• When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different
    dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S.
    may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming,
    we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of
    sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to
    dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.
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    December 16, 2014
    Viniece Jennings | Piecing Together My Strengths
    Viniece Jennings is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program. I met Viniece when I spoke at the NextGen Conference in Washington, was intrigued, and have asked her to guest blog.  Enjoy! Recently, I (Viniece) took the Strengths Finder survey. I was both reassured and surprised by the results. Some of my top strengths included Woo (socially outgoing), Responsibility (someone others trust to get things done), and Relator (genuine and authentic).  While I was happy to...

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    November 17, 2014
    Ashley Masters | Raises Her Hand
    I met Ashley Masters about a year ago while she was studying here in Cambridge, MA.  She reached out again after reading my piece The Problem When You Aren't in Pain.  I then invited her to share her journey over the past couple of years.  I like what she has to say.  I hope you do too. The name precedes me. Not mine, the newscaster name with the matching short vowels and symmetrical s’s. Not that one. The name. Harvard. I realize this as I walk a step behind the click clack of my...

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    October 27, 2014
    Melissa Ovard | Why I (Really) Started Girl Lux
    I (Whitney) connected with Melissa Ovard (bio below) via our mutual friend Laura Christopherson Redford (warm introductions are the best!).  The impetus for connecting was to get the word out about Melissa's business GirlLux (yes, I think this is a perfect product for Shark Tank), but also take a read of her very compelling personal story. *** More than anything, my parents wanted to have children. They were high school sweethearts and by their early 20’s, they were married. ...

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    October 25, 2014
    The problem when you aren’t in pain
    "You aren't blogging enough." "I miss hearing your voice." That's what Becky Robinson, social media guru who launched my book Dare, Dream, Do, said to me last week at the Indiana Governor's Conference for Women. She's absolutely right.  I'm not blogging enough.  I'm not taking my own advice to show up -- the more I write, the more I'll be read. In part, I'm writing less on my personal blog because I am really busy, for which I am grateful. But to the personal aspect of her...

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    September 30, 2014
    Mamak Charepoo | Making Music with Money
    I met Mamak Charepoo this summer at the South Shore Women's Business Network; she has a Masters degree in Music from Carnegie Mellon, and in Fine Arts from Arizona State.  Recently, she's learned to make music with money and she's coaching others on how to do the same.  Here's her story. *** All my life I followed my heart and did what I loved. That should have been enough but it wasn’t. Seven years ago I found myself separated, divorced and the sole provider for my 3 kids, ages...

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    September 15, 2014
    Alexandra Watkins | Eat My Words
    My friend and colleague Becky Robinson recently shared with me Alexandra Watkins story - which I love!  And she's just published a book titled Hello My Name is Awesome: How to Create Brand Names That Stick.  Enjoy! Growing up in a California beach suburb, I was hardly an academic superstar. High school bored me. My dream was to work in advertising like my TV hero, Darrin Stephens on Bewitched. I dreaded the thought of going to college and spending 4 more years in a classroom. Thankfully,...

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    September 11, 2014
    McArthur Krishna | I refuse to be bored in my own life
    Several months ago McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding e-mailed me about a book they were writing titled Girls Who Choose God.  Below is a lot more about McArthur's life.  You won't be bored -- I promise. When I sat down and opened the slightly grungy envelope, I had no idea what was inside.  I had just moved from the US to the Magic Land of India and I admit the scrupulousness of my sorting process had taken a nosedive in the last few days of just trying to Get Out The...

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    August 31, 2014
    I Dream of Being a Change-Maker | Bethany Brady Spalding
    Several months ago McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding e-mailed me about a book they were writing titled Girls Who Choose God.  Because I've taught The Old Testament in Sunday School for the past year, I loved the concept.  I love the book even more.  Today I am sharing Bethany's story (her bio is below).  Next week, I'll post McArthur's. *** I’ve never dreamed of being a writer, but I have always dreamed of being a change-maker. I like to stir things up wherever I call...

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    August 27, 2014
    The Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
    I just published a course on Lynda.com titled The Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship. If you've been thinking about starting a business and aren't sure where to start, or you've started but need some inspiration to keep going, take a look at how to vet your idea, launch lean, grow and scale, and look for funding to grow. Topics Finding your idea/problem to solve Getting your first customer Writing a business plan Constructing a simple model Deciding on a legal structure Marketing your...

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    August 13, 2014
    Clear the Clutter
    Our home had become cluttered. We didn't set out for to this to happen. I wasn't aware how much of a burden the clutter had become. Or how much my physical space was a picture of the criticism, blame and shame in my head. Until, my husband decided to de-clutter our bedroom. He started with just one wall. That wall is now blank, except for our watercolor of a rooster -- that I love. Now when I walk into our room, I feel calm, not claustrophobic. Mentally relieved. He's also cleared...

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