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Liz Bohannon

Liz Bohannon

Build Your Life on Purpose and Impact

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  • CEO Who Built One of the Largest Purpose-Driven Companies
  • Author of Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose & Impact Now

How can a beginner’s mind influence the successful outcome of any goal? The answer might very well inspire you to create a new roadmap for your next challenge. Liz Bohannon, Founder and CEO of successful fashion brand Sseko Designs, shares the lessons learned from her 10-year journey growing her business from three women under a mango tree, into a successful international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities, and entrepreneurial training to thousands of women across the globe. Her story is filled with lessons for success that are grounded in the principle of having a beginner’s mind. Liz sums up those lessons in her new book, Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now. In it, as in her speeches, she shares uncommon ideas toward success like, Own Your Average, Stop Trying to Find Your Passion…Create It, and Dream Small. Liz continues to channel her inner beginner as she manages 100s of employees across multiple continents, and her mindset sets her apart as a courageous, creative and effective leader.

In 2009, Liz Bohannon set out on a mission. Armed with a master’s degree in journalism, and a curious mind, she traveled to Uganda to better understand the social and economic challenges for women. She discovered that women did not want charity, but a more sustainable solution that would provide them with an education and respectable jobs. As Liz dug deeper into this problem, with an open mind and fresh perspective, she found a way to create a business that would provide a marketplace solution.

Ten years later, she is sharing the story of how her company, Sseko Designs, grew from three women making sandals together under a mango tree, into an international fashion brand that provides employment, educational opportunities, and entrepreneurial training to hundreds of women in Uganda and across the globe. By providing employment and educational opportunities, Sseko enables women in East Africa to continue their education and become leaders in their country and our world, as well as providing hundreds of women in the U.S. to build their own Sseko business and make an impact.

Liz’s story is filled with lessons for success that are grounded in the principle of having a beginner’s mind, which she sums up in her new book, Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now. In it she shares uncommon ideas toward success like, Own Your Average, Stop Trying to Find Your Passion…Create It, Dream Small, Be Good with Good Enough and 10 other guiding principles that she uses with her own employees and Sseko Fellows to help them build their own successful careers.

Liz continues to channel her inner beginner as she manages employees across multiple continents, and it is because she is leading with this beginner’s mind that she is able to be a more courageous, creative and effective leader.

Using her unlikely story of a journalist-gone-shoe-maker, Liz shares her passion for social enterprise, conscious consumerism, social justice, creative leadership and gender-equality, all seen through the lens of a beginner’s mind, wrapped in a decade’s worth of experience.

The Sseko story has been featured in dozens of publications including, Vogue Magazine, Redbook Magazine, O Magazine, Inc., Fortune and others. Sseko has appeared on national broadcasts including ABC’s Shark Tank and Good Morning America.

Among other notable honors, Liz was recently named a Top Three Transformation Leader by John Maxwell, Forbes listed her as a top 20 public speaker in the U.S. and Bloomberg Businessweek named Sseko as a top social enterprise to watch.

Liz now splits her time between Uganda and Portland, Oregon, where she and her husband Ben run Sseko Designs and raise their two young sons.

Become a More Effective Leader with a Beginner’s Mind

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A Small Thinking Succcess Story

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Pivoting Your Business

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BEGINNER’S PLUCK: BUILD YOUR LIFE OF PURPOSE & IMPACT NOW

How often do we dismiss someone’s success by calling it “Beginner’s Luck?” What if the very fact that they were a beginner is just what gave them the advantage to succeed? What if there is a method to a beginner’s mind that creates success? What a beginner may lack in experience, track record, know-how, and connections, they make up in nerve, curiosity, spirit, courage, and a willingness to acknowledge they don’t have it all figured out, which ultimately leads to an iterative approach to achieving success. In this speech, based on her new book, Beginner’s Pluck: Build Your Life of Purpose and Impact Now, Liz takes her 10 years of experience building her company, and shares uncommon ideas toward success that come from a beginner’s mind like — Own Your Average, Stop Trying to Find Passion, Dream Small, and Be Good with Good Enough. This goes against the grain of all that we are taught as kids (aren’t we all supposed to dream big and think we are special?), but Liz explains that once you can let go of the “…visions of grandeur of what it will look like when you finally strike gold and find your passion, only then can you get down to the business of learning how to build it.” Liz will guide your audience to a new roadmap for success that focuses on the acts of doing instead of dreaming and ultimately attaining even the most challenging goals.

SPEECH TAKEAWAYS

  • Use the principles of a beginner’s mind to achieve any goal.
  • Shake yourself out of analysis paralysis.
  • Get inspired to go beyond dreaming and start doing.
  • Focus on creating your passion rather than waiting for it to find you.
Plucky Virtual Program Package

#1 Ignite Pre-Event Call: Deep dive into the goals and challenges facing your organization and team. Liz will share an overview of her content ideas for your event and how she will further align messaging for your needs.

#2 Dynamic Kick-Off Presentation: Liz will guide your team through powerful and action-packed principles from her Bestselling Book, Beginners Pluck, that will get them aligned with their inner beginner – that special voice that isn’t afraid, the voice that is curious, the voice that takes risks, the voice that is a collaborator and co-creator, driven to find solutions and to see the new possible in every day and every challenge. Liz’s remarks will be followed by an open conversation with your leadership and viewing audience. (Note: The moderator can be a member of your team, or a member of Liz’s team. Presentation: 30min; Conversation 20min) #3 A Series of 5 Video Drips Post Event: Liz will share five video clips that you can drip out to your team post-event to help them stay actionable and inspired on purpose and impact. Liz has built an incredible team of global social entrepreneurs by doing virtual calls with them every month and this series of video clips will draw from some of her most effective principles that she outlines in her bestselling book, Beginner’s Pluck.

BONUS ADD-ON: Plucky Quarterly Community Building Sessions (additional cost)

Building a courageous community of thinkers and doers is key to the success of any program, and it also speaks to principle #14 of Beginners Pluck, which is to “Walk One Another Home.” These Plucky Community Sessions are an opportunity to truly engage your people in in the continuous process of tapping into their purpose and impact. Each quarter, one of your team members will have an opportunity to host and co-create content for a 30-minute moderated conversation with Liz. This opportunity will include a 15-minute one-on-one pre-event call with Liz to discuss the theme and refine the presentation. Building a strong community of leaders is the foundation of Liz’s thriving company. She knows that by empowering members to lead the conversation it will create a rising tide that lifts all ships. (Alternatively, Liz and one of her team members can present a moderated conversation, so all you need to do is a pick a date for your team to join a conversation that will inspire them to action.)

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