From November 18 – 20, 2019, leaders and conversationsationists from around the world gathered in Reykjavik, Iceland for the Women Leaders Global Forum. Joining those world leaders, was Master of Social Work student Paige Moore. Moore, who is a second-year MSW student currently interning at the Raleigh Police Department in the Research and Planning Unit, was able to attend the conference as a #Girl2Leader delegate for Running Start.
(Above) Moore (on left) with delegates and representative from Running Start
Running Start, which is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that trains women to run for political office, selected 12 inspirational students to attend the conference as Running Start delegates. “I am so honored to have been selected to attend the Global Forum conference as a Running Start delegate. I am a mentor for the Women of Welch (WOW) living and learning village, so I have been following Running start for several years because I support their mission of helping women get elected to political office. They support young women regardless of their political affiliation help get them connected to mentors through their network and fellowship opportunities. I personally know how important mentorship is because I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support and encouragement of my loved ones and mentor,” Moore said.
(Above) tour of Althingi
(Above) President Guðni Jóhannesson welcomes conference attendees at his home
Over the course of the three-day conference, Moore toured Icelandic Parliament, Althingi, the oldest parliament in the world where she and other conference attendees met with Icelandic Parliamentarians. This was followed by a presentation at the Icelandic Department of Foreign Affairs. The conference opened with a reception at the home of President Guðni Jóhannesson. There Moore and other conference attendees were able to meet the President and network. The reception was followed by a Celebrating Diversity social event at the Marshall House which allowed attendees to touch, taste and try all things Iceland.
(Above) Moore (right) with the first female President of the Republic of Kosovo
(Above) Moore (right) with the Icelandic Speaker of the House
The following days included workshops where conversationists gathered to discuss barriers facing women around the world. Topics included the disproportionate targeting of women as victims of war crimes, the utilization of rape as a tool of war, prejudice and obstacles impacting women in leadership roles, inspiring and supporting millenials and Gen Z’s in business and government, and how Iceland is leading the charge for gender equality in government, among other workshops.
(Above) Moore (gray blazer, second from the right) with representatives from Denmark, Mexico and Cyprus
Additionally, Moore co-facilitated a workshop with fellow Running Start delegates which focused on training women to run for political office. “It was amazing having the opportunity to represent Running Start and lead a workshop at an international conference. This is something that I didn’t think would be possible for me so early in my career. When I applied for the opportunity, I thought it was unlikely that I would be selected to attend a conference with world leaders. This was such an amazing opportunity and I made so many great connections at the conference!” Moore said.
(Above) Moore prepares to facilitate Running Start workshop at the Women Leaders Global Forum
(Above) Moore (left) co-facilitates with fellow Running Start delegate (Photo credit Running Start)
Paige L. Moore is a second-year Masters of Social Work student at NC State University. Moore is a Graduate Teaching Assistant where she teaches Social Welfare Policy: Analysis and Advocacy and works as a HRSA Research Assistant on the BHWET and OWEP grants. Her current research focuses on the importance of social workers on interprofessional teams and the effects of stress on infant development. She is also an NC State alumna, having graduated from NC State in 2014 with her B.A. in Political Science. As a social worker with a macro background, her interests included policy, advocacy, immigration, policing, social justice, policy implementation, higher education, and academia among others. Her field internships have included NC State’s Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) where she became and NCBI facilitation, worked with the DEPTH program, evaluated the effectiveness of programs on-campus and the role of diversity, equity and inclusion within higher education and academia, and how those factors affect student populations/campus climate. She is currently interning at the Raleigh Police Department in the Chief’s Office – Research and Planning Unit. Additionally, Moore currently serves as a WOW mentor and Liaison to NASW-NC. Previous joint publications have focused on how U.S. immigration policies disproportionately impact marginalized populations.