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Trailblazing in Muslim and Jewish Traditions:
“Each tribe was unwilling to be the first to enter the sea. Then sprang forward Nachshon the son of Amminadab and descended first into the sea.”
The Babylonian Talmud- Sotah 37a
"She believed in me when no one else did… and she helped and comforted me when there was no one else to lend me a helping hand."
Ibn Kathir quoting Muhammad about his first wife Khadijah in Wives of the Prophet Muhammad
Jewish tradition holds that as the Israelites stood on the shores of the sea with the Egyptian army closing in behind them, the sea did not part for them to escape to freedom until Nachshon went forth into the waters up to his nose. Only after such an act of courage did the sea divide for the entire community to pass through to safety and redemption.
Muslim tradition holds that Muhammad’s first wife Khadijah was the first convert to Islam- embracing and believing the revelations her husband received. Before Muhammad was the successful prophet leading thousands, she stepped forward to support him and his divine vision.
Leadership takes more than vision and a plan. The leaders that inspire us are trailblazers; they reject the paralysis that prevents us from stepping forward. They reject the notion that certain social ills are inherent to our society. The Suzy and Wally Marks Jr. Trailblazing Award honors those leaders who challenge the status quo and the conventional wisdom that prevent us from realizing our collective potential to create solutions to deeply embedded problems. These leaders impact our reality by creating new paths to transform how we understand it.