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Where the Path Might Lead

on Fri, 2016-12-30 14:18

On the grounds here at Bailey Farms last weekend, nine women walked many different paths and joined the 79 women who came before them on a Principle Quest retreat. 

No matter our age, all of us seek a clear path, a deep commitment and the support of a loving community.

Thanksgiving reminds us as well of what's important – healing and giving thanks, just as in 1863 when President Lincoln, at the persistent urging of Sarah Hale, signed the proclamation to make Thanksgiving a hational holiday.

May you enjoy a blessed and fun Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2016

Opposite of Loneliness

on Sun, 2015-05-10 13:09

Marina Keegan captured a precious concept when she wrote: "It’s not quite love, and it’s not quite community; it’s just this feeling that there are people, an abundance of people, and we are all in this together. Who are on your team."

While the sixty women who have attended a Principle Quest Retreat cannot realistically form a community, I hope each is forming such a community within her own sphere.

Keegan's posthumous collection of essays and short stories The Opposite of Loneliness will touch you, and maybe even inspire you to be sure you have a few people solidly on your team!

What Do Women Want? (when seeking a financial advisor)

on Mon, 2014-07-14 19:19

With apologies to Dr. Freud who never could quite figure it out, I believe what women want is pretty straightforward. Women seek an authentic dialogue when they are interviewing potential advisors. This article hints at that, and in fact, states that firms and their professionals (mostly male) should focus more on the process, less on the product. Yes! I am unsure though that anyone "gets it." Process is what is often unstated during a meeting, how we relate to one another, how genuine the interaction, and the ability of our EQ to pick up cues. Good luck to all those who are trying!

You Can Go Home Again?

on Sat, 2014-03-22 11:23

"Sting’s TED talk was a reminder to go forward with a backward glance, to go one layer down into self and then after self-confrontation, to leap forward out of self."  From David Brooks' oped

 

 

Reason to be Discouraged – or Inspired ?

on Sat, 2014-03-15 20:38

In Thursday's Wall Street Journal Notable and Quotable was this bombshell about the work of Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In Foundation. "Focusing, encouraging, supporting, offering, conversing, talking, changing and working together...not much, in other words."  My first impression was how sad that the author so misses the work necessary to change a culture and overcome institutional bias. Then I began to worry. Do other men agree but just don't say so publicly?!  

Finally, I arrived at a more authentic and true reaction.

Did We Need More Proof?

on Sun, 2014-01-19 16:00

Our unconscious, or conscious, biases that view boys differently than girls will take time to alter. Perhaps reading this oped and examining the evidence will speed up the process!

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/19/opinion/sunday/google-tell-me-is-my-son-a-genius.html?_r=0

On Being Strong!

on Sat, 2013-11-30 18:13

This blog by Julie Meyer on LinkedIn describes a very special father daughter relationship along with Julie's quest to be strong and bold, thus combating the misogyny and obstacles she faced in the workplace and the dating scene for today's young women.

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131120183101-12560-the-problem-is-not-that-misogyn-exists-it-s-that-women-are-complicit-with-it

I Mourn the Passing of My Dear Friend Feminism

on Sat, 2013-11-16 12:21

Would "Feminism's heart be broken if she were alive today?" Are we capable of turning around this culture before we crash? When we crash into the inevitable results of our hypersexualized and misogynistic culture, who will we turn to then? Wendy MacGregor delivers a disturbing eulogy.

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/facts-and-arguments/i-mourn-the-passing-of-my-dear-friend-feminism/article15241919/

 

Harvard Experiment in Gender Bias Produces Amazing Results

on Fri, 2013-09-13 10:40

Jodi Kantor's article describing the Harvard Business School's experiment is riveting. The results are stunning, and the grumbling from men on the HBS faculty and male students not surprising. When in history have those in power and holding the influence ever volunteered to relinquish their power and influence? Holding on is human nature, and yet these changes – so remarkable and transforming – might they take hold?

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/education/harvard-case-study-gender-equity.html?pagewanted=all&src=ISMR_AP_LO_MST_FB&smid=tw-share&_r=0

Are senior women leaning out..or being pushed out?

on Sat, 2013-08-24 12:04

It is hard to find out! The numbers in this April 2013 government study show just a tiny percentage decrease of senior women on Wall Street (30 to 28%). This study could not discern why and said so. So...we are left with questions. What is the culture we seek at firms? Who will be creating this culture if women are not inside the firms at a high level? How can firms gain diversity of thought, gender and backgrounds if their appeal to graduates and MBA's is slipping?

http://www.institutionalinvestor.com/Article/3244483/Search/Leaning-Out-Number-of-Women-in-Finance-Declines.html