Thanksgiving to Three Courageous Leaders

On Thanksgiving Eve, I’m grateful to three courageous leaders. First, Dana Kennedy, Executive Director of Emerge Arizona. Dana not only works every day to recruit, train, and support pro-choice Democratic women to run for office, she put her convictions into action by running for Phoenix City Council. Though she didn’t prevail this time, I hope she will run again until she joins the ranks of leadership consultant and occasional guest poster here, Anne Doyle and political blogger par excellence Jill Miller Zimon, both of whom mounted their first political races and won city counil seats in Auburn Hills, MI and Pepper Pike, OH respectively.

As then-AZ Governor Janet Napolitano, now Secretary of Homeland Security, once told me, “You can’t win if you don’t run.” That’s a great leadership lesson, whether we’re talking politics or profession, civic engagement or choosing life goals.

Nervous about taking the plunge? Help is a Google away. In the political realm, check out this report featuring Emerge Arizona.


  1. Bree Boehlke on November 25, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    I was lucky enough to have Dana Kennedy as my mentor while going through the Emerge Arizona 2006 program. This woman is amazing and has inspired me in so many aspects of my life, not just my political career. I am so thankful to have her as a friend and words can not express how very proud I am of her running for office.

  2. Gloria Feldt on November 26, 2009 at 5:49 pm

    You are so right, Bree! Thanks for your comment, and when are you going to run?

  3. Jill on November 27, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Gloria – thank you so much for this kind nod. You know part of where I’ve come from and how much credit I give you and so many other others, across generations. It all adds up. It all adds up. 🙂

  4. Gloria Feldt on November 27, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    This is how change is made, one person, one leadership action, one political race at a time.

  5. Dana Marie Kennedy on November 27, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Bree, slightly dodged the question when she was going to run. In someways she already has! She is on the executive board of the state party and also executive board of the YDA’s, she is positioning herself well for the future and I look forward to working on her campaign when she does decide to run for whatever she decides would be a good match for her. Thank you Gloria, for all of us that your bring along with you!

  6. Cain on November 28, 2012 at 1:05 am

    The novel The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi, takes place in 1832 on a ship. It is about a 14 year old girl who lives in London, but her family has moved to Providence, Rhode Island. She must suivrve the journey across the atlantic with all men, not knowing who wants to save her or kill her. I think that this book is one of the best books i’ve ever read. there is a surprise on every page. It doesn’t have a lot of action, but it’s very suspenseful and a great read. Even though the main character is a girl, it is definitely not only for girls.

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