“The confidence from being with the cohort, plus the circumstances the pandemic brought, fuels my sense of fearlessness.” – 2021 Malaysia Acumen Fellow Siti Aishah, Founder of Soroptimist Puberty Organising Toolkit
This year, the number of Acumen Fellows Malaysia grew to 38, with 18 new Fellows across Sarawak, Klang Valley, Perak and Kedah. Fellows persisted through 21 days of virtual activities, 10 days of workshops and countless hours of peer discussions and feedback, aiding a transformation in their leadership.
The cohort openly discussed their diverse experience in leadership, the system and their hopes through powerful Good Society Reading sessions, where writings such as The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. LeGuin, Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr. and The Road to Self-Renewal by John Gardner were considered. The Fellowship is a lifelong accompaniment and collaboration among leaders. We saw two Fellows join another Fellow as board members of her turtle conservation effort in Pulau Lang Tengah, and we look forward to more meaningful collaborations within and across cohorts.