Stories

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...

CNN Story Inspired by Generation W’s Women in Blue

The Women in Blue panel at Generation W was both powerful and inspiring.  Moderated by CNN’s Kelly Wallace, the women on the Generation W stage talked candidly about the changing face of law enforcement and how having more women on the force could lead to safer communities.  “Our work is about people.  People can connect with people.  We’re intuitive, compassionate, capable.  We bring so many skills to this profession,” said Annmarie Cardona, Major, North Miami Police Department. Today,... more...

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...

Donna Orender to Speak at NDMU

Donna Orender to Speak during Notre Dame’s 2017 Busta Lecture in Business     Notre Dame’s 2017 Busta Lecture in Business -an annual event honoring leading female professionals-welcomes former WNBA president Donna Orender. She is the founder and CEO of Orender Unlimited and a distinguished trailblazer in women’s athletics. Having earned all-star status as a player in the Women’s Professional Basketball League, Orender served from 2006 to 2011 as president of the... more...

Attend the Global Stress Summit–FREE

We are all feeling a little less stressed after hearing from Dr. Heidi Hanna at Generation W 2017.  After all, as Dr. Hanna stated, our energy is our most valuable resource and we must invest it wisely. To help you continue on the quest to utilize stress as a stimulus for growth rather than a trigger for burnout and breakdown, Dr. Hanna is hosting The Global Stress Summit, April 24-May 1, 2017.  During this summit, researchers and thought leaders (including Generation W’s Donna Orender)... more...

Tiffany Dufu Authors New Book

Former Generation W speaker Tiffany Dufu launches new book     Congratulations to former Generation W speaker Tiffany Dufu on the launch of her book Drop the Ball: Achieving More By Doing Less. Tiffany recently talked about her new book in an article for Fortune. “Drop the Ball is the story of my three-year journey to answer that question [How can I manage it all?]—to figure out what really mattered to me, how to achieve it, and what support structures I needed to put in place... 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...

Shelley Diamond Leads New Y&R Social Impact Practice

Shelley Diamond to lead Y&R Inspire Change, a global impact practice     Y&R has launched a global social impact practice, Y&R Inspire Change, geared towards both nonprofit organizations and brands incorporating social purpose strategies. The new practice is led by former Generation W speaker Shelley Diamond, Y&R’s chief client officer, and begins with two current agency clients, UNCF (United Negro College Fund) and Special Olympics. “Our research shows that the lines... more...

Lessons in Equal Pay (Video)

Make it Work, an advocacy group for economic security, has partnered with YouTube star Issa Rae to create a two-and-a-half minute video explaining the wage gap in a kid-friendly way.  Enjoy!