Global Grassroots | President & Founder | Hanover NH
Gretchen Steidle Wallace is the founder and President of Global Grassroots, an international non-profit which supports conscious social change driven by and for vulnerable women in post-conflict countries. Global Grassroots operates the Academy for Conscious Change, an 18 month social venture incubator providing conscious leadership skills, mind-body trauma healing, social entrepreneurship training and seed funding to help marginalized women and girls advance their own ideas for social change. Her model for advancing grassroots, women-led solutions to clean water access was chosen as a semifinalist for the Kyoto World Water Prize in 2009. Gretchen produced the Emmy-nominated documentary film about the Darfur genocide, The Devil Came on Horseback, and co-authored a memoir of the same title. She holds an MBA from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. Gretchen is also an integrative breathwork practitioner, an alternative healing modality she uses to help survivors of war, disaster and sexual violence heal from post-traumatic stress. In 2007, Gretchen was honored by World Business Magazine and Shell as one of the top International 35 Women Under 35.In 2010 she was chosen with her husband as CNN Heroes working in Haiti after the earthquake. In the same year she was awarded the inaugural Susan J. Herman Award for Leadership in Holocaust and Genocide Awareness by the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. In 2011 she was chosen one of seven Remarkable Women of the World by New Hampshire Magazine.