“The only thing worse than being blind, is having sight but no vision.” – Hellen Keller
The quote above was selected from chapter 8 of the book Lead the Way by Robb Holman [Buy on Amazon]. The chapter is titled, ‘Finding Power in Personal Vision’ and it speaks to the importance of “dreaming big” in order to attain your greatness.
Changing the world is no small feat. And certainly not for the faint of heart. Which is why you might not expect a shy and quiet young girl from a small village in Papua New Guinea to one day be moving mountains internationally.
But that is precisely what Serena Sumanop is doing. A lawyer by profession and co-founder of a leading youth development organization, Sumanop holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Papua New Guinea and a Masters of Business specializing in philanthropy and nonprofit studies from the Queensland University of Technology.
Her accolades and achievements do not end there, though. She is currently the CEO for Digicel PNG Foundation and has previously worked as a Policy Lawyer with the Department of Justice and Attorney General where she oversaw the implementation of domestic violence legislation and the Government’s Action Plan to address Sorcery and Witchcraft related violence.
Digicel Foundation remains a vested partner in the social development of its communities and they are doing this by increasing access for select Special Needs communities to improve their quality of lives, by expanding access to education through technology, by supporting and empowering survivors of domestic violence, providing health interventions and finally, by fostering a spirit of self-reliance through sustainable enterprise within communities.
As CEO, Serena has been very active in the nonprofit sector where she sits on Boards including the Program and Risk Sub-Committee for Save the Children Australia and the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance. She continues to support her youth development organization – The Voice Inc., through mentoring young people in her free time. Her work in the non-profit sector was recently recognized with her being awarded the Young Director Award by the PNG Institute of Directors.
In July 2021, we welcomed Serena to the stage for a live interview on the Inside Out Leadership Show with Robb Holman where you get a chance to meet this international leader and hear her message, shedding light on what helps inspire you to dream big dreams, how to keep them alive, and how to influence others to impact the world.
Ep. 7 – Serena Sumanop – International Leader and Visionary
Aired live in July 2021
Welcome to Inside Out Leadership with Robb Holman
Robb Holman is on a mission to interview 12 of the world’s greatest Inside Out Leaders over the next 12 months.
These transformational leaders are leaving an extraordinary mark within their sphere of influence resulting in transformational change. They have faithfully demonstrated inspiration, humility, courage, perseverance, and servant leadership!
Robb will be honing in on the inner work of each of these leaders individually and how that has contributed to their outer work of influence. The interviews will be recorded and then featured on Robb Holman’s Inside Out Leadership Podcast (coming soon).
About Robb Holman
Robb Holman is an internationally recognized leadership expert, executive coach, keynote speaker, podcast co-host, and bestselling author. Robb has a heart for authentic relationships and a talent for equipping professionals with the skills and knowledge needed for true success. You can visit Robb on the web by going to www.robbholman.com.
Robb is also an Affiliate Partner here at AutoConversion. Robb played a leading role and was an executive producer of White Collar Therapy & Leadership, which ran from September 2018 through late spring 2020. Robb is presently the face and leader of the Get Paid to Speak Bootcamp, a six-month course designed for those who want to get paid speaking gigs and make a career from it.