23 February 2023, New York, USA – The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) New York Office partnered with the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) to organize a two-hour training for women officers, part of the experienced security personnel of UNDSS. The event was attended by 18 participants, who were able to learn more about leadership skills from Ms Michele Clark-Cere, Executive Career Coach.
Mr Michael Browne, Chief (of Security and Safety Service, Division of Headquarters Security and Safety Services, UNDSS), began by giving a welcome statement to participants, thanking them for their attendance and desire for knowledge. He emphasized how this event was combining the crucial issues of leadership and women and security, and how, as current or future leaders in security, it would be extremely beneficial to them. Mr Browne underlined how leadership is not about rank but about each to themself and their approach. He concluded by presenting Ms Michele Clark-Cere, today’s speaker.
After introducing herself, Ms Michele Clark-Cere began the session with an icebreaker exercise for participants to introduce themselves as well, which set the tone and great atmosphere that remained for the entire duration of the event. She highlighted the importance of self-awareness, self-talk, and recognizing your accomplishments, as well as the ones of others. As a leader, one must support themself and others and learn to accept help. Amongst several relevant issues, she for instance explained how to listen rather than just hear, went through the importance of communication and tone, and outlined ways in which to deal with conflict.