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Women Organize Conferences, People Get Nervous

June 28, 2014 0 Comments
Women Organize Conferences, People Get Nervous

These conferences may not change organizations, policies, and cultures that hurt women, but they change people who go on to change organizations, policies, and cultures.

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Using World Café to Open Up the Conversation on Women, Activism, & Leadership

February 5, 2014 0 Comments
Using World Café to Open Up the Conversation on Women, Activism, & Leadership

Not a panel discussion and Q&A on women’s leadership, not a wide open discussion with no structure… but a World Café: a uniquely open/structured conversation designed to invite and allow for convergence, divergence, complexity, and new clarity/actions

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The New Women’s Movement is Going to Take All of Us

December 6, 2013 0 Comments
The New Women’s Movement is Going to Take All of Us

I want to see a women’s leadership panel that includes both Sheryl Sandberg and bell hooks, working and thinking together because I know they each hold a piece of the puzzle when it comes to taking our collective work to the next level.

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What will motive men to push for gender balance?

November 5, 2013 0 Comments
What will motive men to push for gender balance?

Could men’s (and many women’s) silence around women’s leadership and resistance to gender balance not only be gender bias or an unwillingness to do the hard work of movement building… but also a sign that we’re missing a pretty huge piece of the puzzle?

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Women’s Leadership: Moral Obligation or Good Business Decision?

October 23, 2013 0 Comments
Women’s Leadership: Moral Obligation or Good Business Decision?

Marino cited a Japanese business principle “kaizen”—which directly translates as “improvement,”—saying that kaizen is actually quite a bit more than just improving a work process. It also means agitating one’s company in ways that it needs to be agitated. This includes agitating the organization around issues of gender bias. What kaizen is really about, he says, is “waking up every day trying to make things better.”

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Take the Lead, Change the Narrative

July 2, 2013 0 Comments
Take the Lead, Change the Narrative

One of the most exciting things about movement building is watching a new story or a narrative, or a new powerful idea, emerge in our collective consciousness and take clearer shape over time. In the women’s movement, this is usually a new story about women or gender, our relationships to each other as citizens, what leadership looks like, or how change happens. This is not a process in which we are passive; we must be active players in the creation of new stories; but many of these stories are emergent.

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What Makes a Movement?

June 4, 2013 0 Comments
What Makes a Movement?

Movements don’t happen as a result of one individual or organization, but rather from the cumulative, coordinated, and uncoordinated efforts of many individuals and groups. If movement building feels chaotic, that’s because it is. And, as a mentor of mine reminded me recently, in other ways movements are very much controlled and rightly so.

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Why We Don’t Have to Think Alike to Work Together

June 1, 2013 0 Comments
Why We Don’t Have to Think Alike to Work Together

So often we try to minimize, or better yet, wipe out our differences, or get people to agree with us, so that we can move forward together. But what if our desire to be on the same page is holding us back?

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Making Women’s Leadership Work Visible, Starting New Conversations

April 16, 2013 0 Comments
Making Women’s Leadership Work Visible, Starting New Conversations

I’ve decided to join the team at Take The Lead because to me this is a project within the larger, often blurry field of “women’s leadership” that seeks to make visible all of the ways women are already moving forward. The idea being that we are at a unique turning point in history, and that although we can’t always see the movement happening, we know it is happening and we must work with all of those places where we feel new strength and energy.

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Roundabout Ways to Support Women Leaders

August 17, 2012 0 Comments
Roundabout Ways to Support Women Leaders

Question your assumptions about power. As business thinkers have encouraged more “flat”, networked organizations, we’ve begun to change leadership structures. But we must do more than adjust structures; we must question our beliefs about leadership and more specifically, power… how it works and what it looks like. Letting go of strict, top-down hierarchical structures doesn’t do much if we approach our work with the same old attitudes about power.

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