What Makes a Strong Leader?


On Sheena Wright's first day at work as the first female President and CEO of United Way of New York City, Hurricane Sandy hit. She went right to work, mobilizing volunteers and assisting victims of the storm, demonstrating her strong leadership abilities from the very first moment on the job.

A South Bronx native and a Columbia alumna ('90CC, '94LAW) Wright has served the New York City community in many capacities, dedicating herself to economic empowerment and community development for underserved communities. Over the course of her career, Wright has gathered crucial lessons and valuable insight into what it takes to be a strong leader.

As the keynote speaker at the 2016 Columbia Alumni Leaders Weekend, Wright shared her views on the four traits of strong leaders and encouraged listeners to be bold and smart. 

Check out Wright's talk below: