Episode 9-Megan Gilgan Director of Women’s & Children’s Services Public Partnerships Unicef-Building My Legacy Podcast-Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Welcome to Episode 9 of Building My Legacy.  

In this episode, Megan Gilgan discusses the big leadership challenges she has faced as the Director of Women’s and Children’s Services in her role as Deputy Director of the Public Partnerships Division of Unicef.  She attributes her success to developing a culture that is focused upon “the whole human being”.  This focus enabled her to overcome the barriers that “differences” create and become an inclusive environment.

So if you want to:

  • Understand the concept of creating a “value” approach to leadership and management
  • Know the single most essential ingredient for organizational employee engagement
  • Understand the importance of moving emerging leaders from substantive experts to leaders fostering team performance that are results focused.
  • Prevent spending time shutting people down (you’re different from me)

Tune in now!

In this Podcast we will discuss:

  • What is the vision of Unicef and what was it that drew her to it as a mother and a professional?
  • How Megan Gilgan works to shift leaders from a technical expertise to a team and people-centric focus.
  • The systematization process Megan used to move her Division (a global organization) from being focused on each of  individual programs in their respective countries to that of a single  cohesive team
  • The challenges of mindset shift. Megan shares her process.
  • Megan’s legacy: making opportunities available for women and children across the glove.

About Megan Gilgan

MEGAN GILGAN Megan is the Deputy Director of the Public Partnerships Division of UNICEF (the United Nations Children’s Fund), responsible for mobilizing more than USD 4 Billion in revenues annually.  She has worked in international cooperation for 20 years in some of the most complex situations in the world including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Kosovo and South Sudan.  She is known as someone that can navigate the most politically and operationally complex situations and build, motivate and support diverse global teams.  Before taking on her current role, she was Deputy Chief of Staff for UNICEF’s Executive Director, where she also acted as UNICEF’s Special Coordinator for Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Workplace Harassment, initiating sweeping changes to UNICEF’s management culture, policies and systems.  Megan holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and has published on engagement in complex emergencies.  Born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, she has two children and is a lover of the outdoors – skiing, sailing, hiking – and long road trips, enjoying the journey as much as the destination.

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Lois Sonstegard, PhD

Working with business leaders for more than 30 years, Lois has learned the passion successful leaders have to leave a meaningful legacy. Lois is dedicated not only to developing leaders but to help them build a meaningful legacy.

Mike Saunders, MBA

Mike Saunders is theAuthority Positioning Coach at Marketing Huddle, the author of Amazon Bestselling book Authority Selling™, Adjunct Marketing Professor at several Universities, contributor to The Huffington Post, and member of the Forbes Coaches Council – an invitation-only community for the World’s Most Influential Business Coaches.
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