Women Together is hosting its first-ever International Leadership Forum, CALLED…It’s Time for More
October 25-27, 2018 in Guelph, ON.
It will be an inspiring time of learning, networking, worship, prayer, and spiritual rejuvenation. You won’t want to miss it!
Over the next few weeks, we will be interviewing each of the four plenary speakers—Margaret Gibb, Heidi McLaughlin, Melissa Sharpe, and Judy Rushfeldt— to hear their thoughts on leadership and this exciting upcoming event.
First-up is Margaret Gibb, Founder and Director of Women Together. Margaret will be kicking off the International Leadership Forum with an evening plenary entitled, The Leader’s Challenge.
Margaret, can you tell us a bit about yourself and your ministry?
Margaret: I am the Founder and Director of Women Together, which is a global ministry for women in developing countries. We primarily work with women in leadership. Our mandate is to equip, encourage, and empower women with skills development, leadership training, education, and spiritual encouragement.
When did you first sense a call to leadership? What prompted you to respond to that call?
Margaret: The desire to work with women started long before I felt a strong call from God. I envisioned myself organizing women’s conferences, but I didn’t know if this was just an idea or something I was being called to do.
Then in 1978, after 8 years of working for the Government of Canada and actively fulfilling a role as a pastor’s wife, God spoke to me clearly on a street corner in Cornwall, Ontario. He told me that my calling specifically would be to women. At the time, I thought it was for women in our church, but God had other plans. Certainly beyond what I ever thought!
I have since learned to pay attention to ideas and desires-they are usually God-planted.
What do you think is the number one struggle women face
in leadership today?
Margaret: Good question. I think the number one struggle is an inner battle of not feeling “good enough.” Insecurities loom large with women, so managing our own self-talk and the messages we give ourselves becomes imperative. Too many women hold back because they simply lack confidence. We need to remember that when God call us, he also equips and empowers us to fulfill what we are called to do. We are “good enough”!
You are the first plenary speaker at the CALLED International Leadership Forum this October. Tell us a bit about your talk.
Margaret: My talk is entitled, The Leader’s Calling. I will be sharing about the call of God. I believe that understanding God’s call on our lives and its effect to anchor us in God equips us for leadership and our development journey.
I love what Rick Warren once said:
You are made by God and for God, and until you understand that, life will never make sense.
What excites you about CALLED? What are you hoping to take away from the conference?
Margaret: I am excited to spend time with leaders, to learn together, to have meaningful conversations in our workshops, and to connect and pray.CALLED is a great opportunity to network and make leaders feel valued, supported, and truly believed in.
I hope to walk away from the conference knowing that many women in leadership experienced a powerful “God-moment.” As a leader, my greatest joy would come from knowing that women stepped out of comfort zones and felt empowered to move forward in their calling.
What would you like to say to women who are still “on the fence” about attending CALLED?
Margaret: The International Leadership Forum will empower you. It’s an investment in your future. You may meet one woman there who will be your door-opener or major encourager. You don’t know what God will do for you by coming.
It is time for more!