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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...

It’s OK to Drop the Ball

School is out and while the weather warms and classes come to a halt, our to-do-lists are still very much in session. Feeling guilty about the prospect of spending time for fun? While summers offer the promise of a family road trip or vacation, or perhaps this is the summer where you strike one off the bucket list, all the planning and coordinating still feels rather daunting. When the defacto answer is “BUSY!” to the question of “How you are doing?”, we must do better. Women’s... more...

We Love You Mom!

Well, one thing is true, we all have mothers. They bring us into the world and for that we are grateful. To those of them who have nurtured us, wiped our noses (and other places), assured us, cheered us and fed us, we are grateful. For those of us who now have children of our own and know first hand the struggles and the joys of motherhood, we are even more grateful.  They say that mom knows best. I smile as I write that, as I can remember letting my mom know, in no uncertain terms more than once,... more...

Connectivity: Doing More Together Than We Can Imagine

Last week I watched 70-year-old Kathrine Switzer cross the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Kathrine made history by becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry back in 1967—even as race officials tried to physically stop her. It took five additional years for women to be officially invited to participate in the race. Her efforts and her story still resonate. It is the stories of our shared imaginings and successes that provide such welcomed inspirations, and connect... more...

I Am a Young Woman

I am a young woman, and I live in a world that believes my youth makes me incapable and my womanhood makes me weak. I am a young woman, and I live in a body that others assume is a dull, unintellectual thing. I am a young woman, and all my life, the world has tried to convince me that I am lesser than. But I’ve got a secret weapon. I am a young woman, and I have grown up with GenerationW. In many ways, I have grown up on this stage. Since I was thirteen years old, GenerationW has been my secret... more...

Thank You for the Magic at Generation W 2017!

The days following GENERATION W, my spirit continues to soar as we read through the many kind words and notes sent to us from attendees, speakers, and partners.   “What an incredible day at #GenW! Big thanks to the speakers for reaching us to lead w/ imagination, innovation, and inspiration.” –USF Sport and Entertainment MBA “It was a glorious day.”— Dr. Heidi Hanna “The energy at this event was life-changing.”—Kim Possible “My spirit is so full.”—Iesha Jackson “What... more...

The Changing Face of Law Enforcement

Last year I read the first two pages of Jay Newton-Small’s book, Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works and I was hooked. A day and a half later I was smarter and wiser. I was particularly taken by her research around women in law enforcement. As we have engaged on the issues around diversity and trust, understanding how vital they are to safe communities, we were motivated to dig deeper. There is an evident win here and we wanted to learn more. What has developed is a... more...

The Wow of a 13-year-old and the Wisdom of her Gram

Calla:         Hey Gram…. I’ve started thinking about helping to make my community a better place. I think it’s very important for young girls like me to speak up and create change. I started at my school. Did I tell you that I submitted an idea to my school about teacher recognition awards? I realized that students got all types of athletic and academic awards, while teachers never received anything. I made a proposal and it went all the way to the head of the middle school. The plan... more...