CCL’s Laura Santana talks with Tsegga Medhin, the founder and president of the Pearl Leadership Institute and the president of United Nation Women USA’s North Carolina chapter. Tsegga has a background working in tech and finance, including about 20 years at IBM. She describes herself as an equity accelerator and champion for women’s empowerment and leadership development.

During this episode of our women in business podcast, Tsegga describes the wide range of impactful projects she’s working on to empower women and girls, including a partnership with Apple to teach teenage girls to code:

“We have 25 girls that are from marginalized communities coming in and do an hour of coding,” she explains. “And then another one that is boys and girls of the same age to make sure that we’re going to be breaking the unconscious biases that are formed early.”

“If a girl sees another girl doing it, definitely she will be confident. If she also comes in at a platform where the boys and girls are doing the same kind of work, that’s going to be powerful.”

Guest featured in this episode of When She Leads:

Tsegga MedhinFeatured in this episode: Tsegga Medhin
Founder & President, The Pearl Leadership Institute
President, UN Women USA, North Carolina Chapter


Host of this episode of When She Leads:

Laura SantanaLaura Santana is a Senior Leadership Solutions Partner at CCL, working across sectors with global clients to address the challenges created by disruption and globalization. She designs customized solutions for leadership development, with impact beyond the classroom. As a consultant, speaker and author, Laura’s focus is on vertical development, cultural agility, globalization and addressing the challenges facing women leaders.

Ready for more? Access all episodes in the When She Leads podcast series.

Start typing and press Enter to search