Advancing social change through public policy advocacy, politics, philanthropy and communications has been Lael Stegall’s work for more than 25 years. She is a respected strategist to public policy organizations and foundations in domestic and international settings and is especially interested in helping to mobilize effective leadership and financial resources for tough causes. She has learned the “tools of social change” well as a founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus, EMILY’s List, the National Network of Grantmakers, the Communications Consortium Media Center and eight years of recent work in the Balkans.
A centerpiece of Stegall’s consultant practice, Social Change International, has been the STAR Network of World Learning, which she founded in 1994 and has co-directed until recently. STAR provides encouragement, technical and financial support to a new generation of women leaders in the post-Yugoslav states of Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. Stegall is a passionate believer in the power of women to overcome victimization in war and conflict and to lead peaceful, democratic change across ethnic and political borders.
Stegall combines the local and the global in her work. She is now working to build public support for the Maine Laptop Initiative, which this year historically has introduced one-to-one computing into public education. Additionally, she is coordinating a capacity building program for UNIFEM (the UN Fund for Women) national committees in nineteen countries.
Stegall now lives in Deer Isle, Maine where she telecommutes around the world and is a licensed stern-woman on a lobster fishing boat.