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 or intended to cover all items, costs, or services. Not working for me. Good news: there are many synonyms: broadcatholicencyclicalgeneralinclusionaryoverallcosmic (also cosmical), extensivefarfar-reachinggrandlargepanopticsweepingvastwidewide-rangingblanketindiscriminate, and unrestricted.

I have a point for all of this. The definition of inclusion is dependant on the situation. At SWAN our focus is gender inclusion. The United Nations Educational, Education, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) define gender inclusion as:


Gender equality and empowerment of women, as well as the active participation of women in political, economic, social and cultural life, should be promoted. For women to be able to fully exercise their human rights, gender perspectives have to be mainstreamed in all-inclusive urban policies.”



This statement covers our definition of gender inclusion and is a core value that guides the work of SWAN. Representation of women at all levels of our society is our target. We are in the process of identifying 22 women in each state that will be the catalysts that will connect movements, politics, economic class, race,  profession, family status, education level, experiences, religion, spirituality, age and legal status.

Are you one of these powerful women? Please register for a Group Coaching Session.  You are the acorn that is turning into a mighty oak. We want to help you grow to your full potential.


Group Coaching Sessions

The goals of SWAN’s group coaching sessions are to:

  • Share opportunities and challenges at work and home.
  • Connect with women from diverse fields and backgrounds
  • Create a circle of support
  • Expand participants’ knowledge and share tools. Monthly topics will vary depending on the interests and needs of the participants of the session.
  • Explore long-term self-care strategies
  • Discuss issues specific to women in our society
  • Provide support to participants’ plans so they can increase their impact and power in their communities and work environments

Collectively we will engage in a process that will answer questions like:

  • What do I need to change to reach my goals and increase my impact and power for the long term?-
  • Why do I do what I do?
  • Who can help me achieve my goals in a  more effective way?
  • Do I want to work at the local, state or national level?
  • How do I prioritize my work?
  • What about self-care and skill building?
  • How do I create a network of support?
  • Do I need a  mentor?
  • Who will sponsor me?
  • How do I change policies and systems in my organization or community to help me and other women achieve more power?

Join us and together we can change our society and change policies that will address systemic barriers to gender and race inclusion in our country.