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Sam Wilson is the irreverent and funny editor-in-chief of the Women24, Parent24 and Food24 portals who describes herself as a “feminist, anarchist, binge drinker and renegade parent”.

Who do you regard as your all-time female role model/leader?
Ursula K Le Guin. She is a feminist, anarchist, Taoist sci-fi fantasy writer, critic and poet… and when I met her writing in university, I just fell in love with the way she sought to balance the multi-pathed journey of being a woman with integrity, intelligence and constant curiosity.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
“You know those people that you’re so at pains to get to like you? You get that you don’t like them either, right?”

What are your favourite leadership book’s?
I don’t really like the idea of ‘leadership books’… without conversation, the concept seems too inflexible and preachy. (But then maybe I haven’t tried hard enough to find one l like.) Other favourite writers/thinkers to turn to when I’m feeling challenged include Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Emma Goldman, Arundhati Roy, Germaine Greer and Naomi Wolf.

Why do you think there’s a place for leadership conferences of this nature?
Women communicate, and therefore learn best, when in conversation, and having dedicated space to do that really helps not only to shake up your thinking, but also to make contacts and seed ideas.

What do you see as the biggest challenges and opportunities for women in leadership now?
Glass ceilings. And men happy to be in ‘two full-time job’ relationships, but not prepared to do half of the domestic work. As Ursula K Le Guin has often said, “One person can’t do two jobs, but two people can do three.”

* Sam Wilson is one of the speakers we have lined up for you at The 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference: “We are the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For”, taking place on 27 May in Cape Town.

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

“You know those people that you’re so at pains to get to like you? You get that you don’t like them either, right?”

What are your favourite leadership book/s?

I don’t really like the idea of ‘leadership books’… without conversation, the concept seems too inflexible and preachy. (But then maybe I haven’t tried hard enough to find one l like.) Other favourite writers/thinkers to turn to when I’m feeling challenged include Howard Zinn, Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Emma Goldman, Arundhati Roy, Germaine Greer and Naomi Wolf.

Why do you think there’s a place for leadership conferences of this nature?

Women communicate, and therefore learn best, when in conversation, and having dedicated space to do that really helps not only to shake up your thinking, but also to make contacts and seed ideas.

What do you see as the biggest challenges and opportunities for women in leadership now?

Glass ceilings. And men happy to be in ‘two full-time job’ relationships, but not prepared to do half of the domestic work. As Ursula K Le Guin has often said, “One person can’t do two jobs, but two people can do three.”

* Sam Wilson is one of the excellent speakers we have lined up for you at The 6th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference: “We are the Leaders We’ve Been Waiting For”, taking place on 27 May in Cape Town.

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