Blogs

Generation WOW: Still Feeling the Positive and the Possible

“The day is finally here! We are so thrilled to be at Generation WOW with some of our amazing young ladies!” We received this Twitter message from our friends at City Year JAX right after the Lazzara Performance Hall doors opened to welcome the largest class of mentors and mentees for Generation WOW 2017. It pretty much summed up how all of us were feeling at that very moment as well. Excitement. Anticipation. We could hardly contain our emotions as the positive and the possible enveloped... more...

Help Build Strong, Confident Girls

#MeToo #NeverAgain While I have always been a big believer in helping support and build strong and confident girls, I have never felt stronger about the importance of mentoring and creating community and connectivity for young girls than I do right now. We are less than two weeks away from Generation WOW and our office is filled with the energy that comes with this initiative. We are excited to greet our girls—knowing that they will be learning valuable skills and making lifelong connections, seeds... more...

Be The Good In This World–Before, During And After The Storm

In Florida, we just experienced our second hurricane in a year. When it is the kind you have to evacuate for, it is an experience of a different order. The waiting and the anticipation can drive you crazy. Yes we know we live on a piece of land that is surrounded by water on three sides and we also know that there is a season, called hurricane season. But the reality of a seriously violent storm barreling towards your front or back door has been few and far between. So when your television viewing... more...

Plan Wisely, Be Smart, and Let’s Take Care of Each Other

Katrina, Matthew, Harvey and now Irma. Harvey is barely dry and the video of people stranded has left an indelible impression of the wrath of Mother Nature and the life-changing impact that it can bring. We remain warmed by the big hearts and concerted efforts of our neighbors across the nation who have made Houston their home away from home to provide support and resources. We did not have the next number on the storm line, but here we are, sitting ducks, awaiting the perverse pleasure of one of... more...

The Power of Sharing Your Story

It is happening everywhere; it is that time of year when kids are going back to school. From kindergarten to college, my friends and family are dealing with the annual send off and the array of emotions that include gratitude that you will once again have a semblance of control over your household, to the genuine pining of the heart for those kids who are moving out or away. For the parents of college freshmen, this is a particularly poignant time as the family dynamics truly shift. As I send my... more...

Like a Boss

There is nothing better than diving into a great article about gender equality and seeing two amazing friends—and members of the Generation W community—quoted (shout-out to Gerri Elliott, prominent business woman, board member, and founder of Broadrooms, and Shelley Diamond, Chief Client Officer at Young & Rubicam!). The New York Times article made the social media rounds a few weeks ago because it addressed a topic that continues to get deserved attention: Women as CEOs. More specifically,... more...

The Gift of Female Presence

GoldieBlox, the toy company with a focus on promoting engineering as a career for young girls, recently launched a new #BeLikeHer campaign celebrating female role models in sports, politics, and STEM. The video does a wonderful job showcasing the importance of role models. Finding powerful and positive role models for young girls shouldn’t be hard, right? After all, so many of them instantly come to mind (and can be found in the GoldieBlox video) such as athlete Serena Williams, NASA engineer... more...

For the LOVE of the Game

Sports has been a language of love and opportunity for me for most of my life. My passion still burns hot when it comes to the values and benefits that sports deliver, and how important it is for young girls to have every opportunity to participate. It’s been a few weeks of pure delight as I am still relishing from the wonderful gathering at the #BlogHer17 event and the great conversation I had with amazing women such as Laurie Hernandez, Jessi Miley-Dyer, Dani Rylan and Gabby Reece. One of... more...

Creating Content for the Greater Good

Last week, I had the honor of being part of the Main Stage at #BlogHer17, the largest gathering in the country for women content creators, entrepreneurs, and industry luminaries. During a time when fake news and cyber bullying are a part of our everyday discussions and news feeds, it was nice to spend a weekend surrounded by thought leaders who were using social media to create a positive impact in this world. We can all contribute to the positive voices that elevate. I could not have been more proud to... more...

How Daughters Influence Their Dads

As we reflect on the special men in our lives this weekend, our dads, we thought it would be nice to give a shout out to some very special fathers. A positive father-daughter relationship has such a strong imprint on a young girl’s life. We are so proud of all the dads in our Generation W community who consistently show up and step up on behalf of not only their daughters but on behalf of girls everywhere—knowing that elevating the voices of women, elevates us all. We are hard at work on our... more...