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One Woman is Helping Kids Embrace Diversity

When Vanessa Hodgerson, associate general counsel for Adecco, attended her first Generation W in 2016, she didn’t know what to expect. “It was an entirely new environment for me, so I went in with the goal of taking three things away from the experience,” Vanessa said. “At the end of the day, I had a list of twenty-five things that resonated with me.” A few years earlier, Vanessa and her husband had adopted a full sibling group of three bi-racial children. By their third year of parenting,... 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...

Break Out of the Ordinary

On Wednesday, March 8th, the world celebrated International Women’s Day. The importance of this day extends well beyond the temporal bounds of the calendar, as it provides a much-welcomed focus and attention on the issues and opportunities for and about women. A day of focus has great value and on MARCH 31, we will continue that focus, as GENERATION W will provide a strong finish to Women’s History Month.  It is really fun to share with you all of the talented people who will join us this... more...

Happy International Women’s Day!

Celebrating all the strong women of Generation W and WOW!

The Future Is Now

The future is NOW, can you see it, can you feel it? Most importantly, are you ready? This year’s GENERATION W theme of Imagination, Innovation, Inspiration, is at the heart of everything we do. The creativity and thoughtfulness required of each of us as we embrace the future, the now, is front and center. GENERATION W will feature amazing thinkers and doers who will challenge us, and encourage us. Leadership will be front and center as the amazing Joyce Russell, President of Adecco Staffing... more...

Why I’m Ready to Embrace Ambition

Next Wednesday, fashion icon Tory Burch will be launching a new campaign called “Embrace Ambition.” According to the New York Times, the campaign will feature famous people (both male and female) “reclaiming a word that has often been used to vilify women.” In short, I love this campaign. And, by the way, I haven’t even seen it rolled out yet. This is the perfect example of what I talk about every single day at Go Girl Communications.  When you are leading a brand to impact change in... more...

Throwback Thursday: Generation W 2014

During Generation W 2014, we had a panel discussion on personal leadership and becoming the CEO of yourself. Great quotes from this session on how to become your best self including this gem from Andrea Mail. Read more great quotes from Generation W 2014 here.   And, if you haven’t done so already, grab your tickets for Generation W 2017 here.