In This Together: The Power of a Movement

Issue 81 — January 21, 2019 “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” — Martin Luther King, Jr. The two movements that have shaped my life converged this long weekend. Today, January 21, is Martin Luther King Day. I braved the winter storm in New York to celebrate a day early yesterday at Harlem’s…

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2019: The Year I Claim Power and Why This Is the Real Year of the Woman

Issue 79 — January 7, 2019 Last week I had the pleasure of speaking at Spirit of the Senses, a long-established Phoenix-area group of people who get together for lectures and discussions on provocative topics. They asked me to speak about “After #metoo.” I determined to make it a discussion rather than a speech. It was lively, animated,…

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Two clear cases of implicit gender bias that have me fuming

Issue 77 — December 9, 2018 My friend Dan Sager is a terrific supporter of Take The Lead and gender equality in general. The dad of two daughters, he proudly updates me on their accomplishments and sends me ideas and connections aimed at furthering Take The Lead’s success. Dan texted this article to me a few days ago, knowing…

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No, No, Nancy — Women Must Change the Power Paradigm or Never Progress

No, No, Nancy — Women Must Change the Power Paradigm or Never Progress Issue 76 — November 26, 2018 Dressed in angry orange from pantsuit to stilettos, Congresswoman and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) regally graces the cover of the November 25, 2018 issue of the New York Times Magazine. The caption is her quote from within the article, “No…

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If You Have Only One Prayer: The Gratitude Attitude, 2018 Version

Issue 75 — November 18, 2018 Dr. Nancy O’Reilly, founder of the Women Connect 4 Good Foundation (and in full disclosure, board chair of Take The Lead) sounded exhausted when I called to ask how she and her horses were in the latest California disaster that looked on television like the fires of Hell. “It all depends on the…

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123 Women and The Lessons of History on Veterans Day

Issue 74 — November 11, 2018 Feast your eyes on this Washington Post infographic tracking wins by female candidates for Congress and Governorships in last week’s elections. With a few major races still undecided, there is no doubt that 2018 will go down in history as a pivotal year in US women’s history. I celebrate that. Loudly and enthusiastically.…

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5 Really Bad Strategic Mistakes Nonprofit Leaders Often Make

Issue 72 — October 28, 2018 Last week I was privileged to keynote the annual conference of Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation by being interviewed by the Center’s Executive Director Robert Ashcraft. (A shout out here to the Center’s Nicole Anderson who organized the conference masterfully. If I may take a point of…

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