Introducing Rising Tide Leadership Institute

Risign Tide Leadership website

Look at what we’ve been working on!

It was a year ago that Courageous Thinking created a blog to Spotlight Katie Pettibone. Katie was in the Middle East coaching young Omani women to sail and then race in the grueling 1200 mile Sailing Arabia the Tour. Young women who had never been in a gym learned to compete against men in offshore sailing.  These young women’s lives were changed, they discovered greater potential for who they could be and they became leaders and role models for thousands of other young women. Katie and I knew we had to do something more to create opportunities through sports for women to develop into their full potential. We know that when women are elevated, the whole world wins.

So, we’ve spent the last year creating Rising Tide Leadership Institute.

RTLI website

At RTLI we believe that there is a direct correlation between the skill development required to successfully compete in high-technology sports and the skill development needed to lead and succeed in the global economy. We have built a unique global model for inspiring and equipping women leaders to compete in the global economy. Katie just landed in Kuwait to rejoin Dee Caffari and the young Omani women to continue their journey.  The Oman Sail women’s team will be competing in the Sailing Arabia the Tour 2013 starting February 12- 26th.

Come learn about the Rising Tide Leadership Institute and follow Katie, Dee and the Omani women’s adventure along the Arabian Coast.

This is going to be a blast!


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Malala Yousafzai

Malala’s courageous voice continues to speak loudly to the world. The UN Education Envoy calls on international organizations to get 61,000,000 out of school children in education by the end of 2015. You can help TODAY by signing the 1 Million Strong petition that UN Envoy Gordon Brown will deliver to the President Zardari of Pakistan on November 10th.

Malala, 14, was shot giving her all to get girls in school. Learn more about Malala’s story here.

A Profile in Courage:  Shining Light in the Darkness

Swat Valley

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) — Malala Yousufzai’s courageous blogging against the Taliban set her apart from other 14-year-old Pakistani girls.  She paid the price this week as Taliban fighters pulled over her school van and shot her along with two girl classmates.

As I read this article this afternoon and my stomach, heart and soul all sank.

‘Half the Sky’ was aired last week by PBS. This 4-hour documentary created by the Putlizer prize winning journalists and authors of the book ‘Half the Sky’ Nicholas Kristoff and Cheryl DuWunn has raised the awareness and conversation of oppression against women and girls. The Half the Sky movement first raises the awareness of how big and horrific the level of oppressioin that still exists for so many girls and women in the work. Then they tell stories of inspiration and hope as to who and what is being done to lift this oppression and create opportunity for hundreds of millions of girls and women to live healthier meaningful lives.

And then, – young Malala, a hero in this important dialogue – is shot on her school bus by the very people who oppress her.
Earlier this year Malala was awarded Pakistan’s first national peace prize for her blogging about the Taliban’s banning of education for girls.

I read a thread of her blog and am overwhelmed by her courage and perseverance in the face of real threat and danger.

You can read her blog entries here.

In the CNN article referenced above there is a quote which gives voice to how this Taliban act of violence effects the forward progress of lifting women out of oppression. “Dark hands,” she said, tried to attack Malala’s cause, “but it will discourage many others who are fighting for light.”

We can not let this discourage all those who work to lift and empower girls and women who thirst for education and the ability to participate in the global economy in order to bring a better life for their children and themselves. This truly is a battle of ‘light vs. darkness’.

The light must continue to shine.