Elizabeth Gore, VP of global partnerships for the UN Foundation

Women's Impact Report 2012: Executives

Gore manages and directs large-scale partnerships to promote and bring awareness to UN programs. She leads the Nothing But Nets and Girl Up campaigns, and manages partnerships with the UN Global Entrepreneurs Council and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

What we should know: “I go to work every day to provide anyone, no matter who they are, the opportunity to save someone’s life. My job is not to save someone’s life but to provide you with the opportunity to save someone’s life, whether you’re using your voice to sign a petition against child marriage or giving $10 to buy a bed net, our campaign provides that opportunity for the average everyday citizen.”

Words of wisdom: “The humanitarian space is a career choice, just as if you were going to be a lawyer or a banker. Go out at it through networking. It’s a great opportunity and I wish more young people thought of it as a long-term career track — not just as something good to do, but something you can be successful in.”

Smartphone habits: “I take it with me on vacation, but I turn it off. And I tell my teams that I’ll be checking in with them at one particular time of day. Unfortunately, in the humanitarian world there’s always a disaster or civil war to attend to, but even we need a break and to take a breath.”

Work week: “Probably 60 hours a week. But there are times of crisis around the world where we’ll all work four days straight suddenly, like when the tsunami happened.”

Life-work balance: “I had a little girl a year ago and I always thought there would be a balance but you know, there’s not. My daughter is No. 1, she’s the most important thing in my life. I don’t balance one or the other, my job is second.”

Charitable causes: “My heart belongs to the Nothing But Nets campaign, the campaign to end malaria. What’s special about that campaign is, no matter where you live or how much money you make, pretty much everyone has the ability to provide $10, which provides a bed net to children to protect them from malaria. Also the Wounded Warriors project, which supports returning vets. They make it easy for individuals to donate or step in with their time to say thank you to these guys.”

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