What am I feeling? What will I do next?

An emptiness at the center of my being. I feel disgusted and deflated. I feel tired and emotionally drained. I feel helpless and sad. I am appalled at how some men and women are relentlessly incapable of compassion and empathy. I am disappointed at the lack of understanding about the impact of emotional and physical […]

Joel Silberman – Standing Ovation

This is a hard blog to write. My mentor, great supporter and friend Joel Silberman is going to leave his physical body soon. I am very sad, and at the same time so grateful he was part of my life and I got to witness what an amazing leader and role model he is. During the 2016 National […]

The Midterm Elections – Get engaged!

The Midterm Elections are less than 100 days away. We must get engaged in this election and future election cycles. Women need to raise their voices loud and often in order to be able to make sure the issues that are important to us are front and center in public life and at all levels […]

3 for V – A new initiative from Women’s eNews

 Lori Sokol, PhD , the Executive Director of Women’s eNews started her post on July 17 with these words: “I … spent this month assessing women’s current status in the US, and how the Trump Administration has been turning back the clock on so many of the rights women have fought for decades to win, I also […]

Transparency

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines transparency as free from pretense or deceit; easily detected or seen through; readily understood; characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices. At Strong Women Action Network we strive to achieve transparency in everything we do because we believe it is important that our programs and goals are upfront and clear to […]

Sustainability

There is an exercise we do in both our Group Coaching Sessions and during our Regional Professional Development Trainings. Participants are asked to individually list the most important things in their lives. Then they have to narrow them to 10, and then 8. In small groups, they share their list with other participants. They explain why these are […]

Respect

When I think about respect, the song that comes to my mind is “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. When I heard this song the first time, it resonated with me because as a young girl, it seemed to me that respect for others was required of me, but no one told me I deserved respect too.   […]

Equal Pay Day

On the road today, but still want to celebrate Equal Pay Day. Here are excerpts from the article “The Senselessness of Women Earning Less” by Lori Sokol, Ph.D., who is the Executive Director of Women’s eNews. “Since today, April 10th, is Equal Pay Day, there is no better time to consider this. Women in the U.S. who work […]

Maya Angelou and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Today I want to honor two powerful influences in my life: Maya Angelou and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Maya Angelou would have been 90 years old today. She is a heroic influence in my life. Her legacy and words keep me going as we collectively create the possible society, one step at a time. […]

Women’s History Month

This month we celebrate contributions by women in many fields. I want to celebrate today’s women – specifically the ones that are telling stories that touch my heart. Caroline Bologna from HuffPost gathered a list of 35 must-read books by women from the past five years. The books cover a wide variety of topics – […]

Opportunity

Entrepreneur Magazine, in 2016, featured an article that focused on why women are the best opportunity for business. The article highlights that “Women are now a record-high 57 percent of U.S. college graduates and will comprise more and more of the employee and customer base in the years to come. There will be many more households in which […]

Leadership

Leadership is critical to achieving positions of power. There are many styles of leadership, and for me, the most effective is transformational leadership.  It was introduced by James McGregor Burns, in his book “Leadership”.  He defined it as: “leaders and their followers raise one another to higher levels of morality and motivation.” Mindtools defines an effective leader as a person […]

Intergenerational

In 2014 I attended a training in Ashland, Oregon. The participants were what is termed “emerging leaders”, young people between the ages of 18 and 30. I was included because I am a Board member of The Launching Pad, which is a key partner of these sessions. The name of the conference is The Odyssey. […]

Inclusion

The topic for this blog is inclusion. So I went back to the basics. To the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and looked at the definition of inclusion. Not too exciting: something that is included. Then I searched the definition of included: to take in or comprise as a part of a whole or group. Really? How about inclusive? Covering […]

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. is a hero of mine. We celebrate his legacy on Monday. As a country, we continue to struggle to achieve his dream, the dream of millions of individuals and many communities in the global family. The struggle is hard, especially when leaders of the world express disdain and racism, arrogance and disrespect, […]

Universal Hour of Peace – The Fuji Declaration

On December 31st, 2017 at 4:00 am Pacific Time I participated in the Universal Hour of Peace. Check here for a sister  Universal Peace Covenant.  It was a powerful experience for me. This meditation for peace was part of the Launching Pad’s Eight Annual New Year’s Meditation Retreat in Ashland, Oregon. The meditation culminates with participants […]

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! Strong Women Action Network is taking a break to rest and celebrate the work of women leaders in 2017. Consider a gift of support and growth for you or the amazing women in your life – Register for SWAN’s Regional Retreats or Group Coaching Sessions in 2018! Payment plans and scholarships are available. […]

Venus, Warrior Priestess

After the results from the Senate race in Alabama, I am so proud of our African American Sisters, who cast the deciding votes. Thank you for being Warrior Priestesses and leading the fight for the changes we need now. This electoral race inspired me to write a story – Venus, the Warrior Priestess.     […]

Gender Equality

The objective of gender equality is to ensure that everyone has access to the same opportunities and the same fair treatment. There are lots of research on this.  A woman that is center stage in the news today shared how what we need is more than gender equality. What we need is women in positions of […]

Equity

Equity is the quality of being fair and impartial. It is a core guiding principle of Strong Women Action Network. It is not to be confused with equality. We believe equality is not enough. This difference is particularly important in education, as Shane Safir describes in her article for the George Lucas Educational Foundation: equality means giving everyone […]

Diversity

An article on the state of US workplace diversity lists 14 statistics that argue we must address the challenges of diversity in the US. Diversity is one of our guiding principles because it requires a lot of effort and dedication. The demographics are changing in the general population, but not in positions of power. It is central […]

Connection

  From April to October 2017, I attended a session of The Academy of Leaders, led by Laura Duncan from The Seed House in Wichita, Kansas and Valerie Brown, a certified facilitator from The Center for Courage and Renewal.  The training is designed to last 6 months, with a three-day retreat in April, 6 months […]

Compassion

Compassion, as defined in this post by Dacher Keltner, literally means “to suffer together.” It is the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another’s suffering and feel motivated to relieve that suffering. You want to take action and help. But if you are not near physically the help you can provide is limited. Compassion has […]

Community

I read the TIME Magazine article FIRSTS Women who are changing the world and was struck by how many of the values of  Strong Women Action Network (SWAN) are reflected in what helped these women change the world and be successful in their professional lives. A community is one of SWAN’s values, and one of the […]

Action

This is the first in a series of posts that will explore the guiding principles of Strong Women Action Network. The values of the organization evolved as we talked to hundreds of women who are struggling to figure out how to move forward with their personal and professional lives. We live in a society where […]

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