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Remarkable Women Powerful Stories

Be Zonta's guest to hear the remarkable, personal story of one great woman and learn from her reflections on leadership, success and the path she has forged.
Gain insights on what it takes to meet the challenges of a profession while breaking down barriers, managing family life, and advocating for a cause.
Explore the keys to growing resilience, self-belief, courage and leadership skills to achieve that breakthrough you may need in your own career and life.

Remarkable Women Powerful Stories is a leadership series hosted by Lynne Foley OAM.
Each month, hear a remarkable woman share her achievements and personal story.


You have heard our stories and we have heard you. Coming this March, a new remarkable woman and a new platform. We have transitioned the Remarkable Women, Powerful Stories series to Zoom to enable for our audience to interact and chat with one another during the sessions. The story does not end here, but continues with each of you, bringing your own ideas to the series and back to your communities. Together, we are remarkable.

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Meet our guest: Bandana Rana

Bandana Rana from Nepal is a passionate lifelong advocate for women’s rights and gender equality.  Her experience spans more than three decades of active engagement in the area of violence against women, gendered conflict transformation, peace building and engendered media through the different organizations and networks she has founded and led. Having worked from the grassroots, national as well as global level she has broken numerous personal and professional barriers to attain her present leadership.

Her many years of dedicated work has been particularly through the two organizations she co-founded and led in Nepal – Saathi (NGO working on Violence Against Women) and Sancharika Samuha (Women’s Media Forum). She is the former chair of the National Women's Commission of Nepal.

She is a member of the UN CEDAW Committee since 2017 the first Nepali woman to be elected to this position. She was the Vice Chair of the Committee from 2018/2020 and is the focal point for women peace and security. She has recently been nominated as a member of the UNFPA High Level Commission on ICPD+25 for three years. She was also a member of the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group (2012/2015).

Having served in senior positions in the civil society, the government and the UN, Ms. Rana has demonstrated effective leadership in the promotion of gender equality globally. She has received numerous national and international awards for her contribution in the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality including the NGO CSW Committee’s Woman of Distinction Award, Zonta International Centennial Award and Social Service Award from the President of Nepal. 


Meet our host: Lynne Foley, OAM

“I channel my energy into influencing and supporting each woman I meet to be empowered to reach her aspirations. I intend my legacy to be the contribution I make to achieving gender equality, through opening doors to education for women and girls.”

An exciting motivational speaker, Lynne Foley, OAM, is passionate about leaving her audience with new ideas, thoughts and challenges and full of confidence to break through personal and professional barriers. She works professionally by facilitating leadership programs for individuals and organizations whose mission is to empower women and men through personal and leadership development. Lynne is an accredited and highly respected executive coach, speaker, consultant and educator, gaining her experience through successful executive leadership, consulting, board chair and director roles. As chairman of the 2020-2022 Zonta International Leadership Development Committee Lynne implements the organization’s global strategy to meet the leadership needs of members, clubs and districts  facilitates at conferences and workshops.

Future Dates:

Wednesday, 28 April
         Bandana Rana

Wednesday, 26 May 
         Kendra Sharp
Tuesday, 22 June 
         Holly Ransom
Wednesday, 28 July 
         TBD
Wednesday, 25 Aug 
         Naoko Yamazaki
Wednesday, 29 Sept 
         Aviaja Lyberth Hauptmann
Wednesday, 27 Oct 
         Helen Clark

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