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Breaking the Glass Vase: A Story of Transformation and Empowerment with Dima Ghawi

podcast May 21, 2024

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Breaking the Glass Vase: A Story of Transformation and Empowerment

Episode 156 with Dima Ghawi



[00:02:33] Advancing individuals in leadership.

[00:12:48] Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

[00:33:06] The pressure to be perfect.


In this episode, Keynote Speaker/Leadership Consultant/Author, Dima Ghawi, underscores the importance of advancing individuals in leadership to cultivate a world where leaders prioritize the well-being and growth of their teams, embrace diversity, and work towards a common goal of creating a better future for all.

This story highlights the importance of setting intentions and visualizing one’s aspirations. By putting her desire on the vision board, Dima planted the seed for her TEDx speaking opportunity. The vision board served as a constant reminder of her goal, keeping it at the forefront of her mind. It ultimately led her to take action and pursue the speaking opportunity, showcasing how vision boards can help turn dreams into reality.


Breaking Away from Harmful Beliefs and Expectations

In the podcast episode with Dima Ghawi, she shared a powerful story from her childhood about a glass vase that symbolized the pressure to be perfect and conform to societal expectations. This story highlights the harmful beliefs and expectations that can limit personal growth and success. Dima’s experience of being conditioned to be the “perfect glass vase” led her into an abusive marriage and a state of depression, where she lost herself in trying to meet external standards.

However, Dima’s journey took a transformative turn when she realized she had a choice: to either maintain the facade of perfection or shatter the glass vase to create a new life. She chose to break free from the constraints of societal norms and expectations, even though it came with consequences like facing death threats from her own father. Despite the challenges, Dima’s decision to challenge and break away from these harmful beliefs and expectations allowed her to live a better life and influence others positively.

Dima’s Gems Dropped

  • 00:03:08 – “The world is hungry for good leaders whether in corporations, in the community, in governments.”
  • 00:14:24 – “Listen to your intuition, even though it is terrifying.”
  • 00:34:41-00:34:52 – “We need to shatter these horrible vases. We need to question them and we need, we need, we cannot let them move forward because otherwise we would be passing them to the future generation.”


About Dima Ghawi

Dima Ghawi is an award-winning author and a three-time TEDx Speaker. She is the founder of a global talent development company with a primary mission for advancing individuals in leadership. Through keynote speeches, workshops, training programs, and executive coaching, Dima has empowered thousands of professionals across the globe to develop critical business skills and expand their leadership potential. In addition, she has provided guidance to business executives to help them understand the value of gender diverse leadership, and to develop a multi-year plan for advancing quality leaders from within the organization.

Dima draws from two decades of corporate experience leading global teams and developing future leaders worldwide. She has worked across the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East, and Africa for several Fortune 100 companies including IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Intuit. Through her work, she has honed a keen expertise in developing leaders to meet the demands of the global workforce. For more information, visit DimaGhawi.com and BreakingVases.com.

Connect with Dima Ghawi

Website: https://www.dimaghawi.com/

X: https://twitter.com/dghawi?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor

IG: https://www.instagram.com/dima.ghawi/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100050491089661

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dimaghawi?utm_source=share&utm_campaign=share_via&utm_content=profile&utm_medium=ios_app

Breaking Vases: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0997809353?linkCode=ssc&tag=onamzdeneenl.-20&creativeASIN=0997809353&asc_item-id=amzn1.ideas.1R75WS7I6WZFC&ref_=aip_sf_list_spv_ons_mixed_d_asin



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Women of Color: An Intimate Conversation (An Intimate Conversation with Women of Color) is a podcast about women empowerment stories and for Women of Color who want more out of life. This show is for women who have had enough and want change, especially those who have been waiting to choose themselves and live boldly. 

In each inspiring episode, hear from women from different backgrounds, countries, and ages who have embarked on personal journeys, sharing their stories of empowerment, overcoming, and their path to living a dream life (style).

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