To overcome obstacles for women in tech, women can augment their professional lives and mentoring relationships with one of the most powerful tools for clarifying ambitions and reaching goals: executive coaching.
Amber Barnes, CEO of StartHuman, guides people and the organizations they create “towards outstanding business results in a way that works for and celebrates humanity.” Speaking to Amber made me think of this quote from Robert Browning: “Love, hope, fear, faith - these make humanity; These are its sign and note and character.”
It is always a blessing when a photographer is able to capture the glimmer of light, allowing us into a moment through our imagination and the artist’s vision. I had the pleasure of meeting such a soul in Lynzie Hazan. Lynzie’s gift is her ability to capture the soft, velvety plushness of a flower petal, the magic mischievousness in a puppy’s eye, and the vivid sparkle of love between two people.
Ask Casey Cassandra to describe herself and the first thing she will tell you is, “I am a fan of life.” The power of flowers and plants to heal and comfort is universal. And, so, I not only introduce you to Casey but make a request: fill your social media feed with flowers.
My faith is a challenging practice of love. Love is uncomfortable, and it doesn’t always look how we think it does. Love is selfish as much as it is selfless. Love is profoundly kind. Love is humble. Love knows. When you listen to love, you know. When you are flowing with love, you know. Love first, and you will be shaken.
Nic is a woman of many passions and a facilitator of conversations. She throws it down so we can pick it all up with her and learn more about ourselves and each other. Nic has recently launched a new show on YouTube called Perspective Perspoctive where she tackles this big issue of how we use our words - for ourselves, for each other, for our community.
I have a deep love of public transportation (when it's not rush hour and I'm smashed like a sardine); I feel like I get to experience an authentic micro-community of the city when I share my ride. Indeed, yesterday, that was true.
Stories of Grace is a piece of my vision that I have dreamed about and something that I have been working on and writing about privately for a couple of years. I worked on this in the moments of joy as well as the darkest times of deep sickness. The #ClimbYourOwnLadder project is part of the SoG vision. The other part of SoG is a framework for supporting our evolution through storytelling.
My life was about to head into two different directions: desolate apathy or full-blown obsession with achievement. The latter won over, shut down the inner voice that so wisely knew the best yes when she saw one and didn’t care about the human cost. This was my ticket out. It was my ticket to freedom. It was my ticket for choice. It was my ticket for personal power.
Accepting loss is an invitation for grief. The dark, confusing, waves of uncontrollable emotion kind of grief. Healing with grief doesn't fix the loss. Healing with grief is the process of adjusting to the new normal with a big, empty hole that cannot be filled.
Susan Cain, author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Cannot Stop Talking", posted a link to the VIA Institutes survey on character strengths. It is an interesting way to get to the heart - something we started talking about as a precursor to the #ClimbYourOwnLadder concept of following your own compass.
The world is noisy, especially for women. Everyone has an opinion about who you should be, but there is only one opinion that matters: yours. You don't need a resume to participate and share in the #ClimbYourOwnLadder community. None of that matters. All you need to be is unapologetically you. Your heart? That's what we are here to help you share.
Engaging, researching, designing, and creating space for player-centered games will lead to social business success. Inviting play into your organization will create space in your social business for everyone to achieve an epic win!
Cultures that embrace respect, empathy, and diversity of thought and perspectives will evolve us. Successful communities - those that create a cognitive surplus in organizations and boost creativity and innovation - are built around people. Communities that are a safe and welcoming environment where people can be fully recognized and embraced create a confident workplace where people can do their best work.
Creativity needs space. It needs no accessories and doesn’t arrive with pretense. Your creative self needs you to simply show up to watch the clouds pass by. When you give yourself space and start to quiet down, everything becomes possible. For a deep digital cleanse, I take a few weeks offline, up to a month, and make a play date with the world.
Brittany Campbell, a designer at Groupon, children’s book writer, and budding Etsy merchant, has the spark, heard the whisper, and is responding to the call. Women who embrace #ClimbYourOwnLadder start by finding and following their own compass. Brittany’s story is about this compass as well as about pursuing the good. As she says, it’s not enough to just make things and pursue goodness - we must make good things with purpose.
I bet you have an Inner Mover and Shaker. I bet the earth trembles with little earthquakes when you step into your truth, especially when everyone else thinks you’re crazy. The very embodiment of an entrepreneur inspiring positive change is Alex Ellison, the Queen of Little Earthquakes. Alex created Dunce Labs for the sole purpose of creating meaning in the lives of those she serves: high school students.
The deeply unbalanced gap between compensation in professional sports and other professions suggests that we are overcompensating for something missing in our every day lives: play. You have the potential to create a groundswell of joy in your life (and others). You have to play to win, regardless of the barriers - the invisible and the visible - that impede your ability to experience joy.
Jazmin is a social entrepreneur and founder of Rouge Lioness, an online hub for young, urban mothers that provides awareness, assistance, and advocacy to encourage better outcomes for young women and their children. She bore her business from her own experience as a brilliant, strong young woman who has experienced marriage, pregnancy and the birth of her daughter, divorce, and domestic violence. Jazmin’s story is a tale in which she is the savior, the heroine, and the fairy all rolled into one. Forget the Princess, meet the Lioness.
Everybody wants innovation and no one wants to change. Mindfulness is the tool with which we are able to find inspiration for new ideas, make new connections, and explore different perspectives. The solutions for the future require you to be here right now with a fresh idea. If you want to be creative, make a mindful change.
The value of happy accidents does not only come from allowing space for chance and trusting the uni-verse. We must also be able to creatively find connections among events and ideas and meet surprises with delight. Learn how to harness the power of serendipity in your life.
"Meditation helps center my energy so that I can be more productive and present with my clients throughout the day." Melissa Levi, Founder of You Fit Now, an online personal training and fitness application, is a sensitive and thoughtful leader in the health-conscious community. She is a singer and songwriter and meditator and fighter of fears. Melissa tells us how she stays ahead of the game so she can be on your team, in your corner, and helping you become your best self. She believes you have everything you need in your heart to #ClimbYourOwnLadder.
#ClimbYourOwnLadder challenges and supports the gifts of introversion and should be every introvert's mantra. As introverts navigate a world of extrovert-privilege and choose alternative and more meaningful paths for advancement, the framework of #ClimbYourOwnLadder will guide introverts with awareness and authenticity.