Lonnie Ali, Director and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors, Muhammad Ali Center | #53

Today’s guest is Lonnie Ali, the wife of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali. Lonnie is an incredible leader who has devoted her life to making the world a better place. In 1992, Lonnie incorporated and served as Vice President and treasurer of Greatest of All Time, Inc. or (G.O.A.T). Today she is a lifetime director and vice chair of the Muhammad Ali Center, a non-profit museum and cultural center that she and her husband opened in 2005.
Lonnie Ali has been active in various charitable causes including advocating for children’s rights and Parkinson’s disease research. From 2010 to 2013, Lonnie served on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She was the 2010 recipient of AARP’s Inspire Award, was named in 2012 as one of Arizona’s 48 Most Intriguing Women, and inducted into The National Consortium for Academics and Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

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From Podcast PowerNotes
According to Lonnie, it is important for people who have a platform to use their voice. Use your voice for social good and reform. As long as it benefits the whole and is not done for selfish reasons, you’ll make a difference.
(36:29-37:10)
When leaders use their platform for selfish reasons, what kind of harm results?
How can you use your voice to benefit others?
Lonnie shares her thoughts for women of color who are pursuing leadership roles:
Forget that you’re a woman of color. Forget that you’re a woman. Always expect to belong. There is a seat for you at the table; believe that seat to be yours and put yourself there.
(45:42-46:38)
What are the challenges for women of color in leadership?
How might your mindset influence your attitude toward opportunity?

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