Judith Rodin, Rockefeller Foundation President

Does Rockefeller sound familiar to you? Well, it has a foundation and Judith Rodin, the former president of the University of Pennsylvania is its president and that was since March 2005.

What is the foundation all about? Hmm.. its initiatives include efforts to mobilize an agricultural revolution in sub-Saharan Africa, bolster economic security for American workers, inform more equitable, sustainable transportation policies in the U.S., assure access to affordable, high-quality health systems in developing countries, and help vulnerable communities cope with the impacts of imminent and worsening climate change.

It’s been eight years since Rodin took office at Rockefeller – so, how has she fared to date?

Judith Rodin, Rockefeller Foundation Chief

Judith Rodin, Rockefeller Foundation Chief

So far, we only heard of the foundation pledging $97 million to create digital jobs in Africa, and that was around May of this year. That’s good – creating jobs specially for African youths.

But 8 years is a long time; and for people (particularly those in Rockefeller’s focus) who are uninformed, or who does not really visit the foundation’s website would think that if that pledge was the only significant thing the foundation did under Rodin then they just got to work a little harder – review their “focus” and get things really going.

Nonetheless, Rodin also did some blogging so, this would give us a glimpse to see the kind of leader that she is – after all, she would not be ranked the 99th most powerful woman by Forbes for nothing.

Okay, in her blog for the World Bank entitled “The next urban crisis: poverty and climate change” last April 2009 – Rodin along with Maria Blair wanted to inform us about the value of resilience in a perilous world brought about by urbanization, poverty and climate change.

This resilience is not the resilience that you generally know of but about action plans. And the initial innovative services and solutions: Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network.

Again, this time, it’s been 4 years since that “action plan” – how has these action plans, as well as the Asian Cities Network, been doing? This she should let us know in more ways than one; otherwise, this would be like one step forward, two steps backward.

Still, for all the talk, Rodin is – above all – a mother. More than a mother to Alex, we can see that in her desire to help solve the world’s problems. She is nurturing, caring, and knows how to listen – and those are keys to being a good Leader.

What’s your take?

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