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Great Hope for our Future

I recently had a conversation with someone who said he at times has reservations about bringing children into our world because he fears that in our lifetime, our world could become a very grim place.  He wondered if he would actually be doing a disservice to a future child by birthing he or she into…

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Before You Start That “Juice Cleanse”…

It’s the New Year, and you’re ready to take 2014 by storm…only you can’t seem to kick the thought that your jeans are fitting a little tighter.  You succumbed to dessert on Christmas, and you weren’t quite able to keep up your regular exercise routine through the holiday shuffle. OF COURSE, a little 3-day (or…

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On Being wHOLe

Wholeness: We welcome life’s opportunities and challenges as essential to the leadership journey.  With grace, we cultivate healthy, loving, and real relationships, with ourselves, one another, and the world.  Sounds nice, doesn’t it?  All the cultivating of healthy, loving, and real relationships and such.  We read this definition for our value of wholeness before every…

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“I love my body as it is.”

I n a recent interview with Ellen, “plus-size” model Robyn Lawley encourages people to accept and love their natural size: Model, Robyn Lawley, is full of wisdom! In her interview, she tells Ellen that if you start to say that your body is beautiful instead of nitpicking at its flaws, you will start to see…

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Remembering Maria Shriver’s Women’s Conference at our Heart of Leadership Launch

Heart of Leadership launched our inaugural Speaker Series Panel yesterday! We opened the evening sharing how and why Heart of Leadership was created.  In doing so, I went back to one of my initial clear moment of inspiration –  Maria Shriver’s 2010 Women’s Conference, a coming together of the trailblazers of our generation: Oprah, Michelle…

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25 Lessons Learned Over The Past 20 Years

As we prepare to launch our first Heart of Leadership programs on Thursday, I took a moment this weekend to reflect.  20 years ago, I entered my freshman year in high school – ready to make new friends and take on the world.  The journey since those days of a smile full of braces has…

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Don’t Hide. Celebrate!

I have tan, long legs with defined calves. I get them from my petite Japanese mother and tree-trunk-sturdy-calved Caucasian father. When I wear heels or workout shorts, my legs become a statement piece. So I don’t wear dresses with heels unless the occasion is incredibly appropriate. I hide my legs not because I think they’re…

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You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

Dove has done it again with this video that speaks to the heart of the beauty issue for women and girls.  In this three-minute ad, a forensic artist sketches people based on their own perceptions of themselves and then again how others see them.  It brought me to tears. Dove says that only 4% of…

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Why I Choose To Lean In

During my freshman year of high school, after trying to reason with my physics teacher when he said that boys were better than girls in science, I went to the headmaster to request that he be reprimanded. I have been passionate about women and girls in leadership ever since I was young.  Like Sheryl Sandberg,…

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Tweens, Beauty & Instagram

Parents frequently ask me if Instagram is okay for teens/tweens.  Please read this mom’s powerful blog on its downside AND potential. http://www.suburbabble.com/post/46865510969/beauty-is-only-skin-deep-but-instagram-goes-all-the My concern with Instagram and all of the other photo-face-fabulous-or-not obsessions we have these days goes for adults as well as teens.  Through them, we learn to measure our worth in “Likes” –…

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