Veronica: Is there a moment you can remember where a small group of committed people did something that is really lasting?
Jane: I remember we had a meeting in Dar Es Salaam – it was a World Economic Forum meeting which are normally very elite. I’ll never forget sitting at this table with a farmer called Jane and all the rest were business leaders and heads of U.N. agencies and all of them men. I think Jane the farmer was a little nervous at first and then once she got the space to say what was important, what were the challenges she was facing, what she expected from the U.N., her ability to influence the people at that table was quite incredible. As a result, not just of that conversation but of those types of conversations that happened, where farmers and leaders really did have a place at the table, an initiative has grown which makes an enormous difference.
Veronica: You have this beautiful way of bringing people together with a very appreciative and very humble way about you and way of working, and you draw all of us together in a way that makes us want to experience different voices and listen with open hearts. And you show that leadership through appreciation and kindness. It’s incredibly impactful.
Jane: Every day, I just feel so grateful to be working in a field bridging different types of enterprises, to get large companies and the people to realize the incredible influence and impact they have, which can be very bad and negative, but can also be incredibly positive and really make a difference.