Global Leadership Conference (April 28 – May 1) – We are truly sorry to announce that 2020 Global Learning Conference (GLC) and GSEA Finals have been cancelled. Due to the major uncertainties our diverse, global membership and staff face with the unpredictable spread of COVID-19, we cannot ensure a positive and healthy event experience for all. We must stay focused on our top priority: the health and safety of our members and staff and their respective families. For more information, contact [email protected].

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GLC Cape Town Learning Day Program



Special Learning Day offer for Forums:
This year, GLC is taking place in the beautiful setting of Cape Town and provides a great opportunity for forums to plan retreats and other forum activities in incredibly unique settings. We are excited to provide full forums an opportunity to attend GLC Learning Day for a packaged price of US$4000 (individual tickets are priced at US$975). Please note that the offer is open to entire forums only and not partial forum attendance.

How to register your Forum for Learning Day:

Please do not register for GLC Learning Day on the EO website. Instead, email [email protected] with your chapter name, Forum name and a list of each Forum member. All entire Forum registrations will be crossed checked with the EO Forum report to ensure that the group registration is consistent with the Forum members that have been provided by each EO chapter. The names will be provided directly to the events team who will reach out to register your attendance for GLC Learning Day programming.

The theme of the 2020 EO GLC Learning Day is Transformational Leadership. Throughout the day, hear from renowned thought leaders who will take you on a transformative journey, sharing their wisdom and knowledge on topics relating to connection, community, perseverance, and the future.

Learning Day is open to ALL EO members.


Purpose gives meaning. It’s the reason for being. It gives significance to existence. It’s your why. It’s THE why. Why you persist. Why you’ve kept going. Why you keep coming back stronger than before. Purpose is a compass. Your true north. A guide to keep you pointed in the right direction. When plans evolve and methods change, purpose remains.

Tala Raassi

Tala Raassi, an Iranian American fashion designer, entrepreneur and author, was born in the United States and raised in Iran. She is devoted to celebrating the beauty of women through her designs and to empowering women all around the world to follow their dreams. With bravery, a dream, hard work and a needle and thread, Raassi’s designs went from Iran to the Miss Universe competition.

Raassi captivated the world through her inspiring book, entitled “Fashion is Freedom: How a Girl from Tehran Broke the Rules to Change Her World”. At sixteen years old, she was arrested at a co-ed party for her rebellious and unlawful acts of dancing to Western music and wearing a “mini” skirt. She faced the harsh punishment of five days in jail and forty lashes for wearing “indecent clothing” but ultimately for seeking simple freedoms. Following her unimaginable experience, Raassi moved back to the United States, where she continued to seek opportunities to express and celebrate freedom for all. Behind the scenes of “the most glamorous industry in the world” remains far from glamorous and rarely ever discussed. Coming from a family of risk-taking entrepreneurs only helped to instill the ideals to push through the obstacles she was faced with. In the end, it was her passion and determination, paired with her ability to bounce back from business mistakes and financial struggles that rightfully earned Tala the title of “swimwear maven” in the industry.

While her work reflects the celebration of beauty, it also reflects her belief in women’s strength. It’s a strength she sees in herself and her business. No matter the obstacles that she faced, Raassi did not allow the difficult hardships on her journey to deter her from chasing her dreams and creating change in the world.

Raassi has come full circle on her journey of empowerment to define the freedoms that so many take advantage of, earning herself the titles of “One of the Most Influential Women in the World” by the London Times, the “Brave New Girl” by the Capitol File Magazine and “One of the Most Fearless Women in the World” by Newsweek Magazine.

Tala has taken her experiences in life to the next level. She connects with women all over the world with her various public speaking engagements and business seminars and continues to encourage others with her real life lessons.

There’s power in PURPOSE.

LEARNING BLOCK 2: Persistence

You are not where you once were and not yet where you wish to be. The path from here to there seems endless and dotted with obstacles. You know the grind, the highs and lows, ups and downs, the early mornings and late nights. Resistance has been constant. Challenges frequent.

Forget Plan A, you now find yourself at Plan G, H, “I… don’t know what’s next” you hear echoing in your mind. Your journey hasn’t been anything like you’ve planned and yet, you’re still here. Evolving, growing, pivoting your approach, but never your purpose. With stubborn resolve and steadfast passion, you keep going. You overcome resistance with persistence.

Martin Brown

Martin Brown was born on a warm summer afternoon in the Mother City of Cape Town, South Africa.

His interests after high school led him into mechanical engineering and, after that, into the emergency medical field. He achieved National Colours in Acrobatics and was a member of the Acrobatic Federation of South Africa as well as being a provincial athlete and a professional ballroom and Latin dancer. In his second year of medical studies, however, Martin was injured in a freak diving accident which changed his life path forever.

In December 1997 (during his medical school break) Martin broke his neck and became paralyzed to the C4 level, a quadriplegic. He is only able to move his head. This limitation became an opportunity for Martin – the start of his business, born out of necessity.

Over the past 15 years, Martin’s business has become not only successful, but globally-recognized for designing and manufacturing custom-built, all-terrain powered wheelchairs. With a stick in his mouth and a crew that understood the company’s vision, he and his team worked diligently toward his vision and were awarded several entrepreneurial awards along the way.

By continuously reinventing the way he approached his life and the way his company approaches the current market, Martin has become a leader in his industry. He believes that he is where he is as a result of pushing boundaries – both he and his team strive to think beyond limits. Every year they introduce a new product on the market, keeping the company fresh and innovative. Building a globally-recognized company with only a stick in his mouth, he has now become a sought-after motivational speaker. His life lessons, combined with business lessons, makes him unique in the industry and recognized as an authentic and spellbinding speaker you won’t find anywhere else.

Session description
This amazing motivational speaker will take you on an eye-opening journey and leave you inspired. The incredible human potential of us, as mere mortals, to survive and excel is not always so evident.

Three main takeaways:

  • We procrastinate all the time – how do we undo that?
  • Always have excuses upon excuses? Learn how to leave them in the past.
  • We tend to underestimate our own self-worth, but we must value ourselves!


After working for British Vogue for several years, Platon was invited to New York City to work for the late John Kennedy Jr. and his political magazine, George.

His work was featured in a range of international publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, GQ and The Sunday Times magazine. In 2007, he photographed Russian Premier Vladimir Putin for TIME magazine’s “Person of the Year” cover. This image was awarded first prize at the World Press Photo Contest.

In 2008, he signed a multi-year contract with The New Yorker and as the staff photographer, he has produced several large-scale photo essays, two of which won ASME Awards in 2009 and 2010. Platon’s New Yorker portfolios have focused on themes including the U.S Military, portraits of world leaders and the Civil Rights Movement.

In 2009, Platon teamed up with Human Rights Watch to help them celebrate those who fight for equality and justice in countries suppressed by political forces. These projects have highlighted human rights defenders from Burma as well as the leaders of the Egyptian revolution. Following his coverage of Burma, Platon photographed Aung San Suu Kyi for the cover of TIME—days after her release from house arrest.

In 2011, Platon was honored with a Peabody Award for collaboration on the topic of Russia’s Civil Society with The New Yorker magazine and Human Rights Watch.

Platon has published four books of his work: Platon’s Republic (Phaidon Press, 2004), a retrospective of his early work; Power (Chronicle, 2011), 100 portraits of the world’s most powerful leaders; China: Through the Looking Glass (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2015), in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Service (Prestel, 2016), dedicated to the men and women in the United States Military, their physical and psychological wounds, their extraordinary valor, and the fierce emotions that surround those who serve.

Platon is a communicator and storyteller. He has been invited to be a keynote speaker on leadership at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Chanel, Nike, Yale University, Oxford University, Wharton University, the National Portrait Gallery in London and International Center of Photography in New York. He has also appeared on a range of television media including Charlie Rose (PBS), Morning Joe (MSNBC), Fareed Zakaria’s GPS (CNN) and the BBC World News. Platon’s work has exhibited in galleries and museums both domestically and abroad. The New York Historical Society has exhibited a solo show of Platon’s Civil Rights photographs, which remain as part of the museum’s permanent collection.

Other permanent collections holding Platon’s photography include The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Florida and The Westlicht Museum for Photography in Vienna, Austria and the Scotland National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh.

In 2013, Platon founded a non-profit foundation named The People’s Portfolio. The foundation aspires to create a visual language that breaks barriers, expands dignity, fights discrimination, and enlists the public to support human rights around the world. He serves as the Creative Director at Large for the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

Platon’s first film, My Body Is Not A Weapon, features survivors of wartime sexual violence and 2018 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege.

Platon is currently on the board for Arts and Culture at the World Economic Forum and serves as a steward for the Economic Growth and Social Inclusion Initiative.

Danny K & Kabelo Mabalane

Danny K & Kabelo Mabalane have proven themselves to be far more than platinum selling, award-winning musical artists in South Africa. Having conquered the music business, the pair have transitioned into philanthropy and the pursuit of social justice, spearheaded by their NGO, Shout. The now decade-old organization has been responsible for building libraries across South Africa, helping thousands of children improve their literacy and numeracy skills.

Their latest project, Diversity 101, and its celebrated keynote, Worlds Apart Or Partners, invites you on the journey of their lives, where they share their radically different upbringings, cultures and experiences. They will show how, despite being worlds apart, they were able to come together and successfully build one of the most influential and widely-recognized partnerships in modern pop culture. Their unlikely story is used as a backdrop to address and highlight the many challenges brought about by South Africa’s diverse landscape.

Session description
An entertaining, enlightened and sober look at the state of South Africa as a country, people and business. The talk addresses some of the hardest-hitting and critical conversations needed in South Africa through song, storytelling and theory. The keynote will leave you inspired and challenged to access your humanity.

Three main takeaways:

  • Our differences should not been seen as a negative, but as an opportunity to create something truly unique and powerful.
  • The ability to access our humanity is the biggest catalyst in meaningful diversity and inclusion.
  • Equality is not a privilege. It’s a right.

Dr. Tererai Trent

Dr. Tererai Trent is one of the world’s most acclaimed voices for women’s empowerment and quality education. She is the founder of Tererai Trent International, an educator, motivational speaker, and Oprah’s “favorite guest of all time.” Tererai received her doctorate in interdisciplinary evaluation from Western Michigan University and teaches courses in Global Health at Drexel University. She has published two highly-acclaimed children’s books and is the author of the award winning, The Awakened Woman – Remembering & Reigniting Our Sacred Dreams (Atria/Enliven Books). Tererai serves as the president of Tinogona Global Impact (aka The Awakened Woman, LLC), a company dedicated to empowering women with tools to thrive as they achieve their dreams.

Rooted in humble beginnings, Tererai grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe, in the country of Rhodesia and lived under colonial rule. The cultural practices and a war that liberated her country charted the course of her life. Despite facing many obstacles, she never lost sight of her dreams for an education. Dr. Trent could not have imagined that her steadfast determination, hard work and belief in her dreams would not only earn her multiple degrees, but also a prominent global platform with world leaders and international businesses where she advocates for universal access to quality education.

Dr. Trent continues to lead the global charge in the fight for quality education for all children and for women’s rights. She has become a symbol of hope, and living proof that anything is possible. Her favorite motto is “Tinogona,” meaning “it is achievable!” Dr. Trent has been appointed Global Ambassador for Education and Peace by the United Nations Global Diplomatic Council and is named one of the World’s Top 10 Most Inspirational Women.