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Aloha O'hana! The Corner is an interview corner with East-West Center alumnae from Mongolia promoting a dialogue on memories, learning and actions created from involvement with EWC programs

Greetings from the East-West Center Association Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. My name is Namuun and I am the Executive officer of EWCA Ulaanbaatar Chapter. To promote a better understanding about what the East-West Center offers to leaders, youth, scholars and practitioners across the world, we initiated a monthly interview corner with Alumnae from Mongolia. In our June interview, we are introducing Gandolgor Purevjav, Changing Faces Women's Leadership Seminar Alumna 2014. She is the Founder and CEO of Ganabell Success Institute Mongolia. Hope you enjoy learning about how she acted upon her learnings from joining the East-West Center programs.

Name: Gandolgor Purevjav

Program: Changing faces Women's Leadership Seminar

Date: 2014

Current occupation: Founder and CEO, Ganabell, Institute of Success

  1. Can you share about the most vivid memories and learnings from  the East-West Center Changing Faces Women’s Leadership Seminar? 

I actually applied to this program 5 times for 5 years. This program is an annual program and has an open call-out for application every year. I finally got accepted with my 6th application. A program that is within a month's period of time may seem to be teaching less. But to be honest, the program provides so much including all the training knowledge, the place-based travels and learnings, peer-mentorship, and knowledge exchange from assigned Mentors. I found the program to be thoroughly tailored and well organized at a highly professional level. That's probably why the application process is quite competitive.

Key takeaways from this seminar were:

  • Skillsets to thinking outside the box
  • Exposure to professional network expansion
  • Why learning is continuous 
  • We must all have Mentors
  1. How did you learn about the East-West Center?

I found out about the East-West Center from previous alumnae. Because I was interested in this program, I reached out to previous alumna to learn more about the program. It was helpful

  1. Can you please tell us about your profession and career?

Throughout the past 10 years, I have been focusing more on providing coaching, consulting and human resources training for organizations in the private sector. Ever since the establishment of Ganabell Institute of Success, we've coached over 50,000 individuals of over 500 organizations. I've published number of books on Personal Development including "10 Steps towards Success"/“Амжилтын 10 алхам”,/, "The value of Debt"/“Өртэй хүн өөдөлдөг”, "English Learning Guides"/ “Англи хэл сурах аргачлал”, "H.A.J- Time Management Journal "/ “Цаг төлөвлөлтийн ХАЖ дэвтэр", and "Vision Board"/ “Хүслийн самбар”. I also established Ganabell Coaching Center and Ganabell Online School.

  1. What are your Professional Values?

My values affect both my personal and professional life. A few of my professional values are:

  • Always being Ethical 
  • Being creative
  • Solving issues with my team, not only by myself 
  • Owning up 
  • Doing what is "right". And I also deeply value quality time with my family and make sure they grow up building values towards knowledge and education. 

5. Has joining this Seminar helped you see social issues/challenges in Mongolia from a different/new angle?

Thinking Big:

I started small. I took a dive into the entrepreneurship world from small and medium enterprise . To see growth and thriving, I learned that one should always Think Big towards what and where you visualize. I had 2 staff, and now we have more than 10 staff while helping and coaching much bigger organizations to thinking big and visualizing strategically.

Empowering women:

From this seminar, I learned that we should empower more and more women change makers. After completion of this seminar, I initiated 6-months long coaching program empowering more than 100 women in Mongolia. Still today, we closely tailor and target women-oriented programs continuously.

  1. What would you highlight on leadership for Youth? 

I believe there are 5 main habits youth should know if they want to lead and make changes happen.

  • Being role models- Action rather than words
  • Sharing and inspiring 
  • Initiating 
  • Being teachable- Being a learner 
  • And, being Responsible and Accountable 

You can check out for Leadership courses I coach.

  1. What keeps you going?

Definitely our vision keeps us going no matter what.

  • From individuals to nationally recognized corporations, we aim to be the bridge to their success globally. This definitely keeps me going in times of challenges. 
  • Team is important. Team is the root to motivation. Whenever I am drained, I receive energy from within as well as from my team. I feel proud to be a part of my team.  
  • I also receive a lot of energy from my mentor and from my mentees. I have been lucky enough to have such an inspirational Mentors in my life. To mention specifically, the Changing Faces Women's Leadership Seminar matches Mentors in Hawai'i to the participating women. And we are still in touch and I still call her my Mentor today. I also have amazing two mentors from Mongolia who direct me with their wisdom.
  • Many of my Mentees are in the entrepreneurship world. The more changes and success they create, the more motivation I feel that keeps me going as a Mentor- I learn a lot from my mentees. 
  1. In your opinion, why should Youth be exposed to different cultures?

I have been across the United States previously exposing myself to many different cultures and nationalities. But Hawai'i is different. It's a melting pot, truly. But Mongolia is the opposite, we're ethnically homogeneous and people are much less exposed to varieties of colors and cultures. That's why it's best for youth to seek for exposure opportunities to many more cultures and become closer to being a Global Citizen. Doing so, we learn from our differences and indifferences which help create respect, honor and understanding in the world.

"Hawai'i is different. It's a melting pot, truly.

But Mongolia is the opposite, we're ethnically homogeneous and people are much less exposed to varieties of colors and cultures. That's why it's best for youth to seek for exposure opportunities to many more cultures and become closer to being a Global Citizen"

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