Each month, we ask our featured Changemakers – top female talent across sectors – for their perspectives on issues relevant to women today. Last month, we asked our Changemakers what IMPACT means to them and how they create it in their lives.

Here’s what these leading ladies had to say.


Peggy Clark

Peggy Clark
Vice President of Policy Programs at The Aspen Institute

Impact means owning your voice.

Peggy Clark recounted a time in her career when she felt something was dead wrong and was the first person to speak up. It’s these moments that may make the biggest impact… and often they are tied to something you are passionate about. Don’t shortchange your passion, and don’t be afraid to speak to it in professional settings. Your proudest moments may come when you are the first to stand up. Read full recap


Helene GayleHelene Gayle
CEO of McKinsey Social Initiative

Impact means catalyzing change.

Helene Gayle talked of her efforts to move things forward as a physician and HIV advocate. You know you’ve made an impact, she explained, when you see things happen that wouldn’t have if you were not a part of it. Read full recap


Sarah Zak BorgmanSarah Zak Borgman
Director and Curator of Skoll World Forum at Skoll Foundation

Impact means engineering serendipity

Sarah Zak Borgman spoke of impact big and small – from the simple actions of helping a friend, to engineering serendipity by bringing people together and enabling them to drive change together.


Sherry Manning

Sherry Manning
Executive Director of Friends of ENCA Farm 

Impact means having a ripple effect

Working to support farmers in the Philippines, Sherry Manning retold stories of impact that started with supporting two individual farmers, and evolving into the broader support of 70 farmers.