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BRIDGING

THE OPPORTUNITY

ARREY OBENSON

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Book Club 2021

Every month.
One chapter at a time.
With special guests.

Starting in April, join the author for a book-club inspired discussion about Bridging the Opportunity Gap. Arrey with go through the book—chapter by chapter—with a new guest each month to talk about the major themes of the book. Readers are encouraged to join and come with their own questions for the author, as well as the special guest, to gain more insight on the theme of the chapter being discussed.

APRIL: CHAPTER ONE
Opportunity Trumps Challenge

Join the first of our monthly book club for Bridging the Opportunity Gap! Author Arrey Obenson sits down with guest Michael Sheldrick of Global Citizen to reflect on the first chapter of the book. Together they will explore the chapter's theme—Opportunity Trumps Challenge—and share their own leadership experiences.

Friday 16 April

12:00 CDT // 13:00 EDT // 17:00 UTC

Guest:

Michael Sheldrick | Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer, Global Citizen
 
 
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About the Author

Born on April 22, 1971 in Cameroon, Arrey Obenson is a lawyer and graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis where he obtained a Master’s in law (LLM) in 2005. He previously obtained a law degree from University of Yaoundé, Cameroon, in 1992 and was admitted to the Cameroon Bar Association in December 1999.

Obenson currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer and partner of Transformunity, a consulting firm that provides services in strategy development, movement building, advocacy, and strategic events. Prior to his current position, Obenson served as Chief Administrative Officer or Secretary General of a global nonprofit organization spanning over 120 countries and engaging hundreds of thousands of young people known as Junior Chamber International (JCI).

 

Obenson has been involved in organizational leadership for fifteen-plus years and played a significant in role in developing and implementing strategy that has been transformational for JCI. 

 

Obenson has also served on multiple boards of directors, including the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, the International Chamber of Commerce / World Chambers Federation, and is founder of I Am Cameroon, a movement that inspires, educates, and engages Cameroonians to accept and assume responsibility for the development of Cameroon.

Obenson is an active citizen who focuses on solving problems by engaging actors from all sectors of society—businesses, governments, and the civil society—to identify their opportunities and develop strategies to achieve growth. Obenson is a motivating and engaging speaker who is frequently invited to speak to audiences of varying sizes across world. He has spoken and engaged audiences in nearly one hundred countries.

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About the Book

It is all about the opportunity as opposed to the challenges. Too often, leaders are overly focused on and thus defined by challenges and problems. Being defined by these challenges inevitably leads to collapse under their weight.

 

In Bridging the Opportunity Gap, Arrey Obenson presents a paradigm shift for leaders, uncovering how to ascend to the next level and transform your organization or business. Told against the backdrop of a series of his own leadership experiences, Obenson offers a set of principles that enable leaders to achieve strategic goals. 

 

Using the power of stories spanning nearly two decades of leading change within his community and an international organization, Obenson challenges readers to think differently and focus on opportunities over challenges. By doing this and following the key principles laid out in the book, you will become a leader able to change the world.

Praise for Bridging the Opportunity Gap

RICHARD LUI
Journalist and News Anchor
MSNBC and NBC News

Arrey Obenson’s Bridging the Opportunity Gap is a resonant reflection on his career that weaves together personal stories and learned wisdom to illuminate his leadership strategy. In a world where leaders are bombarded with nonstop problems and negative news, Obenson provides a smart, sincere and compelling approach with the power to transform how you lead and work.

PAMELA ASOBO ANCHANG
Founder, Managing Editor at The Immigrant Magazine, TV and Radio Host

An excellent reference for everyone, not just the millennials or youth Arrey targets, but for
everyone with dreams of starting a business or running any form of institution requiring
leadership at any level.

MICHAEL SHELDRICK
Chief Policy and Government Relations Officer
Global Citizen

Drawing on his 17 years of experience with JCI, Arrey [Obenson] offers multiple suggestions on how organizations can fulfill their potential while not losing sight of their opportunities through getting bogged down in day to day challenges and processes… Arrey’s emphasis on being opportunity focused and not letting challenges get in the way of a good idea, even if the context you’re operating in is one of chaos, is also reflected in [Global Citizen's] own experience this year.

MONIKA FRÖHLER
Chief Executive Officer
Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens

Arrey's optimistic advice, seeing opportunities rather than focusing on challenges and motivating many change makers to contribute to their society, is a quick and easy read for anyone in the business or non-profit sector, who is involved in co-developing an overarching organizational strategy and seeking inspiration by someone, who has done it several times before. This book is focused on the opportunity mindset, the audacity of ideas, and the ability to think big, building a movement and shared leadership based on global citizen values.