Carly Fiorina, Bush Institute, Africa discussed on The Strategerist
The Bush institute believes that developing leaders that are committed to solving problems as critical, and so does our guest Carly Fiorina who has a long history of leadership in both the for profit and not for profit realms. And I think it's also important to point out that she is a fellow optimist Carly, thank you so much for joining us. Thank you so much for having me, we're also joined by the Bush institute's expert on all things leadership policy and so much more executive director, Holly cues Mitch great to be here. So Carly you lived in Africa in one thousand nine hundred sixty nine as your father took a sabbatical at the university of Ghana and acros to teach the New Guinean constitution to law students. Can you tell us about that time, and how it shaped your perception of democracy and has that perception changed through your lifetime? Well such a great question to start with. So the thing that I remember I I was a teenage girl fourteen fifteen and we landed at the airport in a cry. To a totally different world. We were the only white people, obviously. However, I remember sitting in this wonderful brave new world to me where everything was different and exotic and strange, and yet everyone was so welcoming, and so warm and once a week, my father would invite some of his law students to our home, and we would sit around the table, my father, my mother, myself, my sister, and brother and all these law students, and I would watch them talk about their new constitution. And they were these law students were so passionate about what they were doing what they were building. This was a country that had just overthrown a dictator. This was their first real experience with democracy. And so it was a palpably emotional and uplifting experience. That's what I remember. About it. I didn't spend all that much time thinking about our own democracy until I got much older. I just you know, we're a democracy. It was like the air we breathe through the water. We swam it. If we were fishes unlike something brand new for these Ghanaian laws dunes. So I didn't really think about Ariza until much later. But there are features of ours. That are quite unique in quite powerful. The fact that we're a Republic, actually, not a democracy. The fact that so much of our constitution is focused on preventing the concentration of power. The fact that in our country, we believe local problem solving is better problem-solving. The fact that individuals have in Illinois, -able writes that don't come from government. These are things that are unique about our Democratic Republic. So Carly you just mentioned that what you when you lived in Africa. You you are often one of the only white people in the room. You've also often been the only female in the room. What's your advice to people?.