Issue #232 *April 2021

International Institute For Global Leadership
Issue #232 *April 2021
Asheville, NC USA



Guest EditorialCo-Creating Peace

Kathleen Oweegon (USA/OR)



Recently, IIGL Officer and Mentor Kathleen Oweegon (USA/OR) shared:

“I was joined by IIGL Founder Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC) for this weeks’ episode of my podcast “Co-creating Peace,” which is all about conscious communication and conflict transformation We had a great conversation where Michael shared his thoughts and wisdom on the power of helping people feel heard. I thought you might enjoy listening. To do so, simply click on the link below, or you can subscribe to it on your favorite podcast provider.
Co-creating Peace Episode #9 – “Hear Them”

I will be grateful if you share with me any ideas you may have for future episodes of this podcast. I have a line-up of topics for upcoming episodes, and it’s also helpful to hear new ideas about what people want to learn and hear about regarding communication and conflict.”

Kathleen launched “Co-creating Peace,” a podcast focused on Conscious Communication and Conflict Transformation in 2021. She asks: Do you have an important conversation that you know you need to have, but are dreading because you fear it will not go well? Do you avoid confrontation because you equate confrontation with conflict? Do you avoid conflict because you believe the only two approaches to conflict are fight or flight, and that nothing good ever comes from conflict? Then, Co-creating Peace is the podcast for you! In each 30-minute weekly episode, we will explore powerful tools and practices you can use to evolve your approaches to the important, yet difficult conversations you need to have. Each episode will be rich with a variety of tools, understandings, and advice in response to questions from people just like you. Kathleen Oweegon is the host and founder of Bridges of Peace Communication & Conflict Resolution Services. She brings to you over 20 years experience as a mediator, facilitator, and interpersonal communication coach, as well the shared wisdom of other experts in human relations, communication, and conflict resolution. Do you have a question or concern about a communication dynamic with someone in your life that you’d like some advice about? Are you wondering about how to tell your boss that their breath odor is offensive without shaming them? Thinking about taking a romantic relationship to the next step, but you aren’t sure about how to negotiate getting your relationship needs met? Wishing you had the right words for a sensitive conversation you know you need to have? Are you longing to resolve a conflict or break a conflict cycle with someone in your life? Submit your questions to:, and she will give you detailed answers in a podcast! Listen to Co-creating Peace and become empowered to co-create peace in your life!

What Others Are Saying

What I have Learned and How I have Changed
Udeme Idem (Nigeria)

At the time I joined IIGL I didn’t know what to expect, I joined out of curiosity and a passion to win at something, I thought it was just one of those schools that will give some course to read and write exams, but as I began with the first book, I started a journey of life transforming experiences of shaping my thoughts and my life to see results I desire while working towards achieving multidimensional success. One of the major transformations that occurred in my life was learning to speak positively about myself, life and situations. This was a major change because I used to claim to be a realistic person, saying things the way it was, not knowing I was indirectly speaking negativity into my life. This led to many negative occurrences. Joining the institute and the books I’ve read so far changed my confessions, through that I saw a major change in the quality of my life and positive things began to happen.

Another major transformation IIGL books helped me achieve was living the life of abundance, this I could boldly say was the second best thing that happened to me aside from joining the Institute, I was always and constantly dead broke, struggling from one day to another, pains of not having funds to settle my bills eat deep into my heart daily, I spent sleepless nights thinking of ways I could change my situation, this became an obsession, but as I read through the several developmental books especially The Power of Intention, from that month I began to live in financial abundance. Prior to then, I could not remember a time I wasn’t out of cash before the next pay day and having enough to eat was sometimes story for the gods, the only thing I could boast of then was, I wasn’t in debt but the basic truth was, I was moneyless. Changing my mindset to a place of having
abundant of everything thing worked perfectly for me, I began to give more out and money also flowed in from some unexpected sources. I’ve had abundance of food to the extent that last 2020 Christmas period I gave out some food items to several people. As I speak today, sometimes I receive financial gifts that may exceed or equal my monthly income, helping me pay my tuition fees with ease, meet family needs and also help others. This is a major shift for me if one knows my life story.
Through my studies with IIGL I’ve also been able to shift my focus more towards helping others, before my studies with IIGL I had a passion to be of help to others, but I was so focused on what was not working in my life, my problems, dissatisfaction with the quality of my life and my failures to see how I can still be helpful to others, as my mindset changed, I grew in self-acceptance and self-awareness so also my ability to realize that there are many people who are in much worst place than I am and also that everyone no matter how well off they are needs help sometimes, through this knowledge I’ve been able to be helpful to both the highly placed and less placed people, I always seek opportunities to render help, sometimes it can be as simple as writing a speech, but no matter what it is, I was in a place where I was helpful. I’ve been able to mentor some young people, encouraging them to push for success, and so far, they are doing wonderfully well. This has brought me much satisfaction and fulfillment; I’ve also come to realize that it’s not what we receive but what we are able to give back that brings us true fulfillment.

(Idem is a Level Three Student).

What are Students are Reading

The Art of Being Human (Ebook)
Dr. Michael Wesch
The Anthropology is the study of all humans in all times in all places. But it is so much more than that. “Anthropology requires strength, valor, and courage,” Nancy Scheper-Hughes noted. “Pierre Bourdieu called anthropology a combat sport, an extreme sport as well as a tough and rigorous discipline. It teaches students not to be afraid of getting one’s hands dirty, to get down in the dirt, and to commit yourself, body and mind. Susan Sontag called anthropology a “heroic profession.” What is the payoff for this heroic journey? You will find ideas that can carry you across rivers of doubt and over mountains of fear to find the light and life of places forgotten. Real anthropology cannot be contained in a book. You have to go out and feel the world’s jagged edges, wipe its dust from your brow, and at times, leave your blood in its soil. In this unique book, Dr. Michael Wesch shares many of his own adventures of being an anthropologist and what the science of human beings can tell us about the art of being human.

Students/Graduates In Action

IIGL Graduate receives Certificate of Recognition
Congratulations to IIGL Graduate and former Board President Noeline Kirabo (Uganda) for completing all of the coursework for Ashoka Masterclass; “Envisioning a World where Everyone is a Changemaker.” It was a part of the American Express Leadership Academy. Noeline shared; “I am grateful for this milestone. I choose to on this ongoing journey of personal growth and development. To stay on the cutting edge, you must keep learning at the edge. I’m proud to be part of this great community of leaders. I celebrate this milestone and the great exposure gained!”

Valuable Resources for Personal & Planetary Transformation

The International Crane Foundation
The organization works worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecosystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. They provide knowledge, leadership, and inspiration to engage people in resolving threats to cranes and their diverse landscapes.

From our nearly 300-acre headquarters in Baraboo, Wisconsin, USA their reach extends across the globe. They maintain a regional base in China and share program offices with partner organizations in Cambodia, India, South Africa, Texas, Vietnam, and Zambia. They employ approximately 80 staff work with a network of hundreds of specialists in over 50 countries on five continents. The International Crane Foundation is committed to a future where all 15 of the world’s crane species are secure. They shared, “through the charisma of cranes, we envision a future where people work together to protect and restore wild crane populations and the landscapes they depend on and by doing so, find new pathways to sustain our water, land, and livelihoods.”


2021-2022 Board of Director Nominations
Once again it is time to establish the 2021-2022 IIGL Board of Directors! Active students working on Level Two studies and higher may be considered. Also IIGL graduates and contributors are eligible. The deadline is May 10, 2021. Please email Ethelbert Umeh, our current IIGL President at if you have any questions.

IIGL Offers New Options for Assessments!
We recently received feedback that some students are having difficulty typing their book assessments on a device so the IIGL Board developed a few possible options! A special thanks to President to Ethelbert Umeh (Nigeria) and Vice President Vivian Muciri (Kenya) for their input! Going forward, Students can:
* Hand write their assessment answers preferably printing vs. using cursive writing, take a photo of their work and email it to me at for review. I will then transfer the document to a WORD format.
* Let Deb know where you are located to see if any of the IIGL Board members, mentors or graduates can offer a solution where you can use a Cafe laptop or someone else’s in IIGL. A special thanks to Graduate Paul Nwakuma Young (Nigeria) who has offered to type student assessments when needed!
Contact Deb by emailing at with further questions and feedback.

IIGL Book Sales Continue…
The IIGL Board of Directors shared that the IIGL book, “Creating Your Path Through Leadership” book sales continue to provide a Royalty payment to IIGL each month. It has also helped new potential donors understand more about IIGL! The book is available both on Kindle and in Paperback on! Check it out! Here’s the link:…

Meet Our New Students
Erasmus Rwinkesha (Rwanda)
I am a Rwandan by Nationality aged 43. Currently I work with Rwanda Revenue Authority in Customs Services Department as a Customs Officer. I worked with Rwanda Revenue Authority for a decade because I started working with it in 2011. I also worked with a company called Peason before joining Rwanda Revenue Authority. I hold a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration (Finance) and a Maters degree in Business administration (Project Management). I studied in former School of Finance of Banking (SFB) and currently a University of Rwanda (UNR).I studied Masters degree in Mount Kenya University. At the University on Bachelors Degree I was a Guild president and a member of University Senate where I participate in many aspects in making decision. I was a head of clubs and associations at the university where I started Human Rights club in all Universities that were operating in Rwanda in collaboration with UNDP (Human Right department and Human Rights Commission in Rwanda.
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Visionary Leadership

Student Progress
We had 10 students from 6 countries complete a total of 12 books in March. These students were from India, Lesotho, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda and Uganda.

Vandana Anand (India)
* PsychoCybernetics
Bob Maepe (Lesotho)
* Maximum Achievement
James Trotman (Liberia)
* 1001 Wisdom Keys
* The Art of Being Human
Anastasia Oguche Elebiju (Nigeria)
* Keys to Success
Maduka Princess Ifunanya (Nigeria)
* PsychoCybernetics
Tinuke Obikoya (Nigeria)
* PsychoCybernetics
Ajeigbe Aremu Jimi Rexford (Nigeria)
* The Leadership Pill
Erasmus Rwinkesha (Rwanda)
* As a Man Thoinketh
* Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Kaddu Anatole Kiriggwajjo (Uganda)
Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi (Uganda)
* The 5 Second Rule

The following Students completed a new level of study this month

Bob Maepe (Lesotho) completed Level One
Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi (Uganda) completed Level Four

New Enrollments
5 enrolled in March
21 enrolled in 2021

Book Assessments
12 in March
36 in 2021

Books Shipped
0 in March
0 in 2021

Cost of Books
$0 in March
$0 in 2021

You Make It Possible
We extend a special thanks to the following individuals and/or organizations who contributed to IIGL last month. Your ongoing support makes this work possible.

Deb Silver (Israel)
Lynne Murguia (USA/AZ)
John Hornecker (USA/NC)
Michael Lightweaver (USA/NC)
David Banner (USA/WI)
Deb Rosen (USA/WI)
Patrice Zorn (USA/WI)

Make A Difference
Dream Team 22
Please join Dream Team 22 as our goal is to have 22 people contributing $22 per month. We understand that money is energy and that to sustain and build IIGL we need a lot of people pouring their energy into this endeavor on a regular basis. We also know that not everyone can afford to commit $22 a month – especially our students, who live in countries with economies in which this amount can be equal to a weeks’ salary. So we are offering two options for those who wish to become a part of the Dream Team. One can commit to a $22 a month contribution or to spending 22 seconds each day holding the vision of IIGL becoming financially sustainable by the end of 2021!

Please join the Dream Team and help us create an energetic foundation to support the transformational work of IIGL! You can really make a difference in the world by making a modest contribution of time or money. To make the $22 a month commitment or a one time donation, click the link below. To become a member of the Dream Team 22 by committing 22 second a day to help us hold the vision, contact Deb for details:

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