Leadership Lessons from the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean

On September 27, 2005, Michaëlle Jean—a Haitian immigrant to Canada who fled a dictatorial regime at the age of 11 to start over with her family—became the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. The first Black woman to occupy Canada’s highest office, she redefined the role by engaging actively in social issues, defending marginalized people, and fiercely upholding the rules of democracy, justice, and universal rights and freedoms for all. In empowering, inspiring keynotes, Madame Jean shares the powerful philosophy she believes will change the world: “Life’s biggest imperative and greatest reward is to serve something greater than ourselves.”