Leah Garcés

Leah Garcés is the president of Mercy For Animals and author of Grilled: Turning Adversaries into Allies to Change the Chicken Industry. She has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in the animal protection movement and has partnered with some of the world’s largest food companies on her mission to build a better food system.

Leah oversaw international campaigns in 14 countries at the World Society for the Protection of Animals and launched Compassion in World Farming in the United States. Her work has been featured in many national and international media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed, VICE, and the Chicago Tribune. Leah has an M.S. in Environment and Development from King’s College London and has presented at global forums including RIO+10 and the World Health Organization conference on the detrimental impact of industrial animal agriculture on health, food sovereignty, and sustainability.

Half Colombian and half American, Leah has lived in Spain, the United States, and the United Kingdom. She is fluent in English and Spanish.

About the presentation

Leading (As a Woman) in the Animal Protection Movement

Abstract: At Mercy For Animals, through a collective discussion amongst our leaders, we have adopted six Leadership Principles for all of our leaders to embrace. These are: maximize impact, be agile, inspire ownership, be kind, extend generosity, be growth minded, and communicate effectively. This talk will first break down these principles and suggest how we can apply them in our day-to-day work as we lead and enable leaders for the best results. In addition, the talk will highlight how many women leaders’ unique approaches benefit the movement. The talk will look at what we can learn about ourselves from non-human animal societies with matriarchs, such as orcas, elephants, and bonobos. Leah will offer concrete examples to guide organizations in practical steps towards effective matriarchal leadership

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