Confrontation 9, Dr. Dilshad Dayani

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Why I wrote this book?

photoThe content of the book “Confrontation 9” came as an inspiration when I decided to launch a Youth Initiative for Women Leadership program to mentor and create powerful voices of our youth, especially young women, as legacies.

Two years ago, after founding “World Women Global Council,” a global platform for women working for advocacy to action-based initiatives, my mentor motivated me to narrate my long journey of work, lessons learnt, experiences shared, and best practices delivered in different areas of human capital.

“Gender equality is not an option…we must teach our sons not to negotiate this right for their mothers and their sisters and as they grow to share this culture with their wives and daughters”—- Dr. Dilshad Deyani

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I started thinking about it and questioned myself as to how I can leave a legacy after 19 years of work with women from different cultures. There were significant pieces of learning which I had embraced in my personal journey working as an advocate for women’s rights, a diversity coach, and most importantly, an immigrant mother of two. Giving back through different formats of learning always fascinated me. However, in this journey, the book was yet another medium powerful enough to share a strong message that resonated cultural elements which play a very significant role to define a woman’s success.

“How do we build the courage to question traditions, norms, cultural values and media conditioning in order to build our own unique definition of success, balance and culture map that satisfies our talents, capacities and family dynamics?”

I wanted to relate my experience working with different multicultural women coming into this country and how at various points we all struggled to live our dreams from building a new home to realizing freedom of aspirations. Therefore, this book has attempted to incorporate my journey cultural challenges and process of acculturation along with the cognitive and self-help tools of questioning, so we can help each other search and redefine a personalized map of meaningful success, abundance and fulfillment.

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Author Bio

Dilshad Dayani is the founding president and CEO of the “World Women Global Council,” a global platform to empower women by engaging men, who facilitate the power of change. This unique model of advocacy to action-allowing women to be mentors, leaders, and builders of viable support system powers initiatives focused on education and economic sustainability.

Her passion for leadership and commitment to the professional development of others make her “Dr. Dilshad Dayani – WOMAN of ACTION™.”

Dilshad also serves as the founding Vice-President of advocacy for United States National Commission-UN WOMEN Dallas Chapter.

She has also served as a UN correspondent. Her mission and passion to impact disadvantaged communities started at the age of 13, when she tutored victims of child abuse in Pakistan.From a diversity advocate to a broadcast journalist, she produced research-based, award-winning bilingual radio/ TV talk shows running in its ninth year using media as a tool of mass education. Her passion to use traditional technology to empower immigrant families was cultivated when she researched mass education at Columbia University and created a nationally-run broadcast edutainment radio talk show leading to resource mobilization and communication tools.

She is also the founding president of the Lead 2 Empower institute: an impact driven content management body to support sustainable leadership, gender equality, and global diversity content management body.

As an executive coach, she has helped corporations and civil societies align multicultural work force for productivity, diverse mindset, and family balance. An international speaker and activist with 20 years of core work in social responsibility; she has been a dedicated and passionate women empowerment activist.

Dilshad Dayani also serves on local and national advisory boards, including NPR and KERA. She is the president of the National Diversity Council for women, global thought leader for Kappa Delta Pi, and has been a consultant for the UN on several projects. Her accolades range from media and academia to civil societies locally and nationally. She was honored the distinguished award for “Outstanding Mentor” by Women’s International Network, for her untiring efforts as an advocate, diversity coach, community leader, and broadcast journalist for minorities.

Crowned “Mrs. Dallas” by United America pageants 2011-2012, she has won the outstanding community service and photogenic awards. She lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and two adorable sons. www.dilshad.info & www.thewwgc.org

Recently at the UN NY headquarters the book theme ‘Confrontation 9″ was the topic of panel discussion of how women who come form different cultures break the conformity around them and refuse to just embrace without questioning…

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