Blogs

A New Day is on the Horizon

OPRAH, OPRAH, OPRAH…. talk about galvanizing a moment into a movement. The women in the entertainment industry decided that the best way to create change is to team up. The sea of black dresses, the powerful speeches, the community advocates on the red carpet alongside the movie stars…it was definitely a watershed moment for an industry where the imbalance of power has been brought to the fore in many ways. Start local and act global, and that is what our Hollywood sisterhood is doing.... more...

A Letter to my Daughter Who is Struggling with Math

In 2015, I met Mary Bishop while doing a story on women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. Mary is a scientist who has worked in research and data analysis in life sciences since 2015. She holds a B.S. (magna cum laude) in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from FSCJ. When I spoke with Mary, she told me that her teachers in high school discouraged her from considering careers that required math. “I’d been told by one of my teachers that I ‘just wasn’t good at math,’... more...

Let the Generosity of Spirit and Kindness Illuminate the World

This is the point of the holiday season when I am sure I will not get done what I need to get done–I will not prevail in my desire to be thoughtful and exceed all expectations (unrealistic though they are) that I have set regarding visits, gifts, cards, and connections. Sailing into the holidays is always a wish, but it always feels like a sprint with the accompanying hyperventilation required so that I don’t faint from a lack of oxygen. I am sure many of you can identify. That said,... more...

With Gratitude and Thanksgiving

It’s that time of year, my favorite time as I’m sure it is for many of you—THANKSGIVING. I can exhale knowing that the time has come to gather, relax, and reflect. It is the communal spirit of this holiday that elevates us–as a nation, as a community, and as a family. It is wonderful to be able to stop and recognize the daily miracles we often take for granted. It’s been quite the year, and even with all of the noise, I appreciate the time to take a step back and recognize what... more...

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...