Issue 134— July 6, 2020

My cousin Elizabeth is making good use of this time of sheltering during the pandemic to dig into our family history. It was rooted in the small town of Birzai, Lithuania for hundreds of years until two world wars either killed them or dispersed them to many corners of the world. One of the most intriguing and yet exasperating parts of this exploration is getting the names right as spellings varied from language to language. Vinn became Vinh or Bein, Henne to Hannah, and even some in the same nuclear family some people spelled their last names differently.

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Issue 133 — June 29, 2020

One thing COVID-19 has done is make life easier for introverts.

If you break out in a cold sweat at the thought of networking, in the sense of walking into a large room full of people you don’t know and trying to make connections that will be useful to you in your professional life, while balancing a beverage — it might seem in first blush that at least that worry is over.

But the reality is your network is your net worth.

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It’s not a coincidence that the Movement for Black Lives was started by three women, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi. Their low-ego, high-impact, lead-with-love model has inspired and activated people of all races across the country and the world. In this episode, Gloria shares heart-forward movement-building tips to stay engaged, energized, and ready to lead change.

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Elma Beganovich has reached the upper ranks of social influencing, commanding as much as $20,000 for a single post. How did she do it? With intention, every step of the way. Gloria interviewed her and this week offers key insights from their conversation about how Elma, with her sister’s support, fashioned a powerful brand.

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This week, Gloria takes another thoughtful look at the opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic and other unexpected situations present. By drawing from recent events in her own life and leadership, as well as other women leaders and companies that have managed to thrive in the last few months, Gloria drives home the importance of “being able to live and lead with uncertainty and ambiguity.” Her analysis of current events makes clear how ambiguity offers space for you to innovate and breakthrough with your most powerful ambitions.

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This week, Gloria wants to talk about power. Our relationship to it. Our fear of it. Our misunderstanding of it. Drawing from examples in her own life, sociological studies, and decades analyzing power dynamics between people and within organizations, she guides us on ways to break through our hesitation, discomfort and mistrust of summoning and asserting our power.

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Now’s an especially good time to do some thinking about who you want to be after the new normal sets in. All the time alone and apart these couple of months has given many of us the rare opportunity to reflect and reconsider. In this insightful review of her own professional path, Gloria offers tangible and tactical ways to emerge and move forward with intention and clarity—to more fully realize the vision you have for yourself at work and in life.

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In this heartfelt episode, Gloria helps us take a breath amid the global crisis and consider the possibilities if we only refocus our energy. “We’re in the season of rebirth. We’re in the season of disruption. The two have much in common. What we think of as normal may never be again, but in this season of rebirth and disruption, we have an opportunity to normalize some new realities, to create a future more intentionally and proactively than we have ever done,” she tells us.

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