Building a life of global impact: Bonnie Glick, Deputy Administrator, USAID (Episode 121)

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Show Notes

Bonnie Glick is the Deputy Administrator of USAID, a U.S. Government agency primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid and development assistance. With a budget of more than $27 billion and 11,000 people on staff worldwide, USAID is one of the largest government aid agencies in the world. It accounts for about half of all U.S. foreign assistance—the highest in the world in absolute dollar terms.

Bonnie, who has authored three patents and speaks eight languages, is a career diplomat and business woman. She currently serves as the agency’s Deputy Administrator or COO equivalent. When COVID hit, like so many entities, Bonnie has to immediately pivot the agency’s focus. In this episode she shares what that was like, as well as incredible perspective about her life and career with so many great lessons and take aways…including: 

  • Why U.S. global investment matters;
  • The role of USAID;
  • The importance of global investment in women;
  • What inspired Bonnie’s work in diplomacy;
  • Navigating career, family, and job pivots;  
  • Going back to school;
  • Knowing your value and finding your niche;
  • Differences she sees between women and men in the workplace;
  • How to make yourself the “right fit”; 
  • How to pick mentors;
  • Self assurance v. self depreciation;
  • Plowing through the discomfort; 
  • Taking smart risks; 
  • And more! 

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