Complex not complicated: The power of storytelling

July 14, 2023

Lilly Singh knows a thing or two about the power of storytelling. With an unshakable belief that stories can guide us to a better world, Lilly has pushed the limits of possibility throughout her career – from her trailblazing start as a digital creator to the first woman of color to host a network late-night TV show in over thirty years.

Through stories across film, television and advocacy, Lilly continues to break new ground, challenging entrenched gender and cultural norms to advance equity and transform the way the world sees and values women and girls.

In this one-on-one, Singh and Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth Founder and President Shamina Singh get candid about the importance of forging your own path and creating space for others to do the same.

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Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth

The Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth advances equitable and sustainable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. The Center leverages the company’s core assets and competencies, including data insights, expertise and technology, while administering the philanthropic Mastercard Impact Fund, to produce independent research, scale global programs and empower a community of thinkers, leaders and doers on the front lines of inclusive growth.


Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute is a community-serving organization with global reach whose vision is the creation of a free, just, and equitable society. For 70 years, the Institute has driven change through dialogue, leadership, and action to help solve the world’s greatest challenges. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute has offices in Aspen, Colorado and New York City, as well as an international network of partners. Learn more at



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About Mastercard (NYSE: MA)

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.