist leadership isn’t focused on winning, the competition, the goal making, it’s really focused on how to be better than ourselves, not really comparative in nature, but more collaborative. The other aspect of feminist leadership (…) is that feminist leaders tend to the whole, not just to individuals, and I think that that is a huge marker of what we can do differently and together. I see a lot of trust with feminist leaders, an ability to relinquish and release control (…).”Jennifer Lentfer, January 2020
Jennifer Lentfer is a farm girl turned international aid worker turned writer/poet, writing coach, and communications strategist. She created the blog, how-matters.org in 2010, and was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “100 women to follow on Twitter” at @intldogooder in 2012. In southern Africa and in the U.S., she has served with Oxfam, Catholic Relief Services, American Red Cross, UNICEF, and Firelight Foundation, and most recently, Thousand Currents.
With her students at Georgetown University in 2014, she published the popular guide, “The Development Element: Guidelines for the future of communicating about the end of global poverty.” She is currently an affiliate of the University of Vermont Masters in Leadership for Sustainability program, where she teaches “Storytelling and Communicating for Change.”
Her first book, Smart Risks: How small grants are helping to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, a book that features the growing community of grantmakers that find and fund visionary leaders around the world, which she co-edited with Tanya Cothran, is available here. Given that her hometown of Bruning, Nebraska, USA has a population of less than 300 people, it’s no wonder that Jennifer Lentfer found her calling in accompanying small, local groups to be strong forces for personal and social transformation.
To learn more about her professional profile, see: linkedin.com/in/jenniferlentfer.