An Inspirational Story of a Business Woman who fought a Ugandan Warlord.
I listened to THE most inspirational story today. I literally feel inspired to change the world through my business.
If you are a business person who craves to make a change or a difference in society, please read on.
Shannon Sedgewick Davis is an incredible woman. She is the CEO of the multimillion dollar company The Bridgeway Foundation, which is the foundation arm of a capital management firm. This Hedge Fund gives more than half of its profit away.
Taking down Joseph Kony
Although a highly successful business women, she uses her business to fund social injustice. She spent the last several years doing something that will take your breath away. She went after a man called Joseph Kony who is a Ugandan warlord that recruited child armies and committed incredible atrocities that saw the Ugandan people ravaged by poverty, torture, and death. A business woman from Texas literally put together an ‘army’ to stop this warlord in Africa. She was a principle figure in the military initiative to take down this evil man. Working with the local government and international personnel, she funded up to 13 million dollars from her company to take down this blood craved warlord in Uganda.
She tells her story in a podcast about her broad mission for her Company “The Bridgeway Foundation” was “To stop genocide and mass atrocity across the globe.” Her relentless pursuit for social justice fuelled her tireless efforts over a number of years to make change and stop the genocide and war in Uganda.
She tells these heart wrenching stories about mothers who were hiding their children under banana leaves in the poorest of poor villages so that they would not be abducted by members of Joseph’s army. Children as young as 9 years old were kidnapped and trained to do the most atrocious of acts. She talked of young men who were abducted from 9-13 and now 33 years of age and serving in Joseph’s army was all they had every known. They would be brainwashed and told that their family had been killed, and that Joseph’s army was all they had.
She told stories about how they would find children and help them give up their guns and reintegrate them into society. As Joseph’s men would take these children at night and raid schools from as young as 9 young men as young as 21 would have only ever known war. They would have been told that all their family were dead and that he, Joseph, was their family now.
Shannon and her team would actually go into communities and target certain boys. For example, a young boy that was kidnapped at 13 who was now 24 years of age. They would find a living relative, a mum or a sister, record a message from them on their i phones. They would than affix onto helicopters with speakers, plug in their eyephones and hover over the region that they would believe they would be hiding, playing the messages from the family, and then asking them to put down their arms and ask them to walk out.
Uganda then gave amnesty to anyone who would voluntarily walk. In their time there, over 800 young men came out.
The year before Shannon and her team had entered the mission there was 776 killed and 600 young children/civilians abducted. The year that they withdrew, the LRA had killed 12 and abducted 39. They were crippled from Shannon’s tireless work and the team of local and international personnel that she had mobilised.
She wrote a book “To stop a warlord” in honour of the inspirational people she worked with to bring this War Lord down.
Our Business can change the tide on social issues that keep us up at Night!
She believes money is a powerful tool that can induce powerful change. She is passionate about combining business with a social cause that business owners are passionate about. She describes how one can spend 50-60 hours at one’s business each day which leaves very little time and mental capacity to pour into a separate social enterprise or charity. Combining business and using it to champion a social cause makes so much sense.
She asks the question, what makes your heart beat fast?
What breaks your heart?
For her it was this social injustice.
So she made her business and became a champion for social justice. For me and you it will be different.
She modelled this powerfully in her own life and business. With the money her company made, combined with the mission of her company and the passion on her heart, she fought a Ugandan Warlord.
I feel so inspired. I want to reign in business and pioneer social change for the things that burn on my heart.
Are you called to business but have things burning on your heart for social justice?
We can combine both of them. Literally, we can make lasting change that will go down through the generations.
Listen to this podcast “The Power of Using Your Business to Champion a Social Cause.” Which is on the Podcast ‘Building a story Brand” with Donald Miller (listen 6 minutes in to bypass the add). Or buy her book “To stop a warlord.”
My beloved we can actually change the world.
I truly believe it.
You are deeply loved and richly cherished,
Reign in Life
Wink: Why is it that one day you can feel like the hottest person alive. And the VERY next day feel like a big brown blob and hate everything in your closet. Seriously. Today is one of those days. Yesterday I felt like a beauty straight of the vogue runway. Today? I can’t even tell you how hideous I am feeling! And I am seriously wearing nearly the same outfit! Girls am I crazy? Can anyone relate?