Women Can: Everyday Leadership & the Power of Connection
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Maggie Duncan Simbeye is a trailblazing business owner, safari guide, international speaker, women’s empowerment advocate, and the Executive Director & Founder of Dare Women’s Foundation.
Dare Women’s Foundation: darewomensfoundation.org
Maggie’s Safari Tours: maggiestourcompany.com
Maggie Duncan Simbeye first began working for a local safari company in 2008 where her “classroom” training moved from Tourism Training School to hands-on experiences in the bush. She was one of the very first women guides in Tanzania. As of 2018, Maggie is the only Tanzanian woman owning and operating her own tour company, and one of only five female driver guides in Tanzania.
Her personal commitment to help others in the communities she encountered working as a guide, plus growing up in Tanzania, energized her to create the Dare Women’s Foundation in 2013, something she had been working toward since 2005. The Dare Women’s Foundation is a local NGO working to empower Tanzanian women and girls, with a focus on rural areas, through poverty alleviation, economic empowerment and gender equality.
Maggie believes in four pillars of life: Gratitude, Love, Abundance and Compassion. She knows that each and every one of us can make a difference in someone’s life if we reach out to others from these first three and extend compassion to everyone we meet.
Her commitment to making a difference, along with the college students and professors she has worked with as a tour guide, paved the way for her to receive an invitation to speak at the 66th Conference on World Affairs in Boulder, Colorado in 2013 which was sponsored by the University of Colorado. She was nominated and chosen again to speak in 2018 at this same international conference.
Maggie also empowers young women by mentoring them to be tour guides, giving her time and support as they learn to become wage earners for their families.