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Remarkable Women Powerful Stories

Be Zonta's guest to hear the remarkable, personal story of one great woman and learn from her reflections on leadership, success and the path she has forged. Gain insights on what it takes to meet the challenges of a profession while breaking down barriers, managing family life, and advocating for a cause. Explore the keys to growing resilience, self-belief, courage and leadership skills to achieve that breakthrough you may need in your own career and life.

Remarkable Women Powerful Stories is a leadership series hosted by Lynne Foley OAM. Each month, hear a remarkable woman share her achievements and personal story.

The story does not end here, but continues with each of you, bringing your own ideas to the series and back to your communities. Together, we are remarkable.
Beginning in 2022, our remarkable women's stories will be shared on demand on the last Thursday of each month. To hear past guest's stories, please see below!

April's remarkable woman: Houry Geudelekian

Listen to Houry's story below:


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Meet our remarkable woman: Sangya Malla on 26 May

Sangya Malla joined the Nepal Police in 2008. Since joining, she has served in various capacities as a training coordinator, program manager and the head of the department of orthodontics. She is currently the superintendent of Nepal Police.

From 2016 to 2017, Sangya served the United Nations Police as a member of the Formed Police Unit in MINUSTAH as a medical, sea and environment officer. 

In 2020, Sangya helped establish the MONUSCO Police Health and Environment Unit, and she currently serves as its chief. The unit is responsible for implementing policies and procedures concerning the health and well-being of personnel and United Nations Police environmental initiatives. Her contributions have directly impacted the Democratic Republic of the Congo in light of the ongoing COVID‑19 pandemic, past outbreaks of the Ebola virus, and natural and humanitarian crises such as the volcanic eruption in Goma in May 2021. Her unit alerted the local population and United Nations staff of preventive measures.

In recognition of her exceptional contributions as a woman police officer to the United Nations peace operations and promoting women's empowerment, Sangya was awarded the United Nations Woman Police Officer of the Year award in 2021. The award also sheds light on her career-long achievements, inspiring commitment and proactive efforts to the health and safety of her colleagues, the Congolese people and the planet.

Sangya holds a bachelor's in dental surgery and a master's in orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics.

Listen on-demand 26 May


Our past guests, HEAR HER STORY:



Sharon Langenbeck, Ph.D.


Tiaji Sio


Tressa Lacy


Bandana Rana


Kendra Sharp,  Ph.D.


Holly Ransom


Felicia Davis


Dr. Anne Gallagher


Aviaja L. Hauptmann, Ph.D


Helen Clark


V. Renée Cutting


Laura Ballerini | Audio only


Lindsey Tulloch | Audio only


Nahid Shahalimi | Audio only


Houry Geudelekian | Audio only

Meet our host: Lynne Foley, OAM

“I channel my energy into influencing and supporting each woman I meet to be empowered to reach her aspirations. I intend my legacy to be the contribution I make to achieving gender equality, through opening doors to education for women and girls.”

An exciting motivational speaker, Lynne Foley, OAM, is passionate about leaving her audience with new ideas, thoughts and challenges and full of confidence to break through personal and professional barriers. She works professionally by facilitating leadership programs for individuals and organizations whose mission is to empower women and men through personal and leadership development. Lynne is an accredited and highly respected executive coach, speaker, consultant and educator, gaining her experience through successful executive leadership, consulting, board chair and director roles. As chairman of the 2020-2022 Zonta International Leadership Development Committee Lynne implements the organization’s global strategy to meet the leadership needs of members, clubs and districts  facilitates at conferences and workshops.

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