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Date: September 30, 2018

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I am full of unshed tears.  I want to sob for every woman whose story goes unheard. For every woman who feels she needs to hide, makes herself shrink and simply exists. I want to sob so hard that I want it heard in all four corners of the world.

I am full of unshed tears for us woman who always have to justify and defend our truth even to each other.  If a sister says black, and I say I …

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YES! You Should be powerful!

Date: August 23, 2018

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YES! You SHOULD be powerful!

Did I get your attention? Let me say it again!  As a woman and as a woman leader, you should be powerful!  The question is, are you embracing and showing up in your full power?  Are you showing up as who you really are, with all your gifts, talents, knowledge and expertise? Or are you shrinking yourself to fit in because your girlfriend tells you to play it softer? Or are you thinking “power is offensive” …

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Leadership Is An Inside Job!

Date: May 15, 2018

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Our lives are filled with defining moments.  Our birth, turning 18, graduations, first job, falling in love for the first time, getting married, having children, losing a loved one to name a few.  Then there are those moments in our professional life that defines us… a promotion, a setback, a mistake, an award, retirement …

My professional defining moment came when I was asked “who I was being as a leader” after I accepted a new leadership position. Up until then, …

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I refused to stay silent. I am immigrant!

Date: June 8, 2017

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I was on my way to work when the “you need gas” symbol started to flash on my dashboard.  I was pretty close to work, so I stopped by to get gas from the gas station where I have been buying gas for over 10 years. Once I got done filling my tank, I went inside to pay. I approached the cashier. He was a young man, in his very early 20’s. He could have been as young as 18 …

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Women leaders, how are you doing with your New Year resolutions?

Date: January 23, 2017

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January!  There is something brand new and exciting about January, isn’t there!   It is the start of a brand-new year, a blank page for us to start over, a chance to create what we desire, and to let go of what is not working.

Personally, I feel there is so much pressure leading up to January for us to review the past year  and set resolutions for the new year that it sometimes takes the joy out of starting a new …

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What are you giving up?

Date: December 19, 2016

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I was finally on the plane, all settled in next to my husband; on my way to visit my family in Turkey! I love planes, especially the twelve-hour long flights. Absolute bliss where no one can get a hold of you! No phones, no internet unless you choose to buy those services on the plane, which I choose not to. I was finally relaxed but exhausted at the same time.

About two hours into our long flight, my husband looked at me …

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Leadership! A Journey or a Destination?

Date: December 19, 2016

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In June 2006, I became the executive director of a local nonprofit I’d long wanted to lead. I thought I had arrived! I had reached my ultimate destination.

I started off my leadership by imitating the leaders I had chosen as role models, relied solely on my skills to get me through things and shut down my emotions like I thought a good administrator should. Day by day, month by month I became more and more miserable. I spent the first …

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