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A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink: Executive Summary
The most common shared story in our country today is the financial insecurity of American families. Today, more than one in three Americans—more than 100 million people—live in poverty or on the edge of it. Half of all Americans will spend at least a few months churning into and out of poverty during their lifetimes. This economic immobility and inequality is a systemic and pervasive problem that President Barack Obama recently described as “the defining challenge of our time.”  → Read More
A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink: Powerful and Powerless
Let me state the obvious: I have never lived on the brink. I’ve never been in foreclosure, never applied for food stamps, never had to choose between feeding my children or paying the rent, and never feared I’d lose my paycheck when I had to take time off to care for a sick child or parent. I’m not thrown into crisis mode if I have to pay a parking ticket, or if the rent goes up. If my car breaks down, my life doesn’t descend into chaos. But the fact is, one in three people in the U.S. do live with this kind of stress, struggle, and anxiety every day.  → Read More
Can Due Diligence Mess Up Your Intuition and Waste Your Time?
A few weeks ago, a blog post by Danielle LaPorte caught my eye, even more than her pieces usually do. Danielle is the creator of The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul, and author of the bestseller, The Fire Starter Sessions, and an inspiration inspiring speaker, poet and former think tank exec. In her piece, Team building philosophy, love at first sight, and meet my new crew! she discusses, as the title might suggest, her team building philosophy – which was largely, if not entirely, based on Danielle’s instincts and feelings – two things that women aren’t typically encouraged to use when managing or building teams.  → Read More
The Power of Coming Back to Joy and How it Can Help You at Work
Many report how joyless they feel. Their calendars brim with activities, juggling product launches, organizational audits and transatlantic flights with much-needed “vacations” or rugged retreats to find the genome of their soul. For all this activity—however important or rewarding or “fulfilling”—the news I often hear back is: I’m overwhelmed. I’m exhausted. Or simply: I don’t know what gives me joy anymore. Here’s how you can change all of that:  → Read More
Women and Power: Imagining a New Way Forward
The intersection of care and career is a pain point for many women – and men – as more households are perpetually managing the juggle of raising children and working outside of the home. Debora Spar, President of Barnard College, and author of Wonder Women: Sex, Power and the Quest for Perfection, has been a leading force in igniting conversations around women and leadership. She shared some of her insights on this topic with us via email.  → Read More
Women as the Solution – Four Ways to Change the Rhythm
Imagine you’re a DJ at the Oscar’s After Party and you have this huge dance floor. You’re playing the music the host requested, but no one is dancing. It’s discouraging. The tide changes when somebody, anybody, confidently strolls onto the dance floor and begins to shake a leg. At first, the other guests might laugh and judge, but it doesn’t take long for another brave soul to join in. Soon, people trickle onto the floor in twos and threes, and awkwardness and indecision that once plagued the room have given way to revelry.  → Read More
Companies Can Get the EDGE with New Gender Certification
When companies have more women in leadership, they make more money. It is nice when the economy rewards the good guys — even when they are women. A new tool called EDGE Certification does just that: it delivers profit for parity. Economic Dividends for Gender Equality — EDGE Certification — is a stamp of approval signaling a corporate culture ripe for a diversity dividend. It lets companies grow their own leaders by fixing the expensive leaky pipeline. Women often fall out of the corporate pipeline at mid-career before ascending to the highest levels. And yet studies show that once women start to populate the highest ranks of a company, that is good for the bottom line.  → Read More
What Might it Mean to be a Fourth Generation Feminist?
“Agaaaa–,” the first bit of baby noise is hushed. I only hear it because I’m back-benching so the young mother with the baby girl strapped to her chest is a few feet behind me, bouncing from side to side. Across the room from the cooing baby girl, at the front of Austin North lecture hall, the “Front Lines of Law Reform” panel consists of six alumnae luminaries discussing their work on disability rights, sex discrimination, poverty/race connection, Mexican American legal defense, and indigent defense. They range in years of experience from the class of 1988 to the class of 2005.  → Read More
12 Hidden Work Crises and How They Can Push You to Your Best
I spent 18 years in corporate America, and on the outside, it looked like a successful career. I rose to the level of vice president, earned great money and recognition. But on the inside was a different story. I was unhappy for many years and unfulfilled and as I approached 40, the bumps I experienced in my work-life turned into full-blown crises. In the last years of my corporate journey, I experienced discrimination, sexual harassment, zero-work life balance, chronic illness, and most challenging of all, the agonizing worry that the work I would spend my entire life focused on would offer no contributive value to society or the world.  → Read More
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