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Thursday, April 05, 2018

The Time is Always Right to Do What is Right

Thursday, April 05, 2018 @ 11:02 PM

Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of American Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Many media outlets are replaying segments of his most famous speeches, including the "I've Been to the Mountaintop" prophetic speech he gave in Memphis, Tennessee the night before his death. Listening to his hopeful reminder that "Only in the darkness can you see the stars," I find myself thinking of the new stars that are shining fresh light on today's darkness. 

Today's social justice warriors are: 

Grieving high school students fighting for their lives. 

Outraged athletes taking a knee against racial violence.  

And courageous, young, gymnasts confronting an evil, sexual predator.

I believe that each of us has multiple opportunities throughout our lives to help move humanity forward. Some require only very small steps outside our comfort zones; others, gigantic, scary leaps. I've learned that the important thing is to recognize them for what they are: opportunities to help inch humanity forward on the long,moral arc toward justice.  

We have a magnificent, story-telling event in Detroit -- The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers -- that was created by storyteller, entertainer and truth-seeker Satori Shakoor, with the goal of "Transforming lives one story at time."

Satori chose Justice & Grace as the theme for last month's stories, and gave me the privilege of taking the audience back to the late 1970's and early 80's when I was one of the first female, TV sports reporters to walk through the doors of professional sports locker rooms.

To come with me, click here. 

When opportunities to make a positive difference knock for you, I hope you will open the door and let them in. And after you do, share your story. Because, it will inspire others to find their courage, as well.  

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Female Rabbi's Perspective on Eve as Spiritual Mother of Me Too Movement

Saturday, March 03, 2018 @ 5:29 PM

Rabbi Tamara Kolton is an inspiring spiritual leader and thinker.  I am privileged to know her and to call her my friend.  We both live just outside of Detroit and about an hour's drive from Michigan State University -- home of predator doctor Larry Nassar who sexually assaulted young gymnasts for decades.  Their #METOO outrage that led to him finally being stopped and sent to prison for life, inspired Rabbi Kolton to write this commentary on why she sees Eve as the "Spiritual Mother" of the #MeToo movement. You'll either find it fascinating or infuriating. Click here to discover her powerful perspective. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Insightful Voices on What's Next After #METOO Cultural Explosion

Sunday, December 31, 2017 @ 2:11 PM

The New York Times recently gathered seven wise women for an insightful, roundtable discussion of the challenges and complexity of moving forward in the wake of the Silence Breakers and #METOO explosions of 2017.  One year of outing predators is just the beginning. How do we turn this moment of cultural reckoning into a positive turn on our evolutinary wheel?  Lots of thoughtful insight in this fascinating discussion about Work, Fairness, Sex and Ambition. 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Vital Voices Helps Women Move the World

Saturday, December 30, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Vital Voices is one of the most effective global organizations I've discovered that is helping to move the world forward through women's activism, advocacy and leadership. Since its founding 20 years, ago, Vital Voices has conducted more than 400 programs, serving more than 15,000 women in 181 countries.

They've also delivered 600 emergency assistance grants to survivors of extreme forms of gender-based violence and invested $11 million in direct assistance to its network leaders on every continent.  

If you're interested in learning more about this outstanding, change-agent, global organizationshere's more. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Best Women's Writing on 2017 Issues

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 @ 2:49 PM

Huffington Post has compiled a fabulous collection of the most compelling commentaries written by women writers in 2017. For the next few weeks, I'm going to regularly share these outstanding voices with you. Many of the pieces are related to one of the biggest stories of the year: the #METOO explosion.   Here's "Y'All Don't Deserve Black Women," by Ashley Nkadi and first published in THE ROOT. 

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Woman's Card in a Leader's Hand is an Ace. Deal Me In!

Thursday, April 28, 2016 @ 8:24 AM

Presidential wanna-be Donald Trump has been playing the "Billionaire card," the "Bully card," the "Washington outsider" card and even the "Man's Man/My physical assets are plenty big card." But the one card he doesn't hold is the Woman's card, which is no longer a joker in a leader's hand.  Today, the woman's card is an Ace and that's what scares Donald Trump to death. My advice to Hillary Clinton: Play it Hillary! 

Hillary's response to his latest whine was pitch perfect.  Deal me in! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Tips for Tackling the Gender Confidence Gap

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 9:46 AM

The Gender Confidence Gap is still stalling very talented women from spreading their wings and letting their talents soar in competitive environments. Here are three great tips on ways to increase your own confidence and create a confidence-boosting culture with your team and in your organization.  Fortune article. 

Monday, May 04, 2015

Becoming a WONderful Woman is Just the Beginning

Monday, May 04, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

Forget about listing all of your credentials and accomplishments when you are being honored.  If you want to spice up an awards event, ask one of your siblings to introduce you -- and give them free hand to tell the audience the "back story" about how you became the person you are today.  I'm the big sister of seven children -- and my youngest brother, Vince, just did a great job introducing me.  To hear his intro and my comments, CLICK HERE.