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Podcast: Sabina Nawaz on Courageous Leadership

FY18 SWE President Jonna Gerken talks to eXXec instructor Sabina Nawaz, a global CEO coach and speaker, about courageous leadership.
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Podcast: Sabina Nawaz On Courageous Leadership
Sabina Nawaz

Joining me now is Sabina Nawaz, a global CEO coach, speaker, and writer working in more than 26 countries. She spent 14 years at Microsoft developing their leadership development strategy. Sabina is a speaker at SWE’s eXXec leadership program, and she’s with us today to talk about courageous leadership.

Thanks for joining us Sabina.

Sabina,Tell us about your background and career.

What is courageous leadership?

Is fear the biggest obstacle to success?

In your Ted Talk “How a Single Voice in Your Head Can Save Your Life,” you talk about the voice of Jaleel. Who is Jaleel?

What do you think is the key to success as a leader?

You’ve been a speaker at eXXec, the society of women engineers’ executive leadership program. Would you recommend that program for senior-level women in engineering?

What advice do you have for women engineers who want to become leaders?

Sabina Nawaz is a global CEO coach, speaker, and writer. Sabina, thank you so much for joining us.

And for all of us at SWE, thanks for listening.

About Sabina

Prior to starting her own business in 2005, Sabina worked at Microsoft, first in software development and then in Human Resources. As Senior Director of Leadership, Management, Employee Development and then of Succession Planning, Sabina launched several worldwide programs to help identify and cultivate Microsoft’s current and future leaders.

Sabina has spoken at hundreds of seminars, events, and conferences including TEDx. Currently, she sits on the board of Power and Systems, a leadership development institute. Sabina believes the greatest privilege of working with leaders is bearing witness to their acts of courage. Look for more stories, insights, and advice on thriving as a leader on,, and

Sabina holds a B.A. in Computer Science with a minor in Electronics from Smith College, an M.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and several certifications and advanced training in leadership development.

Register for eXXec

Join us for eXXec, SWE’s prestigious leadership event, July 16-20, 2018 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Singapore. Our welcome reception is the evening of July 15. Learn more about eXXec at

Along with Sabina, our eXXec 2018 speakers are Mabel Miguel, Ph.D., and Smith Tharoor. These instructors will help you identify and grow the skills that make you a leader. View our 2018 agenda here.

Check out photos from last year’s eXXec in Vancouver.

Contact with any questions. Register today to begin this exclusive women’s executive leadership program.


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