Blogs

You Are Not Alone

SOS, SOS … two amazingly gifted people recently did something that shook us to our core. The outward appearance of glamour, wealth and fame, of having it all was stripped bare by the most horrifying of acts. As TV, print, and social media have all honored and memorialized both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I think we are all left wondering: how did this happen? And yet, the numbers are staggering. More than half of the nation’s state suicide rates have risen more than 30% in 15 years. Most... more...

The Season to Fly

And so there they were with their rainbow capes tied neatly around their shoulders, the 15 or so 5-year old soon to be Pre-K graduates were ready to fly. Their teachers, holding the rainbow aloft, gave the signal and the kids took off in their “flying away” ceremony. With capes streaming behind them and the rainbow above them, they were flying away to their next school. It was sweet. It was momentous. The field was filled with smiling and proud parents, friends and family, and I couldn’t... more...

Changing the Definition of the Word Refugee

I grew up in Baghdad, Iraq. It’s a beautiful city. I had wonderful neighbors, a warm family, supportive parents. I enjoyed a rich culture and delicious food. My dad normally woke me up with Fairoz music and the smell of the Gardermoen tea. I loved my school and had a lot of friends. Though I was born in the middle of the war between Iraq and Iran, I don’t remember much about it. But I do remember the 1990 war between Iraq and Kuwait. I remember the darkness and the sound of the air raid sirens.... more...

How Much Joy Are You Letting Go to Waste?

I was taking a walk the other day, mentally replaying a couple of coaching calls I’d had that morning and thinking through everything I had to do the rest of the day. I turned the corner, and suddenly right in front of me was the most beautiful cherry blossom tree in perfect bloom. It was stunning. I reflexively stopped to admire it, and my mind went completely blank for a moment. It was just me and the tree and nothing else. I felt warm, content, and totally at peace. After a few moments, I snapped... more...

Personalizing the Immigration Story

We could not be more excited for Captain Rahmani. For those of us who got to meet her and hear her story first hand, her bravery, perseverance, and commitment to pursuing her dream at any cost inspired us. Her incredible story brought us to our feet in appreciation of her hard to believe journey that brought her from the skies over Afghanistan and to the shores of America. You too will have the chance to experience her remarkable life. Take a moment to watch her incredible journey here. We felt privileged... more...

Jamaican Immigrant I Am, Resilience is my Name

‘Immigrant’ is becoming a dirty word. The word conjures either images of lazy outsiders who seek to use up the resources of hardworking Americans or large groups who seek refuge from battle-torn or disaster-ravaged regions, offering nothing in return. True stories, deeply personal stories are hidden behind scary statistics. So as American immigrants, we have lived in the shadows for generations, seeking to quickly integrate into American culture and not trigger the rejection that so often shifts... more...

This is #OurTime

One of the best parts of the week after Generation W, at least for me, is regaining the ability to SLEEP. You know how it is when your endorphins are flying, and your cortisol is raging? SLEEP, as they tell us, is a vital activity and it has been sweetened all the more with the amazing feedback that we have been receiving from so many who attended Generation W. There are many things that stand out for me: the appreciation and recognition for the diversity that makes up the W community, the many stories... more...

Are you ready for the MAGIC?

This Friday, GENERATION W will be back on the beautiful campus of the University of North Florida with a room full of doers and thinkers who are ready to educate, inspire, and connect you to the endless possibilities we have to make a difference in this world. Click here to grab your tickets now! Excitement is building, momentum is definitely here…. be sure to take a few minutes to check out the program.. the line-up of speakers and topics will make for a powerful day. We have limited tickets... more...

The Seeds of Change

These amazing students who will not be silenced, gathered in cities throughout the world this past weekend, sharing their collective voices demanding change. I watched as the granddaughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the Washington D.C. platform and told us of her dream: “enough is enough.” Her words not only echoed through the crowd, but they were streamed, re-tweeted, passed along to others via mobile video. Being able to expand this message beyond the space in which it was shared is... more...

Making Sure Our Athletes Are Safe

As an athlete who is passionate about the game of basketball, this is a special time of year: March is Madness as the college game puts all of their “dancers” on the hardwood in pursuit of the National Championship. I do have favorites, as I am in continuing awe of Coach Auriemma and what he continues to accomplish at the University of Connecticut, setting a level of unmatched excellence for all men and women who play the game. I feel the same about Coach K, who inspires me with his leadership... more...